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Cura Setting Out to Create Local and Global Impact 'Through Simply Enjoying Coffee'
Cura Setting Out to Create Local and Global Impact 'Through Simply Enjoying Coffee'

Product, Service & Design Innovation / Cura Coffee Co, a San Diego-based startup, sells a direct-trade, premium organic coffee that directly connects coffee lovers with the farmers who produce it. - 4 years ago

WTTC Tells Travel & Tourism industry To Drive Its Sustainability Agenda Harder
WTTC Tells Travel & Tourism industry To Drive Its Sustainability Agenda Harder

Collaboration / The travel and tourism industry needs to put sustainability at the forefront of everything it does and businesses need to lead by example — that’s the message from David Scowsill, CEO & president of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). Scowsill asked leading sustainable tourism businesses to play their part in ensuring that the industry’s ethics are raised to the highest order.WTTC just launched its 2015 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards program and is calling for applications from companies in the industry who are setting the sustainability benchmark in their field. Scowsill explained that the purpose of the Awards is to be an inspiration to others and to educate governments and travel & tourism businesses about how to improve the sustainability of the Industry. - 4 years ago

Bank of America Investing in Further Water-Saving Initiatives During California Drought
Bank of America Investing in Further Water-Saving Initiatives During California Drought

Waste Not / Bank of America has announced two new initiatives in its efforts to help address California’s severe drought conditions - a $250,000 grant to the Pacific Institute, which will go towards the Institute’s drought research and response effort; and the expansion of xeriscaping, or drought-tolerant landscaping, at six of its California banking centers. - 4 years ago

Toymakers, Advertisers Encouraging Young Girls to Redefine Gender Roles
Toymakers, Advertisers Encouraging Young Girls to Redefine Gender Roles

Behavior Change / The gender divide starts young in our society, with boys and girls generally encouraged to adopt a standard set of acceptable behaviors and preferences from an early age. But a number of companies have recently begun to encourage young girls and women to forgo limiting gender roles and fulfill their true potential by embracing their strengths and smarts. - 4 years ago

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New Advancements Turning Packaging Into Food and Food Into Plastic
New Advancements Turning Packaging Into Food and Food Into Plastic

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / Plastic is the boon and bane of our times. While its uses are numerous and at times, even critical, its waste and the resultant pollution clogs up our rivers and oceans and pollutes our lands. But recent advancements in packaging offer hope. - 4 years ago

Sustainable Startups Compete for Postcode Lottery Green Challenge's $680,000 Prize
Sustainable Startups Compete for Postcode Lottery Green Challenge's $680,000 Prize

Product, Service & Design Innovation / Five eco-friendly startups from the Netherlands, UK, France and Vietnam are competing in the final of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge, an annual global competition for startups with environmentally sustainable business plans. On September 11th, the finalists will present their ideas in Amsterdam before a jury led by Dame Ellen MacArthur; the winner will receive US$680,000 and runners-up will receive US$272,000 towards their ventures. - 4 years ago

Hong Kong Scientists Developing Cashmere That Can Self-Clean in Sunlight
Hong Kong Scientists Developing Cashmere That Can Self-Clean in Sunlight

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / Scientists at City University, Hong Kong have developed a treatment for cashmere that enables it to self-clean with some help from the sun.The technology coats cashmere fibers with tiny particles of the mineral anatase titanium dioxide. When exposed to sunlight for 24 hours, the mineral starts a chemical reaction creating oxidants that act as tiny electric currents to break down dust, dirt, bacteria and even trickier stains such as coffee and wine. - 4 years ago

Monsanto Loses Permit to Genetically Modify Soybeans in Mexico
Monsanto Loses Permit to Genetically Modify Soybeans in Mexico

Supply Chain / Biotech giant Monsanto's permit to plant genetically modified soybeans that resist the company's pesticide 'Roundup' was overturned by a district judge in the state of Yucatán in Mexico last month, reports the Guardian. This marks a big victory for the group of Mayan beekeepers and farmers who along with Greenpeace, the Mexican National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity, the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas and the National Institute of Ecology have been protesting against the permit. - 4 years ago

New Report Urges UK Government to Move Towards Circular Economy
New Report Urges UK Government to Move Towards Circular Economy

The Next Economy / The UK Environmental Audit Committee has released a new report – Growing a Circular Economy: Ending the Throwaway Society – which calls for lower taxes for businesses that repair or reuse goods; mandatory municipal waste separation systems; longer warranty periods for consumer goods; banning food waste from landfills; and increased funding for agencies that promote transitioning to a circular economy.The Committee was appointed by the British House of Commons to review government policies and programs in terms of their contribution to environmental protection and sustainable development. - 4 years ago

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New Brochure Explains Packaging’s Role in Reducing Food Waste
New Brochure Explains Packaging’s Role in Reducing Food Waste

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / The American Institute for Packaging and the Environment (AMERIPEN) has published a new brochure called Reducing Fresh Food Waste: The Role of Packaging.The free brochure explains that Americans throw away 36 million tons of food each year, worth $162 billion, and says that “one factor accounts for about two-thirds of the problem: spoilage from not being used on time.”It says that better packaging can help alleviate spoilage and other forms of waste and lists all the benefits it offers: - 4 years ago

Coke to Invest Additional $5 Billion in Africa Over Six Years
Coke to Invest Additional $5 Billion in Africa Over Six Years

Supply Chain / The Coca-Cola Company and its African bottling partners announced a new investment of $5 billion during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit held earlier this week. To be made over the next six years, this increases the company’s total announced investment in Africa to $17 billion from 2010 to 2020.The companies anticipate that the investment will fund new manufacturing lines, cooling and distribution equipment and production; create additional jobs and opportunities across Coke’s African supply chain; and support key sustainability initiatives and programs focused on safe water access, sustainable sourcing, women’s economic empowerment, community well-being and operational efficiency improvements. - 4 years ago

Yum! Launches 'Pass the Red Cup' Challenge with Christina Aguilera to Aid World Hunger Relief
Yum! Launches 'Pass the Red Cup' Challenge with Christina Aguilera to Aid World Hunger Relief

Marketing and Comms / Yum! Brands, the parent company of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, has announced the launch of its annual World Hunger Relief effort, the “Pass The Red Cup” challenge, featuring multi-Grammy Award winner Christina Aguilera. The challenge is designed to drive awareness and inspire donations and the effort spans more than 125 countries, over 40,000 KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants and 1.5 million associates. - 4 years ago

Airbnb: North American Guests Alone Save Enough Energy to Power 19,000 Homes for a Year
Airbnb: North American Guests Alone Save Enough Energy to Power 19,000 Homes for a Year

The Next Economy / A new study released by Airbnb quantifies the environmental benefits of home-sharing for travelers, and finds that the company’s business model promotes a more efficient use of existing resources and is a more environmentally responsible way to travel: using Airbnb results in significant reductions in energy and water use, greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), and waste, and encourages more sustainable practices among both hosts and guests.North American and European highlights from the study include: - 4 years ago

Nanomaterials — The Answer for a Sustainable Tire Industry?
Nanomaterials — The Answer for a Sustainable Tire Industry?

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / A recent report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) says that the use of new nanomaterials in tire production could help further the sustainability of the industry and reduce the environmental impact of vehicles, provided the environmental, health and safety risks of the technology are managed carefully. - 4 years ago

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PepsiCo and The Nature Conservancy Team Up to Increase Recycling, Protect Drinking Water
PepsiCo and The Nature Conservancy Team Up to Increase Recycling, Protect Drinking Water

Collaboration / PepsiCo and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) today announced a five-year partnership called Recycle for Nature, aimed at inspiring people to protect drinking water sources in the US through recycling. The initiative's goal is to save and restore one billion gallons of water over five years in rivers that supply water to more than 35 million people across nine states - including the Colorado River, Denver's Front Range Forests, Arizona's Verde River, Arkansas' Kings River and North Carolina's Cape Fear River. - 4 years ago

Timberland Launches Serv-a-palooza Challenge to Recruit and Reward Volunteers
Timberland Launches Serv-a-palooza Challenge to Recruit and Reward Volunteers

Organizational Change / Timberland is calling for entries for its inaugural Timberland Serv-a-palooza Challenge – a sponsored volunteerism competition hosted in partnership with charitable fundraising platform, CrowdRise, founded by actor Edward Norton. The six-week challenge aims to encourage consumers to volunteer for a cause of their choice in return for chances to win prizes for themselves, along with donations for the nonprofits they choose to support. - 4 years ago

Are Campaigns Pushing Fresh Fruit and Veggies Working?
Are Campaigns Pushing Fresh Fruit and Veggies Working?

Behavior Change / Over the last few years, as awareness and urgency around the issue of obesity have grown, campaigns promoting more fruit and vegetable consumption have been launched all over the developed world. But according to a team of researchers at the University of Sydney, such policy efforts have resulted only in modest gains and increased awareness (especially among children) but have largely been ineffective in bringing about a change in consumption behavior. The research was presented at The Quest for Quality Food 2014 Research Symposium at the University of Sydney. - 4 years ago

Packaging and Paper Waste Costs NYC $600 Million Annually
Packaging and Paper Waste Costs NYC $600 Million Annually

Waste Not / New York City taxpayers spend $600 million every year to manage post-consumer packaging and printed paper, reveals a new data analysis by UPSTREAM, a national environmental policy organization. In Europe and now increasingly in Canada, these costs are borne by corporations selling consumer goods. - 4 years ago

Seventh Generation Continues Expansion with Gamila Acquisition
Seventh Generation Continues Expansion with Gamila Acquisition

Product, Service & Design Innovation / Seventh Generation, a leader in household and personal care products, has acquired Raleigh-based beverage brand Gamila Company for an undisclosed sum. Gamila is the startup behind brewing products Impress, a single-serve coffee maker and the Teastick, a tea infuser. - 4 years ago

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Fans More Likely to Attend Sporting Events When Stadiums Compost and Recycle
Fans More Likely to Attend Sporting Events When Stadiums Compost and Recycle

Waste Not / A new survey by the Shelton Group found that nearly one-third of Americans would be more likely to attend a game or concert if the stadium recycled and composted, and one in five say they would buy more food and beverages during the event.A significant number of fans care about the environment, and they’ll vote with their feet - and their beer cups,” said Suzanne Shelton, CEO of the Shelton Group. - 4 years ago

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