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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. - 9 years ago

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. - 9 years ago

Airbnb Rebrand Invites You to Bélo-ng
Airbnb Rebrand Invites You to Bélo-ng

Product, Service & Design Innovation / Airbnb has a fresh coat of paint – including a new website and mobile app, and Bélo - a new logo that invites you to 'belong anywhere.' In addition to the rebranding, the company has tried to redesign its entire user experience – the new website attempts to provide a more intuitive experience with bigger photos, clearer listings and a simpler booking process.Termed as the 'universal symbol of belonging', Bélo is “an iconic mark for our windows, our doors, and our shared values. It’s a symbol that, like us, can belong wherever it happens to be,” says Airbnb. A video released by the company explains that Bélo stands for people, places, love and Airbnb. - 9 years ago

Hackers Help Chipotle, Applegate Re-Engineer the Future of Dining
Hackers Help Chipotle, Applegate Re-Engineer the Future of Dining

Product, Service & Design Innovation / Food+Tech Connect's recent Hack//Dining hackathon in New York City has yielded some insightful solutions to big problems faced by the dining industry. The call to “re-engineer the future of food” was answered by nearly 200 hackers who spent the weekend trying to use technology to find answers for a more sustainable industry.“The problems in the food industry are complex, and they aren’t going to be solved in a weekend,” said Danielle Gould, founder of Food+Tech Connect. “The point is to get new ideas into circulation, new people working on this, and to do rapid prototyping — to actually make a real product in a weekend.” - 9 years ago

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New Research Says Biostimulation Can Help Produce Algae 300 Times Faster
New Research Says Biostimulation Can Help Produce Algae 300 Times Faster

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / A research team at AlgaStar Inc, a Florida-based algae cultivation company, has reported that biological simulation has yielded a 300 percent increase in algae growth rate over normal conditions. Based on findings presented by AlgaStar CEO John Ericsson at the 2013 Algae Biomass Summit in Orlando, the research conducted at AlgaStar and recently initiated at Los Alamos National Laboratory has begun to map the conditions under which biostimulation enhances growth rate and metabolism for several biological cultures with microwave energy. - 9 years ago

FOE's Report Card, EU's Emission Law Knocking Wind Out of Cruise Industry's Sails
FOE's Report Card, EU's Emission Law Knocking Wind Out of Cruise Industry's Sails

Stakeholder Trends and Insights / Members of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), including Royal Caribbean International, Carnival and Disney Cruise Line, have announced they will no longer participate in the Cruise Ship Report Card, Friends of the Earth’s (FOE) annual environmental survey of the cruise industry. - 9 years ago

SABMiller Aims to Help the World ‘Prosper’ with New 2020 Goals
SABMiller Aims to Help the World ‘Prosper’ with New 2020 Goals

New Metrics / SABMiller has set new 2020 targets for its sustainable development programs. The new program, called Prosper, focuses on supporting the role small businesses play in generating economic growth and reducing poverty around the world. The world’s second-largest brewer says it is using its supply chains from farmers to retailers to drive inclusive growth, sustainable resource use and alcohol responsibility.With its new set of goals, SABMiller has pledged to: - 9 years ago

Biogen Idec Says It Will Reduce Its GHGs 80% by 2020
Biogen Idec Says It Will Reduce Its GHGs 80% by 2020

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / In its fifth annual Corporate Citizenship Report, released this week, biotech company Biogen Idec puts forward an aggressive set of 2020 goals, including reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity by 80 percent (compared to its 2006 baseline and normalized by revenue), maintaining its zero waste-to-landfill status (achieved in 2012), and developing a new water-intensity goal, to be released by 2015. The GHG reductions will be equivalent to maintaining 2006 levels of GHG emissions despite significant realized and anticipated business growth. - 9 years ago

BlaBlaCar Raises $100 Million, Plans Global Long-Distance Ride-Sharing Network
BlaBlaCar Raises $100 Million, Plans Global Long-Distance Ride-Sharing Network

The Next Economy / French long-distance ride-sharing service BlaBlaCar has raised a solid $100 million from VC funding — the largest VC funding ever for a French startup — to expand its service and network globally. The funding was led by Index Ventures, with contributions from existing investors Accel Partners, ISAI and Lead Edge Capital.“BlaBlaCar has a huge potential market,” said Martin Mignot from Index Ventures. “Everybody needs to travel long distance, that’s why ride-sharing makes sense. Comparatively, Uber or even cabs are all about convenience. BlaBlaCar is both convenience and necessity.” - 9 years ago

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AB InBev Working with Growers to Optimize Water Management, Barley Production
AB InBev Working with Growers to Optimize Water Management, Barley Production

Collaboration / As a company that relies heavily on water for production, Anheuser-Busch InBev is rightly investing a great deal of time, thought and money into water management. In its 2013 Global Citizenship Report, the world's largest brewer commits to eight new environmental goals and reports on current progress and pilots. The company says it achieved and in some cases exceeded its 2012 goals; the eight new goals are set against a 2012 baseline, to be met by 2017. - 9 years ago

International Network of NGOs Unveils Global Paper Vision
International Network of NGOs Unveils Global Paper Vision

Collaboration / A network of more than 120 NGOs from six continents announced a new Global Paper Vision that will bring together organizations currently challenging the paper industry to adopt more sustainable practices. The document addresses priorities for social responsibility and environmental conservation in response to global paper consumption patterns and the industry’s influence on biodiversity, forest health, global warming, air and water quality, and local communities. - 9 years ago

New Research Shows Coffee-Farming Communities Experiencing Fewer 'Thin Months'
New Research Shows Coffee-Farming Communities Experiencing Fewer 'Thin Months'

Supply Chain / Keurig Green Mountain has announced the results of a 2013 scientific study, Thin Months Revisited. Conducted in partnership with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the Agroecology and Rural Livelihoods Group (ARLG) of the University of Vermont, the study reexamines the livelihoods of smallholder coffee-growing families in Mexico, Guatemala and Nicaragua to understand how farmer welfare has changed, compared with a 2007 baseline study in the same countries. The 2013 results show marked improvements in food security since 2007, which may be partially attributed to initiatives from companies such as Keurig over the last few years. - 9 years ago

Walmart, Bumble and Bumble Fined for VOC Emissions
Walmart, Bumble and Bumble Fined for VOC Emissions

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / Walmart, Bumble and Bumble and 17 other companies have been fined by the California Air Resources Board for air pollution violations. Bumble and Bumble received the highest penalty of $88,000 followed by Walmart at $34,000 out of a total of $233,175 of fines.The 19 companies were involved in the manufacturing or selling of consumer products - ranging from nail polish removers and bathroom cleaners to charcoal lighter materials and air fresheners - which exceeded California’s standards for volatile organic compounds (VOCs), gases that contribute to ozone formation once released into the air. The violations amounted to over 11 tons of excess VOC emissions. - 9 years ago

Unwieldy Restoration Hardware Catalogs Stir Social Media, Consumer Backlash
Unwieldy Restoration Hardware Catalogs Stir Social Media, Consumer Backlash

Marketing and Comms / A few weeks ago, Restoration Hardware mailed out its annual catalog. Only, this one weighed 17 pounds. The 13 different 'source books,' as the company calls them, had 3,300 pages and were delivered by UPS. Consumers reacted furiously to what was seen as a wasteful move by the company.People took to social media to lambast the company, vent their frustration and organize. In addition to the perceived environmental impact of the catalog, consumers were upset about the unsolicited mailing to many who had never even shopped at the store before. - 9 years ago

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Bevy of Brands Abuzz with Bee Campaigns
Bevy of Brands Abuzz with Bee Campaigns

Marketing and Comms / Bee colony collapse disorder continues to generate concern, debate and action around the world. With bees playing a critical role in our lives and economy, a number of companies are running campaigns for the cause, particularly those whose businesses depend on plenty of healthy bees. Many are contributing to and collaborating with the scientific community and nonprofits to address the issue. - 9 years ago

How a Tasty Turkish Treat Can Help Heat the Country's First Eco-City
How a Tasty Turkish Treat Can Help Heat the Country's First Eco-City

Waste Not / Ever thought twice about those pistachio shells that we so readily discard? Luckily Turkey, one of the world's largest producers of pistachios, has —and the country is planning to use the shells, currently waste from production of its beloved baklava, to create biogas to generate heat for its first eco-city.The planned city will be built in Gaziantep province (known informally as Antep) in southern Turkey, which happens to be the center of pistachio production, growing more than half of the country's 'green gold.' The new city will cover 3,200 hectares (7,900 acres), and house roughly 200,000 people. - 9 years ago

Ford Steals Top Spot from Toyota in Interbrand's 2014 Best Global Green Brands Report
Ford Steals Top Spot from Toyota in Interbrand's 2014 Best Global Green Brands Report

Stakeholder Trends and Insights / Ford tops Interbrand’s 2014 Best Global Green Brands report list – knocking reigning champ Toyota, which held the top spot since the report was launched in 2011, down to #2. Fellow automakers Honda and Nissan claim the #3 and #4 spots, respectively, with Panasonic in fifth place — same as last year. - 9 years ago

EKOCYCLE's CUBE 3D Printer Upcycles Plastic Bottles Into a Range of New Products
EKOCYCLE's CUBE 3D Printer Upcycles Plastic Bottles Into a Range of New Products

Waste Not / This week, EKOCYCLE and 3D Systems (3DS) unveiled the EKOCYCLE CUBE — a 3D printer that upcycles post-consumer plastic bottles into items of your design.EDS says the Cube “is not just another tool for making, it is a revolutionary tool for RE-making, and encourages and helps us to change the way we think about recycling.” The printers are expected to be available online at Cubify beginning in the second half of the year. - 10 years ago

New Nielsen Study Says Consumers Are Ready to Pay More for Social Responsibility
New Nielsen Study Says Consumers Are Ready to Pay More for Social Responsibility

Stakeholder Trends and Insights / Nielsen’s 2014 Global Survey on Corporate Social Responsibility, released Tuesday, shows that 55 percent of global online consumers across 60 countries are willing to pay more for products and services from companies that are committed to positive social and environmental impact.The Asia-Pacific region leads with 64 percent followed by Latin America (63 percent) and Middle East/Africa (63 percent) while North America and Europe come in at 42 and 40 percent, respectively. - 10 years ago

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Starbucks Partnering with ASU to Offer Employees Free College Tuition
Starbucks Partnering with ASU to Offer Employees Free College Tuition

Product, Service & Design Innovation / Starbucks has announced the Starbucks College Achievement Plan — an opportunity for eligible part-time and full-time employees to complete a Bachelor’s degree with full tuition reimbursement through a collaboration with Arizona State University's online degree program. - 10 years ago