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Levi’s, BBVA, eBay Top Index of Brands Communicating Sustainability Via Social Media
Levi’s, BBVA, eBay Top Index of Brands Communicating Sustainability Via Social Media

Marketing and Comms / Levi Strauss, BBVA, eBay, Danone and General Electric made the top five of the SMI-Wizness Social Media Sustainability Index 2012, an annual review examining how major firms use social media to communicate sustainability and corporate social responsibility. - 7 years ago

The North Face Launches Recycling Program for Apparel, Footwear
The North Face Launches Recycling Program for Apparel, Footwear

Waste Not / The North Face has announced a new initiative aimed at reducing the amount of clothing and footwear going to landfills. - 7 years ago

Paper Supplier Suspends Forest Clearance After Losing Disney, Levi’s
Paper Supplier Suspends Forest Clearance After Losing Disney, Levi’s

Behavior Change / In response to its recent abandonment by nearly 100 international corporate customers, Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) has announced an immediate end to the clearing of natural forest across its entire supply chain in Indonesia. Disney, Levi’s and Mattel were among some of the major brands to jump ship after years of criticism over the paper company’s role in harming Indonesia’s endangered rainforests and communities. - 7 years ago

Consumers More Likely To Trust Peers, Experts Than Companies, Edelman Says
Consumers More Likely To Trust Peers, Experts Than Companies, Edelman Says

Leadership / Fewer than 20 percent of consumers believe business leaders tell the truth when confronted with difficult issues, and they are twice as likely to trust academics, technical experts or even their peers, according to the 2013 Edelman Trust Barometer.This may come as no surprise following several high-profile scandals in 2012 involving CEOs and government officials, including former McKinsey managing partner Rajat Gupta, Chinese government official Bo Xilai and Lance Armstrong, former chairman of the Livestrong Foundation. - 7 years ago

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Heinz, Colgate Divulge Forest Footprints, But Many Firms Falling Behind, Report Says
Heinz, Colgate Divulge Forest Footprints, But Many Firms Falling Behind, Report Says

New Metrics / Colgate-Palmolive, Danone, Gucci and Heinz reported their forest impacts for the first time this year, but the gap between leading companies and laggards is growing, according to the fourth annual Forest Footprint Disclosure (FFD) Report.Every year FFD asks the world’s biggest firms to reveal their impact on forests based on the use of five chief commodities — soy, palm oil, timber and pulp, cattle products and biofuels. According to FFD, last year 100 companies disclosed their forest footprints, a 15 percent increase over the previous year. - 7 years ago

Circular Economy Promises $700 Billion in Savings for Consumer Goods Industry, Report Says
Circular Economy Promises $700 Billion in Savings for Consumer Goods Industry, Report Says

Product, Service & Design Innovation / The consumer goods industry could save $700 billion in materials alone through the adoption of a circular economy, according to a new report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The report also details how land productivity and supply chain stabilitydesigning products so they can be recycled or reabsorbed into the biosphere without toxic residuals. - 7 years ago

Umicore Named Most Sustainable Company for Investment
Umicore Named Most Sustainable Company for Investment

Leadership / Belgium‐based materials technology and recycling company Umicore topped the annual list of sustainable companies produced by Toronto-based investment research firm Corporate Knights. The Global 100 list was unveiled at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this week. Natura Cosmeticos, Statoil, Neste Oil and Novo Nordisk rounded out the top five. (Novo Nordisk held the top spot on the 2012 list.) - 7 years ago

Ford, Whirlpool, SunPower Collaboration Envisions 60% Reduction in Home Energy Costs
Ford, Whirlpool, SunPower Collaboration Envisions 60% Reduction in Home Energy Costs

Collaboration / Ford announced a strategic collaboration that aims to demonstrate how a typical American family can significantly reduce their electricity bills and carbon footprint by integrating home appliance technology with a plug-in vehicle and solar power to achieve an energy-efficient lifestyle. - 7 years ago

Interface To Recycle Discarded Fishing Nets Into Carpet
Interface To Recycle Discarded Fishing Nets Into Carpet

Waste Not / Global carpet tile manufacturer Interface, Inc. will soon begin using discarded fishing nets to make carpets, bringing both conservation and socioeconomic benefits to some of the world's poorest coastal communities.The company recently completed a pilot project, called Net-Works, with conservation charity the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). By establishing a community-based supply chain for discarded nets, Net-Works aims to improve the livelihood of local fishers, while providing Interface with an innovative source of recycled materials for its carpet tiles. - 7 years ago

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Novo Nordisk Ranked World’s Most Sustainable Corporation
Novo Nordisk Ranked World’s Most Sustainable Corporation

Leadership / Danish pharmaceutical firm Novo Nordisk was named the most sustainable corporation in the world by Corporate Knights, the Toronto-based media company focused on “clean capitalism.”Corporate Knights’ 2012 Global 100 list includes companies from 22 countries encompassing all sectors of the economy, with collective annual sales in excess of $3.02 trillion, and 5,285,645 million employees.The top ten companies on the list are: - 8 years ago

TerraCycle To Launch Upcycling Program for Disposable Diapers
TerraCycle To Launch Upcycling Program for Disposable Diapers

Waste Not / TerraCycle, the New Jersey-based company that specializes in upcycling waste packaging into durable consumer products, will soon launch a program for disposable diapers, according to Waste & Recycling News.Ernie Simpson, global vice president of research and development for Terracycle, says the company is 90 percent finished with the development of a continuous process for collecting, sterilizing and processing used diapers. Certain parts of the diaper will be compostable, and the remaining materials will be upcycled into plastic lumber, pallets and outdoor furniture. - 8 years ago

Sealed Air Introduces More-Sustainable Packing Peanuts
Sealed Air Introduces More-Sustainable Packing Peanuts

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / If you did much holiday shopping online this year, you likely had to deal with pesky, loose-fill peanut packaging that is tough on the environment and difficult to dispose of or recycle.Packaging manufacturers Sealed Air claim to have solved the “peanut problem” with a new loose fill product made of 95% non-food based renewable material.Sealed Air says the product, called PakNatural, provides the same cushioning protection as polystyrene packing peanuts without the static and environmental impact. And it has better humidity resistance than peanuts made of starch, which also have the downside of diverting food sources. - 8 years ago

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