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U.S. Water Launches Breakthrough in Sustainable, Cost-Saving Water-Cooling Treatment
U.S. Water Launches Breakthrough in Sustainable, Cost-Saving Water-Cooling Treatment

Waste Not / U.S. Water Services, a water treatment company providing industrial and commercial water management, has announced a breakthrough in sustainable chemistry for cooling water treatment.The PhosZero™ family of water treatment products is designed to provide scale and corrosion control similar to “traditional” phosphorus containing chemistries, but without the discharge or aquatic toxicity of older technologies.The PhosZero products are made with E-FexTM technology, which the company says includes the following benefits: - 5 years ago

Trending: Coca-Cola, Liquid Light, Monadnock Advancing Sustainable Packaging Technologies
Trending: Coca-Cola, Liquid Light, Monadnock Advancing Sustainable Packaging Technologies

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / The Coca-Cola Company has launched a development agreement with Liquid Light, a technology company focused on converting carbon dioxide into major industrial chemicals, to accelerate production of mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) – a component used to make Coca-Cola’s plant-based PET PlantBottleTM. - 5 years ago

Ethiopian Gene Bank Preserving Agricultural Biodiversity
Ethiopian Gene Bank Preserving Agricultural Biodiversity

Product, Service & Design Innovation / The Third International Conference on Financing for Development was held in Ethiopia this week, gathering top government officials to discuss initial implementation plans for the UN’s post-2015 development agenda. - 5 years ago

Trending: Combating Food Waste with Coffee-Based Biofuel, Edible Plates
Trending: Combating Food Waste with Coffee-Based Biofuel, Edible Plates

Waste Not / British coffee drinkers can now support biofuel production on their morning commutes. Network Rail, the company owning and operating Britain’s stations announced a partnership Tuesday with bio-bean, a company recycling waste coffee grounds into carbon-neutral fuel.Following a successful trial at London’s Victoria and Waterloo stations, the scheme will be introduced at Network Rail’s six largest stations, which generate nearly 700 tons of coffee waste annually. Instead of sending the grounds to landfill, generating roughly 5,000 tons of carbon emissions, the waste will now produce over 650 tons of biofuel — enough to power 1,000 homes a year. - 5 years ago

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New Report Decouples Economic Growth from Increased Emissions
New Report Decouples Economic Growth from Increased Emissions

The Next Economy / A new report shows evidence that economic growth is decoupling from carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions in a majority of American states. Authored by sustainability groups Ceres and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), along with Bank of America and four of the largest U.S. power plant operators, the research shows 42 of 50 states decreased emissions from power plants from 2008-2013, totaling a nationwide decrease of 12 percent. - 5 years ago

Ford, FCA US Partner with DOE to Develop Dual-Fuel Vehicles
Ford, FCA US Partner with DOE to Develop Dual-Fuel Vehicles

Product, Service & Design Innovation / A new partnership between Ford, automaker FCA US LLC and the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory could lead to more efficient engines on the road. Announced this week, the research collaboration will explore technical concepts and development of engines that will simultaneously use natural gas and traditional gasoline.“The fact that two major players in the auto industry are partnering with Argonne on this project really shows the promise of this approach,” said project director Thomas Wallner. “The assumption here is that if you blend the fuels properly, you can make substantial gains in efficiency.” - 5 years ago

Trending: Upcycled Clothing Line, Hong Kong Exhibit Aiming to Combat Waste in Fashion
Trending: Upcycled Clothing Line, Hong Kong Exhibit Aiming to Combat Waste in Fashion

Waste Not / With ever-changing fashion trends, cheap and disposable clothing creates heaping piles of landfill trash around the world. Two recent developments in the fashion industry — an art exhibit and a recycled clothing line — aim to spread awareness of and combat this mounting problem. Waste on Display First, a new art installation in Hong Kong by eco-friendly fashion NGO Redress illustrates the enormity of clothing waste and the associated environmental impacts. Made from 360 kg of discarded clothing, the YWASTE? exhibit represents the amount of textiles dumped into Hong Kong landfills every two minutes — 10,800 kg, or nearly 800 lbs an hour! - 5 years ago

Scientists Looking to Agave, Other Succulents as Model for Engineering Drought-Resistant Plants
Scientists Looking to Agave, Other Succulents as Model for Engineering Drought-Resistant Plants

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / As a punishing drought continues to grip California and other areas around the globe, scientists are exploring hardy succulents as a pathway to genetically engineer plants to use less water.Agave and other succulents such as the prickly pear, pineapple and vanilla have evolved to perform a different kind of photosynthesis that enable their survival in semiarid environments.Crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) describes the process these species use to absorb most of their carbon dioxide at night rather than during the day, as most plants (known as C3 and C4 plants) do. This timing difference means less water evaporates off the leaves through transpiration. - 5 years ago

Trending: Major Brands Adopting Bold Anti-Smoking Stances
Trending: Major Brands Adopting Bold Anti-Smoking Stances

Behavior Change / While a shift in consumer attitudes away from smoking has been mounting for decades, major brands are now stepping up to do their part to extinguish the unhealthy habit.First, CVS Health Corporation resigned from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce last week, after exposing the Chamber’s involvement in lobbying campaigns against anti-smoking laws. CVS says selling cigarettes is antithetical to its strategy to become a healthcare destination. - 5 years ago

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Whole Foods, Wegmans Top Greenpeace Scorecard for Sustainable Seafood
Whole Foods, Wegmans Top Greenpeace Scorecard for Sustainable Seafood

Behavior Change / Greenpeace released the ninth edition of its Carting Away the Oceans (CATO) report today, ranking 25 supermarkets on the sustainability of their seafood procurement. Whole Foods ranked first for the third year in a row, followed by Wegmans, Hy-Vee, and Safeway in the “good” category. In total, 80 percent of evaluated retailers received passing scores overall.Supermarkets were scored across four areas: - 5 years ago

Countertop Meat Printer Could Change the Conversation Around Unsustainable Production
Countertop Meat Printer Could Change the Conversation Around Unsustainable Production

Product, Service & Design Innovation / In the future, you may be able to print meat in your kitchen. That is the hope behind the Cultivator, a conceptual prototype for a countertop 3D printer made by design students Sarah Mautsch and Aaron Abentheuer.The Cultivator intends to spark conversation about the future of food production and bioprinting, a technology currently being explored to fabricate human organs in experimental medicine. Inspiration for the Cultivator was based on the assumed development of this technology over the next 30 years. - 5 years ago

Report: Fossil Fuel Industry Long Deceiving the Public on Climate Change
Report: Fossil Fuel Industry Long Deceiving the Public on Climate Change

Marketing and Comms / The Union of Concerned Scientists released a report this week documenting the deception tactics used by fossil fuel companies in spreading misinformation about climate change. The Climate Deception Dossiers contains 85 internal memos showing a variety of efforts to manufacture uncertainty about climate science.Fossil fuel companies have long been aware of the harmful impacts of their products and have intentionally deceived the public to deny this harm, the report argues. The authors present a small history lesson evidencing the extent of companies’ dishonesty. - 5 years ago

The On-Demand Economy is Now Hiring … Employees?
The On-Demand Economy is Now Hiring … Employees?

Product, Service & Design Innovation / Last week, courier service Shyp announced it will convert its contract workers to full-fledged W2 employees. The company’s decision bucks the surge of startups fueling the 1099 economy, which avoids paying workers benefits by classifying them as independent contractors.“This move is an investment in a longer-term relationship with our couriers, which we believe will ultimately create the best experience for our customers,” Shyp CEO Kevin Gibbon wrote in a company blog post. - 5 years ago

London’s First Subterranean Farm Bringing Its Sustainable Produce to Market
London’s First Subterranean Farm Bringing Its Sustainable Produce to Market

Product, Service & Design Innovation / London’s first subterranean farm will begin selling produce to its first commercial client later this month, marking a breakthrough for the city’s urban farming. - 5 years ago

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Nestlé Waters’ resource® Now Comes in 100% Recycled Bottles
Nestlé Waters’ resource® Now Comes in 100% Recycled Bottles

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / Yesterday resource® Natural Spring Water announced the debut of a remodeled bottle made entirely of recycled plastic (rPET). Part of the Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) portfolio of bottled waters, the resource brand reflects Nestle’s exploration of environmentally sound packaging options across its family of beverages.The remodeled bottle, available in 700ml and 1L sizes, is sourced and bottled in the US. It is produced with 100 percent rPET, excluding the cap and label. resource says it hopes the new bottle will focus attention on the uses of rPET and encourage bottle-to-bottle recycling among consumers. - 5 years ago

With No-Label Can, Coca-Cola Asks Us to 'Remove Labels' This Ramadan
With No-Label Can, Coca-Cola Asks Us to 'Remove Labels' This Ramadan

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / Coca-Cola has launched a new campaign to discourage stereotyping and prejudice. In time for the Muslim holiday of Ramadan, the beverage giant will remove labels from its soda cans throughout the Middle East.The company explained its rationale behind the campaign in a statement: "In a time when equality and abolishing prejudices is a hot topic for discussion around the world, how does one of the leading brands like Coca-Cola join in the conversation? In the Middle East, during the month of Ramadan, one of the world's most well-known labels has removed its own label, off its cans, in an effort to promote a world without labels and prejudices."The no-label cans feature one blank side and one side reading: “Labels are for cans, not for people.” - 5 years ago

Measurabl, Optoro Partner to Pilot Improved Sustainability Data Collection
Measurabl, Optoro Partner to Pilot Improved Sustainability Data Collection

Cleantech / This week, startup Measurabl, a provider of sustainability data management and analytics software, announced a partnership with Optoro, a technology company focused on supply chain sustainability for retailers. The “We Are Measurabl” pilot program allows Optoro and other companies to track and validate their corporate sustainability performance to their stakeholders. - 5 years ago

20 Subnational Governments Lead Emissions-Reduction Commitments Ahead of COP21
20 Subnational Governments Lead Emissions-Reduction Commitments Ahead of COP21

Collaboration / Regional and state governments around the world are committing to ambitious emissions-reduction targets in the lead-up to December’s COP 21 meeting.Today, the Climate Group’s Compact of States and Regions announced record commitments to reducing GHG emissions from 20 governments representing 220 million people and $8.3 trillion in GDP. All reporting governments have a series of reduction targets across their operations, with some as ambitious as 90 percent reduction by 2050 and 100 percent reduction by 2060. 18 governments have also reported renewable energy targets. - 5 years ago

Trending: ASU Sun Devils, ESPN Launch Full-Court Press on Waste at Sporting Events
Trending: ASU Sun Devils, ESPN Launch Full-Court Press on Waste at Sporting Events

Waste Not / Arizona State University (ASU) athletics and ESPN recently continued bold efforts to reduce waste and carbon emissions at their high-profile sporting events.ASU’s Sun Devil Athletics was recognized for its participation in the 2014 Game Day Zero Waste Challenge as part of the Pac-12 Conference. The team scored first in the Challenge’s recycling and organics-reduction categories, recycling an average of 1 pound of waste per person. It also placed second in the conference diversion rate category and third in GHG reduction. - 5 years ago

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Meet 'Denise,' a Triple Threat That Just May Help Rid the World of Produce Waste
Meet 'Denise,' a Triple Threat That Just May Help Rid the World of Produce Waste

Product, Service & Design Innovation / As we discuss all too often here at SB, food waste around the world is one of our most pressing issues; nearly a third of all food produced — over 1.3 billion tons per year — is wasted, according to the FAO. - 5 years ago

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