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Amerplast Announces New, Flexible Packaging Made From Sugar Cane
Amerplast Announces New, Flexible Packaging Made From Sugar Cane

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / This week, Amerplast, one of Europe's largest flexo printers and bag converters, began a supply partnership with Braskem, a global leader in biopolymers, to market Green Polyethylene (Green PE) made from a renewable sugar cane ethanol, to tissue segment. - 4 years ago

'More Than Scientists' Campaign Hopes to Humanize Climate Scientists
'More Than Scientists' Campaign Hopes to Humanize Climate Scientists

Marketing and Comms / More Than Scientists, launched this week, brings together climate scientists, advocacy organizations and the public in a campaign that offers a glimpse into the stories, views and feelings of various experts on climate change. The campaign shares their personal perspectives — not on the science itself, but why it matters for future generations. - 4 years ago

Railsponsible Initiative Out to Rope Railroads into CSR Commitments
Railsponsible Initiative Out to Rope Railroads into CSR Commitments

Collaboration / Last week, EcoVadis, operator of a collaborative, sustainable global supply chain platform, announced the launch of Railsponsible, an initiative to drive sustainability throughout the railway supply chain. Six companies in the railway industry - Alstom Transport, Bombardier Transportation, Deutsche Bahn, Knorr Bremse, Nederlandse Spoorwegen ("NedTrain") and SNCF - participated as founding members of Railsponsible for the launch on March 4th in Utrecht, The Netherlands. - 4 years ago

Can Products Be Convenient Without Being Wasteful?
Can Products Be Convenient Without Being Wasteful?

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / Selling a product in today’s world is not just about quality and price point anymore. Packaging has become a key factor in the way companies sell products, and specifically, how (if at all) they are making packaging more sustainable. What companies want to know now is if consumers take their carbon footprint into account when buying products and how they respond when companies make an effort to create more sustainable packaging for their products. - 4 years ago

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Bad Palm Oil Production Practices Linked to Devastating Air Pollution, Haze, UCS Says
Bad Palm Oil Production Practices Linked to Devastating Air Pollution, Haze, UCS Says

Supply Chain / On top of the fact that palm oil production — the biggest driver of deforestation in Southeast Asia and parts of Africa and South America — is responsible for the rampant release of carbon emissions, the destruction of vital habitats for endangered species such as orangutans and the Sumatran tiger, and the production of methane-rich wastewater, a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) links unsustainable palm oil production practices with significant air pollution in Southeast Asia in the form of devastating haze. - 4 years ago

London Assembly Calls on Mayor to Divest City from Fossil Fuels
London Assembly Calls on Mayor to Divest City from Fossil Fuels

Organizational Change / Last week, the London assembly told mayor Boris Johnson to pull City Hall’s £4.8bn pension fund out of coal, oil and gas investments, after assembly members voted on a motion to support the fossil fuel divestment movement.The motion calls on the mayor to publicly support the principle of divestment and to begin the process of ridding the London Pension Fund Authority (LPFA) of its fossil fuel portfolio. But the vote is non-binding, meaning the mayor is bound only to consider its proposals and write a response.The Green Party’s Jenny Jones proposed the motion, which was unanimously supported by Labour and the Liberal Democrats. Six of the Conservative’s nine members were absent. Those who were present voted against. - 4 years ago

UCS: 40% Less Fuel Use by Heavy Duty Trucks, Creating $30B in Savings, Feasible with Existing Technology
UCS: 40% Less Fuel Use by Heavy Duty Trucks, Creating $30B in Savings, Feasible with Existing Technology

Product, Service & Design Innovation / Ahead of the release of a new heavy duty truck fuel-efficiency standard from the Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration this spring, a new Union of Concerned Scientists study, released this week, says new fuel efficiency standards for heavy duty trucks should require at least a 40 percent decrease in fuel use, and shows the target is achievable with existing technology and would result in billions of dollars in fuel cost savings. - 4 years ago

World’s First Solar-Powered Plane Making Its Way Around the Globe
World’s First Solar-Powered Plane Making Its Way Around the Globe

Product, Service & Design Innovation / Single-seat, solar-powered plane, Solar Impulse 2 successfully completed the second leg of its five-month journey around the planet, after touching down in Ahmedabad, India on Tuesday.The journey began successfully after a 13-hour flight from Abu Dhabi to Muscat, Oman. “The flight went really well, everything went as planned,” said a team spokesperson of the first flight. This is but a small step (about 270 miles) on the 20,000-mile journey that will take about 500 hours of flying time. Pilot André Borschberg flew the first leg, while his partner Bertrand Piccard took the second leg. - 4 years ago

Celebrity Chefs Taking Turns Cooking Up Unloved Ingredients to Combat Food Waste At NYC Pop-Up
Celebrity Chefs Taking Turns Cooking Up Unloved Ingredients to Combat Food Waste At NYC Pop-Up

Waste Not / WastED, a pop-up restaurant dedicated to food waste, opens today in Greenwich Village. Starting tonight, chef Dan Barber has suspended dinner service at his farm-to-table Blue Hill Restaurant to host this pop-up, where all-star chefs including Grant Achatz, Danny Bowien, Mario Batali, Dominique Crenn and Alain Ducasse will create menus with ingredients that are usually thrown away. WastED will run through the end of the month, with a menu of dishes devised from leftovers such as stems, peelings, rinds and bones. - 4 years ago

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Proxy Preview 2015 Examines Record-Breaking Number of Sustainability-Related Shareholder Resolutions
Proxy Preview 2015 Examines Record-Breaking Number of Sustainability-Related Shareholder Resolutions

Marketing and Comms / This month, shareholder advocacy organization As You Sow released its 10th annual Proxy Preview report, detailing the record-breaking 433 social and environmental shareholder resolutions filed so far this proxy season, with political spending and climate change driving most of the activity. - 4 years ago

BASF’s Creator Space Hosting Symposium on Smart Energy for a Sustainable Future
BASF’s Creator Space Hosting Symposium on Smart Energy for a Sustainable Future

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / At the first of three science symposia hosted by BASF in honor of its 150th anniversary, to be held this week in Ludwigshafen, Germany, more than 600 top ranking scientists from academia and business will discuss “Smart Energy for a Sustainable Future.” Speakers will discuss the latest innovations in the storage and sustainable use of energy and explain approaches to energy-efficient chemical production. Other topics include viable future mobility, new materials for energy technologies and future energy supply. The symposium is part of BASF's worldwide Creator Space™ program. - 4 years ago

Trending: NGOs Prompt Sweeping Improvements to Animal Welfare in the Dairy Supply Chain
Trending: NGOs Prompt Sweeping Improvements to Animal Welfare in the Dairy Supply Chain

Behavior Change / Animal welfare NGOs Mercy for Animals (MFA) and The Humane League declared victories this week, having motivated more large food companies to reform their animal treatment policies, this time after exposing supplier cruelty toward dairy cows and veal calves. - 4 years ago

UK Lagging in Remanufacturing Economy
UK Lagging in Remanufacturing Economy

Waste Not / Following the release of a new joint report from the Carbon Trust, Knowledge Transfer Network, High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute, Centre for Remanufacturing and Reuse and Coventry University, leading experts from industry and academia have warned that the UK is falling behind other advanced economies in harnessing the value of a rapidly growing remanufacturing industry. - 4 years ago

Ford Aiming to Revolutionize the Commute with New eBikes
Ford Aiming to Revolutionize the Commute with New eBikes

Product, Service & Design Innovation / Ford Motor Company is expanding its global Ford Smart Mobility plan with a new experiment to study how electric bicycles can work seamlessly with cars and public transport to deliver faster and easier daily commutes and help businesses operating in urban centers. - 4 years ago

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Dunkin’ Donuts No Longer Dunked in Chemicals
Dunkin’ Donuts No Longer Dunked in Chemicals

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / Dunkin’ Brands, Dunkin’ Donuts’ parent company, has agreed to remove titanium dioxide, a whitening agent that is a common source of nanomaterials, from all powdered sugar used to make the company’s donuts. As a result of this progress, the advocacy group As You Sow has withdrawn a shareholder proposal asking Dunkin’ to assess and reduce the risks of using nanomaterials in its food products. - 4 years ago

WRAP: Extending Product Life by One Day Will Prevent 250,000 Tons of Food Waste
WRAP: Extending Product Life by One Day Will Prevent 250,000 Tons of Food Waste

Waste Not / In a report published this week, Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP) estimates that an increase on product life of just one day across a range of foods could prevent roughly 250,000 tons of food waste each year — in households and in the supply chain — by giving consumers longer to eat the food that they buy.The “life” of a product is the time period over which food remains safe to eat, or over which the quality does not deteriorate to unacceptable levels, usually designated on-pack by companies through “Sell by” or “Best before” dates. - 4 years ago

Tesla Promises New Battery Can Power Your Home, Power the Grid
Tesla Promises New Battery Can Power Your Home, Power the Grid

Cleantech / Tesla founder Elon Musk has announced a new project that could get millions of people off the grid.Musk’s increased interest in the emerging energy storage market has led to plans for a giant lithium-ion battery factory. Home and businesses owners could buy these battery systems for backup power or for managing solar electricity generation and use. - 4 years ago

Hershey Promises GMO-Free Kisses by the End of the Year
Hershey Promises GMO-Free Kisses by the End of the Year

Behavior Change / U.S. chocolate giant Hershey has announced that it “will transition some of its most popular chocolate brands, including Hershey's Kisses Milk Chocolates and Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bars to simpler ingredients." The shift comes in response to tens of thousands of Facebook posts, emails and telephone calls from consumers who took part in a recent campaign spearheaded by GMO Inside, calling on Hershey's to move to non-GMO ingredients.Hershey's confirmed that as part of its commitment to simpler ingredients, its two iconic products, Hershey's Kisses and Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bars, will be non-GMO by the end of the year.In their recent statement, Hershey’s outlines three key principles for moving forward: - 4 years ago

Waste2Watergy Helping Beverage Companies Brew Power from Wastewater
Waste2Watergy Helping Beverage Companies Brew Power from Wastewater

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / Waste2Watergy, a Corvallis startup formed at Oregon State University, has secured a $225,000 federal grant to advance technology that cleans organics from brewery wastewater while producing electricity. The company says the technology could revolutionize wastewater treatment for the entire food and beverage industry.Developers have created a microbial fuel cell (MFC) system that generates energy from treating wastewater. Tiny microbes were designed to consume organic material; as an added bonus, the electrochemical energy created from microbial reactions in the fuel cell produce electricity. - 4 years ago

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Safeway to Sell World’s First Fair Trade Certified Seafood, Improve Communities at the Same Time
Safeway to Sell World’s First Fair Trade Certified Seafood, Improve Communities at the Same Time

Supply Chain / Last week, Safeway and Fair Trade USA announced a partnership to launch Fair Trade Certified™ seafood into the North American market. The program addresses both social and environmental responsibility in fishing communities across the globe. In March, Safeway will debut the world’s first Fair Trade fish – wild-capture tuna from small-scale fishermen in Indonesia – in its Northern California, Portland and Seattle Division stores. - 4 years ago

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