June 7-9: Brand-Led Culture Change Virtual Event

Christian Yonkers

Christian is a writer, photographer, filmmaker, and outdoor junkie obsessed with the intersectionality between people and planet. He partners with brands and organizations with social and environmental impact at their core, assisting them in telling stories that change the world.

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Estée Lauder Companies, Plastics for Change Partner to Support Community-Based Plastic Waste Solutions
Estée Lauder Companies, Plastics for Change Partner to Support Community-Based Plastic Waste Solutions

Collaboration / In an effort to combat climate change and reduce waste in its value chain, Estée Lauder Companies’ charitable wing, the ELC Charitable Foundation, has partnered with Plastics for Change to improve the livelihoods of waste collectors in India while diverting ocean-bound plastics. - 2 weeks ago

The Humble Crab Shell Could Upend a Variety of Polluting Industries — Starting with Wastewater
The Humble Crab Shell Could Upend a Variety of Polluting Industries — Starting with Wastewater

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / Washington-based startup Tidal Vision upcycles discarded crab shells to produce chitosan — a positively charged biopolymer with myriad applications in sustainable water treatment, textile production, agriculture and more. - 4 weeks ago

GAF Project Aims to Increase Quality of Life, Climate Resilience in Urban Communities
GAF Project Aims to Increase Quality of Life, Climate Resilience in Urban Communities

Product, Service & Design Innovation / The GAF Cool Community Project will assess and mitigate the impacts of the urban heat island effect in landlocked and underserved cities — beginning with the Los Angeles neighborhood of Pacoima. - 1 month ago

Why Restaurants Overusing Their Fry Oil Are ‘Fresh’ Out of Excuses
Why Restaurants Overusing Their Fry Oil Are ‘Fresh’ Out of Excuses

Waste Not / Who knew that overused fry oil represented such an untapped health and sustainability market opportunity? FreshFry CEO Jeremiah Chapman breaks it down. - 1 month ago

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New UN Global Treaty Seeks to Break the ‘Plastic Wave’
New UN Global Treaty Seeks to Break the ‘Plastic Wave’

The Next Economy / We can cut annual flow of plastic into the ocean by 80% in the next 20 years. The technology and will is there, but one important piece of the puzzle is missing — and the UN is hopeful they can pull it together. - 2 months ago

‘Toxic Tours’ Shed Light on Communities Most Affected by Petrochemical Pollution
‘Toxic Tours’ Shed Light on Communities Most Affected by Petrochemical Pollution

Marketing and Comms / New platform from Break Free from Plastic explores the hardest-hit frontline communities in the world, from India to Ohio. After hearing each story, viewers can choose to view another location, or take actions designed to make local and global impact. - 3 months ago

Driscoll’s Working to Scale Circular Plastics Economy, from Field to Clamshell
Driscoll’s Working to Scale Circular Plastics Economy, from Field to Clamshell

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / Driscoll’s leads the produce industry in increasing the circularity of packaging and landfill diversion of agricultural plastics. It’s the first berry company to make public commitments and inject serious funding into innovation — with a goal to create economies of scale. - 3 months ago

Growing Anti-Black Friday Movement Spurns Overconsumption, Unsustainable Holiday Shopping
Growing Anti-Black Friday Movement Spurns Overconsumption, Unsustainable Holiday Shopping

Behavior Change / Consumers are more and more inclined to buy from brands that align with their beliefs and values; and anti-Black Friday is an important indicator of the growing chasm between purpose-driven brands and those still banking on business-as-usual approaches. - 6 months ago

Sustainability Metrics 3.0: Measuring ROI of Regenerative Approaches, Social Impacts, Brand Trust
Sustainability Metrics 3.0: Measuring ROI of Regenerative Approaches, Social Impacts, Brand Trust

New Metrics / At SB’21 San Diego, veterans from sales, marketing, certification, design, finance, agriculture and more agreed: While there’s no checklist for regeneration, a focus on interconnectivity, holistic approaches and actionable goals will lead to measurable ripple effects. - 6 months ago

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3 Key Drivers for the Regenerative Leadership We Need
3 Key Drivers for the Regenerative Leadership We Need

Leadership / At SB’21 San Diego, leaders from a variety of industries and disciplines seemed to agree on three key drivers necessary for the regenerative leadership our world needs. - 6 months ago

Bottling the Secret Sauce: Brands Share Insights on Closing the Intention-Action Gap
Bottling the Secret Sauce: Brands Share Insights on Closing the Intention-Action Gap

Behavior Change / At SB’21 San Diego, leaders in food, retail, finance, healthcare, pet care and more shared lessons learned from a variety of initiatives aimed at moving the needle on consumer behavior change. - 6 months ago

How Companies Are Joining Forces, Closing Loops, Optimizing Outputs in Complex Supply Chains
How Companies Are Joining Forces, Closing Loops, Optimizing Outputs in Complex Supply Chains

Supply Chain / At SB’21 San Diego, innovators in the agriculture, electronics, food and plastics industries shared lessons learned from a variety of initiatives aimed at closing loops and optimizing value chains for a circular, regenerative future. - 6 months ago

How to Redesign Products, Services, Messaging, Business Models for a Better Future
How to Redesign Products, Services, Messaging, Business Models for a Better Future

Product, Service & Design Innovation / At SB’21 San Diego, innovators in the apparel, food, plastics, real estate, retail, spirits industries and more shared lessons learned from a variety of initiatives aimed at enabling a circular, regenerative future. - 6 months ago

New Verizon Accelerator Propelling Climate-Justice Solutions ‘Forward for Good’
New Verizon Accelerator Propelling Climate-Justice Solutions ‘Forward for Good’

Product, Service & Design Innovation / The Forward for Good Accelerator sends a clear signal of the company’s willingness to build meaningful collaborations with more nimble change makers, offering Fortune 20 assistance in a mutually beneficial way. - 7 months ago

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Renewable Materials and Value Chain Circularity: The Case of Tetra Pak
Renewable Materials and Value Chain Circularity: The Case of Tetra Pak

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / From manufacturing to end of life, Tetra Pak is committed to engaging its entire value chain to drive low-carbon circularity. But as VP of Sustainability Jason Pelz explains, just looking at recyclability and recycled content won’t get you there. - 7 months ago

Jackson Family Wines to Transform Wine Industry Into One That’s ‘Rooted for Good’
Jackson Family Wines to Transform Wine Industry Into One That’s ‘Rooted for Good’

Walking the Talk / A livable world will be determined by the choices humanity makes during this 'decade of action.' JFW is taking point to fundamentally shift how the wine industry future-proofs itself and does business for good. - 8 months ago

KDP Expands Commitments to ‘Do Good’ in 2021 and Beyond
KDP Expands Commitments to ‘Do Good’ in 2021 and Beyond

Supply Chain / After an unprecedented year, Keurig Dr Pepper’s 2020 Corporate Responsibility Report reveals how partnerships, innovation, transparency and investment allowed the company to achieve goals and launch industry-first new commitments. - 9 months ago

How Can We End the Blame Game in Waste Diversion?
How Can We End the Blame Game in Waste Diversion?

The Next Economy / Global recycling rates are at a discouragingly low 13.5%. But who, or what, is to blame? Finger-pointing won’t help: Policy, consumer demand and companies must work in tandem to close the loop in a still-lacking US recycling system. - 9 months ago

All Aboard: Cox Enterprises on the Cumulative Power of Buy-In
All Aboard: Cox Enterprises on the Cumulative Power of Buy-In

Organizational Change / How can an organization enact profound ESG governance in a sector of the economy that might not be facing external pressures to operate more sustainably? The Cox family of companies accepted this challenge before sustainability was even in the zeitgeist. - 11 months ago

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Keurig Dr Pepper Taps into a New Era of Water Stewardship
Keurig Dr Pepper Taps into a New Era of Water Stewardship

Supply Chain / KDP has found the power of partnerships to be the best primer for innovation and has worked alongside various groups, including direct competitors, all of whom bring to the table a vested interest in shared water resources. - 1 year ago

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