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Trending: Healthier Buildings Are on the Horizon; New Materials Clean the Air
Trending: Healthier Buildings Are on the Horizon; New Materials Clean the Air

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / What if buildings could break down pollution and act like forests? What if they could make occupants healthier? - 7 months ago

UNICEF, LIXIL Partner to Provide 250M People Access to Basic Sanitation by 2021
UNICEF, LIXIL Partner to Provide 250M People Access to Basic Sanitation by 2021

Collaboration / Sanitation is one of the most pressing social and public health challenges today. 1 in 3 people worldwide do not have access to a safe toilet — and 892 million people have no choice but to defecate in the open. Every two minutes, a child dies from a preventable diarrhea-related disease — approximately 288,000 children each year. The issue also contributes to the number of girls who drop out of school, since they are especially affected by a lack of hygiene and sanitation during their period. - 7 months ago

Greenpeace: Clothing Industry Showing Progress Toward Detox Commitments
Greenpeace: Clothing Industry Showing Progress Toward Detox Commitments

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / For the first time, Greenpeace has released a report on the progress of its Detox campaign to eliminate hazardous chemicals from clothing production by 2020. The 80 companies who have signed on over the first seven years of the initiative represent a combined 15 percent of global clothing production — and all of them are “making good progress” to cut 11 priority chemicals and improve transparency. - 8 months ago

Dove, Nike, Hershey’s Among Millennials’, Gen Z’s Most Trusted Brands
Dove, Nike, Hershey’s Among Millennials’, Gen Z’s Most Trusted Brands

Marketing and Comms / The erosion of trust among consumers – and especially young consumers bucketed as Millennials or Gen Z – is top-of-mind for brands fighting for brand loyalty in a world with the highest youth population in history. - 8 months ago

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New Projects in Guatemala, Australia Sweetening Sugar Industry Sustainability Practices
New Projects in Guatemala, Australia Sweetening Sugar Industry Sustainability Practices

Supply Chain / Sugar has been a hot topic the past few years due to artificial and natural sweeteners entering the market and growing concerns about obesity and children’s health. The U.S. - 8 months ago

Trending: C&A, Looptworks, John Lewis Spin Out More Circular Apparel Solutions
Trending: C&A, Looptworks, John Lewis Spin Out More Circular Apparel Solutions

The Next Economy / Increasing circularity in the apparel sector will require a variety of initiatives and some of the most valuable ways to bridge the implementation gap will be to provide funding, design new products with closed-loop design and launch take-back programs for would-be-waste items. Announcements on Monday revealed that these are exactly the contributions being made by the C&A Foundation, Looptworks and John Lewis. - 9 months ago

Frameworks to SHIFT Behavior, Create MAPS for Product Marketing
Frameworks to SHIFT Behavior, Create MAPS for Product Marketing

Marketing and Comms / How to get consumers to choose sustainable over conventional remains a puzzling question, but two sessions I attended at SB’18 Vancouver provided frameworks to help brands make some headway. One highlighted actionable ways practitioners can influence consumers to behave more sustainably with the SHIFT framework. In the other, Nice and Serious drew parallels to the story of David and Goliath to introduce the MAPS and MEE frameworks to help companies compete with conventional products. - 9 months ago

Interface Moving from Net Zero to Climate Positive by Rethinking Factories as Forests
Interface Moving from Net Zero to Climate Positive by Rethinking Factories as Forests

New Metrics / With 3.8 billion years of R&D behind Earth’s systems and creatures, we’ve barely scratched the surface of what we can learn and how we can apply those lessons to our companies, products and processes. - 9 months ago

Philip Morris International is Quitting Smoking — But Don't Take Their Word for It
Philip Morris International is Quitting Smoking — But Don't Take Their Word for It

Behavior Change / Jennifer Motles Svigilsky detests cigarettes. A former human rights lawyer with the United Nations, she recently began focusing her energy on the ambitious — almost unimaginable — vision that today’s 1.1 billion smokers might quit smoking within a generation. Which is how she found herself sitting in front of a crowded room on the second day of SB’18 Vancouver, representing one of the world’s largest cigarette companies, Philip Morris International (PMI). - 9 months ago

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Lowe’s to Phase Out 2 Toxic Chemicals Following Deaths, Petitions, EPA Inaction
Lowe’s to Phase Out 2 Toxic Chemicals Following Deaths, Petitions, EPA Inaction

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / Lowe’s has become the first major U.S. retailer to commit to ending the sale of two toxic chemicals in its paint removal products sold globally by the end of this year. The chemicals, methylene chloride and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP), have been linked to more than 60 deaths in the U.S. since 1980, prompting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to propose a ban in January 2017 that has yet to be finalized. - 9 months ago

Trending: Impending Bans in EU, Vancouver; £1M Fund Target Plastic Waste
Trending: Impending Bans in EU, Vancouver; £1M Fund Target Plastic Waste

Waste Not / These days — especially in sustainability circles — it seems impossible to avoid hearing about the massive problem that is plastic pollution, and what we can do to address it. In the past two weeks alone, there have been announcements from public, non-profit and private organizations alike, such as the European Commission, City of Vancouver, Zero Waste Scotland, and Hilton. It’s great to see, but before we declare that we’re “winning the war” on plastic waste, we need to take it one battle at a time. - 9 months ago

Trending: BofA, Lloyds, CBL Foster Clean Investments with Bond, Lending, Emissions Credits
Trending: BofA, Lloyds, CBL Foster Clean Investments with Bond, Lending, Emissions Credits

Finance & Investment / Projects that reduce emissions, generate clean energy or aid sustainable development could benefit from more financial support this year thanks to recent announcements from financial firms in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. From Bank of America (BofA) issuing its fourth and largest green bond to date, to Lloyds Banking Group’s new £2 billion scheme to offer discounted financing and a partnership that will see more emissions reduction credits listed on CBL Markets (CBL)’s global exchange, it’s been a good month for green investments. - 9 months ago

Trending: New EMF Collaborative, G-Star RAW, Parsons Students Latest to ‘Make Fashion Circular’
Trending: New EMF Collaborative, G-Star RAW, Parsons Students Latest to ‘Make Fashion Circular’

The Next Economy / The Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) has launched a new industry collaborative to build on the vision outlined in its New Textiles Economy report. - 10 months ago

Trending: Edinburgh Going Circular, Auckland Sees the Business Case
Trending: Edinburgh Going Circular, Auckland Sees the Business Case

The Next Economy / A major new initiative in Edinburgh will help local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) identify and capitalise on circular economy opportunities, while an economic study has shown how circular economy opportunities could deliver nearly $9 billion for Auckland. - 10 months ago

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Trending: Clean Meat Poised to Make the Cut
Trending: Clean Meat Poised to Make the Cut

Product, Service & Design Innovation / “Clean meat” — products produced from culturing animal cells rather than raising and slaughtering animals — is facing its first major regulatory battle. The U.S. - 10 months ago

‘Closing the Loop’ Doc Stresses Imperative for Circular Revolution, Shares Success Stories
‘Closing the Loop’ Doc Stresses Imperative for Circular Revolution, Shares Success Stories

The Next Economy / Going “circular” refers to the change from our current take-make-waste linear economy to a borrow-use-return circular economy, also known under the banners of ‘zero-waste’ and ‘cradle-to-cradle.’ The concept has sparked a movement among companies, governments, NGOs, and - 11 months ago

Canadian SMEs Leading the Way in Sustainability, But Limited by Capacity
Canadian SMEs Leading the Way in Sustainability, But Limited by Capacity

Leadership / New research from the University of Waterloo suggests that small businesses have enormous potential to advance sustainability in Canada. 86% of SMEs surveyed think that sustainability is important, and more than half have taken steps to make their practices more socially and environmentally-friendly. - 11 months ago

Canadian Municipalities Struggling with Costs of Contamination, Markets for Recyclables
Canadian Municipalities Struggling with Costs of Contamination, Markets for Recyclables

Behavior Change / The world’s first curbside recycling program started where I live. Ontario, Canada’s Blue Box program made its official debut in the City of Kitchener in 1981 and became a blueprint for recycling programs in more than 150 countries around the world. Many Canadians don’t realize recycling “started” here in the Great White North, and unfortunately, many also don’t know what can go in their blue boxes these days. - 11 months ago

Trending: Sustainable Cocoa for an Ethical Easter?
Trending: Sustainable Cocoa for an Ethical Easter?

Supply Chain / The week surrounding Easter has the highest consumption of chocolate in the year. For environmentalists, it can be a bitter reminder that many of the world’s primary regions for growing cocoa are experiencing dramatic decline in forest cover as land is cleared for agriculture. Cocoa is the top driver of deforestation in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire; countries that also rank 1st and 3rd for the highest rates of deforestation in all of Africa. - 11 months ago

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World Water Day: Kimberly-Clark, PepsiCo, Target Dive Into New Projects, Targets
World Water Day: Kimberly-Clark, PepsiCo, Target Dive Into New Projects, Targets

Collaboration / From social media campaigns to water conservation projects and efficiency improvements across their supply chains, top brands announced all sorts of initiatives today in celebration of World Water Day — a new water management tool from Kimberly-Clark and Deltares, projects from PepsiCo and The Nature Conservancy, goals from Gap Inc. and Target, and campaign from Absolut Elyx and Water For People, just to name a few. - 11 months ago

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