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55 Brands Are Protecting Forests with CanopyStyle
55 Brands Are Protecting Forests with CanopyStyle

Supply Chain / Not-for-profit environmental organization Canopy has recruited big fashion brands in the fight to protect endangered forests since launching its CanopyStyle campaign in October 2013. Last week, the organization announced that Arcadia Group, C&A China, and Lindex joined the initiative and committed to ensuring their supply chains do not use ancient and endangered forests for fabrics such as rayon and viscose by 2017. - 8 years ago

Trending: Desalination Tech ‘On Ice’ and in the Desert
Trending: Desalination Tech ‘On Ice’ and in the Desert

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / Water scarcity is among the most serious long-term risks facing society worldwide. Climate impacts are worsening drought conditions, causing billions of dollars in economic losses and fresh water supplies are dwindling. To make matters worse, 97 percent of the planet’s water is salt water, 2 percent is glacier ice, and just 1 percent is usable fresh water. - 8 years ago

Nutrition, Wine, IoT, Big Data, AI Come Together at Food+Tech Accelerator
Nutrition, Wine, IoT, Big Data, AI Come Together at Food+Tech Accelerator

Product, Service & Design Innovation / Reimagine Food, an organization on a mission to create an “ecosystem for the techno-food revolution,” has announced the second edition of its Prometheus accelerator program. Touted as the first disruptive food and tech program in the world, Prometheus will accept startups using emerging technologies to create food sector solutions. - 8 years ago

New Startup Accelerator Will Catalyze Cleantech in the Middle East
New Startup Accelerator Will Catalyze Cleantech in the Middle East

Cleantech / Renewable energy company Masdar kicked off its Innovation Week activities by announcing the Middle East’s first startup accelerator focused on sustainability and clean tech. - 8 years ago

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'Oscars of Innovation' Award Dow with Most Wins of Any Packaging Developer
'Oscars of Innovation' Award Dow with Most Wins of Any Packaging Developer

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / The 2015 winners of the annual R&D 100 Awards were announced on November 13 in Las Vegas. Often referred to as the “Oscars of Innovation,” the awards recognize technology inventions commercialized in the past year. The Dow Chemical Company had the largest number of nominations and winners of any single developer, with 21 nominations and six awards.The winning Dow products included two packaging solutions, a paint modifier, an adhesive, a power cable insulation, and a solder: - 8 years ago

Levi’s and Goodwill Are Making It Easier to Donate Clothes This Holiday Season
Levi’s and Goodwill Are Making It Easier to Donate Clothes This Holiday Season

Waste Not / Only 15 percent of textile waste is donated or recycled in the United States. About 21 billion pounds of clothing, footwear, towels, bedding, drapery, and other textiles end up in American landfills every year, which adds up to more than 5 percent of the country’s municipal solid waste. At the same time, textile recyclers claim that up to 95 percent of textiles can be reused or recycled. - 8 years ago

Adidas Kicks Microbeads to the Curb
Adidas Kicks Microbeads to the Curb

Product, Service & Design Innovation / Athletics brand adidas will end the use of microbeads in its body care products by January 1, 2016. With the help of its license partner Coty, adidas has outpaced body care industry giants in eliminating the plastic beads from their products. - 8 years ago

Microsoft Helps Launch R2 Ready for Reuse Label Pilot for Refurbished Computers
Microsoft Helps Launch R2 Ready for Reuse Label Pilot for Refurbished Computers

The Next Economy / With an estimated 41.8 million tonnes of e-waste generated in 2014, recycling and refurbishing our machines is an increasingly important issue. Perhaps more importantly, consumers need to be convinced to recycle their devices and that refurbished ones can be trusted as functional and reliable. Luckily, a certification for responsibly refurbished computers is on the way. - 8 years ago

AT&T to Enable Carbon Savings 10 Times the Footprint of Its Operations by 2025
AT&T to Enable Carbon Savings 10 Times the Footprint of Its Operations by 2025

Cleantech / On November 18, telecommunications company AT&T announced goals for 2025. The goals represent the company’s first long-term roadmap for its citizenship and sustainability work, and focus on three areas: networks and customers, supply chain, and communities.The three corresponding goals for 2025 are: - 8 years ago

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TOMS Launches Social Entrepreneurship Fund
TOMS Launches Social Entrepreneurship Fund

Product, Service & Design Innovation / Apparel brand TOMS, the poster child of the one-for-one business model, is taking its support for fellow purpose-driven businesses to the next level. The newly launched TOMS Social Entrepreneurship Fund is investing in up-and-coming startups that can make a difference. - 8 years ago

Palm Oil Giant Commits to Help Indonesia Through Peatland Rehabilitation, Traceability
Palm Oil Giant Commits to Help Indonesia Through Peatland Rehabilitation, Traceability

Product, Service & Design Innovation / On Monday, Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), the world’s second-largest palm oil producer, launched a peatland rehabilitation project in Indonesia and committed to 100 percent traceability to mill by the end of 2015. - 8 years ago

Walmart Workers Launch #FastFor15 Movement for $15/Hr, Full-Time Pay
Walmart Workers Launch #FastFor15 Movement for $15/Hr, Full-Time Pay

Organizational Change / Walmart employees’ low wages make it difficult for them to meet ends meet, and many go hungry or require assistance from local programs and food banks, according to OUR Walmart - a worker-led organization focused on pressuring the world’s largest retailer to pay its workers $15 an hour and extend full-time employment. To bring the issue to the attention of the Walton family leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday, OUR Walmart has launched a “Fast for 15” initiative. - 8 years ago

Australian Companies Commit to Carbon Reduction Through We Mean Business
Australian Companies Commit to Carbon Reduction Through We Mean Business

Leadership / On November 5, 12 Australian companies committed to climate action at the Australian Climate Leadership Summit in Sydney, an official lead-up event to the COP21 UN climate conference. They join over 250 other companies from around the world who have made commitments through the We Mean Business coalition, including over 40 multinationals that are headquartered or active in Australia. - 8 years ago

Trending: Behavior Change Campaigns Aim to Boost Recycling Rates in the US, UK
Trending: Behavior Change Campaigns Aim to Boost Recycling Rates in the US, UK

Behavior Change / Organizations in the United States and United Kingdom continue to concoct clever ways to convince their citizens that recycling is worthwhile. In England, a new behavior change campaign is trying to reinforce that every little bit helps: If every Londoner recycled one extra plastic bottle a week for a year, enough energy would be saved to power Wembley Stadium for two years – a venue that can hold 90,000 people. So Resource London is asking Londoners to recycle “just one thing,” in its new “Recycle for London” campaign. - 8 years ago

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Beverage Packaging Artisans Get the Spotlight in Coca-Cola's New Short Film
Beverage Packaging Artisans Get the Spotlight in Coca-Cola's New Short Film

Organizational Change / After spending much of her childhood in landfills near Mexico City, 22-year-old Sandy Yazmin Colohua Gomez is now one of the women who has gained financial independence and confidence through The Coca-Cola Company’s 5by20 initiative. The company has released a short film, 5by20: Meet the Artisans, to share the global impact of the initiative through stories such as Sandy’s. - 8 years ago

How Do Crickets and Algae Stack Up Against Beef?
How Do Crickets and Algae Stack Up Against Beef?

Supply Chain / The growing world population’s increasing hunger for protein could lead to serious environmental repercussions. Livestock farming is still the primary source of protein, and has massive environmental impact compared to vegetable farming and other forms of agriculture. Beef remains the most resource-intensive to produce, but new research suggests the resource burden of other sources isn’t clean cut. - 8 years ago

UK Chef's New TV Show Waging 'War on Waste'
UK Chef's New TV Show Waging 'War on Waste'

Waste Not / The latest celebrity chef-led TV show is going beyond delicious meals to dish out hard truths about waste. Chef-turned-food-waste-activist Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall “is on a mission to reduce the amount of waste that Britain produces,” in the new BBC One series, "Hugh’s War on Waste." - 8 years ago

Trending: Sustainable Clothing Sees 12% Water Use Reduction in UK, New Products on Kickstarter
Trending: Sustainable Clothing Sees 12% Water Use Reduction in UK, New Products on Kickstarter

Product, Service & Design Innovation / Around the world, more and more action is being taken to create a more sustainable clothing industry. In the U.K., waste reduction charity WRAP is seeing significant progress on its Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP). Meanwhile, two U.S.-based Kickstarter campaigns are offering sustainable, certified organic options: men’s denim made in America; and temperature-regulating base layers that use nanofibers from Austria. - 8 years ago

Trending: Researchers Finding Food Waste, Phytomining Could Yield Plant-Based Electronic Components
Trending: Researchers Finding Food Waste, Phytomining Could Yield Plant-Based Electronic Components

Waste Not / What if we could get rare metals for computers and smartphones from plants? What if food and beverage waste could be used to create components for LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes)? We’re one step closer to these realities thanks to scientists from Germany’s Freiberg University of Mining and Technology and engineers from the University of Utah. - 8 years ago

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Orange Peels + Sulphur = Mercury Remediation?
Orange Peels + Sulphur = Mercury Remediation?

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / Researchers from Australia’s Flinders University say they have found a “dirt cheap” solution to mercury contamination. Dr. Justin Chalker and his students have developed a dark red polymer from industrial waste products — sulphur and limonene — that turns bright yellow when it absorbs mercury. The color change allows the material to be a mercury detector on top of its remediation capabilities. - 8 years ago