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Macallan Distillery Cleans Up Its Act with £74M Clean Energy Investment
Macallan Distillery Cleans Up Its Act with £74M Clean Energy Investment

Cleantech / The Macallan, one of the world’s most famous whisky distilleries, has launched a new £74m clean energy project at its facility in Speyside, Scotland, which is expected to produce enough energy to heat the plant as well as power 20,000 local homes.The project was launched in a collaboration between John Laing and the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB). The new plant, developed by Estover Energy, is a biomass combined heat and power facility. According to GIB, the plant will be fuelled with sustainable forestry by-product sourced locally from one of the UK’s most productive forestry areas. - 9 years ago

Cradle to Cradle Marketplace First Online Store Dedicated to Circular Economy Products
Cradle to Cradle Marketplace First Online Store Dedicated to Circular Economy Products

Product, Service & Design Innovation / The concept of a circular economy has been on the fringes of market development for a while now, but a boost could come from the recent launch of the Cradle to Cradle Marketplace, the first online store to support the circular economy, selling only C2C-certified products (products in which their full life-cycle has been taken into account). - 9 years ago

Al Gore Inviting Youth to Challenge World Leaders on Climate Change
Al Gore Inviting Youth to Challenge World Leaders on Climate Change

The Next Economy / The voices of the world’s younger generation — who potentially have the most to lose from climate change — have predominantly been left unheard in the whole debate about how (or if) to deal with it. Former Vice President Al Gore hopes to change that, however, with the launch of a new campaign offering young people the opportunity to have their say when the world’s leaders meet in New York next month for the UN Climate Summit. - 9 years ago

Why Dirty Cigarette Butts Could Become a Clean Energy Storage Solution
Why Dirty Cigarette Butts Could Become a Clean Energy Storage Solution

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / A team of South Korean scientists has converted cigarette butts into a valuable material that they say could be used as an energy storage device in computers, electrical vehicles, wind turbines and various handheld devices.As reported by the Institute of Physics (IOP), and published in their journal Nanotechnology, the researchers demonstrated that the material proved superior to commercially used alternatives such as carbon, graphene and carbon nanotubes. The breakthrough could represent a win-win — acting as an electrical storage device while providing a solution to the increasing environmental burden caused by used cigarette filters. - 9 years ago

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GOL Airlines Makes First Commercial Flight Fueled by Sugarcane-Derived Biofuel
GOL Airlines Makes First Commercial Flight Fueled by Sugarcane-Derived Biofuel

Collaboration / Brazilian airline GOL has become the first in the aviation industry to fly a commercial flight with farnesane, a recently approved aviation biofuel. On July 31, the GOL 7725 flight made the first international connection from Orlando, Florida to Sao Paulo, Brazil.The Brazilian airline partnered with Amyris, a biotechnology company dedicated to producing renewable alternatives to petroleum-based fuels, to take the first step in developing a more sustainable aviation industry. Earlier in the month, GOL committed to flying its Boeing 737 fleet with a 10 percent blend of farnesane, a sugarcane-derived biofuel. - 9 years ago

Does Ecoliteracy Prevent Environmental Action?
Does Ecoliteracy Prevent Environmental Action?

Stakeholder Trends and Insights / “Knowledge is not enough” is the slogan of the WorldWatch Institute’s State of the World 2014 campaign, raising the question of whether current environmental education is enough to promote action. The Institute reports that the current ecological literacy (“ecoliteracy”) model of filling the knowledge deficit rather than addressing the behavior deficit has generated an array of highly knowledgeable individuals who still fail to take action despite their understanding of the underlying issues. - 9 years ago

Massachusetts Imposes Ambitious Law to Eliminate Commercial Food Waste
Massachusetts Imposes Ambitious Law to Eliminate Commercial Food Waste

Waste Not / In a world where there is a glaring equality gap in the provision of food and adequate nutrition, plus increasing strain on the global food system from a growing population, food waste is becoming a much-discussed issue. - 9 years ago

Nestlé, Tata Setting the Bar for 100% Sustainable Sourcing
 Nestlé, Tata Setting the Bar for 100% Sustainable Sourcing

Supply Chain / Nestlé UK & Ireland and Tata Global Beverages have both announced they are committed to achieving 100 percent sustainable sourcing for their products as part of their overall sustainability strategies.For Nestlé, which has aimed to achieve 100 percent sustainable sourcing of its cocoa by the end of 2015, this would be a milestone event — making it the first major confectionery company to do so in the UK and Ireland.The confectioner works with both UTZ Certified and the Fairtrade Foundation as part of the Nestlé Cocoa Plan, where currently 60 percent of the chocolate purchased in the UK and Ireland is sourced from certified farms. - 9 years ago

Turkish Design Firm Looks at Plastic Bottle Waste in a New Light
Turkish Design Firm Looks at Plastic Bottle Waste in a New Light

Products and Design / Designnobis, a creative innovation firm, has developed a cheap lighting concept comprised of solar panels and discarded plastic bottles. The Turkish firm developed a product they call ‘Infinite Light’ — a solar lantern that could be a cost-effective way of supplying light to people in the developing world.The lantern consists of a flexible solar panel and batteries fitted inside an empty plastic bottle (which increases the energy gain). During the day, the solar panel harvests sunlight, charging the batteries before switching to battery power in the evening once the solar energy has dissipated. The device is held together in a wire frame, with a handle for easy hanging or carrying. - 9 years ago

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Should Fruit and Vegetables Be Marketed in the Same Way as Pharmaceuticals?
Should Fruit and Vegetables Be Marketed in the Same Way as Pharmaceuticals?

Behavior Change / If the health benefits of fruit and vegetables were marketed more like pharmaceutical drugs, it could potentially develop into a multimillion-dollar boon for the pharmaceutical industry, claims one of the UK’s leading dieticians.Catherine Collins, principal dietician at St George’s Hospital in London, was reported by Food Manufacture to have made this claim recently in response to a new study. The study, which measures the effects of eating five fruit and vegetable portions a day, involved over 800,000 consumers — done on such a large scale as to be referred to as a “granddaddy of a study” by Collins. - 9 years ago

Participant Media's 'TakePart World' Highlights Sustainability Progress in Developing World
Participant Media's 'TakePart World' Highlights Sustainability Progress in Developing World

Marketing and Comms / Participant Media, with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, this week launched a new multi-platform series, TakePart World, which investigates the myths and misconceptions people across the globe have about the developing world. The year-long series spotlights the faces and voices of those driving progress towards a sustainable future for the world’s poorest. - 9 years ago