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New TV Ad Hails RFS as Economic Driver, Asks EPA: Why Mess With Success?
New TV Ad Hails RFS as Economic Driver, Asks EPA: Why Mess With Success?

Marketing and Comms / With the open comment period on the proposed EPA rule to roll back the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) coming to a close on January 28, Americans United for Change (AUFC) is launching its next in a series of TV ads asking rural Americans to join the final push to overwhelm Washington with comments in support of the RFS, family farmers and rural economies — and against another subsidy giveaway to Big Oil. - 10 years ago

Goodwill's New goBINs Allow People to Donate Goods Without Leaving Home
Goodwill's New goBINs Allow People to Donate Goods Without Leaving Home

Waste Not / Goodwill San Francisco (SFGoodwill) has announced a new initiative that will make donating textiles as convenient as dropping a bottle in a recycling bin. Developed by global design firm frog in collaboration with SFGoodwill’s internal brand team specifically for use in multi-unit apartment towers, the new Goodwill goBINTM allows residents to donate unwanted clothing, shoes and other items without leaving their buildings. - 10 years ago

Nike, PUMA in Talks with Chemist Revolutionizing Bio-Based Materials
Nike, PUMA in Talks with Chemist Revolutionizing Bio-Based Materials

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / University of Delaware professor Dr. Richard Wool is setting about revolutionizing bio-based materials for a wide variety of applications. The professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering — who is also director of UD’s Affordable Composites from Renewable Resources (ACRES) program — has already developed safer chemical adhesives, composites, foams and circuit boards from renewable resources through processes that require less water and energy to produce and create less hazardous waste compared to petroleum-based processes, according to Science Daily. - 10 years ago

Blake Mycoskie Joins The B Team
Blake Mycoskie Joins The B Team

Leadership / The B Team announced today that Blake Mycoskie — entrepreneur, author, and founder/CEO of TOMS Shoes — is the latest recruit to join its ranks. Mycoskie becomes the youngest member of The B Team and will lend his unique, entrepreneurial perspective on the future of business to the team and its work. - 10 years ago

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Food Brands, Farming Groups, NGOs Urge Obama to Enact Federal GMO Labeling Law
Food Brands, Farming Groups, NGOs Urge Obama to Enact Federal GMO Labeling Law

Marketing and Comms / A group made up of over 200 organizations including food companies, organic farming and environmental groups have signed a letter urging President Obama to enact labelling laws highlighting products that contain genetically modified ingredients. - 10 years ago

WBCSD Threatens to Expel APRIL Unless It Proves It Has Ended Deforestation Practices
WBCSD Threatens to Expel APRIL Unless It Proves It Has Ended Deforestation Practices

Supply Chain / APRIL, the second largest pulp and paper company in Indonesia, has today been threatened with expulsion from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a coalition of some 200 international companies committed to sustainability, unless it can demonstrate that it has ended its role in deforestation, according to Greenpeace. - 10 years ago

UK Bosses Miss Out on £300 Million Energy and Waste Reduction Opportunity
UK Bosses Miss Out on £300 Million Energy and Waste Reduction Opportunity

Press Release / Less than a quarter of UK employees have been asked to help save energy at work, and fewer than half are concerned about the cost of energy for their employer, according to new research by the Carbon Trust.The research highlights how UK workplaces are missing out on more than £300 million a year in savings that could be achieved through encouraging employees to adopt behaviours that reduce energy use and waste. - 10 years ago

Post Commits to Non-GMO Grape Nuts; More Cereals May Follow
Post Commits to Non-GMO Grape Nuts; More Cereals May Follow

Marketing and Comms / GMO Inside, a campaign of Green America, learned from Post Foods on Thursday that the company has committed to rolling out Grape Nuts verified by the Non-GMO Project this month.In response to a request from GMO Inside, Post Foods responded: “We have an exciting update for you. Post has released a non-GMO verified Grape Nuts that is on the store shelves as of January 2014. Also, we are exploring some of our other cereals to see if there is potential going forward to add more non-GMO verified products to the Post Foods product line. We are always listening to our consumers and looking for ways to provide a good variety of products.” - 10 years ago

Bear Republic Brewery Unveils Energy-Positive Wastewater Treatment System
Bear Republic Brewery Unveils Energy-Positive Wastewater Treatment System

Cleantech / Sonoma County-based Bear Republic Brewing Company and Cambrian Innovation, a water and bioenergy technology provider, have unveiled an EcoVolt water treatment system at Bear Republic’s brewery in Cloverdale. The EcoVolt system uses a proprietary bioelectric technology to treat wastewater and generate biogas.Bear Republic, known for its Racer 5 IPA and commitment to environmental stewardship, is the first brewery to purchase the energy-positive EcoVolt system, which will cut its water treatment costs, generate clean water and energy for use onsite, and significantly reduce the brewery’s CO2 footprint. - 10 years ago

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Medical Marijuana Farm Recovering 97% of Its Wastewater Through Reverse Osmosis
Medical Marijuana Farm Recovering 97% of Its Wastewater Through Reverse Osmosis

Cleantech / Kind Love, a state-licensed medical marijuana grower in Denver, Colorado, is improving the operational efficiency and environmental sustainability of its grow operations by installing a closed-circuit desalination (CCD) reverse osmosis (RO) system. The system, which will produce up to 22,000 gallons of purified water per day, is being supplied by Desalitech, a provider of high-efficiency water production and wastewater treatment solutions. - 10 years ago

New Greenpeace Report Reveals 'Little Monsters' in Children's Clothing
New Greenpeace Report Reveals 'Little Monsters' in Children's Clothing

Marketing and Comms / Hazardous chemicals have been found in children’s clothes and shoes made by major brands including Disney, Burberry and adidas, according to a new report, A Little Story About the Monsters in Your Closet, released yesterday by Greenpeace East Asia. - 10 years ago

Food Companies Seek Federal GMO Labeling Standard, Challenge Washington's Campaign Finance Laws
Food Companies Seek Federal GMO Labeling Standard, Challenge Washington's Campaign Finance Laws

Marketing and Comms / The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) — which represents food-industry giants including Coca-Cola, MARS, Kellogg, P&G, McDonald’s, Mondelez International, Starbucks, Hershey, General Mills and roughly 300 others — announced this week that it will petition to the chief U.S. food safety regulator and Congress to enact a single federal standard for the labeling of genetically modified (GMO) foods. - 10 years ago

First I:CO City Initiative Helping San Francisco Achieve Zero Textile Waste
First I:CO City Initiative Helping San Francisco Achieve Zero Textile Waste

Collaboration / I:CO, a leading global, end-to-end solutions provider for the reuse and recycling of clothing, shoes and other textiles, today launches its first-ever I:CO City initiative with the City of San Francisco. The launch creates a public, private and non-profit infrastructure to make it easy, convenient and rewarding for residents and businesses to recycle textile-related items.In alignment with San Francisco’s goal of zero waste by 2020, I:CO will serve as the lead textile collection and processing partner to divert this waste from landfill and give these items new life. - 10 years ago

Energy-Generating Floor Tiles Make US Debut at NYC Prep School
Energy-Generating Floor Tiles Make US Debut at NYC Prep School

Cleantech / “Imagine if children running, playing and walking could help power the lights in their school corridors or the applications in their classrooms. This is the first step towards Pavegen’s vision of a more sustainable tomorrow.”So said Pavegen CEO and founder Laurence Kemball-Cooke in September, upon installing his innovative, energy-harnessing floor tiles at his alma mater, the Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys in Kent — where 24 tiles, covering 12 meters of a corridor, now harness and convert kinetic energy from students’ footsteps into a sustainable energy source. - 10 years ago

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Google to Acquire Nest Labs, Inc for $3.2B
Google to Acquire Nest Labs, Inc for $3.2B

Cleantech / Google has announced an agreement to buy smart home appliance company Nest Labs, Inc. for $3.2 billion.Nest’s mission is to reinvent oft-overlooked but important devices in the home such as thermostats and smoke alarms. Since its launch in 2011, Nest’s innovative, user-friendly Learning Thermostat has been a consistent best seller — and its recently launched Protect (smoke + CO detector) has received rave reviews. - 10 years ago

Awards Honoring Innovations in Bio-Based Fuels, Products Now Accepting Nominations
Awards Honoring Innovations in Bio-Based Fuels, Products Now Accepting Nominations

Cleantech / Now in their fifth year, the Sustainable Bio Awards recognize the range of innovations taking place in the development of truly sustainable bio-based fuels and products. From biofuels and feedstocks to face cream and finance, this year’s awards will celebrate the advancements made throughout 2013. World Bio Markets, the company behind the awards, is accepting nominations through midnight on January 31 (GMT). Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Amsterdam on March 5, 2014. - 10 years ago

H&M Backs Civil Rights Defenders
H&M Backs Civil Rights Defenders

Collaboration / H&M has announced a partnership with Civil Rights Defenders (CRD), a Swedish non-profit organization that works to support human rights around the world. The fashion retail giant says it will donate 4 million SEK (~US$609k) to support their work for human rights.CRD says the support is a welcome addition that will enhance the organization’s long-term commitment to human rights.

“We are delighted that H&M has decided to support us in this way. The donation will allow us to fund our ongoing human rights work and in particular to ensure assistance is available for vulnerable human rights defenders who operate in some of the world’s most repressive states,” says Civil Rights Defenders executive director Robert Hårdh.

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McDonald's Beginning Journey to 100% 'Verified Sustainable Beef' — But Is That an Oxymoron?
McDonald's Beginning Journey to 100% 'Verified Sustainable Beef' — But Is That an Oxymoron?

Supply Chain / McDonald’s announced this week that, by 2016, it will begin sourcing “verified sustainable beef.” The pledge is an effort to reduce the environmental impact of the fast-food chain’s meat production, as well as to be kinder to the animals on which its livelihood rests. Though there is, of course, plenty of debate over just what “sustainable beef” is, or whether it is achievable.In its pledge, McDonald’s vows, rather vaguely, “to improve environmental practices in the way beef is produced, support positive workplaces in the beef industry, and drive continuous improvement in animal health and welfare.” - 10 years ago

NYC Now Heating Thousands of Homes with Food Waste
NYC Now Heating Thousands of Homes with Food Waste

Waste Not / Just before the turn of the new year, when many of us were enjoying our annual season of gluttony, New York City Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway announced a pilot program that will convert the thousands of pounds of food waste currently shipped to out-of-state landfills into biogas, which will heat up to 5,200 homes throughout the city and help curb roughly 90,000 metric tons of the state’s annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. - 10 years ago

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Recyclebank Announces Grant Recipients of 8th Annual Green Schools Program
Recyclebank Announces Grant Recipients of 8th Annual Green Schools Program

Organizational Change / Recyclebank® — the company that rewards its members with discounts and deals for making more conscious daily actions — today announced the schools selected for its 2014 Green Schools Program. Each year, the program grants money to schools to bring to life unique projects that will lead to greater sustainability in their classroom and community. - 10 years ago