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Star-Studded Short Conveys True Horror of Keystone XL
Star-Studded Short Conveys True Horror of Keystone XL

Marketing and Comms / The perfect family. The perfect home. One huge mistake.As the battle rages on over the Keystone XL project, 350.org teamed up with True Climate Stories in an attempt to convey the truly terrifying implications of the potential pipeline. - 10 years ago

Futerra, BSR Launch Tool to Build Business Case for Living More Sustainable Lifestyles
Futerra, BSR Launch Tool to Build Business Case for Living More Sustainable Lifestyles

Marketing and Comms / Although business leaders expect exponential growth in consumer interest and business action on sustainable lifestyles within five years, they are struggling to make the case for action, according to survey results released earlier this year by BSR and global sustainability agency Futerra. - 10 years ago

Sustainia Selects Groundbreaking Water Grid Solution as Best Innovation of 2013
Sustainia Selects Groundbreaking Water Grid Solution as Best Innovation of 2013

Waste Not / Sustainability think tank Sustainia today presented TaKaDu, an Israeli company that produces technology that reduces water distribution losses, with an award honoring the world’s best sustainability innovation.In front of an audience of over 1,000 guests gathered in Copenhagen, TaKaDu was announced winner of the Sustainia Award 2013. TaKaDu was first chosen as the best solution for IT when Sustainia announced its top 10 innovations, out of more than 500 projects and technologies from 79 countries, in September. - 10 years ago

Biome Bioplastics Serving Up Compostable Coffee Pods
Biome Bioplastics Serving Up Compostable Coffee Pods

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / UK-based Biome Bioplastics has announced its new biodegradable coffee pod, the latest in a spate of innovations lessening the environmental impact of the roughly $6.6 billion single-serve market.According to Biome, an estimated 9.1 billion single-serve coffee and drink cartridges wind up in U.S. landfills every year — thanks to the roughly 50 different single-serve coffee makers on the market — amounting to some 19 million cubic feet of waste. The company says coffee-pod machines are also becoming increasingly popular in Britain, with a 45 percent surge in usage between February 2012 and 2013, equating to roughly 186 million capsules. - 10 years ago

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FTC Cracking Down on Misleading, Unsubstantiated Biodegradability Claims
FTC Cracking Down on Misleading, Unsubstantiated Biodegradability Claims

Marketing and Comms / The Federal Trade Commission recently announced enforcement actions against six companies — five of which address biodegradable plastic claims for the first time — as part of the agency’s ongoing crackdown on false and misleading environmental claims.The cases include a complaint against a biofilms company that claims its additive makes its plastic products biodegradable, as well as four complaints and proposed consent orders against companies marketing various plastics with allegedly false and unsupported biodegradability claims. The civil penalty case involves a complaint and consent order against a company that has since violated a 1994 FTC order prohibiting it from making unsupported “green” claims for its paper plates and bags. - 10 years ago

'Sesame Street' Characters Now Encouraging Kids to Eat Healthier
'Sesame Street' Characters Now Encouraging Kids to Eat Healthier

Marketing and Comms / Last week, First Lady Michelle Obama was joined at the White House by Sesame Street characters Elmo and Rosita to announce a potentially game-changing collaboration in the fight against childhood obesity. Sesame Workshop and the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) formed a two-year agreement with the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) to help promote fresh fruit and vegetable consumption to kids, according to Let’s Move!, Mrs. Obama’s initiative to tackle the childhood obesity epidemic. - 10 years ago

TOMS Shoes Creates Home for Imitators with New TOMS Marketplace
TOMS Shoes Creates Home for Imitators with New TOMS Marketplace

Product, Service & Design Innovation / TOMS Shoes, which has helped provide shoes for children in need around the worldwide with its One for One® model, helped spearhead the burgeoning movement of social entrepreneurs creating similar business models based on addressing a problem while making a profit.But instead of admonishing or suing his growing contingent of imitators, TOMS founder and chief shoe giver Blake Mycoskie has applauded them, and now has taken his support one step further with the launch today of the new TOMS Marketplace. - 10 years ago

Report Predicts IPCC Carbon Budget Crisis Could Ensue by 2034
Report Predicts IPCC Carbon Budget Crisis Could Ensue by 2034

According to new analysis released by PwC, the world is on track to blow its 2°C carbon budget, estimated by the IPCC for the next 89 years, within 21 years. This would put the world on a path consistent with potential global warming of around 4°C by 2100, the most extreme scenario presented in the recent IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report on climate science, released in September. - 10 years ago

Patagonia to Offer Fair Trade Certified Clothing
Patagonia to Offer Fair Trade Certified Clothing

Supply Chain / Patagonia has announced plans to offer Fair Trade Certified™ apparel, starting with nine styles in the Fall 2014 season.For every Fair Trade Certified product Patagonia sells, the company says it will pay a premium directly into a special fund for employees. The workers will then decide collectively how to spend this fund, based on what they deem to be their community’s greatest needs: from scholarships and disaster relief funds, to medical care and transportation. Workers can also vote to take the Fair Trade premium dollars as a cash bonus, which can be equivalent to an entire month’s salary or more. - 10 years ago

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New Legislation Calls for 25% Renewables by 2025
New Legislation Calls for 25% Renewables by 2025

Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) today introduced legislation that sets a target of generating 25 percent of the nation’s energy from renewable sources while reducing energy waste by 15 percent by 2025.The second renewable energy bill introduced in the Senate this week, Sen. Markey’s legislation also follows the science by including strong carbon accounting measures for biomass resources and other important provisions aimed at improving bio-energy supplies. - 10 years ago

This Season's Hottest Trend: Fashion Protecting Forests
This Season's Hottest Trend: Fashion Protecting Forests

Collaboration / Fashion and forests don’t likely go hand-in-hand in most people’s minds, but a new partnership announced today is aimed at increasing the sustainability of both.Socially conscious fashion brand Eileen Fisher and Canadian environmental NGO Canopy — with the help of Quiksilver, prAna, Patagonia and lululemon athletica and 14 progressive designers — have announced a joint campaign designed to bolster protection of ancient forest ecosystems and raise awareness about the fashion industry’s role in endangering them. - 10 years ago

Interface Joins Initiative Turning Marine Plastic 'from Waste to Wear'
Interface Joins Initiative Turning Marine Plastic 'from Waste to Wear'

Waste Not / Innovative carpet-tile manufacturer and environmental pioneer Interface has announced its participation in 'Healthy Seas, a Journey from Waste to Wear' — a new initiative designed to address the growing environmental problem of marine waste. Interface is the first flooring company to participate in this global program, founded by yarn manufacturer Aquafil, conservation group ECNC Land & Sea Group, and Dutch manufacturer Star Sock, as part of Interface's long-term 'Mission Zero' sustainability goal. - 10 years ago

M&S, Waitrose Among UK Retailers Working ‘Stronger Together’ to Fight Forced Labor
M&S, Waitrose Among UK Retailers Working ‘Stronger Together’ to Fight Forced Labor

Collaboration / Leading organisations and industry bodies within UK food production, retail and horticulture have joined forces to tackle the issue of modern-day slavery, human trafficking, forced labor and other hidden migrant worker exploitation, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC). - 10 years ago

GSK and the Gates Foundation Partnering to Develop Heat-Resistant Vaccines
GSK and the Gates Foundation Partnering to Develop Heat-Resistant Vaccines

Collaboration / GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) today announced the launch of a new joint initiative with the goal of making vaccines more resistant to heat, thus reducing the need for refrigeration.Most vaccines must be kept cold and transported under constant refrigeration via a so-called "cold chain," which is a significant challenge in hot, remote and resource-limited regions. GSK and BMGF will invest a combined $1.8 million in early-stage research into vaccine thermostability. - 10 years ago

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Carbon Trust to Design Eco-Labeling Scheme for Mexico
Carbon Trust to Design Eco-Labeling Scheme for Mexico

Collaboration / The Carbon Trust has been selected to develop an environmental labeling scheme for products and services in Mexico, designed to promote sustainable purchasing and procurement for consumers, companies and the public sector.The objective of the project is to drive the international competitiveness and economic efficiency of Mexican industry through more sustainable production. It will also provide a commonly recognised set of criteria to ensure that environmental claims about products and services are properly substantiated. The project is funded through the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Prosperity Fund, as administered through the British Embassy in Mexico City.Cuauhtémoc Ochoa Fernandez, Mexico’s Undersecretary of Development and Environmental Regulation, said: - 10 years ago

Ford Utilizing Analytics, Big Data to Guide Sustainability Innovations
Ford Utilizing Analytics, Big Data to Guide Sustainability Innovations

ICT and Big Data / Not far from a factory in which Ford cars and trucks are assembled, analytics experts in the company's Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn, Michigan are building something entirely different but equally important: complex mathematical models that are helping the automaker sharpen its competitive edge while limiting its environmental impact. - 10 years ago

DuPont, Huntsman Partnership Dramatically Increases Yield, Reduces Impacts of Cotton Bleaching
DuPont, Huntsman Partnership Dramatically Increases Yield, Reduces Impacts of Cotton Bleaching

Collaboration / DuPont Industrial Biosciences, in collaboration with Huntsman Corporation — a global provider of textile dyes and chemicals — recently announced the results of a case study that demonstrates the benefits of its Gentle Power Bleach™, powered by DuPont’s PrimaGreen® EcoWhite enzymatic bleaching technology. The study, conducted between 2006 and 2012, measured significant reductions in water use, energy consumption and chemical use coupled with notable increases in product quality and yield. - 10 years ago

Sainsbury's Introduces Its First Water-Neutral Store
Sainsbury's Introduces Its First Water-Neutral Store

Waste Not / Sainsbury's has announced that its new store at Weymouth Gateway will be water neutral — 100 percent of its water demand will be met through water-efficient infrastructure and offsetting partnerships in the local community, and the total water used within the local catchment area will not increase as a result of this new store. The grocery retailer says it will also replicate this approach at its new supermarket in Leicester, opening at the end of November. - 10 years ago

EDF Launches Toolkit for Sustainable Fishery Management
EDF Launches Toolkit for Sustainable Fishery Management

Supply Chain / Last week, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) announced the launch of what it’s calling the world’s most comprehensive toolkit for designing and implementing management systems that can restore the resiliency, sustainability and profitability of fisheries around the world.“Global overfishing is a 21st century problem that people have been trying to fix with 20th century solutions,” said Kate Bonzon, Director of EDF’s Catch Share Design Center. “Our toolkit provides low-cost, cutting-edge and highly replicable solutions to help fishermen and fishery managers achieve economic and ecological recovery, even in fisheries lacking adequate data.” - 10 years ago

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Del Monte Foods Partners with Wisconsin Growers, Suppliers and Second Harvest on Innovative Food Bank Program
Del Monte Foods Partners with Wisconsin Growers, Suppliers and Second Harvest on Innovative Food Bank Program

Collaboration / According to Feeding America, one out of six Americans, one out of five children and roughly three million senior citizens lack adequate access to affordable and nutritious food, meaning approximately 47 million people in the U.S. are considered food insecure. The urgency is acute and screams for more innovative approaches to help fill the shelves of food banks. One such idea emerged in Madison, Wisconsin, in 2010, during a meeting of stakeholders representing a variety of points in the food supply chain. - 10 years ago