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Target Takes Important Step Toward Sustainable Product Standard
Target Takes Important Step Toward Sustainable Product Standard

Product, Service & Design Innovation / Target today announced an important step toward increasing product transparency, which the company says it hopes will lead to more sustainable and innovative products. - 10 years ago

Canepa Becomes First Textile Manufacturer to Sign Greenpeace's Detox Agreement
Canepa Becomes First Textile Manufacturer to Sign Greenpeace's Detox Agreement

Supply Chain / Italian textile manufacturer Canepa recently announced it has accepted the challenge set by Greenpeace during fashion week last February to create clean and sustainable fashion. The company voluntarily signed up to abide by the guidelines set forth in the Detox Solution Commitment, which aims to abolish the toxic chemicals currently used in the fashion industry by 2020. The challenge has already been accepted by a host of major retail, sportswear and luxury brands — including H&M, Mango, Patagonia and adidas — but this is the first public commitment made by a textile manufacturer. - 10 years ago

2.5 Billion Aspirational Consumers Mark Shift in Sustainable Consumption
2.5 Billion Aspirational Consumers Mark Shift in Sustainable Consumption

Product, Service & Design Innovation / A new global consumer study by BBMG, GlobeScan and SustainAbility confirms the rise of nearly 2.5 billion consumers globally who are uniting style, social status and sustainability values to redefine consumption. According to the report, The 2013 Aspirational Consumer Index, more than one-third of consumers globally (36.4%) identify as Aspirationals, defined by their love of shopping (78%), desire for responsible consumption (92%) and their trust in brands to act in the best interest of society (58%). The study draws from telephone and in-person surveys of 21,492 consumers across 21 international markets conducted in April 2013. - 10 years ago

University of Bath Researchers Treating Wastewater with Seafood Shells
University of Bath Researchers Treating Wastewater with Seafood Shells

Waste Not / The thousands of tons of waste seashells created by the edible seafood sector are being used to treat wastewater in a new project undertaken by researchers at the University of Bath in the UK.Dr Darrell Patterson, from the University’s Department of Chemical Engineering, used waste mussel shells to create what he says is a cheaper and more environmentally friendly way of ‘polishing’ wastewater, which could remove unwanted substances such as hormones, pharmaceuticals or fertilizers. - 10 years ago

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SAC and Schneider Electric Developing Higg Index 2.0 for Apparel and Footwear Industries
SAC and Schneider Electric Developing Higg Index 2.0 for Apparel and Footwear Industries

Supply Chain / Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, has announced that it has teamed with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) to develop and implement a dynamic web-based solution for the SAC’s sustainability assessment tool, the Higg Index 2.0. Utilizing Schneider Electric’s sustainability and energy management software platform, StruxureWare™ Resource Advisor, the platform will be a groundbreaking tool for the apparel and footwear industries. - 10 years ago

New Intel Initiative Aims to 'Connect' Women and Technology in Developing Countries
New Intel Initiative Aims to 'Connect' Women and Technology in Developing Countries

Intel Corporation has announced She Will Connect, a new program that commits to expanding digital literacy skills to young women in developing countries. Intel will begin working with a diverse set of partners including global and local NGOs and governments to launch the initiative in Africa, where the gender gap is the greatest, aiming to reach five million women and reduce the gender gap by 50 percent. - 10 years ago

Dr. Bronner's Backing GMO Labeling Legislation with a Label of Its Own
Dr. Bronner's Backing GMO Labeling Legislation with a Label of Its Own

Marketing and Comms / Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, family-owned maker of the top-selling natural brand of soap in North America and advocate for sustainable agriculture, has created a special agitprop label for its quart-size liquid soaps in support of GMO labeling and the Washington State voter initiative to label GMOs, Yes on I-522 — “The Washington Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act.” Last week, natural product stores nationwide and Dr. Bronner’s webstore began stocking products featuring the limited edition soap label, which will be available through November. - 10 years ago

M&S, BT, Unilever, Sainsbury's Top FTSE 100 Carbon Ranking
M&S, BT, Unilever, Sainsbury's Top FTSE 100 Carbon Ranking

Marketing and Comms / For the second year in a row, retailer Marks & Spencer has topped Carbon Clear’s ranking of the carbon performance of the FTSE 100. This is the third year that Carbon Clear has undertaken the research, examining the extent and depth of FTSE (London stock exchange) 100 companies’ carbon measurement and reporting practices, ranking companies based on a well-developed scoring matrix. - 10 years ago

New NRDC Report Finds Progress on Promises Made at Rio+20, But Calls for More Accountability
New NRDC Report Finds Progress on Promises Made at Rio+20, But Calls for More Accountability

Marketing and Comms / There has been significant progress on many of the key globally negotiated and voluntary commitments made at Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development held in June 2012, according to a new study by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Stakeholder Forum.“Fulfilling the Rio+20 Promises: Reviewing Progress Since the UN Conference on Sustainable Development” is a first-of-its-kind assessment by civil society organizations on progress toward some of the key commitments made at Rio+20. - 10 years ago

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Mosaic Enabling Public to Invest in Renewable Energy on U.S. Military Base, Starting at $25
Mosaic Enabling Public to Invest in Renewable Energy on U.S. Military Base, Starting at $25

Product, Service & Design Innovation / Mosaic, America's first online marketplace to offer solar investments to the public, presents the first major U.S. military solar project to be funded by the public. This is a historic opportunity for Americans to invest in the nation's energy independence and troop preparedness. Launched Friday, investors large and small in the state of California can now put their dollars to work investing in solar panels on military housing. - 10 years ago

Sims Recycling Solutions Launches ‘Zombie Phone’ Buyback Business
Sims Recycling Solutions Launches ‘Zombie Phone’ Buyback Business

Waste Not / Just in time for Halloween, Sims Recycling Solutions, a global electronics reuse and recycling company, today announced the launch of Zombie Phone, an online service that allows individuals to sell their used cell phones directly to Sims. Based in Australia, Sims Recycling Solutions operates 16 North American sites in Arizona, British Columbia, California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, Ontario, Quebec, Tennessee and Texas.To begin the buyback process, visitors to the Zombie Phone website select their current wireless carrier and identify the make, model and condition of their phones. Based on this information, an offer is instantly calculated. - 10 years ago

BASF and Heritage Plastics Partnering to Bring ecovio® Bioplastics Production to U.S.
BASF and Heritage Plastics Partnering to Bring ecovio® Bioplastics Production to U.S.

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / BASF has announced a strategic manufacturing partnership with Heritage Plastics, Inc. to produce the chemical company’s ecovio® compostable bioplastic products in North America.The partnership enables BASF to expand manufacturing of its ecovio biopolymers, which are currently only produced in Europe. ecovio production will begin immediately at the Heritage facility in Picayune, Mississippi. - 10 years ago

Patagonia Launches 'Responsible Economy' Campaign
Patagonia Launches 'Responsible Economy' Campaign

Marketing and Comms / Leaders from outdoor apparel company Patagonia have announced a new campaign, The Responsible Economy, which calls on consumers and businesses alike to rethink disposability for more effective resource allocation. - 10 years ago

McDonald's Announces Commitment to Promote Balanced Food and Beverage Choices
McDonald's Announces Commitment to Promote Balanced Food and Beverage Choices

Marketing and Comms / McDonald's announced it is partnering with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the Clinton Foundation and American Heart Association, to increase customers' access to fruit and vegetables and help families and children to make informed choices in keeping with balanced lifestyles. President Bill Clinton, founder of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation; Don Thompson, President and CEO of McDonald's; and Dr. Howell Wechsler, CEO of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, announced the groundbreaking Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) commitment on Thursday at the 2013 CGI Annual Meeting in New York City. - 10 years ago

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BPI Launches New Catalog of Compostable Products
BPI Launches New Catalog of Compostable Products

Marketing and Comms / Composters, consumers and foodservice companies now have unprecedented detail — and confidence — in BPI Certified Compostable Products thanks to the industry’s first item-level online database of products.Funded by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI), the new Compostable Products Catalog features more than 3,300 different compostable product SKUs (shelf keeping units), including food serviceware (cups, cutlery, plates and trays), resins and coatings, compostable bags and films.The catalog is believed to be the world’s first web-based catalog to offer searchable product-level information on compostable products, according to BPI. - 10 years ago

Levi's, Unilever, Patagonia Among Companies Calling for Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants
Levi's, Unilever, Patagonia Among Companies Calling for Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants

Collaboration / Nearly two-dozen major U.S. companies and nearly 50 investors with more than $900 billion in collective assets announced their support last week for new carbon pollution standards proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for new power plants. The group, which includes Unilever, Levi Strauss & Co., Symantec, Patagonia, The North Face and the country’s largest public pension fund, CalPERS, urged President Obama to finalize the rule soon and proceed with plans to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants. The standards are open to public comment. - 10 years ago

Republic of Tea Launches 95% Biodegradable Single-Serve Pod
Republic of Tea Launches 95% Biodegradable Single-Serve Pod

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / Socially conscious tea purveyor the Republic of Tea has announced a new line of environmentally friendly, single-serve One Cuppa™ tea pods, that are 95% biodegradable and compatible with most single-serve coffee- and tea- brewing machines. The company says the pods will be available beginning October 1.“We listened to our Citizens who have requested that our premium teas be available for single-serve use. We are so happy to now provide our Citizens with this new, innovative way of enjoying a cup of premium tea. We are also being mindful of the environment with our earth-friendly, 95% biodegradable One Cuppa,” said Republic of Tea CEO Ron Rubin. - 10 years ago

McDonald’s Agrees to Phase Out Polystyrene Cups
McDonald’s Agrees to Phase Out Polystyrene Cups

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / McDonald’s Corp. has confirmed that it will replace all polystyrene beverage cups with paper cups at its 14,000 U.S. outlets, according to As You Sow (AYS), a nonprofit organization that promotes corporate responsibility through shareholder advocacy. The move comes in response to a shareholder proposal filed by AYS in 2011, asking the fast-food giant to stop using foam. After agreeing to a test replacement of its foam cups with a double-walled paper hot cup at approximately 2,000 restaurants, primarily on the West Coast, in 2012, McDonald’s deemed the pilots successful and the paper cup will now become the standard hot beverage cup at all U.S. outlets. - 10 years ago

Jones Lang LaSalle Illustrates Commitment to Responsible Business in Latest Sustainability Report
Jones Lang LaSalle Illustrates Commitment to Responsible Business in Latest Sustainability Report

Marketing and Comms / Jones Lang LaSalle last week released its 2012 Sustainability Report, “Moving toward a more sustainable enterprise,” which details the company’s services, operations and client-focused strategies to achieve long-term sustainable solutions across five sustainability categories: energy and resources; client service excellence; green buildings; community and supply chain; and workplace, well-being and diversity. - 10 years ago

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Solazyme and Unilever Sign Supply Agreement for Tailored Algal Oil
Solazyme and Unilever Sign Supply Agreement for Tailored Algal Oil

Collaboration / Solazyme, maker of algae-based oils and bioproducts, today announced a commercial supply agreement with Unilever for the first partnered Solazyme Tailored™ Algal Oil, a culmination of five years of collaboration between the companies. The agreement covers the first of Solazyme and Unilever's jointly developed tailored oils with an initial supply of at least 10,000 metric tons (MT), which Unilever says it will use in its Dove and Brylcreem brand personal care products, according to the New York Times. - 10 years ago