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Whole Foods, Safeway Again Top Seafood Sustainability Ranking; Kroger Still Lagging
Whole Foods, Safeway Again Top Seafood Sustainability Ranking; Kroger Still Lagging

Stakeholder Trends and Insights / Today, Greenpeace released the 8th edition of its annual report, Carting Away the Oceans, which evaluates 26 major retailers on their seafood sourcing and sustainability.For the second year in a row, Whole Foods and Safeway topped the ranking. Employee-owned, Midwestern grocery chain Hy-Vee was evaluated for the first time and immediately ranked in the top five. - 10 years ago

Sprint Launches Carbon-Negative, Methane-Based iPhone Cases
Sprint Launches Carbon-Negative, Methane-Based iPhone Cases

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / Today Sprint announced it will be one of the first companies to use AirCarbon™, a new carbon-negative plastic made from methane gas, instead of petroleum. The material will be used in black and pink cell phone cases for the iPhone® 5 and iPhone® 5s that will be sold online exclusively on Sprint.com beginning later this month. Sprint says it is the first telecommunications company in the world to launch a carbon-negative product using AirCarbon. - 10 years ago

Closed-Loop Upcycling at Its Finest: Starbucks Now Sourcing Milk from Coffee-Fed Cows
Closed-Loop Upcycling at Its Finest: Starbucks Now Sourcing Milk from Coffee-Fed Cows

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / Menicon Co., Ltd., Japan’s leading contact lens manufacturer, isn’t normally associated with milk. But a recent partnership with Starbucks is showcasing the company’s scientific expertise in a new way: Menicon has helped Starbucks to pioneer fermentation technology that now allows coffee grounds from Starbucks stores in the Tokyo area to be converted into feed for local dairy cows that produce the company’s milk. - 10 years ago

Walmart Commits to Doubling Solar on US Stores by 2020
Walmart Commits to Doubling Solar on US Stores by 2020

Leadership / At an event this morning in Mountain View, Calif., during a visit from President Barack Obama, Walmart announced that it will double the number of on-site solar energy projects at its US stores, Sam’s Clubs and distribution centers by 2020. The commitment is part of Walmart’s global initiative to drive the production or procurement of 7 billion kWh of renewable energy by the end of 2020. - 10 years ago

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Greenpeace, Top Users Tell Pinterest: 'Make Our Pins Green'
Greenpeace, Top Users Tell Pinterest: 'Make Our Pins Green'

Stakeholder Trends and Insights / On Tuesday, Greenpeace activists and influential users of Pinterest asked the social network and visual search tool to become the next tech company to power its platform with renewable energy at a demonstration outside of the company’s headquarters.The activists set up two 13’ tall, 15’ wide “pinboards” outside of Pinterest’s office in the SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco, each featuring real-life “pins” with the message, “Make Our Pins Green.” Designers, photographers and other influential Pinterest users who are partnering with Greenpeace’s #clickclean campaign for a renewably powered Internet designed many of the pins on the boards.The demonstration featured pins designed by eight Pinterest users who have close to five million followers combined. - 10 years ago

Turlington to Fashion Industry: 'One Preventable Death Is a Death Too Many'
Turlington to Fashion Industry: 'One Preventable Death Is a Death Too Many'

Behavior Change / When over 1,100 garment workers died in the Rana Plaza factory collapse in April 2013, it shined an unflinching light on the untenable conditions that many in the industry have long been forced to endure. Since then, consumers, activists and other stakeholders around the world have demanded that brands take immediate action to ensure that workers are not only safe, but paid fairly while they’re constructing the clothing we wear every day. - 10 years ago

Coca-Cola Gamifies Recycling in Bangladesh with 'Happiness Arcade'
Coca-Cola Gamifies Recycling in Bangladesh with 'Happiness Arcade'

Marketing and Comms / “What happens when no one is concerned about recycling?” That’s what Coca-Cola asks in a YouTube video detailing its recent effort to engage youth in the Bangladeshi city of Dhaka on the importance of recycling. Coke’s latest campaign in the country involved an arcade machine, which runs on empty plastic Coke bottles instead of coins. Coke says the machine, called the “Happiness Arcade,” is meant to engage youth in the importance of recycling by making it fun. According to Coke’s blog, the machines accept empty plastic bottles through a customized slot and reward the user with a Coke-themed video game reminiscent of “Pong.” - 10 years ago

INVISTA Unveils Renewable, Bio-Based LYCRA Material
INVISTA Unveils Renewable, Bio-Based LYCRA Material

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / INVISTA, one of the world’s largest integrated producers of polymers and fibers, and owner of the LYCRA® brand, today introduces the first commercial offering of a bio-derived spandex — the stretchy fabric commonly found in swimwear, sportswear and dancewear.The company says approximately 70 percent by weight of the new LYCRA® bio-derived spandex fiber comes from a renewable source made from dextrose, derived from corn. The use of a renewable feedstock in the making of this new LYCRA® bio-derived fiber results in a lower CO2 emissions footprint than spandex produced using traditional raw materials. - 10 years ago

Shareholders Again Ask Abbott Labs to Label GM Ingredients in Baby Formula
Shareholders Again Ask Abbott Labs to Label GM Ingredients in Baby Formula

Marketing and Comms / Shareholders at Abbott Laboratories’ annual meeting last week sent a message to management and the Board of Directors — for the second year in a row — that they are concerned about the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the company’s Similac infant formula. The shareholder resolution, filed by environmental health advocacy organization As You Sow, was supported by 6.7 percent of shareholders, representing over $2.2 billion in shares. - 10 years ago

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Fashion and Textile Leaders for Forest Conservation Begin Shift to Forest-Free Viscose
Fashion and Textile Leaders for Forest Conservation Begin Shift to Forest-Free Viscose

Collaboration / The newest trend in social responsibility in the apparel sector emerged in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam on Monday as several of the world’s most influential clothing brands gathered to develop a roadmap to creating a more sustainable supply chain and conserve endangered forests. - 10 years ago

Murphy-Goode Winery Redesigns Tasting Room for “Goode” Times with Inspiration from Sonoma County Roots
Murphy-Goode Winery Redesigns Tasting Room for “Goode” Times with Inspiration from Sonoma County Roots

Press Release / (Healdsburg, Calif.) – To better welcome visitors and showcase the fun, authentic and carefree spirit of its brand, Murphy-Goode has remodeled its tasting room, located just off the plaza in Healdsburg, CA. The design concept aimed to deliver the “essence” of a Sonoma County barn and include genuine Murphy-Goode elements from original winery owner, Tim Murphy; and, of course, to capture the spirit of humor and “goode” times, two key pillars for the brand. - 10 years ago

Avery Dennison, Rainforest Alliance Partner to Promote Sustainable Forestry in Honduras
Avery Dennison, Rainforest Alliance Partner to Promote Sustainable Forestry in Honduras

Supply Chain / The Avery Dennison Foundation announced today it has awarded a $200,000 grant to the Rainforest Alliance to foster best practices in forestry management, create jobs and increase access to sustainably managed forest products.“As a leader in labeling and packaging, we’re in a unique position to move our industry toward sustainably sourced materials, and that includes investing in the communities that manage natural resources,” said Dean Scarborough, chairman, president and CEO of Avery Dennison. “By working with the Rainforest Alliance, we can improve the livelihoods of farmers and their families while creating economic dividends for the entire value chain.” - 10 years ago

McDonald's Reveals CSR/Sustainability Framework and Host of 2020 Goals
McDonald's Reveals CSR/Sustainability Framework and Host of 2020 Goals

Organizational Change / This week, McDonald’s unveiled its first Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability Framework. The fast-food giant says the goal of the plan is to position the company for the future, while generating measurable, positive impacts for society.McDonald’s released the framework in conjunction with its 2012-2013 CSR & Sustainability Report, “Our Journey Together. For Good.”Among the company’s 2020 goals: - 10 years ago

HP’s Recycled Plastic Ink Cartridges Helping Customers Reduce Environmental Impact
HP’s Recycled Plastic Ink Cartridges Helping Customers Reduce Environmental Impact

Press Release / HP has announced that more than 75 percent of its ink cartridges and 24 percent of HP LaserJet toner cartridges are now manufactured with “closed loop” recycled plastic.This milestone represents a 50 percent increase in the number of HP ink cartridges manufactured with recycled content in the last year, giving customers more options for purchasing cartridges made with recycled content.As part of the company’s Living Progress strategy for driving human, economic and environmental progress, HP is identifying opportunities for action and innovation to create a better future. Through these innovations in plastics, HP is helping customers reduce their environmental impact and reduce the overall environmental impact of product use. - 10 years ago

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H&M's Clevercare Labels Helping Customers Extend Clothing Life While Saving Energy, Water
H&M's Clevercare Labels Helping Customers Extend Clothing Life While Saving Energy, Water

Behavior Change / At the Copenhagen Fashion Summit last week, designer Stella McCartney made an appearance via video to announce the launch of H&M’s new Clevercare garment labels.Developed in collaboration with Swiss global standard wash care label company Ginetex, the Clevercare labels provide explicit care instructions designed to help customers get the most out of their clothing through proper care — which also leads to water and energy savings through less frequent machine-washing and drying, as well as guidance on ironing and professional laundering techniques. - 10 years ago

Unilever's Lux Soap Will Now Be Made with Algal Oils
Unilever's Lux Soap Will Now Be Made with Algal Oils

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / Unilever and Solazyme announced today the incorporation of algal oils into Unilever’s Lux brand soap (branded Caress in the US), which Unilever says is the world’s best-selling bar soap. The move aligns with Unilever’s ambition to double the size of its business while reducing its overall environmental footprint, as part of which Unilever has made a commitment to using only sustainably sourced agricultural raw materials by 2020. - 10 years ago

'Make It, Take It' Campaign Pressuring Companies to Take Responsibility for Packaging Waste
'Make It, Take It' Campaign Pressuring Companies to Take Responsibility for Packaging Waste

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / A coalition of organizations devoted to waste and recycling, plastic pollution and resource conservation today launched the Make It, Take It Campaign, a collaborative effort to pressure consumer goods companies to take responsibility for packaging waste. Coordinated by UPSTREAM and backed by organizations including 5 Gyres, Clean Water Action, Green America and the National Resources Defense Council, the campaign aims to elevate the issue of packaging waste, put public pressure on consumer goods companies and educate and mobilize citizens to push for sustainable packaging policies. - 10 years ago

APP Announces Plan to Protect, Restore One Million Hectares of Indonesian Rainforest
APP Announces Plan to Protect, Restore One Million Hectares of Indonesian Rainforest

Behavior Change / Just over a year after Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) launched its sector-leading Forest Conservation Policy (FCP), which committed to an immediate and permanent cessation of natural forest clearance across its supply chain, the Indonesian paper giant today announced a detailed plan to restore and support the conservation of one million hectares of rainforest across Indonesia. - 10 years ago

With Timbuk2’s 'Life Cycle,' Customers Can Reuse, Repair, Recycle and Reimagine Its Products
With Timbuk2’s 'Life Cycle,' Customers Can Reuse, Repair, Recycle and Reimagine Its Products

Collaboration / San Francisco-based Timbuk2, famous for its ubiquitous messenger bags, has launched the Timbuk2 Life Cycle — a robust environmental responsibility program to reduce, reuse, repair, recycle, and reimagine Timbuk2 bags — in partnership with yerdle, iFixit, and Terracycle.The company has also added a full-time tailor to implement the ‘repair’ aspect of the program. - 10 years ago

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Unilever's New Plastic-Molding Process Could Save 27,000 Tons Per Year
Unilever's New Plastic-Molding Process Could Save 27,000 Tons Per Year

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / Unilever announced on Tuesday that its Dove Body Wash will now come in bottles that contain at least 15 percent less plastic, thanks to a new packaging technology. Unilever says it will make the breakthrough process — which represents another step towards its goal to halve its waste footprint by 2020 — available for use throughout the industry. - 10 years ago