Jennifer Elks

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Global Auto Industry Accelerates Action on Conflict Minerals
Global Auto Industry Accelerates Action on Conflict Minerals

Supply Chain / At a corporate responsibility summit for global automakers and suppliers near Detroit last week, the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) announced an initiative to accelerate action on conflict minerals, which was identified in a new survey as the most significant issue facing the industry this year. - 8 years ago

HP's 'Matter to a Million' Partnership with Kiva Loans Over $2.5M in First Two Months
HP's 'Matter to a Million' Partnership with Kiva Loans Over $2.5M in First Two Months

Organizational Change / HP announced this week that thousands of entrepreneurs around the world have already received microloans from its employees since the launch of Matter to a Million, the Hewlett-Packard Company Foundation’s partnership with Kiva, in February. In announcing the partnership, HP said it is called “Matter to a Million” because the goal is to help one million entrepreneurs achieve their dreams. - 8 years ago

Unilever Fines Helping Improve Water Quality in Connecticut
Unilever Fines Helping Improve Water Quality in Connecticut

Waste Not / In December, Unilever pled guilty to two counts of violating the Clean Water Act, for an incident on December 5, 2008 in which it illegally discharged thousands of gallons of wastewater from its former Clinton, CT, manufacturing facility.The company said the incident involved two non-managerial wastewater operators who bypassed portions of the facility’s wastewater treatment system. While Unilever voluntarily reported the bypass, it did not notify the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection within two hours of becoming aware of the bypass, as required by the facility’s discharge permit. - 8 years ago

Survey Reveals Shocking Truth: Kids Don't Spend Enough Time Outside
Survey Reveals Shocking Truth: Kids Don't Spend Enough Time Outside

Behavior Change / This week, the Nature Conservancy released the results of the first global survey to capture not only how much time kids spend outside, but also parents’ perspectives on the importance and benefits of time spent in nature.The survey, funded by Disney, included parents of children between the ages of three and 18 in the US, Brazil, China, France and Hong Kong and revealed the following:65 percent of US parents see it as a “very serious” problem that kids are not spending more time outdoors. According to the survey, this is equal to their concerns about bullying, the quality of education and obesity. Of the other places surveyed, only parents in Brazil and Hong Kong share this concern. - 8 years ago

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Portuguese Researchers Developing Waterless Process for Biofuel Production
Portuguese Researchers Developing Waterless Process for Biofuel Production

Waste Not / According to the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), the global production of biofuels has increased by over 600 percent in a decade, to more than 100 billion litres in 2011. Sounds like good news, except for the fact that the overall sustainability of biofuels as a renewable energy source has been hampered by, among other things, the water-intensiveness of their production. - 8 years ago

Avon Phasing Hormone-Disrupting Triclosan Out of Its Products
Avon Phasing Hormone-Disrupting Triclosan Out of Its Products

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / As consumers and regulators escalate demand for safer consumer products, Avon announced last week it will phase out the toxic chemical triclosan — a commonly used antimicrobial agent found in color cosmetics, creams, shaving products, detergents, toothpastes, and antibacterial soaps — from its beauty and personal care products. Triclosan has been linked to hormone disruption and the emergence of bacteria resistant to antibodies and antibacterial products. - 8 years ago

P&G Upgrades Palm Oil Policy After Extensive Greenpeace Campaign
P&G Upgrades Palm Oil Policy After Extensive Greenpeace Campaign

Behavior Change / After a recent rash of new commitments from a number of its fellow consumer goods giants and a number of not-so-subtle hints from Greenpeace (including a high-profile protest at the company’s Cincinnati headquarters last month), Procter and Gamble (P&G) has announced a new “no deforestation” policy that pledges to eliminate palm oil-related forest destruction from its products and provide full traceability for all the palm oil and derivatives it uses.Greenpeace has welcomed the move as a huge step forward in protecting Indonesia’s rainforests and the communities that depend on them, but the NGO warned that much work still remains. - 8 years ago

Terracycle's New Zero Waste Boxes Helping Companies Recycle at the Factory Level
Terracycle's New Zero Waste Boxes Helping Companies Recycle at the Factory Level

Organizational Change / Terracycle has been making it easy for people and businesses throughout North America to reduce consumer product waste through its dozens of “Brigades” that collect previously non-recyclable or hard to recycle waste — everything from Brita filters and CLIF bar wrappers to binders, cell phones and shoes — since 2007. Now the company’s new Zero Waste boxes are helping tackle miscellaneous discarded items in factories, such as earplugs and hairnets. - 8 years ago

By-product of Coffee Production Now Turned Into Nutritious, Gluten-Free 'Coffee Flour'
By-product of Coffee Production Now Turned Into Nutritious, Gluten-Free 'Coffee Flour'

Product, Service & Design Innovation / By-product synergy is a win-win strategy that a growing number of organizations across a variety of industries and sectors are wisely incorporating: NYC is using food waste to heat homes; Milwaukee is using cheese brine to de-ice its roads in winter; Pulp Green Tech Holding is creating a high-grade paper pulp from empty palm fruit bunches; EnviroFlight is tu - 8 years ago

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Sweeping Commercial Fishing Bans Could Create Sea Change in Global Seafood Industry
Sweeping Commercial Fishing Bans Could Create Sea Change in Global Seafood Industry

Behavior Change / Western seafood lovers may begin to notice a change in the availability of some of their favorite fish varieties as a result of a number of new restrictions placed on commercial fishing in recent weeks, in an effort to preserve the integrity of marine ecosystems and the sustainability of fish stocks. - 8 years ago

Ecover Using Algal Oil to Develop First Palm Oil-Free Laundry Liquid
Ecover Using Algal Oil to Develop First Palm Oil-Free Laundry Liquid

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / Sustainable cleaning products giant Ecover announced this week it is developing an algae-based laundry liquid as part of its goal to cut the use of palm oil in all of its products.Palm oil has become a huge topic of concern for NGOs, brands and consumers alike. The ubiquitous oil and its by-products are used in hundreds of packaged food, personal care and cleaning products — as demand has continued to increase, its production has become the largest single driver of deforestation in South East Asia and parts of Africa and South America. - 8 years ago

H&M, Inditex Join Campaign to Eliminate Endangered Forests from Viscose Clothing
H&M, Inditex Join Campaign to Eliminate Endangered Forests from Viscose Clothing

Behavior Change / Today, H&M and Zara/Inditex, the world’s two largest clothing brands, announced commitments to eliminate ancient and endangered forests from all of their rayon and viscose clothing. The retail and design leaders developed these new purchasing commitments in partnership with environmental NGO Canopy as part of an initiative to address the growing impacts of the clothing industry on the world’s forests, biodiversity and climate. Organic fashion brand Loomstate also joins EILEEN FISHER, Quiksilver, Patagonia and 17 other progressive apparel brands already backing the “Fashion Loved by Forest” campaign. - 8 years ago

Desso Joins Healthy Seas Initiative
Desso Joins Healthy Seas Initiative

Waste Not / Desso, the global carpets, carpet tiles and sports pitches company, today announced its participation in 'Healthy Seas, a Journey from Waste to Wear,’ the multi-industry initiative aimed at removing marine waste, particularly fishing nets, for the purpose of creating healthier seas. Desso says it will turn the recycled marine litter into ECONYL® yarn for use in new carpets. - 8 years ago

Durex Encouraging Lovers to #TurnOffToTurnOn During Earth Hour
Durex Encouraging Lovers to #TurnOffToTurnOn During Earth Hour

Behavior Change / While people, organizations and superheroes around the world are preparing to take part in Earth Hour — an hour of darkness to raise awareness of climate change — tomorrow at 8:30pm local time, Durex condoms is taking the opportunity to encourage people to “reconnect” with each other whilst the lights are out. - 8 years ago

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McDonald's USA Becomes First Restaurant Chain to Join GreenBlue's How2Recycle Label Program
McDonald's USA Becomes First Restaurant Chain to Join GreenBlue's How2Recycle Label Program

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) announced this week that McDonald’s USA is the newest participant in its How2Recycle Label Program. A member of the SPC since 2005, McDonald’s is the first national restaurant chain to join How2Recycle, a program dedicated to clearly and consistently communicating recyclability to the public. - 8 years ago

General Mills, Colgate-Palmolive Announce No-Deforestation Commitments; NGOs Weigh In
General Mills, Colgate-Palmolive Announce No-Deforestation Commitments; NGOs Weigh In

Behavior Change / Not long after Mars jumped on board earlier this month, this week the deforestation-free consumer products bandwagon got even fuller with new commitments from General Mills and Colgate-Palmolive. - 8 years ago

PURE Energies Infographic Highlights Water Usage by Power Plants
PURE Energies Infographic Highlights Water Usage by Power Plants

Cleantech / Water is the word of the month — as California suffers through one of the worst droughts in its history, Silicon Valley-based tech companies are innovating to reduce their water consumption and brands from Coke to Levi’s raising consumer awareness of water usage and conservation leading up to - 8 years ago

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Across Western US Going Dark for Earth Hour 2014
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Across Western US Going Dark for Earth Hour 2014

Marketing and Comms / For the seventh consecutive year, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts throughout the Western U.S. and Hawaii will participate in Earth Hour, a global event organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to raise awareness about climate change. On Saturday, March 29, at 8:30 p.m. (local time) these Fairmont hotels and resorts will participate by turning off their lights for one hour.“Earth Hour is a unique opportunity for Fairmont colleagues and guests to participate in the world’s largest global climate change initiative,” shares Thomas Klein, Regional Vice President and General Manager for Fairmont San Francisco. “It furthers our ongoing support of environmental awareness and demonstrates the hotels’ ongoing energy conservation stewardship.” - 8 years ago

Earth-Friendly Diet Campaign Urges Americans: 'Take Extinction Off Your Plate'
Earth-Friendly Diet Campaign Urges Americans: 'Take Extinction Off Your Plate'

Behavior Change / As global meat consumption continues to drive accelerating deforestation, drought and other threats to endangered species, the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) launched a new campaign this week urging Americans to “take extinction off your plate.” The campaign says eating less meat is one of the best ways people can reduce their environmental footprint.“Many people don’t realize the devastating toll meat production has on wildlife and the planet,” said Stephanie Feldstein, population and sustainability director at the CBD. “The livestock industry has nearly driven animals like wolves extinct, and it’s responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than cars, trains and airplanes combined.” - 8 years ago

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Levi's Water<Less Jeans Have Saved 770 Million Liters So Far
Levi's Water<Less Jeans Have Saved 770 Million Liters So Far

Waste Not / In celebration of World Water Day (March 22), Levi Strauss has released new stats about how much water can be saved by changing the way it makes its products: A new infographic illustrates the amount of water the company has saved through the production of its Water&lt;Less jeans collection — designed to reduce the water used in the finishing process by up to 96 percent — and its 100% recycled water standard, a first for the apparel industry. - 8 years ago

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