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BetterWorld's 'Phone for Phone' Mobile Service Combines Affordable Plans, Social Impact
BetterWorld's 'Phone for Phone' Mobile Service Combines Affordable Plans, Social Impact

Product, Service & Design Innovation / Socially conscious mobile provider BetterWorld Wireless, in collaboration with Sprint, today launches its Phone for PhoneTM mobile service, which will provide digital access to people in need by donating a mobile device for every qualified new US mobile customer. - 10 years ago

Could the Scourge of the Seas Help Defeat the Scourge of the Landfill?
Could the Scourge of the Seas Help Defeat the Scourge of the Landfill?

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / We all know climate change and pollution are beginning to wreak havoc around the world in a variety of ways. In tropical and Mediterranean areas, higher oceanic acidity and warmer temperatures in recent years have created, among other things, a proliferation of pesky and increasingly invasive jellyfish, which are clogging up industrial piping systems, frustrating fishermen, and stinging and creeping-out beach-goers. - 10 years ago

Waitrose, ITM Power Piloting Project to De-Carbonize Production of Industrial Fertilizer
Waitrose, ITM Power Piloting Project to De-Carbonize Production of Industrial Fertilizer

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / UK supermarket chain Waitrose has teamed up with energy storage and clean fuel company ITM Power Project to design and build a lower-impact system for the production of industrial fertilizer.Industrial fertilizer production, which involves converting natural gas and other fossil fuels into ammonia, is responsible for a substantial proportion of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Thanks to co-funding from the UK’s Technology Strategy Board, under its Agri-Tech program, the project will demonstrate the de-carbonization of fertilizer production. - 10 years ago

New Study Shows Lack of Bins Is Biggest Barrier to Home Recycling
New Study Shows Lack of Bins Is Biggest Barrier to Home Recycling

Stakeholder Trends and Insights / Nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of consumers consistently recycle in the home, but despite a genuine concern for the environment, only about half do so in rooms beyond the kitchen. According to the 2014 Cone Communications Recycling in the Home Survey, in partnership with the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies as part of its Care to Recycle program, there are several key barriers to expanding recycling in the home, including the lack of room-specific recycling bins and clear product labeling. - 10 years ago

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Colgate Commits to 100% Recyclable Packaging for Three of Four Product Categories by 2020
Colgate Commits to 100% Recyclable Packaging for Three of Four Product Categories by 2020

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / Shareholder advocacy group As You Sow (AYS) announced today that, after dialogue with AYS, personal care products giant Colgate-Palmolive has committed to making 100 percent of its packaging for three of four product categories completely recyclable by 2020. Colgate has also committed to developing a recyclable toothpaste tube or package, which would bring its fourth product category close to the same sustainability standard (perhaps the company can take a cue from this recent student redesign of its toothpaste tube!). Most toothpaste tubes are made from unrecyclable plastic laminates. - 10 years ago

Warby Parker, Architecture for Humanity Offering 'Good Design from the Foundation Up'
Warby Parker, Architecture for Humanity Offering 'Good Design from the Foundation Up'

Product, Service & Design Innovation / “Buy a Pair, Give a Pair” eyeglass brand Warby Parker has teamed up with San Francisco-based design nonprofit Architecture for Humanity (AFH) on a limited-edition set of two AFH-designed frames, inspired by architects' appreciation for innovative design and durable construction, according to AFH.Warby Parker says the two collaboration frames, Aslin and Fowler, are inspired by an appreciation for streamlined angles and durable materials — the company says it paired Japanese titanium to its signature acetate for extra durability. - 10 years ago

H&M, Solidaridad Expand Partnership to Tackle Host of Challenges in Textile Supply Chain
H&M, Solidaridad Expand Partnership to Tackle Host of Challenges in Textile Supply Chain

Supply Chain / H&M has formed a strategic alliance with Solidaridad, an international organization dedicated to creating responsible agricultural supply chains, to achieve more sustainable textile production. According to a post on Solidaridad’s blog, the parties have previously collaborated in sustainability projects and are now expanding their collaboration into a multiannual partnership. - 10 years ago

Naval Researchers Fly Model Plane with Fuel Derived from Seawater
Naval Researchers Fly Model Plane with Fuel Derived from Seawater

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / Researchers at the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Materials Science and Technology Division, have demonstrated proof-of-concept of NRL technologies developed for the recovery of carbon dioxide (CO2) and hydrogen (H2) from seawater and conversion to a liquid hydrocarbon fuel, according to the US Navy. - 10 years ago

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. - 10 years ago

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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. - 10 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. - 10 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. - 10 years ago

Timberland's 2013 CSR Report Highlights Continued Environmental, Community Impacts
Timberland's 2013 CSR Report Highlights Continued Environmental, Community Impacts

Products and Design / Today, Timberland released its 2013 CSR Report, which reports the company’s progress against four key pillars identified as priorities for the brand: product, climate, factories and service. From closing in on its one millionth volunteer service hour to increasing the use of recycled, organic or renewable materials in its products, Timberland reports highlights the following areas:PRODUCT - 10 years ago

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. - 10 years ago

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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. - 10 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. - 10 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. - 10 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 - 10 years ago

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. - 10 years ago

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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. - 10 years ago