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Full Circle: Why Place-Making Strategies Are the Next Sustainable Innovation Frontier

Full Circle: Why Place-Making Strategies Are the Next Sustainable Innovation Frontier

To unlock a self-sustaining, regenerative local system, an ecosystem of co-beneficiaries invested in the place and bound by a system of co-benefits is required.

Interface Commits to Carbon Negativity, Without Offsets, by 2040

WALKING THE TALK - The sustainability leader sets out to hit its climate goals through direct carbon reduction and carbon storage — and challenges industry peers to do the same.

It’s Time to Stop Fanning the Flames of Climate Anxiety

MARKETING AND COMMS - To all fellow impact professionals, I encourage you to look at the narrative your communications are fueling and consider whether your business, your audience and the planet would benefit from a more nuanced view.

Free Course Aims to Train Advertisers to Combat Climate Change

MARKETING AND COMMS - Good-Loop’s Good-Media Academy outlines how the ad industry impacts climate change and what advertisers can do to mitigate it.

Science-Based Climate Targets Key to Sustainable Tourism

WALKING THE TALK - Regardless of whether a travel-related company has submitted its commitments to SBTi; setting specific, quantifiable, time-bound goals is essential for meaningfully reducing climate-changing emissions.

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As Droughts Zap South America’s Hydroelectric Energy, What Can Be Done?

THE NEXT ECONOMY - As our climate systems become more erratic, clean sources of energy will become ever more precious; and scaling and diversifying sustainable ways to harness it will be key to our survival.

Hellmann’s Working to Save Mayo (and Sandwiches) from Extinction

MARKETING AND COMMS - The brand invites fans to ‘adopt’ one of four classic, mayo-centric sandwiches at risk of extinction to increase awareness of the importance of regenerative farming practices.

Events Are Driving Transparency, Awareness with Climate-Labeled Food Menus

MARKETING AND COMMS - Using climate-impact labels is one way events can persuade attendees to choose more sustainable menu options.

‘CATAN - New Energies’ Adds Sustainability Twist to Classic Strategy Game

MARKETING AND COMMS - The update to one of the best-selling board games of all time presents players with a pertinent dilemma: spend resources to invest in clean, sustainable energy sources or opt for cheaper, yet polluting, fossil fuels.

Could Lab-Grown, Hybrid Foods Be the Future of Sustainable Protein?

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - While the plant-based protein industry deals with growing pains, cultivated meats — and even a combination of the two — are waiting in the wings to help future-proof our food system.

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New WWF Tool Tackles Upstream Food Loss in Supply Chains

WASTE NOT - The tool provides actionable insights for food growers and buyers to map their current loss levels at the farm and develop new channels to utilize more of what is grown.

Paving the Way for Resilient Transportation Infrastructure

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - Repairs and reconstruction are critical for improving the state of our country’s infrastructure. Advancements in elastomers and PCR plastics in asphalt can enhance road integrity, increase roads’ lifespan and pave the way for a circular economy.

Apple Begins to Support Consumers’ Right to Repair

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Apple has announced a new process that will finally enable customers and independent repair providers to utilize used Apple parts in repairs; but advocates of the right-to-repair movement see the move as a small first step.

The Social-Purpose Economy Is Coming of Age

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The purpose economy is becoming a force in Canada and around the world. Now is the time to help it overcome any growing pains and highlight the purpose gains to put business and humanity on a sustainable path at scale.

Industry Working to Make Chocolate Production Sweeter for Cocoa Farmers

SUPPLY CHAIN - Waitrose is the latest retailer to partner with Tony’s Open Chain — a Tony’s Chocolonely initiative to end exploitation in the industry; while the World Cocoa Foundation launches a methodology for measuring household income and living incomes for farmers.

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Researchers Tweak Bacteria to Create Strong, Flexible, Sustainable Plastic

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Researchers at Kobe University have engineered bacteria to produce a plastic modifier that makes bioplastic more processable, more fracture resistant and highly biodegradable —which holds great potential for enabling sustainable plastic production.

Is It Time for Old Solutions to New Problems?

THE NEXT ECONOMY - It’s clear we need a fundamental shift in how we perceive and manage our finite resources. But as more and more businesses shift away from profit at all costs to profit with purpose, hopefully we will all soon 'share more, waste less.'

Cocktails for a Cause: Mission-Driven Distilleries Champion Conservation

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Alma del Jaguar Tequila and Mutiny Island Vodka are using their small but growing footprint to protect jaguars in a volatile borderland and expand the potential of an underused superfood, respectively.

5 Retail Giants Partner on VC to Scale Sustainable Innovation

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - W23 Global is the first retailer-led venture fund to seek entrepreneurs and early-stage ventures offering solutions to a range of common sustainability challenges.

First 3 Carbon-Offset Programs Deemed Trustworthy by Integrity Council

THE NEXT ECONOMY - In what it’s calling a new chapter of trust and standardization for the voluntary carbon market, the Integrity Council for the Voluntary Carbon Market gives three carbon-crediting programs its seal of approval.

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