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US Plastics Pact Unveils List of 11 ‘Problematic and Unnecessary’ Materials to Be Eliminated by 2025

US Plastics Pact Unveils List of 11 ‘Problematic and Unnecessary’ Materials to Be Eliminated by 2025

The US Pact’s brands, retailers and materials manufacturers are seek to develop immediate solutions to the 11 ubiquitous and unrecyclable materials — but the plastics industry is up in arms.

When It Comes to Sustainable Cotton, Transparency Is Material

SUPPLY CHAIN - Raw material sourcing more important than ever. Evolving attitudes among brands, retailers and consumers are creating demand for greater sustainability and transparency — starting at the seed and throughout the entire supply chain.

Thai Coconut Giant Partners to Root a Rare Type of Labor Abuse Out of Its Supply Chain

SUPPLY CHAIN - It seems human rights abuses aren’t the only labor issues companies need to watch out for in their supply chains. Here, Thailand-based Theppadungporn Coconut Company details how it partnered to create the first audit scheme specifically designed to uncover monkey labor.

Heartland and Ravago Develop Products to Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Plastic

PRESS RELEASE - Heartland and Ravago Americas have executed a joint development agreement to create the next generation of plastic resins.

Social Infrastructure: Construction Projects as a Force for Good

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - If an organization commissions a multimillion-dollar building or renovation, how can it double or triple the social and environmental benefits from its investment? Many green building standards already exist, but what if it was possible to go beyond them — to design a building process that was transformational in its execution?

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Medtronic Foundation launches new STEM partnerships to serve over 60,000 underserved and underrepresented students

PRESS RELEASE - Multi-year partnerships to serve over 60,000 underserved and underrepresented K-12 students in Minnesota, Northern California and Puerto Rico

Water May Be Life, But It Is Never a Given: Learnings from the Navajo Nation

COLLABORATION - It’s 2022, and 1 in 3 homes on the Navajo Nation Reservation still do not have a tap or toilet. In 2021, human rights nonprofit DigDeep collaborated with Kohler to launch the Water Is Life microgrant program — which is working to make safe water a reality for all residents of the Navajo Nation.

Decolonizing Wealth Project Redistributes $1M Towards Indigenous-Led Sustainability Efforts

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - The multi-year, multimillion-dollar Indigenous Earth Fund initiative will support systemic and policy-change efforts centered around Indigenous leaders and environmental solutions.

These ‘Friendly’ Insects Could Make Our Most Deadly, Destructive Pests Drop Like Flies

CLEANTECH - Oxitec’s Friendly™ technology has created self-limiting versions of some of our most deadly and destructive insect pests — a safe, targeted solution that has the potential to protect human populations, food crops and livelihoods globally.

Climate Action Plans: How Do We Know If We’re Making Real Progress?

WALKING THE TALK - In our experience, it’s challenging to proceed from knowing your company’s emissions profile to crafting a climate action plan to reduce it. Successful companies will adopt the right mix of strategies for them — which is where the bigger challenge comes in.

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Different Paths, Common Goal: How More Companies Are Providing Living Wages

SUPPLY CHAIN - Paying living wages throughout supply chains can mean changing business models, which can seem insurmountable. But a series of case studies from IDH shows how companies and coalitions are making real progress on their commitments.

David Darr Joins Vanguard Renewables as Chief Sustainability Officer

PRESS RELEASE - David Darr Joins Vanguard Renewables as Chief Sustainability Officer

BlackRock's Fink Expounds on Need for Decarbonization, But Not Divestment

WALKING THE TALK - In his annual letter to CEOs, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink says that, while decarbonizing the global economy is ‘the greatest investment opportunity of our lifetime,’ he also asserts that ‘divesting from entire sectors will not get the world to net zero.’

The Future of Meat: Likely Somewhere Between Regenerative and Alternative

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The broad spectrum of choices in today’s ‘meat’ aisle will continue to diversify as brands work to satisfy the appetites of ever-growing climate-conscious consumer market — and each product has its own benefits, challenges and impacts.

How to Fuel a Sustainable Future for Packaging

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - Solving the ongoing packaging conundrum demands a significant shift in how businesses think — moving from a linear to a circular model of operation to improve the amount of packaging that can be reused, recycled and returned to the value chain.

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Microsoft Climate Innovation Fund Propels Completion of LanzaJet’s First SAF Plant

CLEANTECH - The financing partnership will enable LanzaJet to bring its alcohol-to-jet, net-zero sustainable aviation fuels to commercial scale.

Enterprise-Wide Engagement Unearths Sweeping Solutions for Reining in SO2 Emissions

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The team at Vestolit — part of polymers, materials and infrastructure leader Orbia — worked closely with the corporate sustainability team to find modifications to plant operations that promise significant reductions in the entire enterprise’s sulphur dioxide emissions.

Lidl, Swiss Scientists Developing Circular Food-Preservation Solution

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - New cellulosic bio-coating for fresh produce greatly reduces both packaging and food waste by coating the produce with, well, produce.

Ingka Investments to plant new, sustainably managed forest in Florida area damaged by Hurricane Michael

PRESS RELEASE - Ingka Investments has acquired 1,321 hectares (3,264 acres) of land in Florida as part of its long-term commitment to responsible forest management.

Intrepid Travel Introduces 22 New ‘Impact Initiatives’ for 2022

THE NEXT ECONOMY - To provide experiences that enrich destination communities and travelers alike, the new initiatives span 16 countries and include activities such as meals at local establishments supporting women, migrants and seniors; and immersive tours preserving Indigenous and ethnic minority legacies.

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