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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.

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.

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.'

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.

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.

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.

More Beauty Retailers Embracing a Circular Economy for Packaging

WASTE NOT - New initiatives from Kiehl’s, Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart and Ulta lay further groundwork for reducing the beauty industry’s massive plastic footprint.

A Buzzworthy Solution: The World's First Government-Approved Bee Vaccine

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Dalan Animal Health introduces the inaugural USDA conditionally licensed vaccine for honeybees, providing a prophylactic solution to safeguard the global honeybee population from lethal infectious diseases.

Major Snack Brands Continue to Cut Plastic in Packaging

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - While Walkers and the British Crisp Co shift to paper, Mars embraces digital simulation software to slash its amount of plastic needed.

Is Misinformation Derailing Climate Action in Agriculture?

MARKETING AND COMMS - In this, the biggest election year in history, Changing Markets Foundation investigates the damaging spread of misinformation online concerning the meat and dairy industry and how it is influencing both policy and public opinion.

‘Keggers,’ Elevated: Winemakers Tapping Into More Sustainable Vessels

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Wine packers such as Sonoma-based Free Flow Wines are taking advantage of the reduced stigma of stainless steel-bound wine, along with increased ambitions from winemakers to reduce their packaging footprint.

New Ways of Catching, Producing Seafood Could Boost Health of Aquatic Ecosystems

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - More conscientious catch methods and the rise of cultivated seafood could help take the pressure off of overfished marine ecosystems — whose health is critical for planetary health.

Dr. Martens, IKEA Push Circular Fashion Further Into the Mainstream

WASTE NOT - IKEA has created a collection made from recycled coworker uniforms; while Dr. Martens’ Genix Nappa collection features recycled-leather remakes of three of the iconic shoe brand’s signature styles.

New Report Helps Companies Stop Bankrolling Climate Change

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - 'Carbon Bankroll 2.0' illuminates the huge, untapped climate impact of the US financial system — how it is undermining leading companies’ climate action, and why companies’ financial management may be their greatest lever for climate progress.

‘More Than a Background’ Campaign Highlights Challenges for Second-Chance Workers

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - The campaign from the Center for Employment Opportunities calls out the barriers justice-impacted people face in obtaining employment as a result of overreliance on background checks.