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Rainforest Foundation Promotes Sustainable Palm Oil with UK Easter Chocolate Rankings

SUPPLY CHAIN - With Easter just around the corner, The Rainforest Foundation has teamed up with Ethical Consumer magazine to release a ranking of more than 70 UK chocolate brands to encourage companies to use more sustainably sourced palm oil.

Biofuel Waste Could Offer Concrete Gains for Greener Cement

WASTE NOT - This article first appeared on edie.net on March 26, 2013.

Crossing Thresholds: From Fossil Fuel Divestment to Sustainable Investment

NEW METRICS - Three cheers to Bill McKibben and 350.org for raising much-needed awareness through their campaign urging university endowments and pension funds to divest from fossil fuel-producing companies.

ERCF Honours Outstanding Conservation Commitment

PRESS RELEASE - Conservation Foundation Awards presented at Annual General Meeting Windsor – The Essex Region Conservation Foundation (ERCF) honoured two recipients with a Conservation Foundation award at their Annual General Meeting on March 20. The awards recognized outstanding philanthropic commitment from an individual or family, and from corporations.

Eurostar, GlaxoSmithKline Join Ecodesk Campaign To Improve Supply Chain Efficiency

SUPPLY CHAIN - Ecodesk recently announced that 25 companies representing one million suppliers have joined its VIP Enterprise Innovator Program aimed at developing a clear and unambiguous business case for supply chain efficiency.

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H&M Disclosing Supplier List Along with Sustainability Progress

MARKETING AND COMMS - H&M for the first time has made its supplier factory list public alongside its annual sustainability report, released last week.

Bombay Sapphire Turns Derelict Mill into Sustainable Distillery

CLEANTECH - The Bombay Sapphire gin distillery in Hampshire, England has become the first to achieve an “Outstanding” design-stage Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) accreditation, according to a recent announcement.

Kellogg Is Latest Company To Adopt GreenBlue's How2Recycle Label

MARKETING AND COMMS - This week, GreenBlue announced the successful completion of the soft launch phase of its How2Recycle labeling system, and the addition of The Kellogg Company to the 11 other brands already using the label.

Resource Revolution White Paper Examines Risks and Rewards of Circular Economy

WASTE NOT - This article first appeared on edie.net on March 20, 2013.Environmental Data Interactive Exchange (Edie), an online sustainability resource based in the UK, has published an exclusive white paper highlighting the opportunities and challenges of circular economy realization, for both businesses and the waste management industry.The report, published in association with sponsor FCC Environment and sister title Local Authority Waste & Recycling magazine, investigates the implications of closed-loop thinking as businesses start to take back waste-derived materials and energy into their supply chains.

Chevron, Shell Join Environmentalists To Regulate Fracking Standards

COLLABORATION - A group of energy companies, philanthropic foundations and environmental groups have formed a new organization providing shale gas producers with performance standards certification for shale development.The Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD) recently announced 15 initial performance standards designed to ensure safe and environmentally responsible development of the Appalachian Basin’s abundant shale gas resources. These standards will form the foundation of the CSSD’s independent, third-party certification process.

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Veteran Recycling Executive Joins Earth911, Inc. Advisory Board

PRESS RELEASE - SCOTTSDALE, AZ — March 21, 2013 — Earth911, Inc., an Infinity Resources Holdings company (OTCQB: IRHC) (OTCBB: IRHC), welcomed another key industry advisor to its strategic consulting team with the addition of Ed Skernolis, a 40-year veteran of the recycling industry whose legacy includes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Waste Management, Inc., National Recycling Coalition (NRC), and Kee

Unreal Helps Unjunk Sweets with Easter Bunny Apology Tour

MARKETING AND COMMS - Candy company Unreal is sponsoring the 2013 Easter Bunny Apology Tour, a social media and publicity campaign aimed at “unjunking” popular candy products, according to a recent announcement.

Changing Consumers to Users Key To Success of Circular Economy

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - In January, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation released a new animation, focusing on the role of new business models in the transition to a regenerative circular economy."The Circular Economy: From Consumer to User" (below) is a follow-up to 2011’s "Re-Thinking Progress: The Circular Economy," a short film that offered an introduction to the circular concept and stimulated discussion around what our future economy may look like. The new video looks in more detail at one aspect of this — what if we didn’t buy the goods we use but instead favoured access and performance over ownership?

Brands More Trusted Than Millionaires When Espousing Sustainable Consumption

MARKETING AND COMMS - The old cliche “money doesn’t buy happiness” still rings true; yet in this economy, apparently it can buy sustainable consumption.

Becker Underwood "Opening Doors" in South Africa

PRESS RELEASE - Becker Underwood signs Research Grant and Intellectual Property Agreement with South Africa’s University of Pretoria and Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

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"The Interests of the Commons": Eric Lowitt on the Collaboration Economy

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - In this recent interview, guest editor Adam Werbach talks with Eric Lowitt, author of the forthcoming book, The Collaboration Economy (Wiley, April 2013). As Lowitt explains, the collaboration economy describes a situation in which “the interest of the commons now affects the common interest.”To illustrate the concepts explored in the book, an excerpt from a chapter of The Collaboration Economy appears below the video.

TriplePundit Names NativeEnergy to List of “Top 25 Sustainable Brands on Twitter”

PRESS RELEASE - Twitter is often viewed as the social media site for celebrity news and fleeting updates, but behind this image lies a strong community of CSR leaders. Through a networked series of Twitter accounts, executives, reporters, and engaged customers connect and share their knowledge of sustainability best practices.

eBay Launches Standard for Measuring Costs, Impacts of Online Transactions

NEW METRICS - eBay has released a new Digital Service Efficiency (DSE) dashboard to monitor and analyze the cost, performance and environmental impact of customer buy and sell transactions in an effort to balance and tune its technical infrastructure, according to a recent announcement.

Nike Partners With Bluesign Technologies To Scale Access to Sustainable Textiles

SUPPLY CHAIN - Nike today announced a partnership with Swiss company bluesign technologies to broaden the supply of sustainable materials and chemistries for use in Nike products.

Tom’s of Maine Shares Sustainability Goals, Progress in New ‘Goodness Report’

MARKETING AND COMMS - Tom’s of Maine has launched a new website that makes it easier for people to learn about the way it does business, its goals and its progress against those goals.The Tom’s of Maine Goodness Report breaks the company’s efforts into six categories — energy, ingredients, waste, water, packaging and community. The Report features 2011 benchmarks, updates on recent projects and a goals tracker for 2015 and beyond. Highlighted goals include:

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