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Startup Crowdfunding to Sell Superfood Bars in US to Aid West African Farmers

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Oakland-based social enterprise Kuli Kuli is launching an Indiegogo campaign to leverage its “superfood” nutrition bar to help alleviate poverty in West Africa.Kuli Kuli Bars are gluten-free, raw and made with just a few simple all-natural ingredients, the company says. The bars also are low in calories but contain high amounts of fiber, protein and vitamins. The bars are made from moringa oleifera, a tree that has been widely documented for its vast nutritional properties and ability to grow in poor soil with little water.

Speaking AND Listening: The Key to Effective Stakeholder Communications

MARKETING AND COMMS - Fostering a two-way, inclusive dialogue with stakeholders is key to the success of corporate sustainability programs. But developing a communications strategy that delivers the transparency stakeholders demand, in an engaging, enriching way, is challenging.

Spotlight on Five Tales of Sustainability Storytelling Success

MARKETING AND COMMS - Businesses worldwide are exploring the growing potential of storytelling to engage their audiences with complex social and environmental issues, inspire behaviour change and enhance brand reputation.

Groundbreaking Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The multitude of social and environmental challenges we face — both locally and globally — presents countless opportunities for new approaches and business models to rise to the fore. All over the world, mission-driven entrepreneurs are bringing fresh, disruptive innovations to market in response to some of these challenges. Here are some of our favorites, each of which represents a different game-changing idea that has the potential to dramatically shift the market, and the world, in which they operate.

What Is Sustainable Packaging?

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Welcome to Sustainable Brands' Issue in Focus on sustainable packaging!

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Monadnock Develops Eco-Friendly Label for Craft Beers

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Monadnock Paper Mills, which manufactures technical and specialty printing and packaging papers, recently announced the availability of an uncoated product designed specifically for craft beer made from 100 percent FSC-certified, post-consumer waste fibers.Made in New England, home to many iconic craft brews, Monadnock says its Envi Label offers American brewers a home-grown source for label stock that upholds brewers’ commitments to quality and sustainability with no compromises in performance or aesthetics.

Communicating Sustainability at Maersk Line: Striking a Balance Between Silence and Greenwashing

MARKETING AND COMMS - Maersk Line has traditionally not been known for its sustainability efforts. Why? Well, because the company used to have a habit of hardly communicating anything externally. Previously, there had been little perceived need for communicating — and this combined with a strong value around humbleness kept the company quiet.

The Upcycle: Beyond Cradle to Cradle

WASTE NOT - William McDonough & Michael Braungart’s newest book, The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability — Designing for Abundance, is an updated version of their manifesto Cradle to Cradle, published over a decade ago. The Upcycle goes one step beyond the t

Back to the Roots Growing Food Education, Reducing Waste Thanks to Smart Design

WASTE NOT - Each week leading up to the Sustainable Brands Innovation Open (SBIO) finals on June 5th, where the runner-up will be decided via live online public vote at SB '13, we will feature an article on one of our SBIO semi-finalists. This week, we re-introduce you to local innovators Back to the Roots. There’s nothing like attractive design for turning people on to something new and unusual.

The Next Big Leap: Keys to a More Proactive, Creative and Brand-Branding Sustainability Strategy

MARKETING AND COMMS - No matter how often it happens, when a new idea or insight opens up entirely new pathways and possibilities in our minds, there’s always a sense of exhilaration.

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BASF joins Habitat for Humanity for Earth Day

PRESS RELEASE - BASF joins Habitat for Humanity for Earth Day FLORHAM PARK, NJ, April 26, 2013 -- BASF employee volunteers joined Morris Habitat for Humanity today to build homes for three families in Madison, New Jersey. More than 30 BASF employees worked on various aspects of construction, installing roofs, exterior walls and exterior frames for the homes.

Rennovia Develops Process To Produce 100% Bio-Based Nylon

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Rennovia last week announced that it has created a process to make bio-based nylon materials that are nearly 25 percent cheaper to produce and emit half as much greenhouse gas emissions as conventional petroleum-derived substances.

Mosaic Crowdsourcing $100 Million in New Solar Projects

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Mosaic, an online marketplace that connects investors to solar energy projects, is tackling more and more ambitious projects. Recently, it started the Golden State Series, a string of solar investments that will total $100 million. The first project, seeking a investment $153,000 in a solar charity in San Diego, sold out in just six hours.

What Chief Sustainability Officers Can Learn from Screenwriting

MARKETING AND COMMS - If all the world’s a stage, according to Bill Shakespeare, then one needs to look no further than the c-suite for some of its highest drama. A new, fairly misunderstood protagonist has entered this mercurial world where survival typically goes to the fittest Machiavellian mind.

GreenBlue Launches Guidelines for Sustainable Paper Products

SUPPLY CHAIN - Non-profit design and strategy group GreenBlue has released a set of guidelines aimed at protecting forests by taking a holistic approach to the life cycle management of paper products.

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Solutions Expo at Sustainable Brands 2013 to Spotlight Industry Leading Tools and Resources

PRESS RELEASE - SAN FRANCISCO, California, April 24, 2013 – Sustainable Brands® recently revealed plans for an expanded Solutions Expo at SB’13 in San Diego, CA running June 4 – 6th.

UPS Adding 700 Natural Gas-Powered Vehicles to Global Fleet By 2014

CLEANTECH - UPS on Tuesday announced an expansion to its alternative vehicle fleet with plans to purchase some 700 liquefied natural gas (LNG) vehicles and to build four refueling stations by the end of 2014.The company says an initial investment of more than $18 million to construct fueling stations will be supported by the purchase of the 700 LNG tractors and continued expansion of the natural gas fleet in the U.S.UPS already operates 112 LNG tractor trailers from fueling stations in Las Vegas, Phoenix, Beaver and Salt Lake City and has its own LNG fueling station on its property in Ontario, California. Once completed, the company’s LNG private fleet will be one of the most extensive in the U.S.

SBIO Wants Your Help Choosing the Best New Talent Solving the World’s Biggest Problems

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Sustainable Brands Innovation Open (SBIO) is celebrating its 5th birthday with a new crop of highly innovative, socially and environmentally conscious entrepreneurs. SBIO presented by Target, would like your help in choosing the runner-up and winner of the People’s Choice Award on June 5th via a live online public vote.Since its inception, SBIO has aimed to identify startups with the most potential to make scalable and sustainable impacts. Past SBIO alumni have continued to flourish, including 2012 finalist Mosaic and 2011’s winner, One World Futbol.

Bumble Bee Foods Announces New MSC-Certified 'Wild Selections®' Line To Benefit WWF

COLLABORATION - Bumble Bee Foods today announced the introduction of Wild Selections® – a new line of products certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Wild Selections® will support World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) efforts to protect marine life, expand sustainable fishing practices globally and help build continued awareness of the MSC-certified seafood program. Announcing the promotion with WWF and MSC and the arrival of the new product line at the European Seafood Exposition in Brussels, Bumble Bee President and CEO Chris Lischewski said that the company is committing thirteen cents per can, for a minimum of $1 million, to WWF from the sale of Wild Selections® products over the next five years.

BASF sponsors second season of Sustainable Saturdays

PRESS RELEASE - BASF sponsors second season of Sustainable Saturdays with the Seattle Mariners All-Star pitcher Felix Hernandez challenges fans to Strike Out the Landfill. LIVE BASF Trivia Challenge rewards winners with Samsung GALAXY Tab 2 including a year of unlimited data from T-Mobile

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