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2021’s 'World-Changing Ideas' Cutting Waste and Emissions, Correcting Societal Imbalances
2021’s 'World-Changing Ideas' Cutting Waste and Emissions, Correcting Societal Imbalances

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - It’s that time of year again, when Fast Company calls out its favorite World-Changing Ideas. Here are a few of that we’re especially keen to keep an eye on.

Epicurious Chops Beef to ‘Encourage More Sustainable Cooking’
Epicurious Chops Beef to ‘Encourage More Sustainable Cooking’

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - The web's most award-winning food site is encouraging home cooks to expand their culinary repertoires and embrace less resource-intensive menu options.

How the Washington Nationals Will Avoid Using 5M Ketchup Packets This Season
How the Washington Nationals Will Avoid Using 5M Ketchup Packets This Season

WASTE NOT - A smart, win-win, local partnership will enable the team to provide a combination of sustainable tech and healthier condiment options for a sustainable and COVID-safe solution.

How Thrive Market Is Building the World’s First Climate-Positive Retailer
How Thrive Market Is Building the World’s First Climate-Positive Retailer

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Carbon neutral since day one, we see our next task as going beyond sustainability towards an approach that preserves, heals and actually improves the planet. So, we’ve charted a path to become the world’s first climate-positive grocery store by 2025.

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PepsiCo Aims to Regeneratively Farm 7M Acres by 2030
PepsiCo Aims to Regeneratively Farm 7M Acres by 2030

SUPPLY CHAIN - The company’s goal is to scale regenerative farming practices across its entire agricultural footprint, reduce at least 3 million tons of GHGs, and improve livelihoods of farmers across its supply chain.

How Sustainable Choices for Pet Parents Can Drive Industry Transformation
How Sustainable Choices for Pet Parents Can Drive Industry Transformation

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Progress in pet care sustainability will require industry-wide alignment on key challenges and opportunities. While Petco’s sustainable products commitment is a solid first step, our aim is to make ESG an industry-wide priority to meet the expectations of our savvy, sustainability-minded consumers.

International Wineries for Climate Action Joins Global ‘Race to Zero’
International Wineries for Climate Action Joins Global ‘Race to Zero’

COLLABORATION - IWCA becomes the first member of Race to Zero — a UN-backed, global campaign to rally all-sector leadership and support for a healthy, resilient, zero-carbon future — representing the wine and ag industries.

Two Good, Marcus Samuelsson, Full Harvest Team Up to Fight Food Waste
Two Good, Marcus Samuelsson, Full Harvest Team Up to Fight Food Waste

WASTE NOT - The partnership between the yogurt brand, the celebrity chef and the food-rescue marketplace aims to inspire restaurants across the US to fight food waste by using rescued produce on their menus.

Chipotle Now Offering Employees Free Degrees in Agriculture, Culinary, Hospitality
Chipotle Now Offering Employees Free Degrees in Agriculture, Culinary, Hospitality

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - As part of Chipotle’s mission to ‘cultivate a better world,’ it has expanded its debt-free degree program to include nearly 100 degree options in these fields at 10 US universities.

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For Bumble Bee, Circular Packaging Solutions Are Both New, Tried and True
For Bumble Bee, Circular Packaging Solutions Are Both New, Tried and True

REDEFINING SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD FOR THE FUTURE - The Bumble Bee Seafood Company is diving in headfirst to tackle circular packaging strategies in new ways — and some old ways.

Breakthrough: 7 Unlocks to Scaling Healthy and Sustainable Living
Breakthrough: 7 Unlocks to Scaling Healthy and Sustainable Living

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - So, what’s still preventing consumers from living more in line with their values? GlobeScan has identified seven critical “unlocks” to help consumers to change their behaviors, and start aligning their lifestyles with their values and aspirations.

Anheuser-Busch Revitalizes St. Louis Community, Spent Barley with New Production Facility
Anheuser-Busch Revitalizes St. Louis Community, Spent Barley with New Production Facility

THE NEXT ECONOMY - As part of a recently announced $1B planned investment across the US, a new production facility that repurposes spent grain will create jobs and further the brewer’s commitments to sustainability and the St. Louis Community.

Regenerative Agriculture: Soil Health, Herd Health, Human Health
Regenerative Agriculture: Soil Health, Herd Health, Human Health

SUPPLY CHAIN - Regenerative ag is a growing, dynamic movement that has potential for tremendous climate reversal and healthy food production. When even Neil Young says, “Put the carbon back in the soil," you know it’s time to get on board. 

Keurig Dr Pepper Taps into a New Era of Water Stewardship
Keurig Dr Pepper Taps into a New Era of Water Stewardship

SUPPLY CHAIN - KDP has found the power of partnerships to be the best primer for innovation and has worked alongside various groups, including direct competitors, all of whom bring to the table a vested interest in shared water resources.

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Food Rescuers Shouldn't Fight Over Limited Supply; Instead, Diversify
Food Rescuers Shouldn't Fight Over Limited Supply; Instead, Diversify

WASTE NOT - I’ve always been frustrated by infighting between food-rescue organizations working together to distribute scarce food donations — mostly from retailers. So, here’s my list of untapped sectors of the food system — where food is almost always genuinely going to waste.

Trending: Beverage Giants Ensuring Their Libations Are Sustainable, Down to the Roots
Trending: Beverage Giants Ensuring Their Libations Are Sustainable, Down to the Roots

SUPPLY CHAIN - Bombay Sapphire and Starbucks are working with farmers to ensure complete supply chain sustainability for their gin and coffee, respectively.

Giving Up Meat = Healthy Living = Healthy Planet. Are We at a Dietary Inflection Point?
Giving Up Meat = Healthy Living = Healthy Planet. Are We at a Dietary Inflection Point?

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - The growing appetite for a shift away from meat-based diets is good news for addressing a range of health and climate issues. But business has a critical role to play in making the transition as affordable, accessible and delicious as possible.

To Fight COVID-19, We Must Invest in Water Access for Vulnerable Communities
To Fight COVID-19, We Must Invest in Water Access for Vulnerable Communities

COLLABORATION - The PepsiCo Foundation and WaterAid are launching a new program to build sanitation facilities and community water systems in the harsh, arid region of La Guajira, Colombia — with the goal of increasing access for the indigenous Wayuu people.

5 Ways Retailers Are Winning by Aligning Financial Performance, Sustainability
5 Ways Retailers Are Winning by Aligning Financial Performance, Sustainability

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Many retail and food giants are proving that businesses can grow, improve margins and bolster competitive advantage through examination of waste streams and investing in creative solutions — even during a pandemic.

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Trending: Nike, Chipotle Tie Exec Compensation to Diversity, Sustainability Metrics
Trending: Nike, Chipotle Tie Exec Compensation to Diversity, Sustainability Metrics

WALKING THE TALK - In the past week, both Nike and Chipotle announced new sets of environmental and social goals — and systems with which their executives’ compensation will be tied to achieving them.

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