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Products and Design
by Aarthi Rayapura, April 15, 2014
“It isn't just what you write that can make a difference, it's how you write it,” declares the ad for Ryman Eco, a new font by stationary brand Ryman and ad agency Grey London.Ryman claims that its...
Chemistry and Materials
by Jennifer Elks, April 15, 2014
Researchers at the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Materials Science and Technology Division, have demonstrated proof-of-concept of NRL technologies developed for the recovery of carbon dioxide (...
Packaging
by Mike Hower, April 15, 2014
Winemaker Truett-Hurst has completed a general supply agreement with Ecologic Brands to produce paper bottles for its PaperBoy brand.PaperBoy recyclable wine bottles are made from compressed recycled...
Products and Design
by Mike Hower, April 15, 2014
General Electric and idea accelerator company Quirky have launched Aros, an app-enabled air-conditioning unit that gathers information based on users' habits, cost of energy, and budget to...
Supply Chain
by Jennifer Elks, April 15, 2014
At a corporate responsibility summit for global automakers and suppliers near Detroit last week, the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) announced an initiative to accelerate action on...
The Next Economy
by Katharine Earley, April 14, 2014
“If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it,” enthuses Rien Otto, the charismatic founder of Dutch aWEARness, speaking from an international showcase of corporate clothing in...
Leadership
by Sustainable Brands, April 14, 2014
IKEA US announced last week that it is making its first US wind farm investment with the purchase of Hoopeston Wind in Hoopeston, Illinois. The 98-megawatt wind farm is the largest single IKEA Group...
Blog
by Sustainable Brands, April 14, 2014
Can your artistic vision inspire someone to take action to create a more sustainable future?This year the Sustainable Brands community is asking designers, painters, sculptors, illustrators,...
Marketing and Comms
by Mike Hower, April 14, 2014
Heineken has increased the percentage of renewable electricity it uses in its global operations from 9.3 percent in 2012 to 18 percent, to a total of 358,100,000 kWh, according to the beer maker’s...
Leadership
by Mike Hower, April 14, 2014
Diabetes care supplier Novo Nordisk has opened two new clinics in Ghana as part of its Base of the Pyramid program, which creates partnerships to build sustainable access to diabetes care for people...
Organizational Change
by Jennifer Elks, April 11, 2014
HP announced this week that thousands of entrepreneurs around the world have already received microloans from its employees since the launch of Matter to a Million, the Hewlett-Packard Company...
Waste Not
by Jennifer Elks, April 11, 2014
In December, Unilever pled guilty to two counts of violating the Clean Water Act, for an incident on December 5, 2008 in which it illegally discharged thousands of gallons of wastewater from its...
Organizational Change
by Sustainable Brands, April 11, 2014
Practically Green, the engagement platform for sustainability and responsibility programs, this week announced it is rebranding as WeSpire. The company also debuted its proprietary ROI calculator,...
Cleantech
by Mike Hower, April 11, 2014
REI is on track to powering all of its stores and distribution centers by renewable energy, through a combination of renewable energy projects and certified renewable energy certificates (RECs).With...
New Metrics
by Mike Hower, April 14, 2014
PepsiCo, Unilever, Heineken and more than 50 other members of the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform have developed the world’s first industry-aligned Farmer Self-Assessment (FSA) of...
Collaboration
by Aarthi Rayapura, April 11, 2014
This week, Nestlé, General Mills and other global brands committed to the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), along with 27 other organizations including FEMSA Foundation, Water Footprint Network,...
Behavior Change
by Jennifer Elks, April 11, 2014
This week, the Nature Conservancy released the results of the first global survey to capture not only how much time kids spend outside, but also parents’ perspectives on the importance and benefits...
Marketing and Comms
by Aarthi Rayapura, April 10, 2014
A recent study by brand comparison website Rank a Brand shows discrepancies in sustainability talk and action in the fashion industry. The report finds that while fashion brands are tackling...
Products and Design
by Jennifer Elks, April 10, 2014
Today, Timberland released its 2013 CSR Report, which reports the company’s progress against four key pillars identified as priorities for the brand: product, climate, factories and service. From...
The Next Economy
by Mark McElroy, April 10, 2014
Late last month, the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) and the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings (GISR) announced their signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in...
New Metrics
by Ory Zik, April 10, 2014
Integrated reporting is the core of corporate sustainability. It is critical to organizations communicating their value creation over time and acts as a benchmark for future progress. Global brands...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Claire Sommer, April 10, 2014
In earlier articles, I asked whether consumers will back up brands that makes decisions “because it’s the right thing to do” over pure profit motives.My bet is that these decisions will be rewarded...
Waste Not
by Mike Hower, April 9, 2014
Unilever announced today that all of its European factories have joined those in North America in achieving zero non-hazardous waste to landfill. Along with similar achievements in countries from...
Products and Design
by Mike Hower, April 9, 2014
Microsoft recently introduced Windows in the Car, which helps car makers and suppliers capitalize on the Internet of Things by integrating computer systems in vehicles.Announced last week at the...
Waste Not
by Jennifer Elks, April 9, 2014
According to the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), the global production of biofuels has increased by over 600 percent in a decade, to more than 100 billion litres in 2011. Sounds like good...
Business Models
by Sustainable Brands, April 9, 2014
A Costa Rican coffee farmer’s son, an ex-lawyer turned coffee farmer, and a successful entrepreneur came together and created a partnership built on the idea of making a difference in the coffee...
Collaboration
by Aarthi Rayapura, April 9, 2014
A £31 million, pan-European deal has been struck to make hydrogen vehicles a viable and environmentally friendly choice for motorists across Europe. Coordinated by the Mayor of London's Office, the...
Chemistry and Materials
by Jennifer Elks, April 8, 2014
As consumers and regulators escalate demand for safer consumer products, Avon announced last week it will phase out the toxic chemical triclosan — a commonly used antimicrobial agent found in color...
Chemistry and Materials
by Aarthi Rayapura, April 8, 2014
Corn may soon join the ranks of cotton and wool in the natural fiber world: A team at the University of Nebraska's Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design is busy at work developing...
Behavior Change
by Jennifer Elks, April 8, 2014
After a recent rash of new commitments from a number of its fellow consumer goods giants and a number of not-so-subtle hints from Greenpeace (including a high-profile protest at the company’s...

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