First Batch of Salmon Gold™ Enters Supply Chains of Tiffany & Co, Apple

Sustainable Brands - Latest News - Washington, DC-based NGO RESOLVE has announced the launch of Salmon Gold™ — an innovative approach to sourcing gold responsibly and restoring fish habitats in Alaska, the Yukon Territory, and British Columbia — with its partners, Tiffany & Co. and Apple. The Salmon Gold project targets streams and habitat impacted by historical tailings, the residue left over from old placer gold mining sites that can prevent fish such as salmon and grayling from migrating … [Read more...]

Beverage Giants Up the Ante on Efforts to Reverse Plastic Pollution

Sustainable Brands - Latest News - Molson Coors commits to 100% sustainable packaging, 50% reduction in absolute emissions by 2025 Today, Molson Coors Brewing Company launched a set of new goals to reduce plastics in its packaging, aiming for 100 percent to be reusable, recyclable, compostable or biodegradable by 2025. It is also strengthening its goals to drive down packaging emissions, use more recycled materials in its plastic packaging and improve recycling solutions in its key markets. The … [Read more...]

7 Things to Know About the IPCC’s Special Report on Climate Change and Land

Sustainable Brands - Latest News - Most discussions of climate action focus on energy, industry and transport. But a special report released today by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states unequivocally that land is critically important, as well — both as a source of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and as a climate change solution. In fact, the report found that while land sequesters almost a third of all human-caused carbon dioxide emissions, it will be impossible to … [Read more...]

Not Your Mother’s Raincoat: Meet the Latest in Sustainably Weatherproof Clothing

Sustainable Brands - Latest News - VF Corp to expand investment into FutureLight™: the world's most advanced breathable-waterproof outerwear technology Image credit: The North Face After reporting better than expected results in its first quarter this week, global apparel giant VF Corporation — parent company of 20 outdoor, active and work brands, including The North Face, Timberland, Vans, Eagle Creek, Icebreaker, Dickies and more — announced that it will put a $20 million marketing push … [Read more...]

Can a Mobile App Help Barry Callebaut Eradicate Poverty in the Cocoa Supply Chain?

Sustainable Brands - Latest News - The chocolate giant partnered with SAP in 2016 to develop a data management app called Katchilè. The app is now being used by farm coaches on the ground, enabling them to capture all kinds of data about the farmers, their financial stability, their farming techniques and the company’s impacts — in order to help Barry Callebaut design better support programs to improve farmer livelihoods. It’s also being used to combat child labor by capturing data such as the … [Read more...]

Gaia Herbs: Bringing Accountability, Sustainability to the Herbal Industry

Sustainable Brands - Latest News - The herbal industry can often seem as opaque as the protective bottles its products come in. And despite the healthful goals of many supplement-takers, corporate accountability and sustainability are not inherently guaranteed. Herbal products in the US are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration as dietary supplements, but the FDA is not authorized to review herbal products for safety or effectiveness before they are marketed. That responsibility is on … [Read more...]

Fighting Fire with Fire: Zippo Pledges to Help Fight Effects of Global Deforestation

Sustainable Brands - Latest News - Zippo — maker of the ubiquitous, flip-top lighter — is intimately aware of fire's usefulness, as a force of nature to be summoned at will. But this power, when wielded carelessly or allowed to run rampant, can have devastating effects. Nowhere is this more evident than in fire's impact on forests, here in the US and across the globe. Wildfires destroy 4 percent of the Earth's surface each year, with 84 percent a result of human activity. Image credit: … [Read more...]

Ekoa: The Wonder Material That Could Help Save the Rainforests

Sustainable Brands - Latest News - Deforestation contributes to about 18 percent of all global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and is accelerating, despite at least a decade of efforts to turn things around. Merely slowing our rate of deforestation won't cut it if humanity is going to make a dent in climate change — major disruptions are needed. That's what San Francisco Bay Area startup Lingrove is aiming to do. Blackbird, a predecessor to Lingrove, developed bio-based composites for musical … [Read more...]

Trending: Fashion Edges Ever Closer to Circularity

Sustainable Brands - Latest News - Web series from Prada, Nat Geo shows ‘What We Carry’ re responsible consumption around the world Image credit: Prada In June, luxury fashion brand Prada announced its commitment to using only recycled nylon by 2021. It has started making good on its promise with its new line of Re-Nylon bags, made from Aquafil’s upcycled ECONYL® fabric — and is sharing the story of its sourcing via a new web series, co-produced with National Geographic and spanning five … [Read more...]

Raising the Purpose Banner (Again) Is Only the Start

Sustainable Brands - Latest News - It's great to see my partners, MartinJenkins, and their clients in New Zealand making strides forward. It is progress when communications and CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) teams unite under the purpose banner*. But to deliver sustainable success for all, it is critical that executive teams and their Boards grasp the initiative and hot-wire purpose into the core of their business strategy. When that happens, purpose is elevated and given the status it … [Read more...]

10 Breakthrough Technologies That Can Help Feed the World Without Destroying It

Sustainable Brands - Latest News - It won’t be easy and will require major new efforts, but it can be done. Our new World Resources Report: Creating a Sustainable Food Future — co-issued by the World Bank, UN Environment Programme and UN Development Programme — recommends a menu of 22 solutions served over five courses: Reduce growth in demand; Increase food production without expanding agricultural land; Increase fish supply; Reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from agricultural … [Read more...]

New Film Highlights South Africa’s Unsung Plastic Waste Heroes

Sustainable Brands - Latest News - For anyone who has cruised the streets of Johannesburg, South Africa, the site of the city’s ‘street surfers’ is as much a part of the landscape as is that of the high-rise metropolitan skyline. In director Arthur Neumeier’s new short documentary, Street Surfers, Frank Solomon — a big wave surfer and marine activist from Cape Town — traveled to meet two exceptional men, Thabo and Mokete, who indirectly serve the environment through recycling as a means of … [Read more...]

Treasure8: The Systemic, Tech-Driven Solution to Food Waste

Sustainable Brands - Latest News - San Francisco, California-based regenerative food tech company Treasure8 is seeking funds to help propel it on its mission — to revolutionize how food is managed along supply chains, and address the global challenges of food waste, nutrition and climate change along the way. “The world is waking up to the fact that we’re cooking ourselves — there is a need for solutions that are not some incremental growth, year after year; they need to come right out the gate … [Read more...]

What If We Could Geo-Locate the Next Deadly Outbreak — Months Before It Happened?

Sustainable Brands - Latest News - The Zika virus that ravaged its way through South America, and up into parts of Florida and Texas, in 2016 had a devastating social and economic impact. The virus was linked to birth defects in thousands of Brazilian newborns, whose mothers were infected while pregnant. World Health Organization estimates suggest up to four million people were infected in Latin America and the Caribbean by early 2017. Other figures argue that up to 117 million people, including … [Read more...]

Recent op-ed misses the forest for the trees

Business – Human Nature – Conservation International Blog - A recent op-ed published in Yale Environment 360, missed the mark in its criticisms of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). (c) Business – Human Nature – Conservation International Blog - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

McDonald’s to take a bite out of carbon emissions

Business – Human Nature – Conservation International Blog - McDonald's announced it would eliminate deforestation from its supply chain while reducing its carbon emissions by 36 percent by 2030. (c) Business – Human Nature – Conservation International Blog - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Why B Corp Certification Was Non-Negotiable for Our Brand

Sustainable Brands - Latest News - Napkin story When my wife and I bought our first home together, we had the goal of renovating our fixer-upper just in time for our first daughter, Audrey, to be born. While I still cringe at the fact that Mallory was up on ladders painting at eight months pregnant, we got enough of the home completed to move in and be ready for our baby’s arrival. It was an important time for me, because it triggered in me a desire to think more seriously about our future and … [Read more...]

To tackle environmental challenges, start with students

Business – Human Nature – Conservation International Blog - A new partnership between Conservation International (CI) and Arizona State University (ASU) forges a new approach to conservation and sustainable development. (c) Business – Human Nature – Conservation International Blog - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Conservationist to corporate leaders: ‘Just doing the right thing is not enough’

Business – Human Nature – Conservation International Blog - Major companies have committed to ending deforestation, but global progress has been slow. (c) Business – Human Nature – Conservation International Blog - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

One Degree Organics: The Case for Glyphosate-Free Certification

Sustainable Brands - Latest News - Glyphosate, the primary active ingredient in Roundup, is the world’s most widely used herbicide — in the US alone, the use of glyphosate on crops increased from 13.9 million pounds in 1992 to 287 million pounds in 2016, according to estimates by the US Geological Survey. Labelled a “probable carcinogen” by the World Health Organization, glyphosate has been making headlines around the globe, thanks to a recent series of high-profile court cases alleging that … [Read more...]

Trending: Brands Leveraging Tomorrow’s Greatest Minds to Solve Today’s Problems

Sustainable Brands - Latest News - 3M, Discovery Education announce finalists in 2019 3M Young Scientist Challenge Image credit: 3M 3M and Discovery Education have announced 10 finalists from across the US as part of its annual 3M Young Scientist Challenge. The nation’s premier middle school science competition recognizes scientific thinking, communication and curiosity in students grades 5-8 who demonstrate a passion for solving everyday problems that could ultimately improve lives around the … [Read more...]

Conservationist named in Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business

Business – Human Nature – Conservation International Blog - Dr. M. Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation International, was named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business for 2018. (c) Business – Human Nature – Conservation International Blog - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

On anniversary of Trump’s Paris withdrawal, 3 reasons for hope

Business – Human Nature – Conservation International Blog - President Donald Trump’s decision has spurred much more climate action than what would have been activated by the Paris Agreement alone. (c) Business – Human Nature – Conservation International Blog - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]