Abbott’s Environmental Goals Build a More Sustainable Business

Sustainable Brands - Latest News - Improving our environmental performance also strengthens our business by improving operational efficiency. Just one example: Since 2010, our efforts to reduce product packaging have eliminated more than 41 million pounds of packaging and saved more than $100 million. Our environmental work is an important part of Abbott's strategic approach to addressing key environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. Our … [Read more...]

Timberland to Plant 50 Million Trees Over Next 5 Years

Sustainable Brands - Latest News - Global outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland committed today to plant 50 million trees around the world by 2025, as part of its pursuit of a greener future. This bold goal builds on Timberland’s longstanding commitment to make products responsibly, strengthen communities, and protect and enhance the outdoors. One key area of focus has been tree planting; since 2001, the brand has planted more than 10 million trees worldwide. According to new research led by Swiss … [Read more...]

Meet CHEP: The Unsung Leader in Circular, Data-Driven Transport Solutions

Sustainable Brands - Latest News - The market leader in wooden pallets is a company called CHEP, which has 300 million assets in over 55 countries. It’s become something of a quiet hero in the burgeoning circular economy. Reusing wood pallets can significantly reduce logging, which cuts down on GHG emissions and saves money. All of CHEP’s assets are rented, collected and reused; this saves a lot of virgin material, but the company also knew more could be done. In June, CHEP’s parent company, … [Read more...]

Ben & Jerry’s Throws Its Delicious Weight Behind Criminal Justice Reform

Sustainable Brands - Latest News - Ben & Jerry’s — which for years has been raising awareness for social and environmental causes such as climate change, voting rights and even recent, regressive governmental policies — also believes everyone deserves the sweet taste of justice, regardless of race or wealth. Its latest partnership and ice cream flavor are aimed at creating a future, where that is possible: The company has partnered with the Advancement Project National Office to … [Read more...]

Abbott’s Environmental Targets, Continuous Improvement Build a Better Business

Sustainable Brands - Latest News - Improving our environmental performance also strengthens our business by improving operational efficiency. Just one example: Since 2010, our efforts to reduce product packaging have eliminated more than 41 million pounds of packaging and saved more than $100 million. Our environmental work is an important part of Abbott's strategic approach to addressing key environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. Our … [Read more...]

SB’19 Montevideo: The Road to a Healthy World Is Paved with ‘Transformative Promises’

Sustainable Brands - Latest News - Jaqueline Pels takes us "from an era of change ..." First, Jaqueline Pels, director of the think tank Espacio Negocios Inclusivos (Space for Inclusive Businesses) at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires, kicked us off by explaining what it would take for us to move from an era of change to a change of era — and why that is needed. Whereas an era of change is comprised of incremental changes, a change of era is characterized by radical … [Read more...]

A Designer Fix to Our Current State of 'Broken'

Sustainable Brands - Latest News - As we move from climate change to climate crisis, it's increasingly important for all industries to identify the solutions they can bring to our current state of ‘broken nature.’ When designers and manufacturers innovate with this aim in mind, numerous possibilities unfold — such as chairs and stools made from mushrooms, recovered waste and even fishing nets collected from the ocean. Over the last six months, thousands of people have discovered how design can … [Read more...]

The Ocean Cleanup: Into the Twilight Zone

Sustainable Brands - Latest News - The Ocean Cleanup’s mission is to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. Our starting point for this is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch — the largest accumulation zone of plastic in the world. Doing so is tricky because: even though the patch contains north of 80 million kg of plastic, it is spread out over a massive area, three times the size of France or twice the size of Texas; and the patch is remote (the center is five times further away from land … [Read more...]

Trending: Sustainability Concerns Turning the Tide on Sunscreens

Sustainable Brands - Latest News - CVS Health removing coral-damaging compounds from over 50 own-brand sunscreens Image credit: CVS Allure recently reported that CVS Health will be preceding upcoming bans on sunscreens that contain UV-blocking agents oxybenzone and octinoxate — ingredients believed to be harmful to coral reefs — by removing the chemicals from dozens of its store-brand sunscreens. The pharmacy chain said in a statement: "By the end of 2020, CVS Health Store Brand sunscreens … [Read more...]

In Era of Employee Activism, Is It Time to Give Your Staff Full Control?

Sustainable Brands - Latest News - The mass employee walkout at the online furniture firm Wayfair last month is a sign of the times. The company’s decision to fulfil a large order of furniture headed for the contentious detention centres along the US-Mexico border sparked a huge social activist movement — not from within the campaigner movement, but among ordinary people, increasingly intolerant of what they see as poor corporate practice. Of course, disgruntlements over exec decisions among … [Read more...]

Trending: Waste-Free Personal Care Products Set to Revolutionize Industry

Sustainable Brands - Latest News - Blueland debuts C2C-certified, waste-free hand soap Blueland — a company on a mission to reimagine all categories of household packaged goods with innovative form factors and environmentally responsible packaging, beginning with household cleaning products — today launched a new offering: Foaming Hand Soap with a Cradle to Cradle Platinum-level Material Health Certificate assessed by MBDC. Following the successful, April 2019 debut of its Clean Up Kit — a set … [Read more...]

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...]