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Period: July 15, 2013 to August 1, 2013
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Canterbury Coffee Introduces 92% Biodegradable Single-Serve Coffee Cup

Richmond, British Columbia-based specialty coffee roaster Canterbury Coffee announced the OneCoffee, a single-serve coffee cup the company claims is 92 percent biodegradable. Reportedly similar to Keurig’s K-Cup but with 40 percent less plastic content, the cup is made of polylactic acid resin and is designed to break down in an industrial composting facility or landfill. Capable of being degraded in an anaerobic digester, the cup, however, requires moisture. Also, the company said it plans to replace the cup’s nylon filter, which is its only non-biodegradable component. In the United States, about 13 percent of consumers drink coffee from single-serve brewers compared with 4 percent in 2010.

"Canterbury Coffee Develops 92% Biodegradable Single-Serve Pod", Environmental Leader, July 30, 2013

Coca-Cola Launches Environment-Friendly Soft Drink In Argentina

Coca-Cola launched the Coca Cola Life soft drink product in Argentina. Sweetened with sugar and the natural no-calorie sweetener stevia, the new product comes with a green label. Packaged in the PlantBottle, which is made with 30 percent plant material and is fully recyclable, the new drink comes with 108 calories in a 600 milliliter bottle. Coca-Cola has yet to announce plans to launch in other markets the product, which follows the launch of a new bottle made of ice in Colombia.

"Sure this is the real thing? GREEN Coke launched in Argentina with natural sweetener and fully recyclable bottle", Daily Mail Online, July 22, 2013

Nestlé’s Nespresso Premium Coffee Unit Launches Sustainability Programs In Latin America, Africa

Nestlé’s premium coffee business unit has launched several socio-economic and environmental initiatives targeted at coffee-farming communities in Africa and Latin America from where it sources some of the Nespresso Grands Cru brand. The aim is to build on the success of the company’s 10-year-old AAA Sustainable Quality Program to secure high quality coffee and improve sustainable farming practices and enhance  farmer welfare .Nespresso says it will partner with local governments and a non-profit organization to improve coffee sustainability at farm level, while launching social development programs to support the welfare of farmers, their families and the wider community.

"Nespresso launches major new sustainability initiatives in Africa and Latin America", Nestle, July 16, 2013

Companies, Organizations  

Nestlé Turns Factory Grounds Into Meadows In The UK

Nestlé promised to plant wildflower meadows within the grounds of all its manufacturing facilities in the UK by 2015 to help create natural habitats and expand green space for local communities. Also, Nestlé is partnering with a group of dairy farmers who supply its factory in Girvan, Scotland, to plant wildflowers on their land. Aimed at attracting a variety of wildlife, including various species of butterflies, which are seeing population declines in the UK, the wildflower planting project is expected to create 75 acres of meadows.

"Nestlé plants wildflower meadows to promote biodiversity in the UK", Nestle, July 24, 2013

Seventh Generation Secures Number 39 Spot On Happi's Top 50 List Of Household And Personal Care Companies

Seventh Generation, Inc. is ranked 39th on the “Happi” magazine’s 2013 Top 50 Household and Personal Products Companies in the United States. With its emphasis on providing consumers with sustainable products, Seventh Generation has expanded from its dish detergents and cleaning solutions business to offer personal care products, including baby care and body washes. As part of its environment-friendly focus, Seventh Generation acquired Bobble, a manufacturer of reusable, self-filtering water bottles.

"Seventh Generation, Inc. is Number 39 on The Top 50 Household and Personal Products Companies ", Happi, July 10, 2013

Innovative pouches launched in Brazil

Packaging World, July 29, 2013

Recycling Seafood Boxes in the Big Easy

Environmental Leader , July 23, 2013

Saving Lives With Soap

Forbes.com, July 21, 2013

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Report Shows Progress In Reducing Water Consumption Among UK Food/Drink Manufacturers

A report from the Federation House Commitment, a voluntary agreement among British food and beverage companies to reduce water use in the country, says that major manufacturers have together cut their water use significantly. Coca-Cola, Heinz, Nestlé and others have reduced water consumption by 16.1 percent in the five years ending in 2012. The voluntary agreement, launched in 2008, seeks to reduce water use in food/drink manufacturing at least 20 percent by 2020. Participating food and drink companies have also agreed to reduce water use per metric ton of product by 20.9 percent from the 2007 baseline level.

"UK Food and Drink Industry Cuts Water Use 16%", Environmental Leader, July 26, 2013

Happi's Top 50 List Says SC Johnson Is Fourth-Largest US Household And Personal Care Company

SC Johnson is ranked as the fourth-largest U.S. company in the household and personal care markets, according to the “Happi” magazine’s 2013 Top 50 list. In 2012, privately held SC Johnson reported sales increased 5 percent. Also, the company has always emphasized its sustainability efforts, such as the commissioning of two wind turbines at its Waxdale factory. These turbines will generate about 15 percent of the energy used at the factory. SC Johnson has been generating most of its own power through power plants that burn landfill gas and natural gas. Its environment-friendly focus also includes product development. For example, the company’s new Smart Twist Cleaning System uses less packaging and helps reduce waste with concentrated cleaners in sprayer with a smaller form factor.

"SC Johnson is Number 4 on The Top 50 Household and Personal Products Companies ", Happi , July 10, 2013

Revelling in the role

Bangkok Post, July 16, 2013

The balancing act of producing more food sustainably

University of Oxford, July 05, 2013

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