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Period: October 1, 2015 to October 15, 2015
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Whole Foods Struggle To Meet Growing Demand For Sustainably Sourced And Humanely Raised Meat

Demand for sustainable, organic, natural, and humanely raised meat and other foods is growing faster than the production capacity of farmers. Whole Foods meat supplier Sweet Stem Farm’s dispute with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals highlighted the problems posed by this trend for retailers and their customers. Data from the Organic Trade Association revealed sales of organic products in the United States grew 11 percent in 2014. For its part, sustainable-food restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill dealt with a shortage of sustainably raised pork by pulling off its “carnitas” burrito filling from the menu.

"Just How Happy Are the Pigs That End Up at Whole Foods?", Bloomberg Business, October 18, 2015

Bogobrush Toothbrush Offers Consumers Affordable Earth-Friendly Electric Toothbrush

John McDougall and his sister Heather McDougal launched the Bogobrush in 2012 to provide consumers with an affordable and sustainably manufactured electric toothbrush. Bogobrush is made of biodegradable materials and comes in a streamlined design. For every toothbrush sold, the company promises to donate one Bogobrush to a charitable organization. By paying $5 more, consumers can avail themselves of a simple stand designed to highlight the beauty of the $10 Bogobrush electric toothbrush.

"By Cutting Out the Clutter, A Toothbrush is Cleansing Teeth and the Production Line", PSFK.com, October 09, 2015

Earth-Friendly Diapers Offer Manufacturers Way To Grow Revenue

Makers of diapers can grow their revenue in the U.S. market, which remained flat in constant retail value at $5.9 billion and grew at a rate lower than 1 percent in 2014, by offering environment-friendly and sustainably made products. Growing demand for “green” diapers is highlighted by the growth in revenue performance of The Honest Company, currently valued at $1.7 billion and mainstream manufacturer Kimberly Clark’s launch of Huggies Pure & Natural in 2009. Manufacturers looking at the natural diapers segment, however, should keep in mind that their target customers are likely well informed about sustainability-related issues and that millennial parents put much emphasis on value for money when buying.

"Green Diapers: Balancing Demand and Expectations", Euromonitor International, September 20, 2015

Companies, Organizations  

Procter & Gamble Joins Petcore Europe

Procter & Gamble joined Petcore Europe, the organization representing the PET packaging industry in Europe. Based in Brussels, the group aims to ensure that the PET industry and related organizations are working together to enhance value and promote sustainable growth. It addresses issues affecting PET resin producers, packaging managers, recycling groups, and other stakeholders.

"P&G boosts sustainability with Petcore Europe membership", Packaging News, October 13, 2015

Unilever Joins Standard Chartered To Launch Support For UN's Sustainable Development Goals In Pakistan

Unilever Pakistan Limited partnered with Standard Chartered to launch a program aimed at educating 7 million people in the next seven days about the United Nations’ Global Goals for Sustainable Development. During a roundtable discussion, the companies and their partners led a dialogue on the country’s role in implementing the UN’s sustainability initiative in Pakistan. Built on the UN’s Millennium Development Goals announced in 2000, the Sustainable Development Goals seek to ensure the health, safety, and future of the planet.

"Project Everyone: Companies pledge to educate 7 million people in 7 days", The Express Tribune, October 04, 2015

Unilever Renews Pledge To Work For Nigerians' Welfare

Unilever Nigeria reaffirmed its commitment to working for the welfare of Nigerians through the company’s sustainable living plan. Commenting on the United Nations’ recently approved sustainable development goals, Unilever Nigeria Plc managing director Yaw Nsarkoh highlighted the company’s Sustainable Living Plan. Launched in 2010, the initiative aims to grow the company’s business while reducing its impact on the environment and promoting sustainability. For example, Unilever’s Pepsodent brand partnered with the Nigerian Dental Association to improve professional dental standards in the country.

"Unilever restates commitment sustainable development", The Nation, October 04, 2015

Hoping P&G's next CEO sets example

Cincinnati, October 13, 2015

Green Diapers: Balancing Demand and Expectations

Euromonitor International, September 20, 2015

Market News  

Majority Of Global Consumers Ready To Pay Extra For Environment-Friendly Products, Study Reveals

Among consumers worldwide, 66 percent said they would pay more for sustainable brands, according to the 2015 Nielsen Global Corporate Sustainability Report. Data revealed that sales of consumer goods from brands that have shown commitment to sustainability grew more than 4 percent worldwide, compared with less than 1 percent for brands that have not. Results of the survey which covered 30,000 consumers in 60 countries revealed 73 percent of millennials are willing to pay extra for sustainable products, compared with 50 percent in 2014. Also, 59 percent of respondents said a product’s health and wellness benefits are important factors when deciding which products to buy.

"Consumer-Goods' Brands That Demonstrate Commitment to Sustainability Outperform Those That Don’t", Nielsen, October 12, 2015

UK Scientists Work To Develop Environment-Friendly Chemicals For Perfume Industry

A group of scientists from the University of Manchester is working to develop environment-friendly chemicals for use in the perfume and fragrance industry in Europe. With a budget of £8.5 million, and in partnership with DSM Chemical Technology R&D BV, the project will be part of the Horizon 2020 EU initiative, ROBOX, aimed at creating sustainable chemicals for the perfume and food industries. Under the project’s guidelines, the scientists will develop alternatives to chemical oxidations, which are harmful to the environment.

"Scientists to develop green chemicals for perfume as part of new EU project", CosmeticDesign-europe.com, September 29, 2015

Ecko's New Fragrance is Saving Rhinos On Instagram

Beauty Packaging, September 23, 2015

Press Release  

Henkel Earns Spot On STOXX Sustainability Index For Fifth Year

Henkel was included in the STOXX Global ESG Leaders indices for the fifth year, a recognition of the company’s commitment to sustainability. Scoring significantly higher than the average ESG score of index components, Henkel was cited by STOXX Limited for its performance in absolute terms, as well as relative to its global industry peers. Based on STOXX data, Henkel is included in the top 5 percent of the 1,800 companies analyzed by the market research firm.

"Henkel is among “best of the best” companies in global sustainability index", Henkel, October 12, 2015

L'Oreal Launches Initiative For Sustainable Quinoa Husk Sourcing

L’Oreal launched a partnership in Bolivia aimed at promoting the sustainable sourcing of quinoa husk for cosmetics applications. Through the partnership, L’Oreal aims to support sustainable production of the quinoa real variety by helping training local farmers on best agricultural practices, preventing soil erosion, and transferring scientific knowledge and expertise between the company and local partners. L’Oreal’s partners in the initiative are Andean Valley, a local firm which works directly with quinoa farmers; Proinpa, an organization promoting conservation and responsible use of natural resources in the country; and EcoTerra, a responsible importer.

"L'Oreal Launches A Sustainable Quinoa Husk Sourcing Programme", L’Oréal, October 07, 2015

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