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Period: June 1, 2016 to June 15, 2016
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Aldi’s Cage-Free Egg Decision Proves Controversial In Australia

Despite criticism from egg producers in Australia, German retail grocery chain Aldi will spend the next ten years transitioning to cage-free eggs. Consumer pressure pushed the company to take the complicated, expensive and hopefully sustainable step. But egg producers ironically call the move a “slap in the face” to consumers who may not want to spend premium prices for cage-free eggs. Aldi’s decision will “hurt Australian egg farmers and can’t be justified on the basis of either science or consumer behavior.” One egg industry representative said Australian research shows that hen stress levels are similar across cage, barn and free range farming environments. Animal husbandry practices “have the greatest influence on hen welfare.”

"Aldi to phase out cage eggs", Food and Drinks Business (AU), May 25, 2016

New Partnership Will Help Determine Levels Of Food Waste In Countries

Though 800 million people globally are malnourished, about a third of all food – approximately $940 billion worth each year – is lost as it moves from farm (or factory) to table. To help end this trend, a group of international organizations has partnered to launch a Food Loss and Waste Standard that will help businesses, governments, and other organizations to measure the problem. Organizations involved in the initiative include the World Resources Institute, the Consumer Goods Forum, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and others. The basic goal of the program is to help companies and countries find out how much food is lost or wasted, and where it occurs within their borders, operations or supply chains.

"First-Ever Global Standard to Measure Food Loss and Waste Introduced by International Partnership", News release, World Resources Institute, June 06, 2016

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Kroger Makes It To Newsweek's List Of Top 500 Environment-Friendly Companies

Retailer Kroger Co. said it has been included in the Newsweek Green Rankings list of the top 500 environment-friendly companies for 2016. Kroger's sustainability efforts include reducing its carbon footprint by reducing overall energy consumption in all of its stores by 35 percent. Also, the retailer is nearing the EPA's Zero Waste threshold of 90 percent. Kroger, a founding partner of Feeding America, supports organizations that bring food and hope to hungry people. During the last eight years, Kroger has created more than 74,000 new jobs.

"Kroger Recognized in Newsweek's 2016 Green Rankings", Kroger , June 07, 2016

Kimberly-Clark Professional Expands Recycling Program Coverage To Industrial And Manufacturing Segments

Kimberly-Clark Professional said it has expanded its RightCycle by Kimberly-Clark Professional recycling program to accept participants from the manufacturing and industrial sectors. Launched in 2011, the recycling program allows participants to recycle non-hazardous waste, such as nitrile gloves and apparel, instead of sending them to landfills. Having diverted more than 300 tones of waste from landfills, the program sends recyclables to recyclers in the US, turning them into nitrile powder and pellets used to create ecology-friendly consumer products and durable goods.

"Kimberly-Clark Professional Expands RightCycle, the First Large-Scale Recycling Program for Non-Hazardous Lab and Cleanroom Waste, to Industrial Environments", Kimberly-Clark, June 09, 2016

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Beauty And Personal Care Companies Create Ingredients As Good As Those From Nature

Manufacturers of beauty and personal care products are developing more nature-identical materials that can be used as ingredients in place of natural extracts, botanicals, and actives. These efforts are driven by concern about sustainability and depletion of natural resources, the need for reliable consistency, price, and other related factors. Among the more popular ingredients is the Erasa XEP-30 Extreme Line Lifting and Rejuvenation Concentrate, introduced in 2015 and winner of the 2016 Breakthrough Face Product award from totalbeauty.com, and created by BioMimetics Laboratories chief scientist Jules Zecchino. Helped by available extraction processes capable of creating new materials that uses and improves those available from nature, manufacturers create nature-identical ingredients, including antioxidants and preservatives with various applications, such as anti-aging skincare and haircare.

"Virtual Reality", Household And Personal Products Industry, June 01, 2016

Cleancult Launches Kickstarter Campaign To Raise Funds For Planned Box Subscription Service For Green Household Cleaning Products

Cleancult, a startup seeking to offer a subscription service for environment-friendly and safe household cleaning products, has launched a fund-raising campaign on Kickstarter. Seeking to raise $10,000, the company plans to start its business by offering laundry detergents. Company founder Ryan Lupberger said, Cleancult will provide consumers with a detergent that removes 94 percent of stains without toxins.

"'Cleancult' Is A New Box Subscription for Toxin-Free Cleaning Products", BostInno, June 07, 2016

Trends in Certified Food Label Claims

Prepared Foods, May 20, 2016

Ethical Labels Snapshot: Australia 2015

Euromonitor International, June 02, 2016

Ethical Labels Snapshot: Germany 2015

Euromonitor International, June 04, 2016

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