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Michigan Retail Chain To Transition To Cage-Free Eggs Over Coming Decade

April 1, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Midwestern retail chain Meijer announced a commitment to all cage-free eggs in its stores by 2025. The company's current volume sales of cage-free eggs are “relatively low,” but the trend is in that direction. Meijer sells cage-free, free-range and traditional eggs, most of them sourced from farms in Michigan that have been working with the Meijer family for more than 50 years. Meijer (Grand Rapids, Mich.) operates 223 supercenters and grocery stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin.
"Meijer Announces Goal to Source Only Cage-Free Eggs by 2025", News release, Meijer, April 01, 2016, © Meijer
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It Will Be A Slow Journey, But Antibiotics-Free Bandwagon Is Gaining Riders

March 31, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Chickens fed antibiotics can live in cramped, unsanitary conditions without getting sick. They also tend to gain more weight. However, a highly vocal movement against antibiotic use in meat and poultry in the United States is inducing more producers to end the use of antibiotics. The goal is to protect consumers from a growing threat of antibiotic resistance as well as early puberty in children. Restaurant chains like Subway and McDonalds are demanding antibiotics-free meats. And poultry producers, including Tyson, Pilgrim’s Pride, Perdue Farms, and Foster Farms have all promised to mostly stop using antibiotics over varying time frames. It’s an uphill climb, however: 92 to 95 percent of food produced in the U.S. contains antibiotics.
Emily Balsamo, "Movement Against Antibiotic-Treated Meat Gaining Momentum in the United States", Blog, Euromonitor International, March 31, 2016, © Euromonitor
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Germany’s Agri-Minister Hopes To End Food Waste By 2030

March 30, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Germany’s food and agriculture minister wants to end food waste he believes is due largely to confusing expiration dates on packages, but his plans are more ambitious than that. According to one study, Germans discarded 82 kg of edible food in 2012, mostly fruits and vegetables, pasta and bread. Christian Schmidt’s plan to end food waste by 2030 includes eliminating the “best before date” established by food manufacturers. Not an expiry date, it merely suggests how long the food will retain its specific taste, smell, color, consistency and nutritional value. Schmidt has also called for installing electronic chips in food packaging, such as yogurt cups, that show a color-coded scale indicating product aging. Schmidt’s agency has spent €10 million researching the technology.
Nicole Sagener, "Germany plans ‘smart’ packaging to cut food waste", EurActiv.de, March 30, 2016, © EurActiv.com plc
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Starbucks FoodShare Program Will Donate All Unsold Food By 2021

March 24, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Starbucks has been donating unsold pastries to charities since 2010 with the help of Food Donation Connection (FDC), a service provider that collects the food at the company’s 7,600 stores. Recently Starbucks announced a plan to donate ready-to-eat meals, including refrigerated perishables such as fruit cups and sandwiches, to food banks through its collaboration with FDC and a new partnership with Feeding America. In the first year, the Starbucks FoodShare program will provide nearly five million meals to individuals and families. The company will expand the program over the next five years to eventually rescue 100 percent of its food.
Jessica Leigh Hester, "Their Coffee Is Controversial, But Starbucks Gets Food Waste Policy Right", CityLab, March 24, 2016, © The Atlantic Monthly Group
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California Could Be First State To Mandate Clearer Food Expiration Labels

March 24, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
A California lawmaker believes legislation he has proposed would help solve the food waste problem with one simple change. The bill would replace all the confusing expiration date phrases on food labels with two simpler notices. The confusing terminology – used by manufacturers and not regulated by the federal government – leads to waste of food that is still safely edible. Terms like "best by," "freshest by," and "sell by" would be replaced by ‘best if used by” and “expires on,” the latter indicating food should not be eaten after this date. Foods presenting a food safety problem would be determined by the California Department of Public Health.
Tara Duggan, "Food waste is target of legislation on expiration labels", SF Gate, March 24, 2016, © Hearst Communications, Inc.
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Italy’s Food Waste Legislation Takes A Carrot, Rather Than A Stick, Approach

March 18, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
A legislative proposal to reduce Italy’s food waste – by a billion tons this year alone -- has passed the House and is likely to pass the Senate. The bill follows in the footsteps of a new law in France that makes it compulsory for large grocery stores and supermarkets to donate their unsold edible foods to charitable organizations for redistribution to the needy. The Italian version, however, uses a carrot rather than a stick in securing compliance. It provides large tax breaks for participants. The French law imposes stiff fines for discarding unsold food. A billion tons of food waste in 2016 would be twice the amount recovered in Italy last year.
"Italy to Rescue 1 Billion Tons of Food Waste a Year", Eat Drink Better, March 18, 2016, © Sustainable Enterprises Media, Inc.
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New York City Schools Serve Only Antibiotics-Free Chicken For Lunch

March 17, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
New York City's public schools have contracted with Somma Food Products to provide all 1,700 schools – 1.1 million students – in the system with 100 percent antibiotics-free, vegetable-fed ChickenTopia Drumstix for lunch. The city's Department of Education is one of six large urban school districts known as the Alliance that two years ago agreed that all school lunch chicken products must be sourced from humanely treated chickens raised with zero antibiotics of any kind and a vegetarian diet. Besides ChickenTopia, Somma Food Group's products include Merrywood Farms and Range Grass Fed Beef.
"New York City SchoolFood Launches Chickentopia 100% Antibiotic-Free, Vegetable-Fed Chicken from Somma Food Group", News release, Somma Food Products, March 17, 2016, © Somma Food Products
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Non-GMO Trend Continues, Though Scientists Aren’t Sure GMO Foods Are A Threat

March 13, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Claiming to be non-GMO – as some restaurants, grocery chains and food companies have at least partially done – is not only problematic, it’s increasingly difficult to defend from a scientific standpoint without proof that GMO foods present a threat to humanity. It’s problematic because GMO crops and animal feed are inescapable. Staunchly anti-GMO Chipotle had to finally admit its meat and cheeses come from GMO-fed cows. Whole Foods acknowledged “GMOs are ‘pervasive’ and can be found in 70 percent of packaged foods.” Meanwhile, the scientific community seems less hostile to the food industry’s growing application of GMO technology as it waits for some reliable evidence that GMO foods are safe – or unsafe.
Chris Sorensen, "In defense of GMOs", Canadian Grocer, March 13, 2016, © Rogers Media Inc.
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Campbell Soup Cans To Be Mostly BPA-Free By End Of 2016

March 13, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Campbell Soup Co. began using cans made with acrylic or polyester linings in March, and has committed to eliminating all cans with bisphenol A (BPA) linings over the next year. The company said all varieties of Campbell's soups and gravies, Swanson broths and Spaghettios pasta products will be packaged in non-BPA-lined cans. It is on schedule to have three-fourths of its soup portfolio in non-BPA cans by December. BPA is a component in metal can coatings that protects food from direct contact with metal surfaces. Studies have found that the compound causes health problems.
Ramkumar Iyer, "Campbell Soup to switch to BPA-free cans by 2017", Reuters, March 13, 2016, © Thomson Reuters
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Tesco Makes Its Food Waste Pilot Project Official

March 12, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Following a successful six-month, 14-store pilot program, British grocery chain Tesco has finalized a plan to donate all unsold food to 5,000 charities in an effort to eradicate food waste from its stores and distribution centers by 2017. During the test, the Community Food Connection program resulted in delivery of more than 22 tons of food to needy people – approximately 50,000 meals. The company acknowledged it had discarded more than 55,000 tons of food last year. The Tesco initiative follows a similar effort by the Morrisons grocery chain.
Caroline Mortimer, "Tesco to give all unsold food to charity after finalising deal", Independent, March 12, 2016, © independent.co.uk.
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Kimberly-Clark Earns Climate Leadership Award From U.S. EPA

March 9, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Kimberly-Clark revealed it has received a Climate Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Center for Corporate Climate Leadership. For reporting and verifying company-wide greenhouse gas inventories and achieving greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals, the company received the Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management “Goal Achievement Award.” EPA’s Climate Leadership Awards highlight companies’ voluntary work to manage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions across their supply chains.
"Kimberly-Clark Receives EPA National Award for Climate Leadership", Kimberly-Clark, March 09, 2016, © Kimberly-Clark Corporation
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Whole Foods Says To Install Rooftop Solar Panels On 100 More Stores

March 9, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Whole Foods plans to install rooftop solar power farms on 100 its stores and distribution facilities, according to a New York Times report. Covering almost a quarter of the retailer’s total store lineup, the move is expected to benefit both the company’s public image and its bottom line. Power provider NRG Energy will install the solar panels, which will be up to 200 times larger than the energy company’s usual home arrays.
Michael Grothaus, "Whole Foods Will Add Rooftop Solar Farms To Many More Stores", Fast Company, March 09, 2016, © Mansueto Ventures, LLC
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Nonprofit, Corporate Collaboration Joins Fight Against Food Waste

March 9, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Six months after the USDA and EPA spearheaded an initiative to reduce food loss and waste by half within 15 years, a nonprofit and corporate collaboration known as ReFED has joined the fight. The group has put forth a 27-step roadmap for the U.S. to reduce food waste 20 percent by 2026. The roadmap suggests eliminating sell-by dates and changing the composition of animal feed. Focusing heavily on prevention, the plan urges food companies, for example, to adjust packaging to discourage waste, selling smaller portions and designing packages to prevent food spoilage. The plan, which ReFED says would create thousands of jobs and save consumers billions of dollars, has the support of 30 organizations, including the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Justin Worland, "This Could Be the Best Way to Solve America’s Food Waste Problem", Time, March 09, 2016, © Time Inc.
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Shiseido Receives Award For Corporate Ethics And CSR

March 8, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Shiseido Co., Ltd., said it has received a 2016 World’s Most Ethical Companies recognition, its fifth consecutive year of earning the award, from Ethisphere Institute. Based in the United States, Ethisphere Institute is an international think-tank that has been evaluating about 1,000 companies from more than 100 countries, focusing on their corporate ethics and corporate social responsibility efforts and activities. According to Shiseido, for about 140 years since it was founded in 1872, the company has been working to serve customers “through beauty and wellness,” which it considers a fundamental principle of all its business operations.
"Shiseido Awarded World's Most Ethical Companies Designation Five Years in a Row", Shiseido, March 08, 2016, © Shiseido Co.,Ltd.
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Burt's Bees Secures Lea Michele's Support For Campaign To Bring Back Bees

March 8, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Burt’s Bees partnered with actress Lea Michele to launch #BringBackTheBees, a campaign aimed at seeding 1 billion wildflowers to help reverse the decline in bee population worldwide. Spearheaded by the Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation, the campaign will donate 1,000 wildflower seeds for every purchase of the Pink Grapefruit, Wild Cherry, and Coconut and Pear variants of the brand’s lip balms. According to the company, the scents would not exist without bee pollination.
Danica Lo , "Lea Michele’s Skin-care Secrets Include Bees and Balm", Women's Wear Daily, March 08, 2016, © Fairchild Publishing, LLC
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Danish Store Sells Ugly, Expired Food At Deep Discounts

February 27, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Danish supermarket WeFood has come up with a unique solution to the food waste problem that is particularly severe in developed countries because of aesthetic or food safety concerns. The store only stocks food that is past its expiration date, is misshapen or has other imperfections, or has damaged packaging. Food prices are 30 to 50 percent cheaper than at other stores. To accomplish its mission, WeFood has formed partnerships with local supermarkets and butchers, produce importers and manufacturers of organic granola bars. It also has the support of the government, which says Denmark has reduced food waste by 25 percent in five years.
Roberto A. Ferdman, "Past-prime food finds new life in new store", The Washington Post, February 27, 2016, © The Washington Post
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L'Oreal USA Joins DOE's Better Buildings, Better Plants Program

February 23, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
L’Oreal USA said it has joined the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings, Better Plants Program as part of the company’s efforts to improve its energy efficiency. In this connection, the company promised to improve its energy efficiency by 25 percent over the next 10 years. This will also help the company strengthen its competitiveness while minimizing the environmental impact of its operations.
"L'Oréal USA Joins Department of Energy's Better Buildings, Better Plants Program", L’Oréal, February 23, 2016, © L’Oréal
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Unilever Joins Delta Faucet To Offer Consumers Way To Conserve Water When Using Shower

February 17, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever collaborated with Delta Faucet Company to help consumers reduce water usage when using the shower. As part of the partnership, Unilever’s Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash brand is working with the Delta H2Okinetic Hydrafall Showerhead, which offers a more efficient use of water than the average showerhead does. According to the company, H2Okinetic Technology disperses water in a “special wave formation” designed to create larger droplets and a shower that feels warmer.
"Less Water, Better Shower: Dove® Shows Shower Sense", Unilever, February 17, 2016, © Unilever
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Salvage Food Store Has Had Its Share Of Hurdles To Overcome

February 17, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
A Kansas grocery store that sells only salvage foods and beverages at discount has proved beneficial to the local community, but has had some unique problems to overcome. The Bargain Barn’s shelves are filled with overstock items and products close to or a little past their expiration date that might otherwise end up in a landfill. So to keep its certification, the store must be inspected regularly by the state to make sure the food is safe. But that eases the concerns of some shoppers who worry that salvage food means spoiled food. In addition to inspections, the store faces the challenge of obtaining its food supply through bidding or contracting. State regulations prohibit buying locally produced goods, like eggs. But otherwise a full range of items is available, including gluten-free and international foods.
Chloe Donaldson, "Store sells salvage, discount food", Parsons (Kansas) Sun, February 17, 2016, © Parsons Sun, Parsons, KS
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Calif. Restaurant Makes Bread From Promising Grass Alternative To Wheat

February 13, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
A San Francisco “post agrarian” restaurant's goal is to rethink the restaurant business to focus on helping the environment through sustainable design. The Perennial's menu includes, for example, plant-centric starters such as sunflower Caesar salads made with aquaponic lettuces and entrees like pastured beef (four-ounce portions) with blistered broccoli leaves. Also featured is a house bread made with kernza, a perennial grass developed by the Land Institute in Kansas as an alternative to wheat. Kernza grows deep roots so it more effectively stores carbon, wards off pests, prevents soil erosion and fights other problems associated with “annual monoculture.”
Meesha Halm, "How one restaurant designed itself around preventing climate change", Mashable.com, February 13, 2016, © Mashable, Inc.
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A Steadily Changing World Reflected In Consumer Survey Results

February 12, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
A preview of Euromonitor’s 2015 global consumer survey results reveals that Millennials and Gen Z – consumers under 30 – are leading the shift from computers to mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. This shift includes young people of the growing middle classes in emerging markets. Among other insights: Paid advertising, while still influential and important, is losing ground to product endorsements and opinions shared by family and friends on social media. Fifty-nine percent consider these recommendations to be very or extremely influential. Despite the upsurge in home food preparation, time-strapped consumers still buy packaged food and ready meals, especially “all natural” products. Lastly, consumers struggle to link health priorities with everyday habits, and try to find time for “what matters:” family, friends, and themselves.
Lisa Holmes, "Top 6 Insights from the 2015 Global Consumer Trends Survey", Euromonitor International, February 12, 2016, © Euromonitor
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Lidl Receives ISO Recognition For Sustainable Energy Management

February 11, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Germany-based discount retailer Lidl said it has received an ISO 50001 certification for sustainable energy management. Covering Lidl’s 3,200 stores, the certification makes the company the largest food and retail chain in the country to receive such recognition. According to the company, a crucial part of its energy management is the use of a building control system, a software designed to help the company analyze store power consumption for irregularities and determine potential savings.
"Lidl presented with ISO 50001 certification for sustainable energy management ", International Supermarket News, February 11, 2016, © Retail Magazine
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Martha’s Vineyard Revives Use Of 19th Century Red Fife Wheat

February 11, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
The introduction of locally-grown red fife wheat into the food chain on Martha’s Vineyard is nothing less than a “quiet revolution,” says Vineyard Bread Project founder Kate Warner. The re-introduction of red fife represents a return to locally-grown, nutrient-rich, sustainable wheat – and the making and selling of nutritious baked goods. She urges local readers to take several steps to support the island's red fife movement: buy the flour or wheat berries, or buy the bread made from them; use at least 15 percent red fife grain in baked goods sold at New York City farmer’s markets; establish a local mill on the Vineyard; and, lastly, support sustainable soil practices.
Kate Warner, "Commentary: Old Wheat, New Thinking", Vineyard Gazette (Martha's Vineyard, Mass.), February 11, 2016, © Vineyard Gazette
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Unilever Uses “R” Approach To Keep Its Non-Hazardous Waste Out Of Landfills

February 9, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever says it has identified the sources of all non-hazardous waste it generates and has devised ways to direct it away from landfills. A year ago, Unilever said 240 of its factories had figured out ways to dispose of non-hazardous waste without using landfills. Another 400 sites – factories, warehouses, distribution centers and offices –in 70 countries have now been added to the list. The company applies a four-pronged “R” approach to waste disposal: reduce, reuse, recover or recycle. The achievement proves that “waste can be seen as a resource with many alternative uses.”
"Unilever Achieves New Milestone, Collaborates to Fuel Global Zero-Waste Movement", Sustainable Brands, February 09, 2016, © Sustainable Life Media Inc.
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Millennials Will Drive Consumption Trends In 2016, Webinar Reveals

February 8, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Millennial consumers are expected to have significant influence on consumption trends in 2016, according to the “Top 10 Global Consumer Trends for 2016” webinar. Consumers are likely to continue using social media to rant against greenwashing, or brands’ insincere displays of caring for the environment. Also, demand for recycled and pre-owned products is forecast to gain strength. For millennials, owning an automobile is no longer an “icon of freedom” but more of a “strain on their finances and the environment.”
Daphne Kasriel-Alexander , "Top 10 Global Consumer Trends for 2016: Webinar Q&As", Euromonitor International, February 08, 2016, © Euromonitor
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French Food Waste Law Would Probably Not Work In The U.S.

February 5, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
The French annually discard 7.1 million tons of food. Two-thirds of that is from consumers, the rest from restaurants and grocery stores. A new law tackles part of the problem, at least, requiring grocery stores to donate unsold food to charitable organizations for redistribution. The U.S. has a similar food waste problem, though on a much larger scale: 21.5 million tons of food go uneaten while 14 percent of Americans “lack reliable access to food.” Though there are laws on the books to encourage food donation, there is nothing comparable to the new French law, and there may never be. A USDA official said such a law in the U.S. would create “a really expensive system to recover marginal amounts of food,” and “that’s not good for anybody.”
George Dvorsky, "Why the US May Never Pass a Food Waste Law Like France", Gizmodo, February 05, 2016, © Kinja
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Food Waste Becoming A Major Concern Of Americans

February 2, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Americans are becoming increasingly concerned about the amount of food they waste, either in the home or at grocery stores, because they are also aware of the environmental impact of food production. Data from 2010 released by the USDA and EPA indicate that 31 percent (60 million tons) of the food in grocery stores was never eaten. About two-thirds occurred in the home, the rest in stores. A UN agency says that ratio reflects the global situation as well. Last September, the USDA and EPA jointly announced the first food waste reduction goal: 50 percent by 2030. At the grassroots level, restaurants and consumers are already taking action: “freeganism” (eating discarded grocery store foods); the “ugly food movement” (accepting less-than-aesthetic produce); and the “root-to-stem” movement (consuming all parts of a vegetable).
Emily Balsamo, "United States Faces Food Loss", Euromonitor International, February 02, 2016, © Euromonitor
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Henkel Gains Recognition For Company's Sustainability Efforts

January 21, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Henkel said it has received recognition for its sustainability efforts from three organizations. According to the company, it is again included in the list of Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World Index. It also received a Gold rating from EcoVadis, while RobecoSAM gave the company its Silver Class award. International rating agency EcoVadis recognized Henkel’s push for a more sustainable supply chain as a member of the Together for Sustainability initiative.
"Henkel recognized by three sustainability ratings", Henkel, January 21, 2016, © Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
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Unilever CEO’s New Commission Encourages Business To Develop Sustainably

January 21, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
The head of Unilever has joined a former U.N. deputy secretary general to launch a commission whose goal is to inspire businesses to “take the lead in poverty reduction and sustainable development.” The Global Commission on Business and Sustainable Development will comprise business, labor and civil society leaders, according to co-founders Unilever CEO Paul Polman and Mark Malloch-Brown. The Commission will try to convince businesses of the economic value of achieving global sustainable development goals (SDGs). Benefits include new markets, investment opportunities and innovations; a reduced risk of instability, fragmentation and fragility; encouragement of a future where businesses can perform with inclusive, sustainable growth and widespread job creation.
"New global commission puts business at heart of sustainable development", News release, Unilever , January 21, 2016, © Unilever
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Aldi Australia Bans Microbeads From Its Personal Care Products

January 14, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Supermarket chain Aldi Australia said it will remove plastic microbeads from its own-brand personal care products by 2017. Joining other retailers Coles and Woolworths, Aldi said it will replace microbeads with natural ingredients. Environmentalist Jon Dee, one of the leading campaigners for a ban on microbeads, commended Aldi for its decision.
Rachel Browne, "Aldi joins Coles and Woolies in microbead ban", The Sydney Morning Herald, January 14, 2016, © Fairfax Media
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Africa’s Beleagured Cocoa Farmers Get Needed Help From Chocolate Makers

January 13, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Cocoa production is down, especially in Ghana, and prices have soared by 40 percent in the last four years. Worse, this frustrating situation has occurred at a time when demand is up in markets like China and India, where chocolate treats have always been considered unaffordable. To rectify the problem, Mondelez and 10 big chocolate producers and cocoa processors are investing a billion dollars in cocoa-sustainability programs to boost crop productivity. Cocoa production in Ghana in 2014 fell 18 percent from 2013 earlier, thanks to disease, dry weather and shifts in government policy. Ivory Coast’s cocoa harvest increased 2.8 percent. Global demand for chocolate rose 0.6 percent in 2015, but production fell 3.9 percent to 4.2 million tons.
Alexandra Wexler, "Chocolate Makers Fight a Melting Supply of Cocoa", The Wall Street Journal, January 13, 2016, © Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
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Gwyneth Paltrow Partners With Juice Beauty Line Executive To Launch Line Of Organic Cosmetics

January 11, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow partnered with Karen Behnke, founding partner of Juice Beauty Brand, to launch a line of cosmetics made from certified organic ingredients. Citing her long-held worries about the effects of frequent makeup use as her main reason for launching the product line, Paltrow said she had wrongly believed that the cosmetics industry would regulate the ingredients in their products. According to the company, the brand aims to offer consumers with the luxury usually associated with high-end brands Chanel and Giorgio Armani at more affordable prices.
Emily Siegel, "Gwyneth Paltrow, Karen Behnke and Juice Beauty Launch Organic Makeup Line", Forbes, January 11, 2016, © Forbes.com LLC™
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Technology Helps Irish Organization Distribute Surplus Food To The Needy

January 8, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
An Irish tech entrepreneur who is passionate about food waste developed a smartphone app and organization that links businesses that have surplus food with charities that will then redistribute it to the needy. Restaurants and grocery stores can upload the details of their donation on the Foodcloud.net app, which then sends a text message to organizations telling them where to pick up the food. Foodcloud has distributed almost 1.5 million meals since it was created, and is now facilitating distribution of a ton of food daily. In 2014, the FoodCloud partnered with Tesco to give all surplus food from its 146 stores to charities across Ireland.
Kelly O'Brien, "Irish entrepreneur's app solves waste of food by redistributing it to those most in need", Irish Examiner, January 08, 2016, © Irish Examiner Ltd
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The Goodwell Company Offers Consumers A Toothbrush That Lasts Forever

January 6, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
E-commerce startup The Goodwell Company is selling a $29.99 sustainable toothbrush that company founder Patrick Triato says is designed to last forever. Designed to be compostable, several accessories for the toothbrush include head replacements, floss, and tongue scrapers. These can be bought as a one-time purchase or through a subscription service offered by the company. Oral care sales are forecast to expand at 3.1 percent per year in the next five years, according to market research firm IBISWorld; however, the company faces serious competition in the market from major brands, including Procter & Gamble’s Oral-B.
Joanna Weinstein, "This Startup Hopes its Toothbrush Will Last You a Lifetime", Entrepreneur, January 06, 2016, © Entrepreneur Media, Inc.
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Halal Cosmetics Forecast To Be Major Thing In Beauty Market In 2016, Analysts Say

December 28, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Demand for “halal” cosmetics is expected to drive growth in the beauty market in 2016, according to market analysts. Halal refers to what is permitted or lawful in Islam; hence, “halal cosmetics” refers to beauty products that do not have pork or alcohol ingredients. Beauty brands are taking notice of the Muslim market, estimated to be worth $2 billion worldwide in 2013 and is forecast to grow to $3.7 billion by 2019. Muslim consumers spent $46 billion on cosmetics in 2013, according to market research firm Thomson Reuters.
Theresa Avila, "Halal Makeup Is the Beauty "Trend" to Pay Attention to Next Year", Style.Mic, December 28, 2015, © Mic Network Inc
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Nestle Expects To Use Only Cage-Free Eggs By 2020

December 22, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Nestlé announced it will use only cage-free eggs in its food products within five years. The company uses 20 million pounds of eggs a year to make three brands of ice cream, Toll House cookie dough, Buitoni pasta, lean Cuisine and Stouffer’s breakfast foods. The move to using exclusively cage-free eggs isa response to consumers, the company says, that establishes “a precedent for farm animal welfare." Nestlé is also developing pilot projects with suppliers and the World Animal Protection group to create a roadmap for sourcing cage-free eggs in Europe and elsewhere.
"Nestlé to Use 100% Cage-Free Eggs for All U.S. Food Products by 2020", News release, Nestlé, December 22, 2015, © Nestlé
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Sephora Receives Recognition For Its Sustainability Efforts

December 16, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Beauty retailer Sephora received the Sustainable Brand and the 2015 R Award for eco-design from Generation Responsible. Recognizing the specialty retailer’s sustainable development initiatives, the awards form part of the organization’s efforts to promote corporate efforts to protect the environment. Sephora agreed to support the organization’s sustainability campaign.
"Sephora receives Responsible Brand label and 2015 R Award for eco-design", LVMH, December 16, 2015, © LVMH Group
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Climate Change Can Be Reversed By Organic, Sustainable Farming

December 14, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Organic sustainable farming is a major way to reverse climate change, participants in the COP21 global climate summit agreed recently. Twenty-five countries and more than 50 international organizations, private foundations, international funds, and consumer and farmer groups committed to France’s “4 per 1000” initiative to promote healthy soils and “regenerative agriculture” to ensure food and climate security in coastal areas, island nations and poorer developing countries that are likely to be hit the hardest by global warming. “This is a game changer because soil carbon is now central to how the world manages climate change,” said the head of the world’s leading organic farmers and producers association.
Steven Hoffman, "Message from historic Paris climate summit: Organic food and farming can save the planet", NewHope360.com, December 14, 2015, © Penton
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Unilever CEO Polman Commends World Leaders For Paris Agreement On Climate Change

December 12, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever CEO Paul Polman praised the international community for coming up with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change at COP21. According to a statement released by the company, Polman highlighted the “leadership shown by the French and Peruvian governments,” paving the way for the international agreement. He said, the agreement sends a signal to businesses and investors he believes will drive “real change in the global economy.” Also, Polman said the deal creates a “clear path” for the global economy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within the lifetimes of people alive today.
"Paul Polman praises historic Paris Agreement", Unilever, December 12, 2015, © Unilever
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Kellogg Strengthens Greenhouse Gas Emissions Goals

December 8, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Kellogg Company’s new greenhouse gas (GHG) emission targets will cut GHG by 65 percent across its operations by 2020, the company announced. The targets also call for suppliers to cut their GHG emissions by half within 35 years. Since 2008, Kellogg says, it has reduced GHG emissions from its manufacturing facilities by 12 percent. The new targets are an extension of the 2020 global sustainability goals set in August 2014. The overall goal of the targets, which are in accordance with “others in Paris,” is to reduce GHG emissions to “limit the Earth's temperature increase to two degrees Celsius."
"Kellogg Company Announces New, Ambitious Global Greenhouse Gas Emission Goals Across Manufacturing and Agricultural Supply Chains", News release, Kellogg Company, December 08, 2015, © Kellogg Co.
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Dunkin’ Donuts Promises 100% Cage-Free Eggs Within Nine Years

December 7, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Dunkin’ Donuts has clarified and strengthened its commitment to using only cage-free eggs in its U.S. menu. Earlier this year it said it would source ten percent of the eggs used in its breakfast sandwiches from cage-free sources by the end of 2016. In December, the donut chain and the Humane Society of the U.S. announced that the company would serve only cage-free eggs by 2025. The company also promised to “map” its worldwide egg supply chain to see whether it is feasible to transition to 100 percent cage-free eggs globally.
"Dunkin' Donuts, With The Humane Society Of The United States, Announces Timeline For Sourcing 100 Percent Cage-Free Eggs", News release, The Humane Society of the U.S., December 07, 2015, © The Humane Society of the United States
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Unilever CEO Says Concerned With Planned Cuts In UK Government Subsidies For Renewable Energy

December 4, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever CEO Paul Polman said he shares the solar power industry’s concern regarding the UK government’s plan to reduce subsidies to solar and wind power generation. Polman also said businesses must act to help promote sustainability and reduce greenhouse gases emissions; however, he also stressed that governments need to act to ensure environmental goals are achieved. According to the UK government, the renewable energy sector is on track to exceed its target of accounting for 5.4 percent of all annual energy provision by 2013–2014.
Kamal Ahmed, "Unilever questions government cuts to green energy support", BBC, December 04, 2015, © BBC
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Unilever Uses Company’s Crowdsourcing Engine To Power Sustainability Foundry

December 3, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Crowdsourcing software vendor Spigit says it is working with Unilever Foundry to help the company attract and connect innovators in sustainability. California-based Spigit is the Software-as-a-Solution (SaaS) platform that provides a single entry-point and connection mechanism for individuals, start-up companies and corporations who want to partner with Unilever Foundry and tackle its “challenges.” Applicants submit ideas to: improve global nutrition, imagine the “shower of the future,” boost access to toilet and sanitation solutions, and reinvent the laundry process to use less water. Since its founding in June 2015, Unilever Foundry IDEAS has received 300 proposals from entrepreneurs around the world.
"Spigit Powers Unilever Foundry IDEAS Innovation Platform", News release, Spigit, December 03, 2015, © Spigit
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Popularity Of Nature’s Version Of Red Bull Is Growing

December 3, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
About ten years ago, a coffee grower in El Salvador stumbled upon a new use for the cherry, or pulp, left over from recently milled coffee. Dubbed “cascara” – from the Spanish for fruit peel – the tea-like beverage is showing up in cafes everywhere. It has a fruity flavor and lots of caffeine. According to one café owner in Portland, Ore., "It's not tea, it's 100 percent coffee. But it smells like herbal tea." Cascara is also being adapted to other types of beverages. Available in various places are cascara-infused vodka, a hot cascara toddy, and beer (from Colorado's New Belgium Brewing Company).
Murray Carpenter, "Cascara 'Tea': A Tasty Infusion Made From Coffee Waste", National Public Radio, December 03, 2015, © npr
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Climate Change Puts World’s Poorest At Great Risk Of Undernourishment

December 1, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
A USDA report written by 31 U.S. and international experts warns that climate change is likely to seriously harm global food security and hamper progress on reducing malnutrition around the world, especially among the poor and people living in tropical regions. The scientific assessment, released during the COP-21 Paris Climate Conference, identifies the challenges facing farmers and consumers in adapting to changing climate. Climate change is likely to cause disruptions in food production and a decrease in food safety, which in turn leads to food shortages and higher food prices. Under one scenario posed by the authors, continued increases in greenhouse gas emissions would increase the number of people at risk of undernourishment by 175 million by 2080.
Brown, M. E. et al., "Climate Change, Global Food Security, and the U.S. Food System", Report, U.S. Department of Agriculture, December 01, 2015, © U. S. Department of Agriculture
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Swiss Chocolate Maker Improves Sustainability Record

November 26, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Barry Callebaut reports that it continues to make progress in the area of sustainable cocoa production. The company sourced 159,000 tons of sustainable cocoa in 2015, an increase of 21 percent over 2014, and trained 70,000 farmers in better farming practices. The company created the independent, non-profit Cocoa Horizons Foundation to “drive change in cocoa sustainability.” It developed a new range of sustainable cocoa and chocolate products, Horizons, to support farm productivity and community development programs. Products are traceable from farm to warehouse. The company also distributed sustainability premiums of $20 million to farmers and farmer groups.
"The Barry Callebaut Group – Chocolate Sustainability Report 2014/15", News release, Barry Callebaut, November 26, 2015, © Barry Callebaut
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Unilever Plans To Go Renewable Energy All The Way By 2030

November 26, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever said it would switch to using only renewable energy by 2030 and would stop using coal-based energy by 2020. Part of the group of 81 companies that have agreed to set emissions targets for their businesses, Unilever joins the group’s campaign to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius. Unilever CEO Paul Polman, a leading proponent for the idea that sustainability makes good business sense, is one the world’s business leaders calling on governments to commit to zero net emissions by 2050.
Emma Thomasson, "Unilever aims to use only renewable energy by 2030", Reuters, November 26, 2015, © Thomson Reuters
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French Companies Call On World Leaders To Sign Global Climate Change Deal

November 26, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
In France, a group of 39 companies, including retail giant Carrefour, is calling on the French COP21 presidency and all governments attending the United Nations Framework Agreement on Climate Change meeting in Paris to sign a global agreement that would help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Seeking a deal that would help keep global warming at a maximum of 2 degrees Celsius, the companies believe that putting an economic value on carbon in major economic regions will help business leaders to see the impact of GHG emissions linked to their companies’ operating, investment, and R&D decisions. Some of the concrete steps being taken by these companies to improve sustainability include the use of active and passive energy-efficient solutions, development of low-carbon capacities, and reduction of emissions from the production and use of raw materials, products, or facilities.
"French companies act on climate ", Carrefour, November 26, 2015, © Carrefour
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Henkel Joins CEO Climate Leaders' Call On World Leaders To Take Action On Global Warming

November 24, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Henkel revealed that it has joined the CEO Climate Leaders pledge, an open letter signed by chief executives of 78 global companies urging world leaders to come up with a meaningful climate deal at the UNFCCC’s Conference of the Parties in Paris. With their companies accounting for a total revenue of $2.13 trillion, the signing CEOs assert that climate action will help create jobs and economic growth in developed and emerging markets.
"Henkel Signs CEOs’ Pledge for Climate Action", Henkel , November 24, 2015, © Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
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Sustainability Drives Business Growth, Unilever CEO Polman Says

November 23, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
According to Unilever CEO Paul Polman, the move toward sustainable development and adoption of environment-friendly business practices can help companies gain access to new technologies, financing, lower costs, and the ability to generate economic growth. As part of its 2020 Sustainability Plan, Unilever achieved in 2014 its goal of sourcing agricultural materials from sustainable sources. Also, the world’s top 500 companies have saved $1.1 billion by adopting climate-friendly measures, which are also adopted by and benefit smaller companies.
Erich Parpart, "'Green' is a growth engine", The Nation , November 23, 2015, © www.nationmultimedia.com
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