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Unilever Calls For Innovations Aimed At Reducing Laundry Water Use

October 15, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever announced an innovation challenge through its Foundry IDEAS online platform which aims to reduce laundry water consumption. With laundry accounting for 19 percent of water consumption in Nigeria and with 4 billion people forecast to be affected by water shortage by 2025, the need to reduce water use when doing the laundry is quite urgent, the company said. According to Unilever, consumers who wish to participate in the challenge are encouraged to develop ideas for “new products, devices, services, communication tools or experiences.”
"Reinventing laundry to be less water-dependent", Unilever, October 15, 2015, © Unilever
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Kimberly-Clark Wins 6th SmartWay Excellence Award From U.S. EPA

October 14, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Kimberly-Clark Corporation received its sixth SmartWay Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for collaborating with transportation companies to improve the sustainability of its supply chain operations. After joining the SmartWay program in 2006, Kimberly-Clark has more than doubled its use of intermodal transport, which helped reduce fuel consumption by about 72 million gallons of diesel and cutting down greenhouse gas emission by about 734,000 metric tons. Also, the adoption of more efficient transport has helped the company save an estimated $415 million.
"Kimberly-Clark Receives U.S. EPA 2015 SmartWay® Excellence Award", Kimberly-Clark, October 14, 2015, © Kimberly-Clark Corporation
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Procter & Gamble Joins Petcore Europe

October 13, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
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.
Waqas Qureshi , "P&G boosts sustainability with Petcore Europe membership", Packaging News, October 13, 2015, © Packaging News
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L'Oreal Works To Promote Sustainability And Sustainable Consumption

October 13, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
L’Oreal aims to promote sustainable consumption and raise awareness about sustainability by expanding sustainable innovation and operations within its business, according to the company’s head of external affairs for the UK and Ireland, Katy Gandon. She said, the company’s sustainability initiatives serve to highlight the company’s scientific heritage, being founded by a scientist more than 100 years ago. L’Oreal launched the #changethenumbers campaign to highlight perceptions of women in science, which at the same time aims to challenge the public’s misconceptions about what or who makes a successful scientist.
Mindi Chahal, "L’Oreal’s Katy Gandon on how having ‘brand purpose’ boosts the bottom line", Marketing Week, October 13, 2015, © Centaur Communications Ltd (a member of the Centaur Media plc group)
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Henkel Earns Spot On STOXX Sustainability Index For Fifth Year

October 12, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
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, © Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
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Majority Of Global Consumers Ready To Pay Extra For Environment-Friendly Products, Study Reveals

October 12, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
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, © The Nielsen Company
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Bogobrush Toothbrush Offers Consumers Affordable Earth-Friendly Electric Toothbrush

October 9, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
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.
Andrew Conrad, "By Cutting Out the Clutter, A Toothbrush is Cleansing Teeth and the Production Line", PSFK.com, October 09, 2015, © PSFK
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L'Oreal Launches Initiative For Sustainable Quinoa Husk Sourcing

October 7, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
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, © L’Oréal
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Lush Cosmetics Justifies Use Of Images Of Naked Women In Ad Campaign

October 6, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Lush Cosmetics defended its use of images of naked women in advertising campaigns in Australia and New Zealand. Upholding a complaint against the ads, the UK Advertising Standards Board said the ads, although not sexually explicit, were in conflict with “community expectations.” Lush Cosmetics said the campaign was aimed at highlighting the “excessive packaging” used for many cosmetics products.
Kirstie McCrum, "Naked women's backsides ruled 'offensive' in advert for Lush cosmetics", The Daily Mirror Online, October 06, 2015, © MGN Ltd, part of Trinity Mirror plc
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No Sustainability Goals In Forthcoming U.S. Dietary Guidelines

October 6, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
The U.S. secretaries of agriculture and health have decided not to include food sustainability goals in the upcoming national dietary guidelines, though the guidelines advisory committee suggested it would be a good idea. It seems including sustainability guidance proved too controversial. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell said the guidelines would stick to the original mandate: “provide nutritional and dietary information.” Advocates say meat production, for example, requires a lot of land and water and also contributes to methane emissions, so some attention should be devoted to setting sustainability goals. The meat institute's CEO said sustainability is "an important food issue," but the secretaries’ decision was a good one.
Allison Aubrey, "New Dietary Guidelines Will Not Include Sustainability Goal", National Public Radio, October 06, 2015, © npr
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Unilever Renews Pledge To Work For Nigerians' Welfare

October 4, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
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, © THE NATION
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Unilever Joins Standard Chartered To Launch Support For UN's Sustainable Development Goals In Pakistan

October 4, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
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, © The Express Tribune News Network
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UK Scientists Work To Develop Environment-Friendly Chemicals For Perfume Industry

September 29, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
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.
Andrew McDougall, "Scientists to develop green chemicals for perfume as part of new EU project", CosmeticDesign-europe.com, September 29, 2015, © William Reed Business Media SAS
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Target Adds More Chemicals To Its List Of Banned Ingredients

September 28, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Target Corp. released an expanded list of chemicals it wants suppliers to remove from their products. Part of the retailer’s efforts to respond to consumer health concerns, the list includes almost 600 ingredients on Health Canada’s lineup of banned cosmetic ingredients. Also on the list is triclosan, an antibacterial agent being reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has a similar program aimed at encouraging suppliers to remove harmful chemicals from their products.
Lauren Coleman-Lochner and Shannon Pettypiece, "Target Expands List of Chemicals It Wants Out of Consumer Goods", Bloomberg, September 28, 2015, © Bloomberg
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Method Opens Environment-Friendly Factory In Chicago

September 26, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Method, a manufacturer of environment-friendly cleaning products, opened its first factory in Chicago. According to company co-founder Adam Lowry, Method wants to become “the most sustainable and the most socially beneficial company in the world.” Guided by this view, Method’s Chicago facility is designed to be eco-friendly, including features, such as the world’s largest rooftop farm. Also, the building is partly powered by its own wind turbine and solar panels. Chicago offered the company $8.1 million in tax breaks to encourage Method to locate the factory within the city limits. Method manufactures detergents and soaps that it claims do not harm consumers and the environment.
"Eco-friendly detergents: Green wash", The Economist , September 26, 2015, © The Economist Newspaper Limited
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Nine More Companies Join Campaign To Promote Renewable Electricity

September 23, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
The U.K.-based Climate Group announced that nine major companies have joined 27 others in a year-old initiative known as RE100, pledging to source 100 percent of their electricity from renewable energy to reduce CO2 emissions. The newly-added members are Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson, NIKE, Procter & Gamble, Salesforce, Starbucks, Steelcase, Voya Financial, and Walmart. The goal of RE100 is to massively increase private sector demand for renewable power, accelerate the transformation of the global energy market, and enable the transition to a prosperous low-carbon future.
"Fortune 500 listed companies pledge to use 100% renewable electricity", News release, The Climate Group, September 23, 2015, © The Climate Group
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Johnson & Johnson Announces Energy And Sustainability Objectives

September 23, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Johnson & Johnson pledged to reduce its absolute carbon emissions 20 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050. In partnership with the 2015 Climate Week event in New York City, the company also promised to purchase or produce 20 percent of electricity from clean and renewable sources by 2020. Also, the company aims to power all its facilities with renewable energy systems by 2050.
"Johnson & Johnson Commits to New Energy and Climate Goals", Johnson & Johnson, September 23, 2015, © Johnson & Johnson Services Inc.
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Earth-Friendly Diapers Offer Manufacturers Way To Grow Revenue

September 20, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
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.
Jabel Parayil, "Green Diapers: Balancing Demand and Expectations", Euromonitor International, September 20, 2015, © Euromonitor International
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German Retailer Takes Top Honors For Sustainability Efforts

September 16, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
German retailer Metro Group was ranked first in the retail category of the 2015 international Dow Jones Sustainability Index. The Dow sustainability analysts cited Metro Group’s activities in the ecological and economic field, including a “positive trend” in the areas of greenhouse gas emissions, power and water consumption, and waste volumes. The Sustainability Indices list the companies with the best ecological, social and economic performance in their respective industry. The world rankings include about 10 percent of the companies from each industry among the top 2,500 companies listed in the S&P Global Broad Market Index.
"Metro Group is the industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices", News release, Metro Group, September 16, 2015, © Metro Group
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Procter & Gamble Partners With World Wildlife Fund To Reduce Own Greenhouse Gas Emissions

September 16, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble said it aims to cut absolute greenhouse gas emissions from its facilities by 30 percent by 2020. Developed in partnership with World Wildlife Fund, the goal is based on current science and signals a significant milepost for P&G’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Also, P&G said it is joining WWF’s Climate Savers Program, which seeks to enable leadership companies to work together and support their climate change efforts.
"P&G Announces New Goal to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 30%", Procter & Gamble, September 16, 2015, © Procter & Gamble
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Unilever Scores High In Sustainability Ratings

September 10, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
An independent system of rating a company's  sustainability record has named Unilever an industry leader in food, beverages and tobacco. The Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) industry group leader report, compiled by RobecoSAM and Dow Jones, measures company performance across economic, environmental and social criteria. Unilever is one of only 24 companies to be named an industry group leader. It achieved a score of 92 out of 100.
"Unilever named as an industry leader in DJSI", News release, Unilever, September 10, 2015, © Unilever
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EPA Partners With Unilever To Assess Risks Of Chemicals Used In Consumer Goods

September 8, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Unilever are working together to find a way to test the safety of thousands of chemicals used in consumer goods without using animals. According to the EPA, the new testing methods represent a “paradigm shift” in chemical safety testing and risk assessment because they will be faster, safer and “more relevant to humans.” The EPA will provide data gathered from automated chemical screening technologies. Unilever will estimate exposures from these chemicals based on its experiences using chemicals in consumer products. The combined information will be used to create a risk assessment. An EPA spokesman said the research will lead to better ways to “evaluate the potential human health effects of new ingredients and chemicals we currently know little about.”
"U.S. EPA and Unilever Announce Major New Research Collaboration to Advance Non-Animal Approaches for Chemical Risk Assessment", News release, EPA, September 08, 2015, © EPA
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L'Oreal Supports Solvay's Sustainable Guar Farming Initiative In India

September 3, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
L’Oreal partnered with chemicals company Solvay to promote sustainable agricultural practices among guar bean farmers in Bikaner, a desert region in India’s Rajasthan state. Launched in 2013 by Solvay’s Novecare Global Business Unit, and also implemented by nongovernment group TechnoServe, the Sustainable Guar Initiative seeks to equip farmers with the “tools and knowledge” for cultivating the crop using good farming practices. Guar is the main resource for many farming communities in India’s semi-arid regions; however, yields are unpredictable, due to farmers’ reliance on monsoon rains.
"Solvay and L’Oréal team up to promote sustainable practices among guar bean farmers in India", Solvay, September 03, 2015, © Solvay
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L'Oreal Announces Carbon Balanced Plans For 2020

September 3, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
L'Oreal announced its goal of becoming carbon balanced by 2020. Made in the presence of the French president's special envoy for the protection of the planet, Nicolas Hulot, the announcement highlights the company's sustainable sourcing projects. As part of the campaign, the company aims to produce carbon gains that would offset the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from its operations. According to L'Oreal, since 2005, it has managed to lower its CO2 emissions by 50 percent in absolute terms, while increasing its production by 22 percent, during the same period.
"L’Oreal announces its new "carbon balanced" ambition for 2020", L'Oreal, September 03, 2015, © L'Oréal
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Whole Foods Ranked Among Fortune’s “World Changers”

August 20, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Fortune magazine has named Whole Foods Market one of the top 50 companies that “Change the World.” According to the magazine, Whole Foods “prompted Walmart and Kroger to up their organic game,” whole implementing animal welfare standards, refusing to sell overfished seafood and requiring GMO labeling by 2018. Whole Foods, which is ranked No. 30 on the Fortune list, was also cited recently by Greenpeace as the top retailer for seafood sustainability in its annual ranking of U.S. supermarkets.
"Whole Foods Market makes Fortune’s ‘Change the World’ list, a ranking of ‘companies that are doing well by doing good’", News release, Whole Foods Market, August 20, 2015, © Whole Foods Market
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Company Tackles Food Waste By Turning Expiring Fruit Into Edible Powders

July 31, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
A sign of the growing movement to reduce food waste – 1.3 billion tons a year globally -- is the launch of a Swedish company that has figured out a way to turn expiring fruit that can’t be sold into powders that can be used as yogurt toppings, or as a baking or ice cream making ingredient. FoPo, which is testing the powders as a form of disaster relief in the Philippines, launched a Kickstarter campaign in May that raised more than $25,000. Ten local supermarkets are donating near-expired produce, and 26 stores have offered to buy back the finished powder.
Hallie Steiner, "FoPo", JWT Intelligence, July 31, 2015, © J. Walter Thompson Company
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SodaStream Takes A New Marketing Tack In The U.S.

July 30, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
SodaStream may have succeeded in Sweden – its carbonation machines are in 20 percent of Swedish homes – but the going has been tougher in the U.S. The company has abandoned the mass market and mid-market (i.e., Walmart, Kmart, Macy’s and Sears) in favor of higher-end grocery, health and wellness retailers like Whole Foods Market. It bases its U.S. marketing to some extent on environmental sustainability, but no longer pitches its flavorings as alternatives to Coke or Pepsi. A new sparkling water strategy is focused on SodaStream Waters liquid concentrates that feature full fruit flavors and hints of flavor, are calorie-free, and are sweetened with stevia to appeal to health-conscious consumers who want to avoid artificial sweeteners.
Virginia Lee, "SodaStream Moves from Targeting Green Consumers to Health Conscious Consumers", Euromonitor International, July 30, 2015, © Euromonitor International
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Ethical Behavior By Food Companies Is Important To U.K. Consumers

July 28, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
The main factor that separates ethical food companies from unethical ones in the eyes of British consumers is humane care of animals, according to research from Mintel. Humane husbandry is more important – 74 percent of 1,500 surveyed cited the factor -- than environmental or tax avoidance issues. Other top ethical issues cited by U.K. consumers were responsible sourcing (60 percent) and employee welfare (57 percent). Fifty-two percent said they wouldn’t buy products from companies if it was found that they acted unethically. Mintel said food and drink companies need to ensure that operating standards are not just legal, but also ethical, or they “risk boycotts and reputational damage.”
"74% Of Consumers List Animal Welfare Among The Top Factors Which Make A Food Brand Ethical", Report, Mintel, July 28, 2015, © Mintel Group Ltd.
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Mexico's Beauty Sector, Environment Ministry Join Forces To Promote Sustainability

July 16, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Mexico's beauty industry partnered with the country's Environment Ministry to help promote sustainable manufacturing and environment-friendly consumer practices. Part of Semarnat's Special Sustainable Production Program, the campaign aims to drive sales by targeting socially conscious shoppers. Under the partnership, the industry lobby group Canipec and trade group A.C. will collaborate with Semarnat in initiatives to promote recycling, conserve water, and inform consumers about sustainable products.
Ivan Castano , "Mexico’s Beauty Industry Aids Sustainability Effort", Women's Wear Daily, July 16, 2015, © Fairchild Fashion Media
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OGX Partners With Avery Dennison, WS Packaging To Create Thinner Product Labels

July 15, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Haircare brand OGX partnered with labeling company Avery Dennison and WS Packaging Group to create thinner product labels. OGX's decision to enter into the partnership came after parent company Vogue International had considered the potential benefits of the proposed label changes. Vogue used a life-cycle-based environmental performance evaluation tool developed by Avery Dennison to study the potential results of using thinner labels.
Deanna Utroske, "Reducing waste with slimmer labels for personal care", Cosmetics Design, July 15, 2015, © William Reed Business Media SAS
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Unilever Partners With WWF To Engage Consumers In Anti-Deforestation Effort

July 7, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever has partnered with British conservation organization WWF to boost consumer involvement to end deforestation globally, especially in Brazil and Indonesia. A basic goal of the one-year alliance is to protect a million trees. The partnership has created a Web site where consumers are invited to pledge their support. In August the partners will launch a social media campaign in the U.K., Brazil, Indonesia and the U.S. to engage consumers in the fight against deforestation. One of the pillars of the Web site’s effort is a campaign to make consumers aware of recycling opportunities in bathrooms.
"WWF and Unilever announce partnership to inspire consumers and help protect a million trees", News release, Unilever, July 07, 2015, © Unilever
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L'Oreal Agrees To Connect Yichang Factory To Hydropower

July 2, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
L'Oreal signed an investment deal to expand and connect to hydropower its Yichang plant in China. Part of the strategic agreement between the company and the Yichang government, the project will help L'Oreal's factory to use clean and renewable energy. By end of 2015, the Yichang plant will become the company's first factory in Asia-Pacific to become carbon-footprint neutral. One of the company's most sustainable factories, the Yichang plant has reduced CO2 emissions by 45 percent from 2005 to 2014.
"L’Oeal Yichang plant in China to reach carbon footprint neutrality in 2015", L’Oreal, July 02, 2015, © L’Oréal
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Greenhouse Conditions Affect Wheat, And Bread, But Not For The Better

June 22, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Australian researchers studying the effect of elevated carbon dioxide – as in global warming – on wheat, lentils, canola and field peas have made some interesting, and ominous, discoveries. The Australian Grains Free Air CO₂ Enrichment facility (AgFace) in Victoria has determined that wheat and canola grown in a carbon dioxide-rich environment grow faster and produce higher yields, but contain less protein. In addition, the ratio of different types of proteins in wheat is also changed, affecting the elasticity of dough and how well a loaf rises. "We don't understand completely why that's the case," one researcher says.
Nicky Phillips, "What climate change will do to your loaf of bread ", Sydney Morning Herald, June 22, 2015, © Fairfax Media
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Coca-Cola Extends Commitment To Reducing Carbon Emissions From Packaging

June 17, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
With packaging accounting for about half of its corporate carbon emissions, Coca-Cola Enterprises says it is committing to a major reduction in materials across all of its packaging formats. It also says it will support the “circular economy” that uses recycled and renewable materials and recycles more packaging. Specifically, CCE will use 25 percent less aluminum, glass and steel; ensure that 40 percent of the petroleum-based plastic it uses is recycled or made from renewable materials; and ensure that all of its cans and bottles are fully recyclable.
Jenny Eagle, "CCE will have all cardboard and corrugated packaging FSC certified by the end of 2015", BeverageDaily.com, June 17, 2015, © William Reed Business Media SAS
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RB Is Fourth Most Environment Friendly Firm, According To 2015 Newsweek List

June 12, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
RB is the world's fourth most environmentally responsible company, according to the 2015 Newsweek Green Ranking list. In 2014, the company was ranked number 202. Its 198-rung jump in one year highlights the company's success in improving and reducing its “overall carbon footprint.” According to the company, 74 percent of its factories are sending zero waste to landfills and it has reduced its water use by 24 percent and energy use by 13 percent, compared with 2012 levels.
"RB Ranked as one of the World's Greenest Companies", Canada News Wire, June 12, 2015, © CNW Group Ltd
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The Body Shop Says To Use Newlight's AirCarbon As Packaging Material

June 8, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
The Body Shop partnered with Newlight Technologies for a research and development project aimed at integrating AirCarbon materials into packaging of products sold by the beauty retailer. Unlike today's plastics, AirCarbon are not made from fossil fuels. AirCarbon is a thermoplastic material developed by Newlight over 10 years of R&D and is made by “combining air with carbon.” According to The Body Shop, its R&D partnership with Newlight Technologies continues a tradition of leadership in sustainability in the beauty industry.
"The Body Shop and Newlight Form Research and Development Partnership to Launch AirCarbon To The World Of Beauty ", PRNewswire, June 08, 2015, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Unilever Achieves Zero Waste To Landfill Status In Ghana

June 6, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever Ghana achieved zero non-hazardous waste to landfill status, four years after its parent company launched the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan. Located in the country's heavy industrial area, Tema, Unilever Ghan earlier reduced non-hazardous waste to landfill by 50 percent in 2013 from 2012 levels. According to the company, various initiatives, such as waste reduction programs and partnerships with local manufacturing companies, helped Unilever Ghana reach the milestone.
"Unilever Ghana achieves zero waste to land fill", citifmonline.com, June 06, 2015, © citifmonline.com
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SC Johnson's Toluca Factory Receives Mexico's Highest Award For Sustainability

June 5, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
SC Johnson's manufacturing facility in Toluca, Mexico, received the Environmental Excellence Award from the country's Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection. Given to the company at a ceremony featuring Mexico's National Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources Juan Jose Guerra Abud, the award is the highest environmental honor given by the agency also known as the Procuraduria Federal de Proteccion al Ambiente. SC Johnson's other achievements in environment protection and sustainability include reducing waste by more than 71 percent at its global manufacturing sites since 2000 and zero landfill status of eight of its manufacturing facilities.
"SC Johnson Honored with Mexico’s Top Environmental Honor, PROFEPA’S Environmental Excellence Award", SC Johnson, June 05, 2015, © S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
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Subway Says No More Fake Caramel Color In Its Roast Beef

June 4, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Subway promises to remove artificial flavors, colors and preservatives from its sandwiches in North America by 2017. The company says the process of “ingredient improvement” has been ongoing for several years. An example is the removal of caramel color from roast beef and ham. It will remove the preservative proprionic acid and replace it with vinegar by 2016. Last year, the company acknowledged it was removing azodicarbonamide from its bread after an online petition noted the chemical was used to make yoga mats. The company’s chief marketing officer says use of simple ingredients is becoming a "necessary condition" to satisfy customers.
Candice Choi, "Eat fresher? Subway also dropping artificial ingredients", The Big Story, June 04, 2015, © The Associated Press
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Method Launches New Laundry Detergent With 100-Percent Recycled Bottle Packaging

May 28, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Method Products expanded its laundry care product line by launching the new 4x Concentrated Laundry Detergent. Coming in a 53-oz PET bottle made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled PET resin from Amcor Rigid Plastics, the product reinforces Method Products' lineup of 8X Laundry Detergent. Amcor Rigid Plastics design engineers collaborated with Method's product designers to develop the PET bottle featuring Method's distinctive design.
Anne Marie Mohan, Senior Editor, "Method is first with 100% RPET detergent bottle", Packaging World, May 28, 2015, © PMMI Media Group
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Unilever CEO Says Global Warming Costing Company €400 Million Annually

May 21, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Global warming is costing Unilever €400 million each year, according to company CEO Paul Polman. During an interview with broadcaster RTL Z in Paris, Polman said “companies are first to see the cost of climate change, such as the drought in California and Brazil at the moment.” Polman also said 80 percent of the world's population in 20 to 30 years will be from developing countries outside of America and Europe.
Demid Getik, "CEO: Climate change costs Unilever €400 million", NL Times, May 21, 2015, © NL Times
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Sustainability Initiative Helping Business Grow, Unilever Says

May 21, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever said its Sustainability Living Plan initiative has helped the company grow its business, as well as improve its cost efficiency and resilience for the future. Described by the company as “sustainable living brands,” these brands, such as Dove and Ben & Jerry's, are recording above-average growth, as highlighted by their high single- and double-digit sales expansion rates during the past three years. In 2014, Unilever focused on three key sustainability areas in the United States: Brands with Purpose, Sustainable Agriculture, and Transformational Partnerships.
"Unilever Sees Sustainability Supporting Growth", Unilever, May 21, 2015, © Unilever
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Tesco Reports Slightly Less Food Wastes For 2014‒2015

May 21, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Retailer Tesco said it reduced the amount of food waste generated at its stores and distribution facilities by 1,180 tonnes to 55,400 tonnes in the year 2014‒2015. Tesco, which announced it would stop publishing a printed corporate responsibility report, said bakery products accounted for 36 percent of total waste; fresh produce, 25 percent; and convenience, 9 percent. Also, the company said more than 3,000 tonnes of food was wasted in the impulse category, over 2,500 tonnes of meat, fish, and poultry, and more than 1,500 tonnes of beers, wines, and spirits.
Ian Quinn, "Tesco food waste figures reveal slight drop, 55,400 tonnes wasted", The Grocer, May 21, 2015, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Unilever Partners With Emirates Wildlife Society To Help UAE Retailers Improve Sustainability Efforts

May 11, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever partnered with Emirates Wildlife Society and WWF to host a workshop for six leading retailers in the United Arab Emirates. Aimed at helping retailers improve their sustainability programs, the workshop sought to enable the participants to create and implement energy and water efficiency measures. With retailers Spinneys, Carrefour, Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society, and Emirates Co-operative Society in attendance, the event also aimed at reducing the UAE's environmental footprint, which is five times more than the world average.
"Unilever and EWS-WWF deliver a workshop to help reduce the environmental impact of major retailers in the UAE", Zawya, May 11, 2015, © Zawya
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Unilever Awards Itself Gold Stars For Advances In Sustainable Living

May 5, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever has given itself a stellar report card in meeting the long-term goal of integrating sustainability into its businesses, product lines and supply lines. The strategy is driving growth in brands with cost efficiency and “resilience for the future,” according to the company. The 10-year ”Sustainable Living Plan,” a growth strategy launched in November 2010, is on track to meet most of the goals, including: helping a billion people improve their health and well-being; cutting its environmental footprint in half; and sourcing all agricultural raw materials sustainably. High-growth brands advancing sustainable living include Dove, Lifebuoy, Ben & Jerry’s and Comfort, all of which are achieving high single and double digit sales since 2012.
"Unilever sees sustainability supporting growth", News release, Unilever, May 05, 2015, © Unilever
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L'Oreal USA Cuts Carbon Emissions By Half In 2014

May 1, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
L'Oreal USA said it reduced its CO2 emissions by 50 percent in absolute terms by the end of 2014, compared with a 2005 baseline. As part of the company's Sharing Beauty With All global sustainability initiative, the company intends to have 100 percent of its product with an environmental or social benefit and 100 percent of strategic suppliers evaluated in terms of their social and environmental performance. Also, the program seeks to reduce carbon emissions, water consumption, and waste per finished product by 60 percent. Also, to support the program, the company invested more than $35 million to expand its use of renewable energy, including the installation of solar energy system across many of its facilities.
"L'Oreal USA Reduces CO2 Emissions by 57%", PRNewswire , May 01, 2015, © L’Oreal
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Unilever Launches Bathroom Packaging Recycling Campaign

April 30, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever launched the “Rinse. Recycle. Reimagine.” campaign aimed at encouraging US consumers to recycle the packaging of their bathroom and beauty products. Developed in partnership with Keep America Beautiful and the Ad Council's “I Want to Be Recycled” campaign, Unilever's initiative will feature content aimed at encouraging Americans to support recycling empty packaging into new products or recycled packaging for new bathroom products. Results of an online survey commissioned by Unilever revealed 42 percent of Americans said they do not recycle because they are unsure whether an item is “eligible for recycling.” Also, 22 percent of respondents said they do not want to walk their recyclable bath packaging to the recycling bin.
"Unilever Launches “Rinse. Recycle. Reimagine.” In Partnership With Keep America Beautiful And The Ad Council To Rally Americans To Clean Up Their Act In The Bathroom", PR Newswire, April 30, 2015, © Multivu/PRNewswire
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Unilever Partners With Pro-Sustainability Groups

April 30, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever joined Global Citizen and Live Earth: Road to Paris to help promote sustainability. Made through the company's Bright Future campaign, the partnerships will provide support for Live Earth through a number of international events on June 18, 2015. Aimed at encouraging consumers to join the “Take Climate Action Now” movement, it will also help Global Citizen to launch a “social activism campaign.”
Sara Spary, "Unilever aligns brand with 'social activism' in sustainability sponsorship deal", Marketing Magazine, April 30, 2015, © Haymarket Media
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Henkel Expands Toluca Detergent Factory In Mexico; Improves Sustainability Features

April 21, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Henkel is expanding the capacity of its Toluca detergent manufacturing facility in Mexico. Dubbed Project Xina, the expansion program also aims to reduce the plant's impact on the environment and improve its sustainability features. As part of the expansion, Henkel installed a new heat recovery system to reduce the plant's energy use. The system uses waste heat from a sulfonation plant to preheat the air used in spray-drying of powder detergents. Also, the company installed a two-step reverse osmosis system to reduce wastewater produced during the manufacturing process for detergent, as well as increase the yield of recycled water.
"Doubling capacity while reducing environmental output", Henkel, April 21, 2015, © Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
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Unilever's Sustainability Efforts Show Results

April 17, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
In 2015, Unilever reported it has reduced carbon emissions at its factories by 32 percent and water use by 29 percent, compared with levels in 2008. According to the company, every factory at its 240 operating locations produces zero waste. Launched in 2010, Unilever's sustainability initiative goes beyond in-house operations to include reviewing a product's lifecycle, from the raw materials used to landfill. Because of its size, Unilever believes even small achievements can mean a lot for the environment. For example, reducing plastic use by 15 percent can save about 27,000 ton of plastic resin each year. Unilever is partnering with other companies, such as Walmart, and even competitors to help promote sustainability as a business strategy.
Adele Peters, "How One Enormous Corporation Is Working To Slash Its Environmental Impact", Fastcoexist, April 17, 2015, © Mansueto Ventures, LLC
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