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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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Belgian Brewery Tries Making Beer From Unsold Bread

April 17, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Concerns about the huge amount of food wasted in Europe (and elsewhere) led a brewer in Brussels to launch a project to make beer with unsold bread that would otherwise be tossed in the trash bins. According to Sebastien Morvan, about 12 percent of food waste in Belgium comprises unsold bread discarded by supermarkets. His Brussels Beer Project hopes to revive the ancient practice of brewing beer from bread. The oldest known beer recipe (4,000 years ago in Mesopotamia) mixed multigrain bread loaves with honey. Morvan says he can replace 30 percent of the barley used to make beer with one and a half slices of bread per bottle. About 1,100 pounds of discarded bread makes1,057 gallons of beer.
Robert-Jan Bartunek, "Brussels brewer uses leftover bread to make beer", Reuters, April 17, 2015, © Thomson Reuters
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Kimberly-Clark Announces Product Line Made Using Non-Traditional Raw Materials

April 16, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Kimberly-Clark is launching a line of tissues and paper towels manufactured using alternative raw materials, such as bamboo and wheat straw. Aimed at achieving the company's 2015 sustainability goals, the latest move will help Kimberly-Clark derive at least 25 percent of sales from environment-friendly products. At the same time, the use of non-traditional inputs will help reduce its manufacturing costs and improve consumer perception of the company and its products.
"Kimberly-Clark’s Push For Alternative Raw Materials Kills Two Birds With One Stone", Trefis, April 16, 2015, © Trefis
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L'Oreal Cuts Carbon Dioxide Emissions; Improves Environmental Profile Of New Products

April 16, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
L'Oreal said it has reduced the CO2 emissions from its production process by 50 percent in absolute terms, compared with a 2005 baseline. One year after launching its Sharing Beauty sustainability initiative in 2014, the company said 67 percent of new products come with an “improved environmental or social profile.” Also, L'Oreal said it has created 54,000 jobs for people from poor communities.
"L'Oreal reduces CO2 emissions of its production by 50%", L’Oréal, April 16, 2015, © L’Oréal
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Pa. Meat Processor Finds Ways To Recycle Or Re-Use All Waste Matter

April 13, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
A Cargill meat processing plant in Hazleton, Pa., has completed a program to recycle plastic, burn unrecyclable plastic to produce energy, and render food waste into other food products, completely avoiding landfills. The 225,000-square-foot plant with 600 employees produces 10 million pounds of beef, pork and ground meat products monthly. In 2012, the plant sent 1,500 tons of waste to local landfills, including plastic, bio-solids, paper and other materials. But after a stepped-up recycling program, a third-party certification company verified the facility's landfill-free status in late March after reviewing documentation and performing a three-day on-site audit.
Mike Martin, "Cargill Hazleton meat plant spurns garbage trucks; becomes company's first verified landfill-free facility", News release, Cargill, April 13, 2015, © Cargill, Incorporated
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Unilever Requires Supply Chains To Commit To Anti-Deforestation Policy

April 8, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever has told suppliers that all packaging materials containing wood fiber need to be traceable “from certified and known sources by 2020.” The move is part of an effort by the company to stop global deforestation in its supply chains by ensuring that paper and board packaging is sustainably sourced by the end of 2015. According to the company, sustainably sourced paper and board increased to 87 percent in 2014, up from 62 percent in 2013. Unilever research has found that 75 percent of consumers would be more likely to buy a product if it was made from sustainably sourced ingredients.
"New Wood Fibre Sourcing Policy aims to accelerate actions to halt deforestation", News release, Unilever, April 08, 2015, © Unilever
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P&G Joins Flexible Film Recycling Group

April 8, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble Co. joined the Flexible Film Recycling Group, according to the American Chemistry Council. Driving growth in the recycling of flexible polyethylene film, wraps, and bags, FFRG played a role in expanding the recovery of post-consumer plastic film by 11 percent, or 116 million pounds, to reach 1.14 billion pounds in 2013. FFRG has supported the Sustainable Packaging Coalition's “store drop-off” campaign for plastic film packaging through its partnership initiatives.
"Procter & Gamble Joins National Effort to Recycle Flexible Plastic Wraps, Bags", Marketwired, April 08, 2015, © Marketwired L.P.
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Hilton Hotels Announces Animal Welfare Policy In Its Supply Chain

April 6, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
In a joint statement with the Humane Society of the U.S., hotel chain Hilton Worldwide announced it would eliminate caged egg-laying chickens and gestation crates for breeding pigs from its supply chain within two years. Affected by the announcement are 19 countries and all hotels in the Hilton Hotels and Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts, Conrad Hotels and Resorts, Canopy and DoubleTree. They will have to switch all egg usage to cage-free by December 31, 2017. All pork products must be purchased from suppliers that house breeding pigs in groups rather than gestation crates by the end of 2018. A Humane Society spokesman said the Hilton commitment “will substantially improve countless animals’ lives.”
"Hilton Worldwide Commits To Improving Animal Welfare In Supply Chain", News release, Humane Society of the U.S., April 06, 2015, © The Humane Society of the U.S.
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Membership Model Of Grocery Delivery Could Be A Game-Changer For Industry

April 1, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
A report from BI Intelligence says that the trick to succeeding as an online grocery delivery service is to make it membership-based. The membership strategy, based on Costco’s model, is being applied successfully by several companies, not the least of which is Amazon, and could prove a disruptive force in the $600 billion retail grocery industry. The main benefits of the membership model include (for the business): repeat customers and lower per-order delivery fees; and (for the consumer):  guaranteed fresh food from the local supermarket and less time spent in-store. The report looks at the grocery delivery services of Amazon, Instacart, Shipt and Thrive Market.
Cooper Smith, "Membership-based delivery services are beginning to disrupt the $600 billion-a-year grocery industry", Business Insider, April 01, 2015, © Business Insider Inc.
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Freezing Helps Cut Food Waste, U.K. Ad Campaign Says

March 25, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
A British frozen food firm has partnered with a waste reduction advocacy group to fund a program to educate consumers about cutting food waste by freezing. The iFreeze campaign wants European consumers to know that households waste an average of €260 of food each year and freezing food can save money and prevent waste. The campaign will launch in April with TV and print ads, online tips and on-package advice. The Iglo Group has kicked in £3.7 million to fund the campaign, which is co-sponsored by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).
Laurence Gibbons, "Iglo pumps £3.7M into frozen fight on food waste", News release, Iglo, March 25, 2015, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Unilever Partners With Greenredeem To Promote Sustainability In UK

February 18, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever UK partnered with Greenredeem, a company that promotes sustainability, to launch an initiative aimed at encouraging consumers to recycle and support other environment-friendly activities. As part of the long-term partnership, the companies will support partner charities by offering rewards from Unilever's lineup of household products. Also, the partnership aims to support the EU's goal of achieving a 50 percent rate of recycling by 2020.
"Unilever and Greenredeem announce long term partnership", Unilever, February 18, 2015, © Unilever
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Procter & Gamble Partners With Constellation To Build Biomass Plant In Georgia

February 12, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble Co. partnered with Exelon Corp.'s subsidiary Constellation to develop a 50-megawatt biomass plant that will supply steam to P&G's paper manufacturing facility in Albany, Ga. Expected to increase P&G's use of renewable energy, the proposed biomass plant will help the consumer goods company achieve its goal of sourcing 30 percent of its power requirements from renewable sources by 2020. In addition to providing P&G with steam, the biomass plant will also generate electricity for local utility Georgia Power.
"Procter & Gamble and Constellation Announce One of Nation’s Largest Biomass Renewable Energy Plants", Procter & Gamble , February 12, 2015, © Procter & Gamble
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Great Majority Of UK Consumers Support Renewable Energy

February 11, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
In the UK, 77 percent of consumers believe the country should generate more electricity from renewable sources, while 73 percent said the government should extend more support to the renewable energy industry, according to Mintel. Results of the market research firm revealed around 76 percent of respondents think renewable energy “plays an important role in protecting the environment.” Also, 78 percent said they prefer solar panels being installed on all new houses, while 74 percent think more roofs should have solar panels installed. In general, about 40 percent are willing to pay “a little more” for more environment-friendly energy. However, almost 30 percent said they do not care what type of source their electricity comes from, while 45 percent said the country should adopt the cheapest source of energy available.
"73% Of Brits Believe The Government Should Give More Support To The Renewable Energy Sector", Mintel, February 11, 2015, © Mintel Group Ltd.
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Companies Can Benefit From Keen Consumer Awareness Of Sustainability Issues

February 4, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
A study by researcher NMI finds that consumer awareness and attitudes toward sustainability and green brands are at an all-time high. According to NMI, companies can benefit from this increased awareness, though calculating the benefit may be difficult. Nevertheless, consumers who know a company is conscientious in health and sustainability are: more likely to try its products or services (58 percent); more likely to buy repeatedly (53 percent); more likely to tell friends and family about the company (45 percent); and are less concerned about price (30 percent). What’s tricky, NMI says, is measuring the actual impact of these attitudes on a company’s bottom line.
"What consumers really think about sustainability", NewHope360.com, February 04, 2015, © Penton
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Mondelez Partners With FLOCERT To Verify Social And Sustainability Impact Of Cocoa Life Program

February 4, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Mondelez International partnered with global certification organization FLOCERT to verify cocoa volumes and commercial transactions for the company's Cocoa Life program. Valued at $400, Cocoa Life and FLOCERT will use a customized version of the FLOTIS reporting system to confirm the volume of sustainably grown and traded cocoa. It will also verify Cocoa Life premium payments made to farmer organizations. Focused on impact and independently verified, Cocoa Life will rely on the partnership to verify its supply chain, fulfilling its verification framework requirements. A research team from the Harvard University will evaluate the program's impact.
CGT Staff, "Mondelez Partnership Supports Healthy Supply Chain", Consumer Goods Technology, February 04, 2015, © Edgell Communications
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Oregon Milling Company Focuses On Crickets, Rather Than Grain

January 20, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
A Portland, Ore.,-based company is betting its future on bug-derived protein – specifically, high-protein flours made from crickets. After euthanizing the farm-grown (and highly sustainable and enviro-friendly) crickets, they are sorted, cleaned, then baked, dehydrated, or freeze-dried to remove moisture. They are milled into fine grain flours that can be mixed into smoothies, cookies, bread, protein bars, etc. Cricketflours.com offers an array of products – starting at $15 -- including Peruvian chocolate cricket flour, chocolate peanut butter cricket flour, and an all-purpose flour for traditional baking. The target markets are athletes, people with wheat allergies, and people concerned about the environment.
Allison Jones, "4 Questions for Oregon's First Cricket Flour Entrepreneurs", Portland Monthly Magazine, January 20, 2015, © SagaCity Media
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Food Trends That Emphasize A Cleaner, More Sustainable Food Supply

January 9, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
A lot of food forecasts for 2015 have focused on what new foods we will be eating. One, however, by the head of the Natural Resources Defense Council, focuses on the way we gather food and eat, especially efforts to develop a cleaner, more sustainable food supply. Peter Lehner says we’ll be seeing more fresh and affordable – local – produce and meats free of antibiotics. There will be increased efforts to reduce the unconscionable amounts of food wasted in the country. The FDA may do more to ensure that food packaging is free of dangerous chemicals like bisphenol A (BPA). And healthy soil will become a higher priority among climate-conscious young farmers.
Peter Lehner, "Top 5 Food Trends to Watch in 2015", Huffington Post, January 09, 2015, © TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc.
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New U.K. Bio-Energy Plant Converts Feedstock Into Electricity To Make Nestle Candy

December 24, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
A year-old U.K. bio-energy plant built by Clearfleau for Nestlé’s Fawdon confectionery factory is converting 200,000 liters of feedstock a day into renewable energy. The feedstock includes wash waters from the site and 1,200 tons of residual biproducts and ingredients a year. The biogas produced is fueling a combined heat and power (CHP) engine that produces 200 kilowatts of electricity used to make candy. Residues from Fawdon, the former Rowntree factory, used to be discharged into the sewer or fed to pigs in the locality.
Meghan Sapp, "UK biogas company producing energy from Nestle’s manufacturing waste", Biofuels Digest, December 24, 2014, © Biofuels Digest
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Unilever Receives Sustainability Honors From South Africa And United Nations

December 23, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever South Africa received the Investment Promotion Award from the country's Department of Trade and Industry. Given on behalf of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the award recognizes the company's contribution to sustainability with its “sustainable and water neutral investment” at its Durban factory. One of the company's factories in KwaZulu-Natal region, the Indonsa factory manufactures a number of brands, including Aromat, Knorr, and Rajah.
Marc Mcilhone, "SA: Dti presents award to Unilever", African Brains, December 23, 2014, © The Brains Network Ltd.
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U.K. Confectionery Makers Need To Tie Sustainable Claim To Chocolate Products

December 17, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Market researcher Canadean says British candy makers need to take into account growing consumer interest in natural and sustainable ingredients when marketing chocolate products. A large majority of U.K. consumers already feel chocolate is a natural product, but marketers would benefit if they were to add a sustainable angle to product advertising. The U.K. confectionery market was valued at £5.3 billion in 2013, and the chocolate segment is expected to grow at a CAGR of 2.7 percent through 2018, a rate that is higher than sugar candy and chewing gum.
Sophie Langley, "Consumers looking for ‘sustainable’ chocolate products", Australian Food News, December 17, 2014, © Australian Food News
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Conservationist Wonders If Devout Jews Can Eat Sustainably – And Kosher

December 13, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Marine conservationist Paul Greenberg ponders whether it’s possible to find seafood in a restaurant that is both sustainably harvested and kosher. Environmentalists advocate eating sustainable seafood and marine organisms that are beneficial for oceans, rivers, etc. But they include organisms that observant Jews consider trayf – not kosher. Farmed clams, oysters and mussels – trayf – reduce dead zone-causing nitrogen pollution from waterways. Scripture tells Jews what physical characteristics of seafood should be rejected, (e.g., shells, hard-to-remove scales, no fins, etc.), but says nothing about the environmental traits a fishery should have. It gets so complicated that Greenberg wonders whether observant Jews should pass up fish altogether, and order the vegetable plate.
Paul Greenberg, "Can Seafood Be Kosher and Sustainable?", The New York Times, December 13, 2014, © The New York Times Company
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Tetra Pak Offers Eco-Auditing Service For Food Manufacturers

December 11, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Swiss food packaging company Tetra Pak’s new environmental benchmarking service audits food and beverage manufacturing facilities to identify ways to improve environmental performance, reduce carbon footprint, and cut costs. The audit covers processing and packaging lines, and assesses water efficiency, waste water treatment, energy efficiency, product yield and waste, and carbon footprint. Using the audit service, U.S. organic foods producer Pacific Foods was able to reduce its carbon footprint by 3,500 tons of CO2 and cut water consumption by 31 million liters a year.
"Tetra Pak launches new service to reduce environmental impact for customers", Tetra Pak, December 11, 2014, © Tetra Pak International S.A.
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Procter & Gamble Receives Green Light For Proposed Biomass Plant In Albany

December 4, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble's proposed biomass energy plant at its facilities in Albany, New York, became a step closer to reality after the Albany-Dougherty Payroll Development Authority approved a $250 million bond issue for the project. Valued at $230 million, the planned energy plant will create steam energy to be used by P&G's local facilities, enabling the company to achieve sustainable goals for its manufacturing plants worldwide. Part of the plan involves allowing a local U.S. Marine base to also use the plant for energy, PDA officials said.
Carlton Fletcher, "PDA approves bond issuance for P&G biomass plant", Albany Herald, December 04, 2014, © Albany Herald
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Nestle To Buy Only Eco-Friendly Freezers To Store Its Ice Cream

December 4, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Non-toxic fluor-containing coolants used in the world’s freezers have worked well for more than half a century, but the environment has paid a price: they depleted the ozone layer and contributed to climate change. Manufacturers are turning back to naturally occurring substances, including carbon dioxide, ammonia, water and air as well as hydrocarbons (e.g., propane and iso-butane) that are harmless to the ozone layer and have no effect on climate change. Nestlé announced that beginning in January 2015, every new horizontal chest freezer it buys to store ice cream will use these natural refrigerants rather than synthetic refrigerants.
"Environmentally efficient freezers for cool ice cream", News release, Nestlé, December 04, 2014, © Nestlé
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Unilever Asia Receives Honors For Sustainability Efforts In Singapore

November 26, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever Asia was recognized as one of the 10 most sustainable companies in Singapore during the city-state's first Sustainable Business Awards. Presented by events company Global Initiatives and consulting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the SBA seeks to highlight sustainable business practices that help the environment and all stakeholders. SBA emphasizes companies' integration of sustainability into their long-term strategies.
Medilyn Manibo , "Unilever Asia emerges top among Singapore’s sustainability leaders", Eco-Business, November 26, 2014, © Eco-Business
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Unilever Launches First TV Branding Campaign In United States, Works Against Child Hunger

November 10, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever launched its first TV branding campaign in the United States. Featuring TV ads created by WPP's Ogilvy & Mather agency, the campaign highlights speeches by Martin Luther King, Gandhi, and young people campaigning against hunger. Unilever, through its Project Sunlight sustainability initiative, aims to eliminate child hunger in partnership with Feeding America. At the same time, the campaign aims to raise consumers' awareness about the company, its sustainability efforts, and its various brands.
Jack Neff, "Unilever Takes Corporate Branding to TV for First Time", Advertising Age, November 10, 2014, © Crain Communications
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Goodwell Seeks Crowd-Sourced Funds For Proposed Sustainable Toothbrush

November 7, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Goodwell is raising funds through crowd funding site CrowdSupply to finance the development of its sustainable toothbrush. Expected to be priced at $69, the toothbrush kit is made from natural materials and will be guaranteed for life. Buyers will have the option to purchase a yearly subscription plan that comes with a new attachment every month. It also comes with an optional Hacker/Tracker data tracker that will help monitor consumers' toothbrushing activities.
Vashti Hallissey , "Goodwell Toothbrush is a Sustainable, Smart Product You Never Have to Replace", PSFK, November 07, 2014, © PSFK
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Kimberly-Clark Receives Honors From Forest Stewardship Council For Conservation Efforts

October 27, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Kimberly-Clark Corporation was recognized by the Forest Stewardship Council for the company's efforts to promote sustainability and environment-friendliness in the marketplace. Conferred at the Annual Design & Build with FSC Awards during the Greenbuild 2014 event, the award acknowledges Kimberly-Clark's actions promoting forest conservation and leveraging markets to promote forest stewardship. Starting in 2009, Kimberly-Clark has expanded by 111 percent its use of FSC-certified fiber in tissue products it manufactures worldwide.
"Kimberly-Clark Corporation Recognized by Forest Stewardship Council As Conservation Champions", Kimberly-Clark, October 27, 2014, © Kimberly-Clark Corporation
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Basel Action Network Encourages Companies To Dispose Technology Wastes Responsibly

October 26, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Basel Action Network launched its e-Stewards Marketplace, an online platform designed to help businesses find certified recycling partners for their obsolete or damaged technology equipment and devices. Featuring registered buyers that are approved e-Stewards operations, the marketplace also allows companies to trade scrap materials and sales of refurbished computers and other electronic equipment. In the United States, IT users generate about 3.4 million tons of electronic waste each year, with the consumer electronics industry collecting 260 million pounds in 2013.
Heather Clancy, "E-waste Trading Platform Woos 'Ethical' Businesses", Forbes, October 26, 2014, © Forbes.com LLC™
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Shiseido Gets CDP's Nod For Sustainability Efforts

October 24, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Japanese cosmetics company Shiseido Co., Ltd., was recognized by the nonprofit group Carbon Disclosure Project for its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and climate change risks. The commendation also highlights the company's inclusion in the Climate Performance Leadership Index. CDP announced the honors during the CDP Japan 500 Climate Change Report 2014 event held in Tokyo on October 15, 2014.
"Shiseido Recognized by "CDP" for "Climate Performance Leadership Index"", Shiseido, October 24, 2014, © Shiseido Co.,Ltd.
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Scientists Developing Genetically Engineered Milk

October 22, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Two California bioengineers concerned about animal welfare and sustainability are developing a way to make milk from genetically engineered yeast. Called Muufri, the Petri dish milk will taste the same as cow’s milk because yeast cultures will produce real milk proteins, fats, minerals and sugars. Using a safe process similar to that which produces synthetic insulin, the scientists insert DNA sequences from cattle into yeast cells, grow the cultures at controlled temperatures and concentrations, and then gather the milk proteins. Though it seems a promising technology, some scientists are skeptical that manufactured milk will ever supplant the real thing.
Linda Qiu, "Milk Grown in a Lab Is Humane and Sustainable. But Can It Catch On?", National Geographic, October 22, 2014, © National Geographic Society
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Seventh Generation Secures Gore Investment Fund's Backing To Buy Other Environment-Friendly Cleaning Products Firms

October 14, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Seventh Generation secured $30 million in funding from Generation Investment Management, former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore's investment fund, to finance its planned acquisition of other green cleaning companies. With annual sales of more than $300 million, Seventh Generation wants to remain independent and privately owned instead of being acquired by a larger corporation. In 2013, Seventh Generation bought Bobble, a manufacturer of filtered water bottles, and more recently, it acquired Gamila Company's range of gourmet coffee and tea products.
Ariel Schwartz, "Seventh Generation Is Buying A Mini Empire Of Sustainable Companies", Fast Co Exist, October 14, 2014, © Mansueto Ventures, LLC.
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Unilever Calls For Bolder Sustainability And Climate Change Targets In Europe

October 14, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever called on the European Member States to adopt a stronger position on sustainability and climate change. Joining 10 other companies, Unilever proposed a greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal higher than 40 percent and called on the European countries, which will meet on October 23 and 24, 2014, to adopt a 40 percent renewable energy objective by 2030. Energy efficiency target should be set at 40 percent, the company also said.
"Unilever calls for more ambitious energy and GHG emissions targets", Unilever , October 14, 2014, © Unilever
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P&G Adds Water Conservation And Packaging To Its Sustainability Goals

October 13, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble Company said it has expanded its sustainability goals in order to conserve resources, protect the environment, and improve the social conditions of low-income people while offering consumers value with their favorite brands and products.  P&G is constantly seeking to “improve the environmental sustainability of its products across the manufacturing, packaging, and delivery stages, according to Martin Riant, the company's executive sponsor of sustainability and group president of its Global Baby and Feminine & Family Care unit. In addition to the company's 12 sustainability goals, P&G said it will put emphasis on water conservation and product packaging.
"P&G Expands Sustainability Goals to Conserve Resources, Protect Environment", Procter & Gamble, October 13, 2014, © Procter & Gamble
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Irma Stops Selling Fabric Conditioner In Denmark

October 13, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Denmark-based supermarket chain Irma said it will stop selling fabric softener at all of its 81 stores across the country. Part of the company's clean water initiative, the decision was made following the decline of sales of softener products in recent years. Irma's parent company Coop, however, said its other retail chains will continue selling the product.
Ray Weaver, "Irma drops fabric softener", The Copenhagen Post, October 13, 2014, © The Copenhagen Post
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Henkel Receives Award For Sustainability Efforts In France

October 13, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Henkel France was honored at the LSA Award for Diversity and CSR for its efforts to promote environmental responsibility. As part of the global parent company's sustainability strategy, Henkel France is implementing the Factor 3 in France, an initiative aimed at engaging all of the company's teams and managers in the country. Henkel's global sustainability program seeks to “triple the value that it creates” compared with the cost of the company's impact on the environment.
"Henkel France scoops award", Henkel, October 13, 2014, © Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
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