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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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Unilever Partners With Non-Profit Group Collectively To Promote Sustainability

October 7, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever joined forces with non-profit content organization Collectively to help promote sustainable living. By sharing stories about sustainability-related ideas and innovations, Collectively aims to transform sustainability from a mere ideal into a concrete reality. Targeting people 18-30 years old, the online platform seeks to encourage this demographic group to adopt environment-friendly lifestyles by maximizing their well-being while reducing their impact on the environment to the minimum. The group also works with other leading brands, including Coca-Cola, Google, and Facebook.
"Unilever champions shift to sustainable living with Collectively launch", Unilever, October 07, 2014, © Unilever
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Henkel And Partners Work To Reduce Environmental Footprint Of New Products

October 6, 2014: 12:00 AM EST

Henkel is reducing the environmental footprint of its new products in collaboration with industry partners and specialists. Part of the company's sustainability efforts, the initiative requires every new product to contribute to at least one of the company's sustainability focus areas, which are performance, social progress, health and safety, energy and climate, water and wastewater, and materials and waste. Often, the partnership begins in product development, as the program aims to “understand customer and consumer needs and develop cutting-edge innovations”.

"Henkel delivers sustainable solutions with partners", Henkel, October 06, 2014, © Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
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Procter & Gamble Joins Forces With DuPont To Replace Corn-Based Ethanol With Cellulosic Ethanol In Tide Detergent

October 6, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble partnered with DuPont to use cellulosic ethanol instead of corn-based ethanol in the Tide laundry detergent for the North American market. P&G said Tide Cold Water will be the first detergent brand in the world to combine cellulosic ethanol in a “scalable and commercial way”. DuPont will manufacture the renewable material at a new biorefinery the company is building in Nevada, Iowa. Once operational, the factory will be the world's largest bioethanol refinery, with production volume at 30 million gallons per year, the company said.
"DuPont and Procter & Gamble Partner to Bring Cellulosic Ethanol into Tide® Cold Water Laundry Detergent", PRWEB, October 06, 2014, © Vocus PRW Holdings, LLC
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Laundry Detergent Makers Aim For Reduced Water In Washing

October 1, 2014: 12:00 AM EST

Fabric care makers Procter & Gamble and Church & Dwight Co. promised to cut water used in every dose of detergent by 25 percent in the next four years, as the laundry market continues to see falling detergent sales. Data from the 2014 Home Laundry Products report from Mintel showed sales declined 4 percent to $12.6 billion for the past five years. According to IRI, sales of single-dose detergents reached $700 million for the year ending August 10, 2014, making the category the fastest-growing segment of the laundry market. Meanwhile, stain fighting and cold-water effectiveness are the most important features for consumers, according to the Mintel study, which covered 1,896 internet users at least 18 years old. Results of the study showed 55 percent of respondents said they prefer stain fighters, while 43 percent said they opt for cold-water detergents.

Libby Basile, "Getting back in the fold", Grocery Headquarters , October 01, 2014, © Macfadden Grocery Headquarters, LLC
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L'Oreal Opens Biomass Plant At Burgos Manufacturing Plant In Spain

September 25, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
L'Oreal inaugurated its new biomass plant at its Burgos manufacturing site at the Villalonquejar industrial estate in Spain. Considered a pioneering effort in the country in the field of integrating the use of biomass, solar energy technology, and trigeneration energy, the facility will supply the factory with steam, hot water, cold water, and electricity. Moreover, the biomass plant will provide 100 percent of the factory's energy requirements. Opened in 1971, the Burgos manufacturing facility produces all kinds of hair care products, including shampoos, treatments, and lotions.
"L'Oreal Inaugurates New Biomass Plant In Burgos", L'Oreal, September 25, 2014, © L’Oréal
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SC Johnson Wins EPA Recognition, Receives SmartWay Excellence Award

September 23, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
SC Johnson received the 2014 SmartWay Award for freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. One of the 11 companies from the shipper and logistics category of the award, SC Johnson also won the recognition in 2012 and 2013. EPA’s SmartWay Excellence Awards program recognizes the top 1 percent of the agency’s more than 3,000 freight supply chain partners. According to the agency, transportation accounts for almost one-third of greenhouse gas emissions and uses about two-thirds of petroleum-based fuel in the country. EPA launched the program in 2004 as part of its efforts to minimize the sector’s impact on the environment.
"SC Johnson Receives U.S. EPA 2014 SmartWay Excellence Award", SC Johnson, September 23, 2014, © S.C. JOHNSON & SON, INC.
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Kimberly-Clark Gets EPA Recognition For Transportation Sustainability Efforts

September 23, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Kimberly-Clark Corporation received a SmartWay Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in recognition of the company’s leadership in freight supply chain sustainability and energy efficiency. EPA said the company was recognized for its achievements in collaborating with transportation providers to reduce its carbon footprint. One of the 11 companies honored by EPA in 2014, Kimberly-Clark has received this honor for the fifth time since 2006.
"Kimberly-Clark Receives US EPA 2014 SmartWay Excellence Award", Kimberly-Clark , September 23, 2014, © Kimberly-Clark Corporation
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Scientist Develops Process To Turn Winery Waste Into Useful Compounds

September 23, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Australian scientists have figured out a way to turn the waste materials resulting from winemaking into biofuel and medicinal compounds. Most winery waste is sent to landfills because it cannot be used as animal feed or compost. Researchers investigating how to break down cellulose, pectins and lignins into simpler compounds found that various fungi use enzymes to degrade winery waste into soluble sugars. A 30-minute heat activated pretreatment helped break down these biomolecules. Fermentation takes one to three weeks, producing alcohols, acids and simple sugars with industrial and medicinal potential.
Avinash V. Karpe et al., "Optimization of degradation of winery-derived biomass waste by Ascomycetes", Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology , September 23, 2014, © John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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Clorox Strengthens Ingredient Transparency, Sustainability Initiatives

September 23, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Catharine de Lacy, who heads Clorox’s global product safety and environmental activities, said that the company’s adoption of the Preferred Ingredient Calculator and expansion of its Ingredients Inside program to include specific fragrance components supports its ingredient transparency and sustainability goals. The action was meant to help developers consider the sustainability profiles of different raw materials and ingredient formulations. It took awhile to add fragrances to the program, she said, because they “are both a science and art” and fragrance recipes are protected for competitive reasons.
Simone Strydom, "Passing the Smell Test: Clorox Expands Fragrance Disclosure", The Clorox Company Blog, September 23, 2014, © The Clorox Company
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Nestle Partners With Bill Gates Charity To Improve Milk Production In East Africa

September 22, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Nestlé has partnered with a Bill Gates charitable organization to boost productivity and quality of life among East African dairy farmers, including those in Ethiopia and Kenya. Small rural farmers in the region rely on milk as a key source of income, calories and nutrients. Collection and transportation of the milk to chilling stations, however, is inefficient and often leads to spilling or spoilage. Under the two-year partnership, Nestlé and Global Good will apply technology and innovation to improve production. They will also provide 3,000 specially designed milk containers known as “Mazzi” to help small farmers maximize the quantity of the milk they sell.
"Nestlé, Global Good partner to help East Africa small dairy farmers", News release, Nestlé, September 22, 2014, © Nestlé
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METRO GROUP Rejoins Dow Jones Sustainability Index

September 22, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
METRO GROUP was relisted on the Dow Jones Sustainability World international sustainability index, according to the rating agency RobecoSAM. After seeing its score rise to 71 points in the 2014 rating, METRO AG will also be included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Europe index. In 2012, after 12 consecutive years of membership in the index, METRO GROUP share was removed from the DJSI World index, which is one of the Dow Jones sustainability indices highlighting companies with the best environmental, social, and economic practices in their industries.
"METRO GROUP joins the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices World and Europe", METRO GROUP , September 22, 2014, © METRO AG
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RB Becomes Part Of Dow Jones Sustainability Index

September 12, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
RB said it has been recognized as the number 1 company in the household products industry in terms of sustainability by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Earning “industry best” scores in the economic and environmental categories, RB posted top scores in several criteria, including innovation management, strategy for emerging markets, and supply chain management. RB aims to reduce by one-third its impact on water resources, its carbon emission, and to derive a third of its revenue from more sustainable products by 2020, as part of its betterbusiness strategy.
"RB joins Dow Jones Sustainability World Index", Reckitt Benckiser, September 12, 2014, © Reckitt Benckiser Group plc
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Henkel Among World's Leading Companies In Terms Of Sustainability, Dow Jones Indices Show

September 11, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Henkel announced its inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and Dow Jones Sustainability Index Europe for the eight consecutive year. According to the company, its listing in both indices confirms its “excellent performance” as one of the leading companies in the Household Products category. Evaluated based on their corporate economic, environmental, and social performance, only 10 percent of the world’s 2,500 largest corporations make it to the lists.
"For the eighth consecutive year included in Dow Jones Sustainability Index", Henkel, September 11, 2014, © Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
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Target, Wal-Mart Partner To Promote Sustainability And Product Safety In Beauty And Personal Care Markets

September 5, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Rival discount retailers Target and Wal-Mart agreed to co-host a forum in Chicago to encourage beauty and personal care products manufacturers to improve their sustainability and transparency strategies. Attended by representatives from personal care makers, such as Procter & Gamble, Unilever, and Estee Lauder, and other retailers, including CVS, Walgreens, and Ulta, the meeting called on manufacturers to be more open about the chemicals and other ingredients they use in making their products. Sustainability and product safety proponents, such as the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, lauded the retailers for rising beyond their rivalry and promoting product safety.
KAVITA KUMAR, "Target, Wal-Mart team up on sustainability", Star Tribune, September 05, 2014, © StarTribune.com
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Häagen-Dazs Makers Will Not Use Synthetic Vanilla Flavoring

September 3, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
The makers of Häagen-Dazs ice cream say they will not use vanilla flavoring produced synthetically, though the FDA is expected to approve its safe use in food production. Synthetic biology (“synbio”) vanilla flavoring is made with artificial DNA and genetically engineered yeast. Use of lab-produced synbio vanilla would reduce farm land devoted to vanilla bean production. But advocacy groups say synbio yeast and algae feed on sugar, which would lead to increased sugarcane production. In addition, synbio organisms, which can reproduce, would be impossible to recall if released into the environment. Nestlé makes Häagen-Dazs ice cream in Canada and the U.S., and General mills makes it outside North America.
"Haagen-Dazs Won’t Use Synthetic Vanilla", Environmental Leader, September 03, 2014, © Business Sector Media, LLC
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Major Changes In Food Production Are Necessary To Avoid Climate Change Calamities

August 31, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
British researchers, using what they call a “transparent, data-driven model”, show that reducing food waste by half and diverting global diets away from environmentally-damaging food products – making them more healthful -- might reduce greenhouse gases and boost food security. Currently, the global population is increasing and people’s food tastes are shifting to meat-heavy Western diets. Increased agricultural yields will not meet food demands, however, so more land will need to be cultivated, reducing forested areas and increasing methane emissions. Unless changes are implemented, food production by itself could exceed global targets for total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050.
Bojana Bajželj et al., "Importance of food-demand management for climate mitigation", Nature Climate Change, August 31, 2014, © Macmillan Publishers Limited
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Nestle Says Nespresso Brand Will Be Carbon Neutral Within Six Years

August 28, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
As part of a half-billion dollar sustainability initiative comprising several commitments, Nestle’s Nespresso coffee brand has promised complete carbon neutrality within six years. Other “Positive Cup” commitments include: a pledge to source all Grand Cru coffees sustainably in Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan; a pledge to help coffee farmers achieve high certification standards in water management, biodiversity and fair treatment of workers; a plan to expand the capacity to collect and recycle used aluminum coffee capsules; and a promise to further reduce the carbon footprint of the company by 10 percent.
"Nespresso Pledges Carbon Neutrality by 2020", Environmental Leader, August 28, 2014, © Business Sector Media, LLC
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