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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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Unilever Ends Membership In BusinessEurope Lobbying Group

August 22, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever said it has ended its membership in business lobbying group BusinessEurope, suggesting disagreements with the group’s stand regarding environmental regulations and sustainability issues. According to a company spokeswoman, Unilever now prefers to collaborate with other companies with similar views. Many green companies are finding themselves at odds with BusinessEurope’s calls for lowering EU environmental targets after 2020.
Jessica Shankleman, "Unilever confirms it has quit BusinessEurope lobby group", Business Green, August 22, 2014, © Incisive Media Investments Limited
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Climate Change Is Intensifying Destructive Impact Of Coffee Rust

August 20, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Scientists worry that climate change could be intensifying and accelerating the cycle of wet years and drought in coffee-growing countries that spurs the spread of coffee rust. Especially affected is Brazil’s Arabica coffee tree, responsible for 70 percent of the two billion cups consumed globally every day. Coffee growers have battled coffee rust – a devastating  fungus that has caused $1 billion in economic damage in Latin America since 2012 – for centuries. But climate change is making it worse, and could drive the price of coffee up, and push growers to switch to the climate resistant, but bitter, Robusta coffee bean. “If things continue like this, maybe 50 years from now, we’ll all be tea drinkers,” one industry observer says.
Jessica Leber, "The Future Of Coffee Looks Bitter And Pricey, Courtesy Of Climate Change", Fast Company, August 20, 2014, © Mansueto Ventures, LLC.
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Chinese Shoppers See California As An Exporter Of High-Quality Foods

August 18, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Food shoppers in China and Hong Kong are paying closer attention to nutrition, sustainability, safety and – logically enough – country of origin, a fact that is driving demand for better quality food products. That’s good news for California food exporters, who are perceived by the Chinese as high quality producers. California has exported about $4 billion worth of food products – fresh produce, health foods, organic foods and premium wines – to Hong Kong and China so far in 2014, a nearly 20 percent increase over 2012. Forecasters see a similar double-digit increase by the end of the year.
Stephen Las Marias, "Hong Kong, China Food Imports from California to Exceed $4B amid Mounting Food Scares", Asia Food Journal, August 18, 2014, © Contineo Media Pte Ltd.
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Seventh Generation Surpasses Sustainability Goals For 2013

August 5, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Seventh Generation achieved Forest Stewardship Council sustainability certification for 62 percent of its wood pulp consumption in 2013, according to the company’s 2013 Corporate Consciousness Report. Details from the report also revealed all products eligible for the USDA’s Certified Bio-Based Product labeling gained the program’s seal and the company reduced its use of virgin plastic by 25 percent. Also, Seventh Generation said it reduced its greenhouse gas emissions per metric ton of product by 11 percent. In 2013, the company’s community volunteering program, which urges employees to spend work time on local causes, recorded a 100 percent participation rate, with total hours donated exceeding the year’s target by 40 percent.
"Seventh Generation Advances Key Sustainability Goals", Marketwire, August 05, 2014, © Marketwire L.P
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Proposal To Export Coffee Beans Whole Raises Serious Sustainability Questions

July 31, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
A report of a suggestion by a former Starbucks engineer that billions of pounds of waste coffee pulp be processed from whole coffee cherries into flour in the U.S. has raised some serious eco-issues. Dan Beliveau had recommended that coffee cherries be exported whole, without initial processing on the farms. The waste pulp could then be turned into a gluten-free, fiber- and protein-rich flour. Environmental experts and coffee farmers at the source – one in El Salvador – noted in response to the report that almost none of the nitrogen-rich cherry pulp goes to waste. It is treated and hauled back to the coffee groves, then spread around the trees as fertilizer, furthering sustainability goals. “If well managed, there is no waste in the coffee fields,” said a representative of Cooperative Coffees.
Megan Lavey-Heaton, "Coffee Flour: your questions on edible coffee answered", The Guardian (theguardian.com), July 31, 2014, © Guardian News and Media Limited
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Sainsbury's Announces Planned Store Powered By Recycled Food Waste

July 21, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Sainsbury’s plans to open a retail store in the West Midlands that will be powered solely by electricity generated from anaerobic digestion of food waste. Featuring a food waste recycling technology developed in partnership with waste recycling company Biffa, the Sainsbury’s store will be the first retail outlet to go off the power grid in the UK. Sainsbury’s, the UK’s largest user of anaerobic digestion in the retail sector, generates power enough to light up 2,500 homes each year.
Rebecca Smithers, "Sainsbury’s store to be powered solely by food waste", The Guardian, July 21, 2014, © Guardian News and Media Limited
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New Dishwashing Liquid Helps Advance Henkel’s Sustainability Strategy

July 16, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Henkel says that for the first time its researchers have combined surfactants and enzymes to create a liquid hand-dishwashing product (Pril against Grease and Crust) that can split starch molecules. The achievement, which reduces CO2 emissions as well as the amount of resources and raw materials used, also means that the starch remains of dried rice and noodles can be quickly removed. The company says the concept of “achieving more with less” is the basis of its sustainability strategy: creating value for itself, customers, and communities at a reduced environmental footprint.
"Enzymes for more sustainability", Henkel, July 16, 2014, © Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
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Palm Oil Producers In Indonesia Guilty Of “Greenwashing” Their Deforestation Efforts

July 11, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Greenpeace warns that an initiative by major palm oil producers ostensibly to stop deforestation in Indonesia will actually lead to further forest destruction to create more palm oil plantations. The Sustainable Palm Oil Manifesto (SPOM) sets tougher deforestation standards than those established by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), according to the producers. But Greenpeace says the initiative gives the producers time to determine which Indonesian forests to protect while actually allowing them to clear forests. “Allowing clearance in the name of 'sustainability' is nothing less than greenwashing,” a Greenpeace representative said.
"Greenwash alert as palm oil companies sign onto continued deforestation", News release, Greenpeace International, July 11, 2014, © Greenpeace
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New Disposable Coffee Cup Should Improve Recycling Of Billions Of Containers

July 8, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
A British inventor has created a disposable coffee cup with a plastic liner that separates cleanly from the paper shell, making it much easier and affordable to recycle. Though current disposable coffee cups lined with plastic are recyclable, the process is difficult and expensive for recycling plants. That means many disposable cups that could be recycled never are. Starbucks, for example, recycles only about 39 percent of the four billion it uses each year. The new invention, dubbed “Green Your Cup”, can be pooled with all other paper products, including magazines and newspapers, at the recycling plant where the plastic liner is easily stripped from the paper.
Belinda Lanks, "This Coffee Cup Really Will Get Recycled", Bloomberg Businessweek, July 08, 2014, © BLOOMBERG L.P.
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“Foodies” Should Be Into Much More Than Just Eating Good Food

June 24, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
A New York Times op-ed contributor explains why “foodies” need to be more than just people who are passionate about eating good food. In fact, he says, foodies should be aware of how their food is produced and how it impacts our world. Foodies should care that their food is real (not ”hyperprocessed”), healthy (as in “whole”), sustainably produced, affordable, and perhaps even prepared at home or communally. Foodies should support societal changes and government actions that help make good food more accessible to all people. To do that will of course affect “the whole system”, ultimately involving issues of justice, equality, rights, and enhanced democracy across the globe.
Mark Bittman, "Rethinking the Word ‘Foodie’", The New York Times, June 24, 2014, © The New York Times Company
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Waste Not, Want Not Is The Motto Of A Pacific Northwest Bakery Group

June 11, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
A century-old bakery group in the Pacific Northwest is making huge strides in its efforts to become landfill-free: recycling everything from product and packaging waste to scrap metal, used oils, paper, cardboard, and plastic. The store in Spokane, Wash., in fact, is 100 percent landfill-free, having figured out a way to recycle, re-use or repurpose just about everything the store consumes in running the business. For example, it filters bakery equipment lubricant oil to re-use as heating fuel for the heater in its truck maintenance garage. Whatever can’t be recycled is sent to a waste-to-energy plant to help provide electric power for the region.
"Bakery Achieves Landfill-Free Status", Environmental Leader, June 11, 2014, © Environmental Leader LLC.
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Canadian Research To Focus On Increasing Durum Wheat’s Resistance To Fungal Diseases

June 10, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
The Canadian government announced that the Canadian Wheat Alliance (CWA) and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) will work together to develop stronger, more resistant durum wheat varieties for farmers in Canada and in developing  countries. Research will focus on improving wheat yield, sustainability and profitability, with special focus on reducing the effects of wheat rust diseases and of Fusarium head blight, a cause of dangerous toxins in grain. The hope is to increase durum wheat's resistance to the global fungal diseases. According to the government, Fusarium head blight has cost Canadian wheat producers more than C$1.5 billion (US$1.38 billion) in lost income over the last two decades.
"International Agreement to Focus on Improved Durum Wheat Disease Resistance", News release, Government of Canada, June 10, 2014, © Government of Canada
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Henkel Gains Government Nod For Sustainability Efforts In Argentina

May 19, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Argentina’s Office of the Ministry of Social Development added personal care goods manufacturer Henkel Argentina to the Register of Social Responsibility Organizations, the agency’s list of companies that observe and promote sustainability. Henkel’s local initiatives which are part of the company’s global Sustainability Strategy for 20130 helped convince the government to recognize the company’s sustainability efforts. The list recognizes private and public organizations for their actions related to human rights, environment, labor standards, and efforts against corruption.
"Recognition for sustainability engagement", Henkel, May 19, 2014, © Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
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Unilever Launches Environment-Friendly Deodorants For Women In UK

May 15, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever said it is launching a range of women’s deodorants that use 50 percent less propellant gas, eliminating 25 percent of the aerosol spray’s carbon footprint per can. A UK innovation, compressed aerosol technology has been developed by Unilever, which invested more than £20 million in perfecting the innovation. Using the technology, the products from the Sure, Dove, and Vaseline lines are as effective and last as long as the full-size versions they are replacing, the company said.
Jackie Wills, "Unilever's compressed aerosols cut carbon footprint by 25% per can", Guardian Professional, May 15, 2014, © Guardian News and Media Limited
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New Smartphone App Hopes To Reduce Food Waste By Restaurants, Grocery Stores

May 12, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
U.S. supermarkets and eateries toss out $15 billion in edible foods annually. Now a team of software developers has created an app that will allow the foodservice industry to sell day-old pastries, foods near the sell-by date and imperfect produce to consumers, rather than sending them to landfills. Using the app, dubbed PareUp, grocery stores and restaurants will be able to list their discount-priced leftovers for consumers to browse on their smartphones along with pick-up times. The app – one of several intiatives by entrepreneurs to battle the huge global food waste problem – is being pilot tested in New York City at cafes like Breads Bakery and Oslo Coffee Roasters.
"App to sell restaurant leftovers to help reduce food waste", The Star Online, May 12, 2014, via AFP Relaxnews, © AFP Relaxnews
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Unilever Says Partnership Will Speed Plan To Reach 100 Percent Renewable Energy

May 7, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever has partnered with NRG Energy to provide onsite and offsite renewable energy generation, furthering Unilever’s goal of 100 percent clean energy use at U.S. locations by 2020. Unilever buys all of its  electricity from renewable sources for all U.S. sites through renewable energy certificates (RECs), which are credits for using energy from third-party renewable sources. The partnership with NRG will help Unilever take the next step beyond RECs. Unilever N.A. President Kees Kruythoff said the partnership with NRG would make the company “more resilient, sustainable, and profitable”.
"NRG Energy and Unilever Announce Formation of Strategic Partnership on Renewable Energy", News release, Unilever, May 07, 2014, © Unilever
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Millions Could Be Saved By Taking A Fresh Look At Direct Store Delivery Systems

April 30, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
A Honeywell report based on a survey of 350 C-level consumer goods execs and  directors from around the world says that millions of dollars could be saved annually if companies would re-evaluate their transportation systems using process re-engineering. Organizations that have tried process evaluations to improve direct store delivery (DSD) – how products are ordered, sold, delivered and merchandised – have cut costs an average of $734,000 a year. At least half the companies surveyed said increased transportation costs have damaged profit margins. Twenty percent said they expect to save a minimum of $1 million through DSD process re-engineering. Those with 3,000 or more employees expect to save at least $3 million.
"Direct Store Delivery ‘Can Save $3M Annually’", Environmental Leader, April 30, 2014, © Environmental Leader LLC.
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Unilever To Incorporate Renewable Algal Oils In Largest Soap Brand

April 30, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever has agreed to use oils derived from sustainably produced microalgae in its Lux consumer soap brand. The algal oils are produced by Solazyme, Inc., a renewal oil and bio-products company based in South San Francisco, Calif., has collaborated with Unilever for five years on several projects. The supply agreement calls for an initial delivery of 10,000 metric tons of algal oils. Most of the oil will be produced in the new renewable oils facility in Moema, Brazil. Unilever said it will probably buy the full volume within twelve to eighteen months. Unilever is committed to using only sustainably sourced agricultural raw materials by 2020.
"Unilever formulates first soap bar using sustainable Algal Oils", News release,Unilever, April 30, 2014, © Unilever
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Target Netherlands Adds Method's Airopack Air Fresheners To Environment-Friendly Product Line

April 17, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Retailer Target’s Netherlands division added Method’s Airopack line of home fragrances to its range of ecology-friendly and organic products. Target chose leading brands whose products are already being sold at its stores, and called on them to offer products that are natural, organic, or sustainable. Method’s home air fresheners come with the Airopack air-powered dispensing system the company claims offers a “fully transparent, all-plastic pressurized dispenser” that combines effectiveness and environment-friendliness.
"Airopack's Air-Powered Room Fresheners to Join Target's New Sustainable Range", PR Newswire, April 17, 2014, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Food Companies Try To Settle The Argument Over Paper Versus Plastic Foam Cups

April 10, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Plastic foam cups do a great job of keeping cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot. But there is a perception among many consumers – and even some companies – that foam cups are not environmentally friendly because they do not recycle well. Scientists continue to debate the issue, but in the meantime retail restaurants like Starbucks, McDonald’s and Jamba Juice have turned to paper cups, particularly the more expensive double-walled ones that provide extra insulation. The big challenge for food companies is to find cups that work as well as plastic foam, don’t end up costing the consumer more and are more recyclable, according to industry analysts.
Laura Stevens, "Hot Drink Debate: Paper or Plastic?", The Wall Street Journal, April 10, 2014, © Dow Jones & Company, Inc
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Computer Models Show That Solar Farms Can Harvest More Than Electricity

April 9, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Stanford University scientists have developed computer models that use the principle of co-location of crops and solar panels on solar farms to harvest biofuel plants as well as electricity. The idea would work especially well in sunny, arid regions where water is scarce. Photovoltaic solar farms run on sunlight, but water is used to wash away dust and dirt from solar panels to ensure maximum efficiency. Water also dampens the ground to prevent the spread of dust. Crops planted beneath the solar panels capture runoff water used to clean the panels, optimizing the land. The plant roots help anchor the soil and foliage reduces the ability of wind to kick up dust.
Ker Than, "Stanford scientists model a win-win situation: growing crops on photovoltaic farms", News release, Stanford News Service, April 09, 2014, © Stanford University
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Target Expands Range Of Natural, Sustainable Products It Sells

April 8, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Retailer Target expanded the range of natural, organic, and sustainable brands it sells at its stores as part of the company’s Made to Matter initiative in the United States. Coming from leading organic brands, including Chobani, Method, and Seventh Generation, the collection will include more than 120 products, such as non-aerosol air freshener and no-bleach baby diapers. Target’s initiative, which encourages the brands to collaborate and increase their innovation, has helped the company increase its sales of sustainable and organic products by 15 percent over the past several years.
ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, "Target ups game on organic, sustainable products", The Big Story, April 08, 2014, via The Associated Press, © The Associated Press
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In A Time Of Food Scarcity Around The Globe, European Retailers Waste Megatons Of Produce

April 6, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
To demonstrate the magnitude of produce wastage by European retailers, Feeding the 5000 and partner organizations prepared free lunches in Brussels on April 1 with edible food about to be discarded for frivolous reasons. Tons of produce from as far away as East Africa were used to prepare the meals. In Kenya farmers were found to be trashing 40 percent of what they grew because of  “unfair and unnecessary trading practices” of European supermarkets. Waste handlers who collect unwanted edible produce must guarantee in writing that none of the “green waste” will be used to feed people. Produce is discarded because European retailers have cancelled a forecast demand at the last minute, or because the produce has not met “ultra-fussy cosmetic standards”.
"Fill bellies, not bins!", News release, EurActive, April 06, 2014, © EurActiv.com PLC
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Coffee Flour Venture Offers Benefits To Bread Makers, Coffee Farmers

April 4, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
An innovative culinary idea has caught the attention of billionaire former Microsoft exec – and foodie – Nathan Myhrvold and his investment firm, Intellectual Ventures. Dan Belliveau, formerly of Starbucks, believes that flour made by grinding the dried pulp of the fleshy coverings of coffee beans – normally discarded as waste – offers significant benefits. It contains caffeine, for one, and it can be used as a fiber- and protein-rich, gluten-free supplement to other flours, because of its good binding qualities. Coffee flour made from an undesirable waste product could give coffee farmers an extra source of revenue and make coffee production more environmentally palatable. Fluctuating coffee prices combined with a spreading disease known as "coffee rust" fungus have ruined many Central American coffee farmers.
Ángel González, "A cup of coffee flour may hit the spot for Seattle startup", The Seattle Times Company, April 04, 2014, © The Seattle Times Company
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Henkel Honored For Sustainability, Ethics Policies

March 25, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Sustainability investment specialist RobecoSAM has awarded household products company Henkel its Gold Class ranking in sustainability practices. RobecoSAM, in collaboration with KPMG, publishes the Sustainability Yearbook listing 3,000 global companies whose sustainability agendas and practices are voluntarily assessed annually. Henkel was also named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” by the Ethisphere Institute, an independent organization promoting best practices in corporate ethics and governance. Henkel was one of only nine companies in the consumer products manufacturing industry to be recognized for its ethical leadership and behavior.
"Henkel named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies", News release, Henkel, March 25, 2014, © Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
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“Slow Food” Movement Expands Its Horizons As It Grows Locally

March 25, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
The “slow food” movement, which began with the idea of revitalizing food varieties and flavors in an era of industrialized food, has broadened its focus in recent years. The Slow Food organization itself, with chapters in 100 countries, is now about sustainability, local community and connecting. The 13-year-old Austin, Texas, chapter, for example, comprises artisans, farmers markets, urban farms and locally-driven cafes. It advises the city council on getting city government, nonprofit organizations, and food and farming businesses talking about sustainable growing, sourcing and eating. The end result is that “people become more connected with local food sources that align with our values”, according to Slow Food Austin’s communications director.
"Slow food movement speeds up sustainable eating", USA Today, March 25, 2014, © USA Today/Gannett
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PepsiCo’s Biodegradable Snack Bag Was A Disaster – At First

March 18, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
PepsiCo’s attempt to boost its snack brands image and perhaps help ease an environmental problem began with the development of a compostable snack bag but nearly ended after a public relations calamity. The biodegradable bag made from plant material was first marketed in 2006 with the SunChips “healthy snack” product, but quickly drew consumer ire because it was a lot noisier than the old bag.  A social media uproar ensured, and the bad publicity created a dilemma for PepsiCo: should they abandon the new bag or push on with it? They pushed on, eventually creating a quieter version. In a business management journal article, Gregory Unruh discusses three lessons that can be drawn from the PepsiCo experience.
Leslie Brokaw, "Pepsi's biodegradable backlash: The snack bag that was too noisy", GreenBiz, March 18, 2014, © GreenBiz Group
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Walmart Begins Testing Its WAVE Environment-Friendly Trucks

March 13, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Walmart began testing its Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience, or WAVE, cargo truck whichs is built from carbon fiber and is 20 percent more aerodynamic than existing trucks. Part of the retailer’s sustainability efforts, the truck will also feature a micro-turbine hybrid engine that can run on many types of fuel. WAVE trucks will also have an electric motor and a battery system for storing electric power. With its emissions reportedly still growing, Walmart aims to double the fuel efficiency of its trucks by 2015.
"Walmart rolls out testing of radical carbon fiber truck", GreenBiz, March 13, 2014, © GreenBiz Group
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Mars Strengthen Commitment To Palm Oil Sustainability, Traceability

March 10, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Candymaker Mars, Inc., announced it is committing to a fully sustainable and traceable palm oil chain by the end of 2014. The company has introduced a new sourcing charter that will require suppliers to have a fully sustainable and traceable palm oil supply across all operations by the end of 2015, or at least to have plans in place by the end of 2015. The policy aligns the company with global efforts to combat tropical deforestation because of rapid expansion of palm plantations. The enhanced pipeline traceability policy is designed to encourage suppliers to only source from companies whose plantations and farms are “responsibly run”.
"Mars Launches New Policies On Palm Oil And Deforestation", News release, MARS, March 10, 2014, © Mars, Inc.
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Greenpeace Protest Against P&G Spreads To London

March 7, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
The Greenpeace protest against Procter & Gamble’s use of palm oil sourced from a questionable Indonesian supplier spread to London on March 7, when a P&G ad agency (Saatchi & Saatchi) was targeted. The company’s headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, was the first facility besieged recently when protesters entered the buildings surreptitiously and unfurled huge banners from 12 floors up. The London protest involved counting the number of people who entered agency doors marked with either “Protect Forests” or “Destroy Forests”. Greenpeace says the palm oil used in P&G brands comes from deforested areas of Indonesia that are home to Sumatran orangutans and tigers.
Barrett J. Brunsman, "Greenpeace protest against P&G goes global", Cincinnati Business Courier (Ohio), March 07, 2014, © American City Business Journals
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Unilever CEO Rewarded For Progress Toward Sustainability Goals

March 7, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
According to Unilever’s annual report to stockholders, CEO Paul Polman was given a $722,230 bonus for work that led to the creation of the company's sustainable-living plan, which sets targets for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, water use, and waste creation. A Unilever spokeswoman said the bonus was calculated using a “personal performance multiplier” that took into account  Polman’s job performance, leadership, delivery of sustainability goals, and “overall contribution” to the plan, which calls for halving the environmental footprint by 2020 and sustainably sourcing all agricultural raw materials.
Matthew Boyle , "Unilever Hands CEO Polman $722,000 Bonus for Sustainability Work", Bloomberg Businessweek, March 07, 2014, © Bloomberg Businessweek
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Greenpeace Breaches Tight Security At P&G HQ To Protest Questionable Palm Oil Supplier

March 6, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Greenpeace recently targeted Procter & Gamble headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, with a protest over palm oil allegedly purchased from a supplier linked to deforestation in Indonesia. According to the company, usually known for its stringent security measures, an environmental activist dressed in unobtrusive business clothes entered the building claiming to have an appointment. The person then let in collaborators carrying inconspicuous bags through another door. The protest materials included huge “eye-catching” banners unfurled from the 12th floor. In response, P&G’s “crackerjack” security team has since tightened security at the building.
Dan Sewell, "P&G says Ohio HQ security tightened after protest", Report, Associate Press, March 06, 2014, via Associated Press International, © The Associated Press/Ohio/Oklahoma Hearst Television Inc. on behalf of WLWT-TV
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Unilever Joins Global Forest Watch To Help Fight Deforestation

February 21, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever joined the Global Forest Watch, an organization that aims to provide a dynamic online monitoring and alert system to help protect the world’s remaining forests. Global Forest Watch’s forest-protection objectives are in line with the company’s sustainability targets, which include making the palm oil it uses 100 percent traceable to known suppliers by 2014 and sustainably source all soy beans by 2014 and all soy oils by 2020. Global Forest Watch integrates satellite technology, open data, and crowdsourcing to provide access to reliable information about forests in real time.
"Unilever signs up to Global Forest Watch", Unilever, February 21, 2014, © Unilever
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Swiss Chocolate Maker Completes Buyout Of African Cocoa Bean Supplier

February 19, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Swiss chocolate maker Barry Callebaut has bought the remaining 51 percent of its stake in long-time certified cocoa beans suppler Biolands Group of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Biolands has been supplying East and West African cocoa beans to the chocolate maker since 2000. Barry Callebaut has owned 49 percent of the company since 2008. The company said the Biolands acquisition fits well with its strategy of becoming a leader in sustainable cocoa and of gaining access to individual farmers in addition to cooperatives.
"Barry Callebaut takes over remaining 51% of certified bean supplier Biolands", Barry-Callebaut, February 19, 2014, © Barry Callebaut AG
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