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Salmon Farms Commit To Sustainability By 2020

August 15, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
The World Wildlife Federation announced that 15 companies that represent 70 percent of global farmed salmon production – collectively known as the Global Salmon Initiative – have committed to having all of their production certified as sustainable by 2020. About 60 percent of salmon eaten today comes from salmon farms. The $5.4 billion industry generates two million metric tons of farmed salmon every year. The commitment to sustainability will help eliminate problems that plague salmon production: poorly managed farms that spread disease and parasites; overuse of chemicals and fish waste that affects ocean ecosystems; and the use of marine organisms for feed that impacts natural resources. The WWF says the commitment “will change aquaculture – and can have global ripple effects through the entire food industry”.
Jason Clay , "Spawning a sustainable industry for farm-raised salmon", News release, World Wildlife Fund, August 15, 2013, © World Wildlife Fund
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Walmart’s Dairy Suppliers Get Behind Company’s Sustainability Index

August 14, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Food sustainability expert Cheryl Baldwin, Ph.D., believes Walmart – particular its Sustainability Index – is playing a major role in the awakening of the dairy supply chain in the U.S. to the benefits of sustainability. The Index – a set of category-specific questions about sustainability performance on key issues answered by suppliers twice each year – was developed by Walmart as part of its own efforts to achieve its broader sustainability goals. Dairy merchants were among the first of Walmart’s suppliers to begin using the Index in the fall of 2012. The 14 Index questions for dairy suppliers target key environmental hotspots: cow manure; the many inputs required to make feed; gases cows produce during digestion, etc. Walmart’s goal is to have 70 percent of its products using the Index by 2017.
"How Walmart Is Transforming Dairy Sustainability", Environmental Leader, August 14, 2013, © Environmental Leader LLC
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Fairtrade Launches In Kenya; Faces Long Struggle And Potential Demand Among High-Income Consumers

August 13, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Fairtrade Foundation launched its program aimed at marketing produce of African farmers on Fairtrade terms in Kenya. Results of the group’s study showed 95 percent of high-income Kenyans are willing to pay more to help local producers, with 65 percent saying readiness to pay 5–10 percent more than non-Fairtrade products. However, middle- and low-income respondents said they usually make their purchasing decisions based on price. Product lines included in Fairtrade marketing program include coffee, tea, sugar, fruit juices, and honey, with sales target ranging between £5 million and £10 million. Kenya’s Fairtrade campaigners face a long struggle ahead in the country, which has a population of 41 million and a GDP that has more than doubled in the past 10 years to £20 billion per year. Market research by Fairtrade showed local consumers are interested in seeing Fairtrade-certified products currently being sold in the UK.
"Kenyan shoppers buy local and Fairtrade", Fairtrade Foundation, August 13, 2013, © Fairtrade Foundation
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Unilever Renews IT And Telecommunications Outsourcing Deal With BT

August 8, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever extended its communications and technology outsourcing contract with BT, the third time the deal has been extended since BT first won the first contract in November 2002. Unilever’s commitment to using BT’s lineup of managed services worldwide forms part of its efforts to expand its business, while reducing its environmental and social impact. Besides the delivery of an integrated network that includes voice, data, video, and mobility services for the company’s 173,000 employees in around 100 countries, BT will also provide collaborative services, such as audio-conferencing and videoconferencing.
"Unilever Extends Partnership With BT To Help It Grow Sustainably", PR Newswire, August 08, 2013, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Kellogg Encourages Sustainable Rice Growing In Louisiana

August 8, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
The Kellogg Company, which uses a lot of medium grain rice in its products, has partnered with the Louisiana Rice Mill and Louisiana State University in an effort to help rice growers in that state use good agronomic methods, adopt sustainable growing practices and understand the connection between sustainability and profitability. The Kellogg Master Grower program also helps insure a continuous supply of rice for Kellogg foods, including Rice Krispies and Special K cereals, while driving environmental improvements in rice production, the company said.
"Kellogg Company Works With Louisiana State University To Promote Sustainable Growing Methods Through Rice Master Grower Program", Kellogg, August 08, 2013, © Kellogg Co.
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Coca-Cola Foundation Awards $8.8 Million In Grants To Community And Sustainability Programs In 2Q 2013

August 8, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
The Coca-Cola Company’s international philanthropic group The Coca-Cola Foundation said it awarded $8.8 million in grants to 66 community organizations in the second quarter of 2013. Aimed at promoting personal well-being, strengthening communities, and protecting the environment, grants valued overall at $1.9 million were directed to programs promoting physical fitness and healthy lifestyle; $4.6 million went to local priorities, including education and other social well-being programs; and $2.3 million to water management, recycling, and environmental programs. Some of the organizations that received grants during the period include DESEM Del Uruguay’s Dale Juguemos program, NPO Japan Running Promotion Organization, and the Center for Research in Environmental Epidemiology, Active Transportation in Ireland.
"The Coca-Cola Foundation Gives $8.8 Million to Help Develop Sustainable Communities", The Coca-Cola Company , August 08, 2013, © The Coca-Cola Company
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Wegmans Food Markets Appoints Vice President Of Seafood Sustainability

August 8, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Wegmans Food Markets appointed Carl Salamone as vice president of seafood sustainability as part of the retailer’s commitment to sustainable seafood. Dave Wagner has been promoted to succeed Salamone as vice president of seafood merchandising at the Rochester, New York-based retailer. Wegman’s sustainability manager Jason Wadsworth has handled the company’s sustainability efforts, including its carbon footprint, packaging, recycling, and sustainable sourcing. Family-owned Wegmans Food Market currently operates 81 stores in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Massachusetts.
"Wegmans' Salamone to Tackle Sustainable Seafood", Progressive Grocer, August 08, 2013, © Stagnito Media
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Kitchen Composting Machines Help Australian Restaurants Deal With Food Waste Problem

August 5, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Some restaurants in Melbourne, Australia, are experimenting with a novel approach to the foodservice food waste problem that they believe will save $5 million in waste collection a year. With the financial support of the Victoria government and a nonprofit foundation, the restaurants will be installing organic matter composting machines in restaurant kitchens. The machines made by Closed Loop decompose and homogenize food scraps in an aerobic environment using controlled temperatures, agitation and airflow. Volume and weight of organic waste is reduced by up to 90 per cent within 24 hours. The compost will be collected and delivered to city gardens; vegetables from those gardens will be sold back to the restaurateurs.
Sophie Langley , "Melbourne restaurants to take part in food waste recycling program", Australian Food News, August 05, 2013, © Australian Food News
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Tom's Of Maine Looks At Bio-Plastics From Potatoes For Sustainable Packaging

August 2, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Tom’s of Maine is working with researchers at the University of Maine and the Sustainable BioPlastics Council of Maine to develop polylactic acid packaging using potatoes not fit for human consumption. Tom’s Goodness Report, which was launched in March 2013, details the company’s sustainability goals, such as reducing waste sent to landfills by half by 2015, cutting water consumption by almost half, and decreasing the use of virgin materials from 60 percent to 40 percent by 2020. Packaging is also highlighted as an area the company can improve upon to raise the overall sustainability level of its business operations. While many other companies have added PLA plant-based plastics into their packaging, most efforts tend to involve plastics made from corn.
"Tom’s Of Maine Taps Potatoes For Packaging", Environmental Leader, August 02, 2013, © Environmental Leader LLC
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Mega Airless Sees Sustainable Packaging As Standard For Cosmetics Packaging

August 2, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Sustainable packaging should be the norm in the cosmetics industry, according to Eric Desmaris, business development director of Germany-based packaging company Mega Airless. Desmaris also said “green packaging should not be special or optional packaging.” Mega Airless claims an increasing number of multinational and regional brand owners that believe in sustainability goals are adopting its neutral and 100 percent recyclable packaging solutions. Its airless packs offer enhanced protection for cosmetics formulations, while improving cosmetics companies’ ability to achieve their sustainability targets, the company said.
Andrew McDougall, "“Green packaging should be the norm, not an option”", Cosmetics Design , August 02, 2013, © William Reed Business Media SAS
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Seventh Generation Announces Sustainability Achievements For 2012

August 1, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Seventh Generation said it has developed a 100 percent bio-based laundry detergent surfactant, according to its recently released 2012 Corporate Consciousness Report. A review of the company's sustainability achievements, the report also revealed Seventh Generation has created a plant-based skincare system for the mass market and that 74 products have been certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the agency's BioPreferred Program. Seventh Generation also reported the launch of a diaper that is made with 10 percent less wood, energy, and water, as well as a bar soap made from sustainably sourced palm oil. For 2012, the company also claimed it has achieved a 16 percent reduction in use of virgin plastic and a 13 percent decrease in greenhouse gas emissions. These sustainability milestones were reached despite a 9 percent increase in sales, the company added.
"Seventh Generation Unveils 2012 Corporate Consciousness Report", Seventh Generation, August 01, 2013, © Seventh Generation, Inc.
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Unilever Foundation Representatives Visit Save The Children Projects In China

July 31, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever Foundation ambassadors and Unilever employees Dana Buchanan and Carlos Castillo Cano came to China to visit Save the Children’s projects in the country. China is one of the five countries where Unilever is supporting the nonprofit group’s Every One global campaign to prevent preventable deaths of children and their mothers. Among the projects visited by Buchanan, who is a senior manager from Australia, and Cano, a customer development executive from Spain, are a community health center and a kindergarten in Shanghai.
"Unilever Foundation Ambassadors visit China with Save the Children", Unilever, July 31, 2013, © Unilever
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Canterbury Coffee Introduces 92% Biodegradable Single-Serve Coffee Cup

July 30, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Richmond, British Columbia-based specialty coffee roaster Canterbury Coffee announced the OneCoffee, a single-serve coffee cup the company claims is 92 percent biodegradable. Reportedly similar to Keurig’s K-Cup but with 40 percent less plastic content, the cup is made of polylactic acid resin and is designed to break down in an industrial composting facility or landfill. Capable of being degraded in an anaerobic digester, the cup, however, requires moisture. Also, the company said it plans to replace the cup’s nylon filter, which is its only non-biodegradable component. In the United States, about 13 percent of consumers drink coffee from single-serve brewers compared with 4 percent in 2010.
"Canterbury Coffee Develops 92% Biodegradable Single-Serve Pod", Environmental Leader, July 30, 2013, © Environmental Leader LLC
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China’s Pollution Problem Invades Rural Areas, Threatens Food Production

July 27, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Farmers in China’s grain basket, the rainy central province of Hunan, continue to battle with industrial waste water that is contaminating the water needed to grow crops. Rural China's descent toward becoming a toxic wasteland is a result of two trends: expansion of polluting industries into rural regions far from population areas, and heavy use of chemical fertilizers. Researchers report that between eight percent and 20 percent of the country’s arable land – between 25 and 60 million acres – could be tainted by heavy metals. According to The Wall Street Journal, a five percent loss in arable land would be a disaster, severely reducing the 296 million acres currently needed to sustain the population.
Josh Chin and Brian Spegele, "China's Bad Earth", The Wall Street Journal, July 27, 2013, © Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
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Report Shows Progress In Reducing Water Consumption Among UK Food/Drink Manufacturers

July 26, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
A report from the Federation House Commitment, a voluntary agreement among British food and beverage companies to reduce water use in the country, says that major manufacturers have together cut their water use significantly. Coca-Cola, Heinz, Nestlé and others have reduced water consumption by 16.1 percent in the five years ending in 2012. The voluntary agreement, launched in 2008, seeks to reduce water use in food/drink manufacturing at least 20 percent by 2020. Participating food and drink companies have also agreed to reduce water use per metric ton of product by 20.9 percent from the 2007 baseline level.
"UK Food and Drink Industry Cuts Water Use 16%", Environmental Leader, July 26, 2013, © Environmental Leader LLC
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Nestlé Turns Factory Grounds Into Meadows In The UK

July 24, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Nestlé promised to plant wildflower meadows within the grounds of all its manufacturing facilities in the UK by 2015 to help create natural habitats and expand green space for local communities. Also, Nestlé is partnering with a group of dairy farmers who supply its factory in Girvan, Scotland, to plant wildflowers on their land. Aimed at attracting a variety of wildlife, including various species of butterflies, which are seeing population declines in the UK, the wildflower planting project is expected to create 75 acres of meadows.
"Nestlé plants wildflower meadows to promote biodiversity in the UK", Nestle, July 24, 2013, © Nestle
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Coca-Cola Launches Environment-Friendly Soft Drink In Argentina

July 22, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola launched the Coca Cola Life soft drink product in Argentina. Sweetened with sugar and the natural no-calorie sweetener stevia, the new product comes with a green label. Packaged in the PlantBottle, which is made with 30 percent plant material and is fully recyclable, the new drink comes with 108 calories in a 600 milliliter bottle. Coca-Cola has yet to announce plans to launch in other markets the product, which follows the launch of a new bottle made of ice in Colombia.
Daily Mail Reporters and Reuters Reporter, "Sure this is the real thing? GREEN Coke launched in Argentina with natural sweetener and fully recyclable bottle", Daily Mail Online, July 22, 2013, © Associated Newspapers Ltd
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Nestlé’s Nespresso Premium Coffee Unit Launches Sustainability Programs In Latin America, Africa

July 16, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Nestlé’s premium coffee business unit has launched several socio-economic and environmental initiatives targeted at coffee-farming communities in Africa and Latin America from where it sources some of the Nespresso Grands Cru brand. The aim is to build on the success of the company’s 10-year-old AAA Sustainable Quality Program to secure high quality coffee and improve sustainable farming practices and enhance  farmer welfare .Nespresso says it will partner with local governments and a non-profit organization to improve coffee sustainability at farm level, while launching social development programs to support the welfare of farmers, their families and the wider community.
"Nespresso launches major new sustainability initiatives in Africa and Latin America", Nestle, July 16, 2013, © Nestle
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Tenth Indonesia Palm Oil Processing Plant Will Help Unilever Achieve Sustainability Goals

July 11, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever has broken ground on the construction of a Rp 1.4 trillion ($140.4 million) palm oil processing plant in the Sei Mangkei Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in North Sumatra (Indonesia), its tenth plant in the country. The new plant, expected to be fully operational in 2014, will be run by the PT Unilever Oleochemical Indonesia subsidiary. Unilever in 2010 set a goal of sourcing 100 percent of the palm sustainably by 2015. The target was reached in 2012. Company officials say the new plant will help Unilever achieve a new goal of purchasing all palm oil sustainably from certified, traceable sources by 2020.
Andrew McDougall, "Unilever breaks ground on Indonesia plant for sustainable palm oil", Cosmetics Design , July 11, 2013, © William Reed Business Media SAS
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Happi's Top 50 List Says SC Johnson Is Fourth-Largest US Household And Personal Care Company

July 10, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
SC Johnson is ranked as the fourth-largest U.S. company in the household and personal care markets, according to the “Happi” magazine’s 2013 Top 50 list. In 2012, privately held SC Johnson reported sales increased 5 percent. Also, the company has always emphasized its sustainability efforts, such as the commissioning of two wind turbines at its Waxdale factory. These turbines will generate about 15 percent of the energy used at the factory. SC Johnson has been generating most of its own power through power plants that burn landfill gas and natural gas. Its environment-friendly focus also includes product development. For example, the company’s new Smart Twist Cleaning System uses less packaging and helps reduce waste with concentrated cleaners in sprayer with a smaller form factor.
"SC Johnson is Number 4 on The Top 50 Household and Personal Products Companies ", Happi , July 10, 2013, © Rodman Media
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Seventh Generation Secures Number 39 Spot On Happi's Top 50 List Of Household And Personal Care Companies

July 10, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Seventh Generation, Inc. is ranked 39th on the “Happi” magazine’s 2013 Top 50 Household and Personal Products Companies in the United States. With its emphasis on providing consumers with sustainable products, Seventh Generation has expanded from its dish detergents and cleaning solutions business to offer personal care products, including baby care and body washes. As part of its environment-friendly focus, Seventh Generation acquired Bobble, a manufacturer of reusable, self-filtering water bottles.
"Seventh Generation, Inc. is Number 39 on The Top 50 Household and Personal Products Companies ", Happi, July 10, 2013, © Rodman Media
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Unilever Launches Rail-Enabled Green Express Sustainable Logistics Program

July 8, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever launched its Green Express sustainable logistics initiative as part of its efforts to reduce carbon emissions across its supply chain. As part of the program, Unilever will ship its products by rail instead of using the road network. With its initial stage launched in Italy, with the company’s Green Express train making its first ice cream delivery, the project is part of Unilever’s sustainable living plan.
"Unilever takes to rail logistics for supply chain carbon gains", Edie.net, July 08, 2013, © Edie.net
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The Body Shop Reports Strong Sales And Profits In 2012

July 5, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Beauty retailer The Body Shop said sales grew 2.7 percent to £431.7 million in the year ending December 29, 2012, while pre-tax profits increased 3.7 percent to £51.1 during the same period. In 2012, the company launched a rebranding initiative, which highlighted the company’s focus on sustainability and ethical supply chain. Also, the company added 89 stores to increase its total shop count to 2,837 worldwide and launched its environment-friendly store format, the Body Shop Pulse Boutique to more than 300 branches.
Richard Frost, "The Body Shop posts healthy results after makeover", Insider Media, July 05, 2013, © Newsco Insider Limited
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Coca-Cola, Britvic, Other Soft Drink Companies Join UK's Industry Sustainability Initiative

July 1, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs launched the Soft Drinks Sustainability Roadmap, with half of the country’s leading soft drink manufacturers and suppliers, such as Coca-Cola and Britvic, among its first partners. Aimed at reducing the soft drink industry’s environmental footprint, the study will also come up with recommendations on how to make the industry more environment-friendly. Based on analysis by consulting firm Best Foot Forward, the roadmap determined the country’s soft drink industry supply chain accounts for 4.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide each year. It also highlights the industry’s five key impacts on the environment, such as growing and processing of fruit and sugar and packaging materials.
"Coca-Cola, Britvic Join Soft Drink Sustainability Roadmap", Environmental Leader, July 01, 2013, © Environmental Leader LLC
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About A Quarter Of U.S. Consumers Buy Products From Eco-Friendly Companies, Study Shows

June 28, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
In the United States, 24 percent of consumers buy green products from environment-friendly companies, according to a study by marketing communications firm Shelton Group. These early adopters are affluent, generally the most loyal consumers, and are willing to pay more for the brands they trust. Data from the EcoPulse 2013 study labeled these consumers as "actives"; their purchasing decisions are made based on their values, which align with "social justice, equality and protecting the environment." Results of the survey also revealed consumers are concerned more about how companies manufacture their products than what they produce. One-third of respondents said a company's corporate social responsibility activities play a role in their purchasing decision; however, only 8 percent said they had actually bought a product based on nonprofit partnerships or donations.
"Consumer Buying Goes Green With Economic Recovery", Environmental Leader, June 28, 2013, © Environmental Leader LLC
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Procter & Gamble Wants 20 Percent Of Hired Trucks Running On Natural Gas In North America

June 27, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble said it plans to convert up to 20 percent of its North American truck shipments to natural gas vehicles within two years from July 2013. By working with eight transportation carriers to meet this goal, will realize savings for the converted lanes and cut greenhouse gas emissions by almost 5,000 metric tons. During the initial phase of the initiative, seven percent of P&G’s for-hire transportation in North America will be converted to natural gas powered trucks. This will enable the company to use the trucks on routes that are much longer than the average route for the dedicated fleet model, while supporting the expansion of public natural gas refueling stations.
"P&G to Convert 20 Percent of Its For-Hire Truck Loads to Natural Gas", Procter & Gamble, June 27, 2013, © Procter & Gamble
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Cargill's Program Supports Sustainable Palm Oil Production In Malaysia

June 25, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Cargill partnered with Malaysia-based social enterprise Wild Asia and international nongovernment organization Solidaridad to launch a sustainability support program for independent smallholder oil palm growers in the country. One of the first programs in the country aimed at promoting sustainable palm oil production by establishing partnerships with independent smallholders, palm oil dealers, mills, and refiners, the initiative will offer technical assistance, training, and capacity building to more than 2,500 oil palm smallholders. It also supports the government’s sustainability objectives for the industry, especially the small producers.
"Cargill launches innovative oil palm smallholder sustainability program in Malaysia", Cargill , June 25, 2013, © Cargill, Incorporated
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Burt's Bees Joins National Pollinator Week, Gives Away Wildflower Seed Packs

June 19, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Burt's Bees announced it is giving away 85,000 bee-friendly wildflower seed packs through its web site as part of its participation in the 2013 National Pollinator Week. Also, the personal care company announced it intends to create 10,000 acres of healthy pollinator forage by 2020 using sustainable agriculture and pollinator forage projects funded by Burt's Bees Greater Good Foundation. Results of studies showed honeybee populations in the U.S. have been declining rapidly since 2006, due to various challenges, including poor nutrition. Last winter saw 31.1 percent of all colonies in the country affected by losses.
"Burt's Bees Is Creating A Buzz...", Happi, June 19, 2013, © Rodman Media
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Garnier Launches Garden Made From Non-Recyclable Beauty Waste

June 19, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
L'Oréal USA's subsidiary Garnier developed the first community garden in New York made from non-recyclable post-consumer beauty product waste. Created in partnership with recycling firm TerraCycle and environmental programs company GrowNYC, the garden project is part of Garnier's efforts to find environment-friendly and sustainable solutions for beauty care products. Garnier's Personal Care and Beauty Brigade Program collected the beauty waste to be used for the garden project. Otherwise destined for landfills, the collected waste includes non-recyclable hair-care, skin-care, and cosmetics packaging.
"Waste not; want not – Garnier’s green garden made from beauty waste", Cosmetics Design, June 19, 2013, © William Reed Business Media SAS
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Henkel Partners With C-LEcta To Develop New Enzymes For Anti-Stain Detergent

June 19, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Henkel signed a joint research agreement with c-LEcta to develop new enzymes for more sustainable laundry detergents aimed at hard-to-remove and consumer-relevant stains on textiles. As part of the collaboration deal, c-LEcta will identify substances based on its proprietary enzyme engineering technologies. Relying on its extensive experience in developing detergent enzymes and formulations, Henkel will determine which ingredients are most capable of removing stains with just one wash. Enzymes are commonly used in modern detergents, playing a lead role in efficient removal of various kinds of stain while reducing damage to clothing during washing.
"High-performance enzymes for laundry detergents", Henkel, June 19, 2013, © Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
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Unilever's Smaller Deodorant Packs Find Support Among Consumers, Study Shows

June 18, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever's introduction of versions of its Sure, Vaseline, and Dove deodorants with smaller packaging received positive reaction from consumers, according to a market study conducted by packaging consultant ThePackHub. Results of the study, which was conducted using the consulting firm's CSI smartphone application, showed consumers had positive views about the products' compressed size. Consumers were also asked about their opinions on why Unilever reduced the products' size. ThePackHub founder Paul Jenkins described the survey results as "on-the-whole encouraging" but stressed that Unilever must keep its promise that the smaller products last as long as the larger versions.
Andrew McDougall, "Unilever’s sustainable deodorant pack push pays off", Cosmetics Design , June 18, 2013, © William Reed Business Media SAS
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Unilever Joins UAE Retailer To Promote Water Conservation And Waste Management In The Country

June 11, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever partnered with United Arab Emirates-based retailer Choithram to launch a campaign promoting water conservation and waste management. Aimed at providing consumers with water conservation and recycling tips, the campaign will also distribute 40,000 environment-friendly shopping bags across the retailer's 10 main branches across the Dubai and Abu Dhabi emirates. Also, the campaign offers to pay the monthly utility bill of 30 lucky shoppers. Unilever's participation in the campaign is part of the consumer goods company's Sustainable Living Plan, which aims to reduce the company's environmental impact by half by 2020. For its part, Choithram's sustainability efforts include reducing unnecessary packaging and installing energy-efficient refrigeration and lighting equipment.
"Unilever, Choithram join hands to educate consumers on water conservation", AMEinfo, June 11, 2013, © AMEinfo
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Royal DSM Partners With Other Organizations To Provide Nutrition Interventions

June 8, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Dutch life sciences company Royal DSM says it will help provide nutrition interventions to 50 million children under the age of two, as well as pregnant and lactating women, by 2020. The company expects to reach these people through existing public-private partnerships with the World Food Programme, Vitamin Angels and World Vision International. According to the company, two billion people globally do not receive the necessary levels of vitamins and minerals that allow them to develop to their full mental and physical potential.
"DSM to contribute to new 2020 global nutrition target", News release, Royal DSM, June 08, 2013, © Koninklijke DSM N.V.
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Cargill Expands Sustainable Cocoa Lineup

June 5, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Cargill announced its Gerkens, Peter's, Wilbur, and Veliche chocolate brands are now available with sustainability and fair-trading certification options, including UTZ Certified, Rainforest Alliance Certified, and Fairtrade certification. Part of the company's expansion of its sustainable cocoa product portfolio, the products highlight the company's commitment of support for sustainable cocoa and chocolate via its Cargill Cocoa Promise initiative. Also, as part of the initiative, Cargill is training farmers in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana and is likely to achieve its target of sourcing more than 100,000 tons of certified sustainable cocoa beans from Côte d'Ivoire by 2015.
"Cargill extends range of certified sustainable cocoa products in North America", Cargill, June 05, 2013, © Cargill
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New Bottling Plant Signals Increased Long-Term Investment By Coca-Cola

June 4, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola has opened its first bottling plant in Myanmar in 60 years, signaling a long-term investment commitment in the country. The move comes after Myanmar lifted sanctions and enacted a Foreign Investment Law, opening the country to economic involvement by multinational companies. Coca-Cola said it expects to invest $200 million in the country over five years, increasing production capacity, enhancing sales and distribution, and improving marketing and people capacities. The new bottling plant will churn out Coca-Cola and Sprite in 425ml plastic bottles with scripted Myanmar labels. The company aims to reach more than 100,000 outlets across the country in the next six months.
"Coca-Cola Starts Local Production in Myanmar", The Coca-Cola Company , June 04, 2013, © The Coca-Cola Company
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Unilever Joins U.S. Food Waste Control Initiative

June 4, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and other founding participants to launch the U.S. Food Waste Challenge, a program seeking to address food waste in the country. During the launch of the initiative, Unilever announced that, with its Zero Waste to Landfills program, it hit its target of zero non-hazardous waste to landfill, including food waste, from its 22 factories in the country. Also, Unilever said it sourced 36 percent of its agricultural raw materials from sustainable suppliers and producers in 2012.
"Unilever Commits to U.S. Food Waste Challenge as Founding Participant", Business Wire, June 04, 2013, © Business Wire
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SC Johnson Receives Award In Wisconsin For Clean Air Efforts

May 30, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
SC Johnson was recognized by the Wisconsin Partners for Clean Air for the company's efforts to improve air quality. A coalition of Wisconsin-based businesses, community organizations, schools, government agencies, WPCA presented the award to SC Johnson at the 2013 Clean Air Extravaganza, an event celebrating the achievements of local businesses and groups in pushing for better air quality. Some of SC Johnson's environment-friendly efforts include reducing its use of fossil fuels by installing two 415-foot wind turbines and setting up three SWIFT mini-wind turbines on the roof of the company's sales office in Lowell, Arkansas.
"SC Johnson Honored for Commitment to Improve Air Quality", SC Johnson, May 30, 2013, © S.C. JOHNSON & SON, INC.
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Ethical Behavior Of Corporations Is Important For Significant Number Of Affluent Consumers In UK, Study Shows

May 29, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
In the UK, 11 percent of affluent consumers said it is important that companies act ethically and that they are willing to pay more for environment-friendly products, according to results of Kantar Media's Premier TGI study. Also, these consumers are 55 percent more likely to re-use empty items, including bottles and jars, and are 46 percent more likely to take steps to reduce their use of gas and electricity at home. Results of the study also showed these consumers are 65 percent more likely to cite social responsibility as their motivation to work and do business. TV networks BBC and Channel 4 and corporations The Body Shop and John Lewis are among these consumers' top companies and brands in terms of corporate responsibility and ethical behavior.
Alice Dunn, "Understanding Britain's upmarket ethical consumers", Marketing Magazine , May 29, 2013, © Haymarket
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Sephora Launches Cosmetics Collection, Will Donate Part Of Sales To Nonprofits

May 28, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Cosmetics retailer Sephora launched the YOU + SEPHORA cosmetic collection to benefit the company's partner nonprofit organizations. Retailing at $20, the limited edition collection will be available from June 1, 2013, at the company's retail stores and on Sephora.com. Part of the retailer's Values Inside Out nonprofit initiative, the project will donate $13 for each bag sold in-store to the store's chosen charity, while bags sold online will benefit the American Heart Association. Each collection includes a cosmetics pouch, a mini lips gloss, gold glitter liquid eyeliner, and nail polish.
"Beauty is Inside and Out as Sephora Launches YOU + SEPHORA Cosmetic Collection To Benefit Charities Across the US", PR Newswire, May 28, 2013, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Simple Green Launches Flagship Cleaning Product With New, More Environment-Friendly Packaging

May 28, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Simple Green redesigned the packaging of its Concentrated Non-toxic All Purpose Cleaner environment-friendly cleaning product. Aimed at making the product more sustainable, the redesigned bottle includes a larger label and an ergonomic, easy-to-use shape the company claims helps prevent hand fatigue. Simple Green is the first company in the United States to adopt an advanced trigger spray technology developed by MeadWestVaco. Made from ingredients that include post-consumer recycled plastic, the bottle's new trigger lets users dispense the cleaner either as foam or the usual liquid spray.
James Zilenziger, "Green Gets a Makeover: How Simple Green became a bit greener", Happi, May 28, 2013, © Rodman Media
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Nespresso Coffee Farmers In Colombia Have Higher Income And Productivity Levels, Study Shows

May 16, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Coffee farmers who are participating in Nespresso's AAA Sustainable Quality Program in Colombia have better socio-economic conditions, including higher income, better living conditions, and enhanced farm productivity, according to a study by CRECE. Developed in partnership with the Rainforest Alliance, the program aims to produce high-quality green coffee while improving sustainable farming practices and helping promote the welfare of coffee farmers. Results of the study also showed program farmers have a net income more than 40 percent higher than those of farmers not participating in the program in 2011. Higher income lets coffee farmers invest in more fertilizers and resilient coffee varieties, the study also revealed.
"Coffee farmers in Nespresso sustainability programme enjoy better economic and social conditions, study finds", Nestle, May 16, 2013, © Nestle
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Henkel Joins Industry Event Promoting Sustainable Consumption

May 15, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Henkel participated in the 2013 Efficient Consumer Response Europe Conference and Marketplace, an event for the consumer goods industry. Henkel contributed to the discussion aimed at how all stakeholders in the value chain can cooperate to promote sustainable consumption. Franz Speer, corporate director for industry affairs at Henkel's laundry and home care department, headed a forum which allowed participants, including Belgium-based retailer Colruyt, the Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production, and the International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products, to present their perspectives and initiatives on sustainability. For its part, Henkel shared the findings of its investigation into consumer purchasing behavior, which included interviewing about 30,000 consumers in 22 countries.
"Focusing on sustainable consumption", Henkel, May 15, 2013, © Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
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IRI And SPINS Partner To Promote Consumer Insights-Driven Growth Of Organic Products Industry

May 15, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Information Resources, Inc. and SPINS LLC announced a partnership aimed at promoting the growth of the natural and organic products industry by combining SPINS' unique natural and organic food segmentation and industry expertise with IRI's Consumer Network household panel. As a result of the collaboration, consumer products goods manufacturers and retailers will be able to identify and market natural products more effectively, according to the partners. Also, the collaborators claim their approach will enable manufacturers and retailers to understand and segmentize consumers, based on how they think, shop, and buy.
"IRI and SPINS Partnership to Drive New Insights and Accelerated Growth of Natural/Organic Industry", IRI, May 15, 2013, © IRI
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Researchers Say Photocatalysis Is Most Effective Technology For Keeping Fruits, Veggies Fresh

May 15, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
French researchers have determined that a technology known as photocatalysis has the greatest potential for removing spoilage-inducing ethylene gas – produced by fruits, vegetables and flowers – from shipping and storage containers. The gas normally speeds the ripening process, but also causes unwanted ripening, spoilage and financial losses. The researchers reviewed 300 published studies and compared all existing ethylene control/removal methods and technologies. The sustainable technology photocatalysis combines a catalyst and light to transform ethylene gas into carbon dioxide and water.
Nicolas Keller t al., "Ethylene Removal and Fresh Product Storage: A Challenge at the Frontiers of Chemistry. Toward an Approach by Photocatalytic Oxidation", Chemical Reviews, May 15, 2013, © American Chemical Society
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WEC Recognizes Unilever's Sustainability Achievements, To Present Sustainability Gold Medal To Consumer Goods Giant

May 9, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
The World Environment Center said it will present the 2013 Gold Medal Award for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development to Unilever during the sustainability advocacy group's WEC Gold Medal Gala in Washington, D.C. Former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa p. Jackson will present the award, which recognizes the consumer goods company's sustainability efforts and achievements as represented by the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan. Unilever CEO Paul Polman said the award validates the company's "business model for sustainable, equitable growth."
"Unilever to Receive the World Environment Center’s 2013 Gold Medal Award for Sustainable Development", 3BL Media, May 09, 2013, © 3BL MEDIA, LLC
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Seventh Generation And Poet Koyczan Call For Toxin-Free Generation

May 8, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Seventh Generation partnered with Canadian poet Shane Koyczan to launch a marketing campaign seeking to promote a toxin-free generation. Koyczan's composition, "A Poem for a Toxin-Free Generation," highlights the campaign described by the manufacturer of plant-based household cleaners and personal care products as a fight for the future of the planet. Seventh Generation also introduced seven tips on how to live a life that is more toxin free, which include opening all windows at least once a week and avoiding recycling receipts.
"Seventh Generation and award-winning Canadian poet Shane Koyczan invite Canadians to join the Campaign for a Toxin-Free Generation", CNW, May 08, 2013, © CNW Group Ltd.
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Johnson & Johnson Demands Stronger Sustainability And Human Rights Commitment From Suppliers

May 4, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Johnson & Johnson said it plans to expand its sustainability and corporate social responsibility efforts. According to the company's 2012 Citizenship & Sustainability report, it aims to establish sustainability criteria and strengthen its human rights policies in dealing with its suppliers. With an annual spend of $30 billion on manufacturing supplies, Johnson & Johnson said 41 percent of its strategic suppliers had at least two sustainability goals as of December 2012. Also, 76 percent of purchasing professionals have been trained on human rights by the end of 2012, the report says.
Helen Gilbert, "Johnson & Johnson to boost sustainability", Supply Management , May 04, 2013, © Redactive Media Group
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Waitrose Overhauls Its Food Packages To Reduce Packaging Waste

May 2, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
British supermarket chain Waitrose announced it is trimming packaging by half over the next three years, compared to 2005. Three major changes to its product lines will help the retailer achieve its packaging goals, saving nearly 100 tons a year. The prepared meals line has been relaunched with narrower sleeves; aluminum trays are now lacquered to give an earthenware appearance for cooking and serving; and the snacks and sandwiches line has been relaunched with larger clear windows on sandwiches to allow better visibility.
"Waitrose to halve its packaging", News release, Waitrose, May 02, 2013, © Waitrose
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Wal-Mart Plans To Launch Sustainability Index, Cut Energy Costs

April 30, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Wal-Mart said it plans to develop a sustainability index that would measure the environmental impact for the entire life cycle of every product the retailer sells and reduce costs by $1 billion by 2020. Also, the retailer announced its plan to launch a pilot system of the index. Wal-Mart aims to use the index to improve its energy efficiency and ultimately pass on the expected savings to Wal-Mart and Sam's Club customers.
Shelley DuBois, "Wal-Mart's grand, green plans to reduce prices", CNN, April 30, 2013, © Cable News Network
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US Is World Leader In Using Tax Code To Drive Corporate Sustainability, KPMG List Shows

April 25, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
The United States led 20 other countries that are most actively using their tax codes to encourage companies to adopt sustainability as a corporate objective, according to KPMG's first Green Tax Index. Other leading countries that use tax as a means of promoting corporate sustainability include Japan, Unite Kingdom, France, South Korea, and China. KPMG's Green Tax Index provides companies information on how countries are using taxes to promote corporate sustainability. The list can also help companies' sustainability leaders in allocating budgets and evaluating their global investments, according to KPMG.
"US Ranks No. 1 Using Tax Code To Shape Corporate Sustainability", Environmental Leader, April 25, 2013, © Environmental Leader LLC
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