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Unilever's Social Experiment Aims To Find Ways To Improve Household Sustainability

January 30, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever launched the Bathroom Challenge, the second chapter of its sustainability social experiment in the United Kingdom. Highlighting the company's personal and household care brands Radox, Domestos, and Persil, the program asks 12 UK households to discover ways to lower their water and energy use and bathroom waste while doing daily activities, such as washing hands and brushing teeth. Data from Futures Company show heating water for household use accounts for 23 percent of domestic heating bills and one-fifth of households' carbon footprint in the UK. Launched in November 2012, the first part of the Sustain Ability Challenge asked 12 households to reduce the environmental impact of their kitchens.
Rosie Baker, "Unilever launches second phase of sustainability scheme", Marketing Week, January 30, 2013, © Centaur Media plc
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Unilever Joins Davos Conference On Global Development

January 25, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever chief executive officer Paul Polman discussed at the 2013 World Economic Forum in Davos the challenges the world faces as resources decline and demand for food, water, and energy keeps rising. Polman joined United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron, and other world and business leaders in discussing ways to deal with poverty and related issues. Polman is a member of the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons convened by Ban Ki-moon in July 2012 as his advisory council on global development issues beyond 2015.
"Unilever debates global development at Davos", Unilever, January 25, 2013, © Unilever
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Unilever Claims Half Of Its Factories Produced Zero Landfill Waste In 2012

January 24, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever reported that more than 50 percent of its factories have achieved the company's goal of generating no landfill waste in 2012. What makes this achievement more remarkable, however, is the €51 billion in annual sales reported by Unilever. Unilever claimed 100 percent of its factories in 18 countries produced no landfill waste in 2012. The company recently revised its Sustainable Living Plan objective of reducing waste for disposal to 2008 levels or lower by bringing the 2020 commitment five years forward to 2015.
"Unilever reduces waste by one million household bins while growing business", Unilever, January 24, 2013, © Unilever
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Peanut Butter Project Tests Beneficial Effects Of Whey Protein On Malnourished African Children

January 24, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
The humanitarian organization known as the Project Peanut Butter (PPB) that developed a Ready-To-Use Therapeutic Food to battle childhood malnutrition in African countries, is launching a clinical trial to determine whether adding whey protein to the mix would provide even greater health benefits. The current nutritional supplement – a mix of peanuts, powdered milk, oil, sugar, vitamins and minerals – is energy dense, resists spoiling, does not need to be cooked and can be given in small amounts. The organization is testing whether lactose-rich whey permeate – a by-product of cheese making– would benefit immature digestive systems by promoting mineral  absorption and stimulating beneficial bacteria growth in the gut, creating a stronger digestive and immune system.
"Project Peanut Butter", Joanna Cosgrove, January 24, 2013, © Rodman Media
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Dietary Changes Since 1960 Have Strained The Supply Of Rare Resource: Phosphorous

January 17, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Over the last four decades, increases in meat consumption and total calorie intake have led to a 38 percent increase in the world’s per capita phosphorous footprint, according to researchers at Canada’s McGill University. They calculated the total amount of phosphorus applied to food crops for humans and animals by using fertilizer-application rates. They then looked at the statistical relationship between economic development and phosphorus-footprint values, finding that dietary changes since the early 1960s have fueled a sharp increase in the amount of mined phosphorus – a relatively scarce resource. "Our results demonstrate that changes in diet can be a significant part of the strategy for enhancing sustainability of phosphorus management," the lead author said.
"Dietary shifts driving up phosphorus use", Press release, Environmental Research Letters, January 17, 2013, © AAAS, the science society
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Unilever Adopts Frugal Innovation, Aims To Make More With Less

January 10, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever, along with Renault-Nissan and Siemens, is a pioneer in using frugal innovation as a business strategy. Defined as "the ability to generate considerably more business and social value while significantly reducing the use of scarce resources," frugal innovation helps enterprises perceive scarcity in resources as a growth opportunity. Unilever CEO Paul Polman has adopted the theory, integrating frugal innovation into his company's business operations. For example, Unilever gets almost 25 percent of its agricultural inputs from sustainable sources and uses lower-emission trucks in distributing its products.
Navi Radjou and Jaideep Prabhu , "Frugal Innovation: A New Business Paradigm", INSEAD, January 10, 2013, © INSEAD Knowledge
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Walmart's MSP Program Encourages Employees To Adopt Healthy, Sustainable Lifestyle

January 9, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Walmart’s My Sustainability Plan (MSP) encourages the retailer’s 2.2 million employees worldwide to adopt a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. Launched in 2010, MSP has reinforced and expanded the company’s sustainability efforts, which began in 2007 when the company launched a pilot program for employees. Within the next few years, the company saw 20,000 employees adopting healthy options which included giving up smoking and losing weight. Consulting firm BBMG helped Walmart in developing MSP. The company helped Walmart transform the program into a comprehensive guide that would offer employees “easy, incremental, and realistic steps” in adopting sustainability habits. Also, in 2010, Walmart began offering MSP to its employees worldwide.
Ellen Weinreb, "How Walmart associates put the 'U' and 'I' into sustainability", Greenbiz, January 09, 2013, © GreenBiz Group
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Procter & Gamble Supports China's Environment Education Program For Young People

January 7, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble announced its support for the Little Green Scouts, a program aimed at helping young people in China to study, observe, and get in touch with nature and the environment. Peking University primary school students performed the “Greenhouse Effect” drama during the program’s launch in Beijing. Started by the Chinese Society for Environmental Sciences, the Little Green Scouts program was integrated by the State Council into its action plan for the country’s science literacy in 2012.
Li Woke, "Scouting out a greener future", China Daily, January 07, 2013, © China Daily Information Co (CDIC)
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CPG Manufacturers Face 10 Trends, PMMI Report Says

January 2, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Consumer packaged goods manufacturers face 10 major issues affecting their business, according to PMMI's report on the Vision 2020 focus groups the company conducted during Pack Expo International 2012. These issues are difficulty of recruiting and retaining employees, sustainability and lean manufacturing processes, and the rise of Gen Y consumers, people born between the mid-1970s and the late 1990s. Also, CPG vendors need to deal with social media, compliance with current and proposed regulations, operational reliability, and innovations in manufacturing materials and packaging. CPG vendors also have to plan and operate globally and keep a close watch on capital investments. Finally, CPG companies are finding it easier to adopt sustainable practices.
Lisa McTigue Pierce, "Top 10 trends affecting packaging in 2013", Packaging Digest, January 02, 2013, © UBM Canon
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SC Johnson Installs Wind Turbines At Waxdale Manufacturing Site

December 18, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
SC Johnson installed two wind turbines at its Waxdale manufacturing facility in Mt. Pleasant, Wisconsin. Capable of generating about 8 million kilowatt hours of electricity yearly, the wind turbines will enhance the plant’s sustainability, producing Scrubbing Bubbles, Glade, and Windex products with clean energy. Combined with the plant’s cogeneration turbines, the wind turbines will enable the plant to produce 100 percent of its electricity requirements onsite.
"SC Johnson Powers Up Wind Energy at Company’s Largest Manufacturing Facility", SC Johnson, December 18, 2012, © S.C. JOHNSON & SON, INC.
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WRI Sustainability SWOT Tool Helps Target, Staples Profit From Environment-Friendly Operations

December 13, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Retailers Target and Staples are using the World Resources Institute’s Sustainability SWOT tool to perform strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats analysis of their sustainability efforts. The sSWOT tool developed by the WRI is designed to help businesses profit from their efforts to manage environmental risks, such as climate change and water shortage. Also, the sSWOT can help motivate companies to invest and collaborate to deal with sustainability-related issues in ways that add value to their business.
"Target, Staples Use WRI Tool to Profit from Sustainability", Environmental Leader, December 13, 2012, © Environmental Leader LLC
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Unilever Wins Sustainability Award From World Environment Center

December 11, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
The World Environment Center awarded its 2013 Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development to Unilever. WEC’s Gold Medal Jury recognized Unilever for its long-term commitment to including sustainability in its business products and operations, as well as its previous efforts to improve global environmental standards. Unilever claims to address environmental issues through its Sustainable Living Plan, which aims to reduce the company’s environmental footprint.
"Unilever Selected As Winner Of The 2013 Gold Medal For International Corporate Achievement In Sustainable Development", Business Wire, December 11, 2012, © Business Wire
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L'Oréal Joins Beraca, German Agency To Help Promote Sustainable Sourcing From The Amazon

December 10, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
L'Oréal partnered with Brazil-based ingredients supplier Beraca to help promote sustainable sourcing of raw materials from the Amazon. With Germany's Agency for International Cooperation as part of the agreement, the program focuses on supply chain's principal areas: organization and management, manufacturing and organic certification, and marketing. The German international agency will handle training of program beneficiaries in business management and collaborative solutions. L'Oréal will invest in infrastructure and safety equipment.
Simon Pitman, "Beraca partners with L’Oréal on sustainable Amazon development", Cosmetics Design, December 10, 2012, © William Reed Business Media SAS
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Procter & Gamble Expands Fleet Of Lift Trucks Powered By Fuel Cells

November 29, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble Co. chose GenDrive fuel cells from Plug Power Inc. to power the electric lift trucks in the company's manufacturing plant in Mehoopany, Pennsylvania. Three other P&G manufacturing sites are using green fuel cell technology, with more than 340 units deployed. Compared with lead-acid batteries, which require being changed, charged, stored, and maintained, GenDrive fuel cells are powered by hydrogen, can offer constant voltage, and can be refueled in minutes.
"PLUG POWER ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL SITE FOR PROCTER & GAMBLE", Plug Power, November 29, 2012, © Plug Power Inc.
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Unilever Expands Focus, Operations In Emerging Markets

November 29, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever CEO Paul Polman said emerging markets are accounting for a growing share and focus of his company's business operations, as well as of those of other multinational corporations. At present, emerging markets account for 56 percent of the company's revenue, and this rate will rise to 75 percent by the end of the decade, according to Polman. He also said that innovation, anticipation of consumer needs, and business speed and agility will enable Unilever to double its turnover while reducing its environmental impact. Polman said that increasingly, innovation is coming from the emerging markets, and the company is expanding its investments in developing countries.
Vinay Kamath and K. Giriprakash, "Using the right Levers for emerging markets", The Hindu Business Line, November 29, 2012, © The Hindu Business Line
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Being A Good Corporate Citizen Helps Unilever Grow Its Business

November 29, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever said that, three years after its launch, the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan has helped the company's East and Southern Africa division advance significantly toward its goal of doubling business while reducing its environmental footprint. USLP is the company's contribution to global efforts in "easing pressure on the world's resources," according to Unilever East and Southern Africa managing director Yaw Nsarkoh. Toilet soaps manufactured by Unilever help reduce the incidence of diarrhea and upper respiratory infections in Kenya, where 30,000 children under five years die from these diseases each year.
"Unilever rides consumer welfare to make money", Standard Media, November 29, 2012, © The Standard Group Limited
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Burt's Bees Launches Recycling Program For Lip Balm Tube

November 28, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Burt’s Bees partnered with Preserve to encourage consumers to recycle the #5 plastic, or polypropylene plastic, commonly used in consumer goods packaging. Part of Preserve’s Gimme 5 recycling program, the partnership lets consumers recycle tubes from Burt’s Bees Lip Balm, Tinted Lip Balm, and Lip Shimmer, and plastic caps from all Burt’s Bees products. The program also seeks to raise the recycling rate of #5 plastic, of which more than 99 percent currently goes to landfills.
Harry Stevens , "Burt’s Bees Launches Lip Balm Tube Recycling Program", Triple Pundit, November 28, 2012, © TriplePundit
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Dole Finds Its Sustainability Claims Being Challenged In Court

November 20, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Seattle-based law firm Hagens Berman sued Dole, alleging the company knowingly bought bananas from growers in Guatemala whose plantation operations have destroyed wetlands and contaminated water sources with pesticides. The lawsuit alleges Dole has been making false sustainability claims, including its announcement in 2011 to sell bananas from farms certified by the Sustainable Agriculture Network.
Robert Kropp, "Lawsuit takes Dole's sustainability claims to task", Green Business, November 20, 2012, © GreenBiz Group
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Proposed Financial Reporting Method Includes Value Of Sustainability

November 15, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
More than 80 companies, including Clorox, Microsoft, and Coca-Cola, are evaluating the use of an integrated financial reporting framework that merges measurable financial results with sustainability, social, and regulatory factors. Overseen by the International Integrated Reporting Council, the pilot program aims to measure how sustainable a company’s operations are by considering the costs and benefits of its environmental strategies. Under the framework, companies must report all material information, including its sustainability goals and metrics. The IIRC believes integrated reporting, such as the pilot program, can help investors determine a company’s ability to generate cash flows.
Kathleen Hoffelder, "The Value of Sustainability", CFO Magazine, November 15, 2012, © CFO Publishing LLC
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Unilever, Earth911 Launch First Deodorant Stick Recycling Project In The United States

November 15, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever partnered with Earth911 to launch a project aimed at testing the feasibility of recycling deodorant sticks. Supported by partners Nextlife and FundingFactory, the project also seeks to demonstrate that the millions of deodorant sticks can be an important raw material resource for communities that recycle plastics. Students from 50 high schools and colleges in the United States will help collect deodorant sticks for the recycling test, which is part of Unilever's Sustainable Living Plan sustainability initiative.
"Earth911, Unilever in the USA Pioneer Mass Recycling Program for Deodorant Sticks and Two-Resin Packaging ", PRNewswire, November 15, 2012, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Unilever CEO Thinks Capitalism Needs Some Fixing

November 14, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever chief executive officer Paul Polman said he thinks capitalism as it is right now is burdened with several weaknesses, including its over-consumption of natural resources. Polman said the inability of international organizations to deal with the effects of globalization only worsens the impact of resource depletion, which is forecast to get worse in the future. Unilever’s move against quarterly financial reporting was aimed at reforming the company’s culture that was too focused on short-term results. Also, Unilever’s integration of sustainability into its business operations and enhancement of its competitiveness helped improve its revenue performance.
Pip Brooking , "Fixing Capitalism: Paul Polman interview", CBI magazine , November 14, 2012, © The CBI
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Procter & Gamble's Sustainability Efforts Help Bottom Line In UK

November 14, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble cut by half the environmental impact of its business operations in 2002–2011 by reducing carbon emissions by 53 percent and using 52 percent less energy and 58 percent less water, according to Huw Waters, P&G product supply director in the UK. Claiming that the sustainability efforts have not been acts of charity, the company asserts that the changes in its supply chain have helped P&G reduce costs and improve its relationships with its partner supermarkets. Profitability and sustainable logistics should "go hand in hand," according to Waters. In the UK, P&G delivers about 7 percent of its products to retailers, such as Tesco. P&G also has a truck-sharing deal with Tesco, which the company plans to duplicate with other retailers.
Amy Wilson, "Procter & Gamble at cutting edge of brand sustainability", Telegraph, November 14, 2012, © Telegraph Media Group Limited
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Target Revises Design Plans To Gain LEED Certification For All 2013 Canadian Stores

November 14, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Target announced it is seeking Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design certification for all its retail stores in Canada set to open in 2013. To achieve its LEED objective, Target has revised design plans of its stores to include conservation of energy and water, reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and decrease in landfill-bound waste. One of the first Canada organizations to join the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Volume Program, Target claims it has integrated sustainability in all aspects of its business operations and will invest more than $10 million on remodeling each store location.
"Target® Seeks LEED Certification for All 2013 Canadian Store Locations", Target, November 14, 2012, © Target.com
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Procter & Gamble Launches Post-Consumer Waste Recycling Project In The Philippines

November 13, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble launched a pilot materials recovery facility project in the Philippines. Designed to overcome the lack of treatment and recovery infrastructure in developing countries, the "Waste to Worth" project is a joint venture with the Asian Development Bank. P&G said it plans to study the feasibility of other similar pilot projects in 2012–2020 as part of its efforts to eliminate landfill-bound post-consumption waste.
Maxine Perella, "P&G pilots first 'scalable MRF' for post-consumer waste", edie news, November 13, 2012, © Faversham House Group Ltd
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L’Oréal's Sustainability And CSR Efforts Gain Recognition From Foundation For Social Change

November 13, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
L’Oréal received the Leader of Change Award from the Foundation for Social Change for its "creativity and leadership" in focusing on and dealing with important social and environmental issues. Given during the 2012 Global Conference for Social Change, hosted by the New York University's Stern School of Business and the United Nations Office of Partnerships, the award is aimed at inspiring enterprises to promote environmental protection and social responsibility, as well as highlight the "positive business benefits" of sustainability. 
"L'Oréal Recognized by Foundation for Social Change as a "Leader of Change"", CSRWire, November 13, 2012, © CSRwire, LLC
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Cargill’s Sustainable Cocoa Program Proves Profitable For Côte d’Ivoire Farmers

November 13, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Global food producer Cargill says its sustainable cocoa program has helped cocoa farmers in the Côte d’Ivoire boost yields and improve bean quality and, in turn, increased farmers’ profits. According to the company, 26,500 Ivorian farmers across 43 certified cooperatives received Cargill’s sustainable cocoa premium totaling $7.6 million. The premium has raised farmers’ direct revenues by 17 percent on average. Cargill customers who buy certified cocoa and chocolate ingredients contribute directly to these premium payments that over the last three years have totaled more than U.S. $12.2 million.
"Cargill’s leading sustainable cocoa program boosts profits for Ivorian cocoa farmers", Press release, Cargill, November 13, 2012, © Cargill
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Shiseido Promises To Use Only RSPO-Certified Palm Oil In 2013

November 12, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Japan-based cosmetics company Shiseido pledged to use only palm oil certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil in 2013. Shiseido joined the RSPO in 2010. Certification of Shiseido's sustainability plan involves using the Book&Claim system for trading palm oil and palm kernel oil made at RSPO-certified plantations.
Andrew McDougall, "Shiseido commits to 100% RSPO-certified palm oil in 2013", Cosmetics Design, November 12, 2012, © William Reed Business Media SAS
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Coca-Cola Brazil Ups Investment In Amazon Rain Forest Preservation Program

November 12, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola Brazil says it has expanded its partnership with the Sustainable Amazonas Foundation (FAS) to further economic development and conservation of Amazonian preservation reserves. The main focus of the FAS is to generate jobs and income so that workers can guarantee their living conditions without harming the forest. Without plant coverage, desertification could leave the greatest watershed of the world unprotected. The expanded effort will put an additional $1.3 million into programs that support income generation and conservation in the Rio Negro Sustainable Development Reserve. Coca-Cola says its investment in the initiative will total $13 million by 2017.
"Coca-Cola Increases Conservation Support for World’s Largest Forest", Press release, the Coca-Cola Company, November 12, 2012, © The Coca-Cola Company
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China's Animal Testing Requirement Keeps Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Firms Away

November 11, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
China’s policy requiring cosmetics to be tested on animals before they are allowed to be sold in the country prevents some cosmetics companies, which are against animal testing, from entering the market. The Body Shop, for example, has refrained from expanding in to China to avoid violating the company’s cruelty-free policies. In the Philippines, The Body Shop launched its Christmas line of skincare products for 2012.
Camille Erika R. Sarte, "Chinese dilemma", Business World, November 11, 2012, © BusinessWorld Publishing Corporation
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P&G Pledges To Use Fiber From Sustainable Sources

November 8, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble announced new fiber-sourcing goals for the pulp it uses for its tissue-towel, baby care, and feminine hygiene products. Developed in partnership with World Wildlife Fund, the new goals are expected to help P&G achieve its long-term environmental sustainability goals, which include using 100 percent sustainably sourced renewable or recycled materials. Through these goals, P&G commits that by 2015 all the pulp it uses will be certified by third-party organizations under duly recognized certification programs used in different parts of the world. Also, the company pledges that by that time, 40 percent of the pulp will be Forest Stewardship Council certified.
"P&G Releases New Fiber Sourcing Goals for Tissue-Towel and Absorbent Hygiene Products", Procter & Gamble, November 08, 2012, © Procter & Gamble
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Walgreens Launches Ology Brand Of Non-Toxic Personal Care And Home Products

November 5, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Drugstore chain Walgreens launched its Ology brand of baby and personal care products and household cleaners the company claims are free from harmful chemicals. Some Ology products are available at Walgreens and Duane Reade stores and online. The Ology brand also includes light bulbs and paper products that are 100 percent made from renewable resources and do not include any tree parts.
"Walgreens Introduces the “Ology™” Brand of Healthy Home Products", BUSINESS WIRE, November 05, 2012, © Business Wire
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Muslim Consumers Buy Halal-Certified Cosmetics And Personal Care Products

November 2, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Sales of Halal-certified cosmetics and personal care products reached more than US$5 billion, according to estimates, with Asia and Muslim countries having the highest adoption rates. Multinational manufacturers, including Colgate-Palmolive and Avon, have launched Halal-certified products, while chemical manufacturers, such as BASF and CP Kelco, are seeking certification of their ingredients for these markets. The increase in Halal label's popularity began when Malaysia introduced in June 2010 the Halal cosmetics standard based on the strict rules of Sharia law. Currently, 57 certification organizations are authorized to certify products based on the Halal cosmetics standard.
"Halal Cosmetics: Meeting the Ethical Needs of Consumers?", Happi, November 02, 2012, © Rodman Publishing / HAPPI
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Unilever Launches Study Of Sustainable Living In Real Life

November 1, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever launched the "Sustain Ability Challenge," a study aimed at understanding consumer attitudes toward sustainable living. After recruiting 12 families in the United Kingdom as participants, the study will involve a series of monthly challenges designed to help them reduce their monthly food expenditure by 15 percent and their household wastes by 25 percent, the company claims. Seeking to highlight the drivers and barriers to changing consumer behavior toward sustainable choices, the study will also help Unilever design better behavior-change marketing strategies.
Rosie Baker, "Unilever 'social experiment' to shape marketing", Marketing Week, November 01, 2012, © Centaur Media plc
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Demand For Natural Hair Driving Down Sales Of Hair Relaxer Products

October 30, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Growing interest in hair-care products for natural hair for African-Americans caused sales of hair relaxer kits to decline almost 30 percent in 2010–2012, according to Mintel. Also, the market research firm reported that sales of African-American hair care products could nearly double in the next five years from $681 million to more than $1 billion, with styling products accounting for almost 40 percent of all sales. Kalawentz Naturals, manufacturer of Black & Bossie brand of natural hair care products, reported its revenue grew 20 percent each year since 2007.
"Ethnic beauty items fuel booming business", Cincinnati, October 30, 2012, © news.cincinnati.com
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Sustainable Expansion Is Key Strategic Goal For Unilever And Dutch Dairy Supplier

October 29, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Royal FrieslandCampina, a Dutch supplier of baby and infant food, milk-based drinks, and other dairy products and ingredients, and Unilever have extended their relationship with an agreement to develop and promote sustainable production, packaging and logistics. One of Unilever’s key strategic goals is to double their size while cutting in half their global environmental impact. FrieslandCampina is also committed to sustainable expansion and said its member dairy farmers are involved in various projects to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The company is Unilever’s preferred partner for ingredients used in the business-to-business markets such as butter, butter oil, cream in aerosol cans, as well as ingredients for ice cream, soups and sauces and other foods.
"Unilever and Royal FrieslandCampina sign global partnership to drive sustainability and innovations in dairy", Press release, Royal FrieslandCampina, October 29, 2012, © Royal FrieslandCampina
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For Beauty Brands, Market's Viability Outweighs Challenges In Going Organic

October 26, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Cosmetics manufacturers planning to produce beauty products that include organic ingredients have to consider many issues in order to ensure success in the organic beauty market. There are various standards and certifications bodies, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Organic Program, and industry-initiated groups, such as NSF International, Oregon Tilth, and Ecocert/Cosmos in Europe. These challenges, however, are outweighed by the viability of the organic beauty market. Also, including organic ingredients enhances a beauty product's marketability. 
Abby Penning, "The Lure of Organic Ingredients", GCI Magazine , October 26, 2012, © Allured Business Media
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Walmart Expands Efforts To Improve Sustainability Of Its Supply Chain Worldwide

October 25, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Walmart announced several initiatives aimed at making the retailer's supply chain in the United States, China, and around the world more sustainable.  Building on the company's sustainability goals set at the China Sustainability Summit in 2008, the initiatives include Walmart's pledge that by 2017, the company will buy 70 percent of the goods it sells in US stores from suppliers that use the Sustainability Index to evaluate and share the sustainability of their products. Also, in 2013, the retailer will use the index to guide the design of its private-brand products in the US. The Walmart Foundation will also donate $2 million to The Sustainability Consortium and help the organization in launching TSC in China.
"Walmart Announces New Commitments to Drive Sustainability Deeper into the Company’s Global Supply Chain", Walmart, October 25, 2012, © Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
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The Body Shop Launches Earth-Friendly Digital Gift Cards From CashStar

October 24, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
The Body Shop launched the environment-friendly eGift Card service created by leading digital gifting and incentives vendor CashStart. The service lets customers purchase and send eGift Cards to family and friends for redemption online or at The Body Shop stores across the United States and Canada. At present, more than 250 brands are using the CashStar retailer network.
"The Body Shop Launches Green eGift Card Program from CashStar ", PR Newswire , October 24, 2012, © PR Newswire
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Unilever Calls On Recyclers To Help Design Sustainable Packaging

October 21, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever global packaging sustainability director, Louis Lindenberg, called on the waste management industry to collaborate with his company and other manufacturers to improve the recyclability of packaging. Speaking at the LARAC conference, Lindenberg said that while his company is working to improve the sustainability of packaging, input from waste recycling firms is needed. He also said that even the smallest of changes in packaging can have a significant impact on sustainability.
Amy North, "Unilever calls for engagement from waste industry", letsrecycle.com, October 21, 2012, © Environment Media Group Ltd
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EU Fisheries Reform Needed To Prevent Disastrous Drop In Harvest Over Next Decade

October 16, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Fishing fleets in the European Union will haul in 30 percent less fish by 2022 than in 2009 unless fish populations are managed sustainably, a report commissioned by the World Wildlife Fund warns. To prevent a disaster of this magnitude, WWF says robust regulatory reform is needed. The European Parliament supports a call from the EU executive to revamp the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), but will not adopt the position until January. WWF says if EU lawmakers implement robust fisheries reform, and allow stocks to return to “sustainable levels,” fisherman could harvest 2.8 million tons (80 percent) more fish in EU waters, providing an extra €2.1 billion a year in income.
"Current EU fisheries policy is unsustainable, study says", Press release, EurActiv, October 16, 2012, © EurActiv (EU)
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EPA Recognizes SC Johnson's Supply Chain Sustainability Efforts

October 10, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
SC Johnson said it received a 2012 SmartWay Excellence Award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, recognizing the company as "a leader in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency." Reserved for the top 1 percent of SmartWay partners, the award is EPA's highest recognition for participants in the program established by the agency in 2004 to help reduce transportation-related emissions of greenhouse gases. As part of the SmartWay program SC Johnson converted shipping lanes to intermodal and adopted load-building software to increase utilization rates for its trucks.
"SC Johnson Named Recipient of 2012 SmartWay® Excellence Award by the United States Environmental Protection Agency", SC Johnson, October 10, 2012, © S.C. JOHNSON & SON, INC.
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Unilever Calls For Innovation Support For Its Sustainable Growth Initiative

October 10, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever's research and development department announced three research projects for which the company is seeking help from the world's R&D and innovation community. Call for help is part of Unilever's Open Innovation online portal project, which encourages innovators to contribute to the fast moving consumer goods giant's sustainability efforts. To date, the portal has received more than 1,000 ideas, including technical solutions and new product ideas. Unilever hopes that its new call for innovation will just be as successful.
"Collaborate to Innovate: Unilever seeks help with new technical challenges to support sustainable growth", Unilever, October 10, 2012, © Unilever
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Unilever's Logistics Project Seeks To Cut Distance Traveled By Company Trucks Across Europe

October 9, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever launched a logistics project aimed at reducing the distance traveled by the consumer goods company's trucks around Europe by 200 million kilometers each year by the end of 2014. Partly funded by the European Union through the Marco Polo program, the project aims to cut about 450,000 vehicle kilometers from roads in Ireland. An agreement with the European Commission will lead to the creation of a network of transport hubs across Europe that will be managed by Unilever's existing operations center in Katowice, Poland. The scheme is expected to contribute significantly to Unilever's Sustainable Living Plan initiative.
Grainne Rothery, "Unilever logistics project aims to slash its European truck distances", Business and Leadership, October 09, 2012, © Business and Leadership Ltd
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Investors, Public Interest Groups Call On Procter & Gamble To Pay For Packaging Recycling

October 9, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble investors joined public interest organizations, including As You Sow, Conservation Law Foundation, Cradle2 Coalition, Trillium Asset Management, and Walden Asset Management, are calling on the consumer goods manufacturer to support a shareholder proposal to look at the feasibility of paying for recycling of used product packaging. The groups urged P&G CEO Bob McDonald to extend producer responsibility policy, which transfers responsibility for financing recycling of materials from taxpayers and governments to manufacturers. P&G shareholders also expressed their concern about potential revenue losses from the company's failure to adopt EPR measures.
"Shareholders Urge P&G to Take Financial Responsibility for Recycling", Environmental Leader, October 09, 2012, © Environmental Leader LLC
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Bar Soap Sales Grow Faster Than Liquid Soap, Report Says

October 8, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Retail sales of bar soap increased 4.7 percent from $1.1 billion in 2010 to $1.2 billion in 2011, according to market research firm Mintel. In contrast, sales of body-wash products grew 2 percent to $1.9 billion. Also, the increase in sales of bar soap in the luxury and specialty segments means that the market growth is not driven by recession-affected consumers looking for bargain deals. There is a growing interest in handmade soap, according to Cathleen Timberlake, president of the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild. Specialty store Space NK launched several soap SKUs in 2011, while French fragrance company Diptyque introduced its first soap, 34 Boulevard Saint Germain. 
Lauren Sherman , "Soap Cleans Up By Raising the Bar", Advertising Age, October 08, 2012, © Crain Communications
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Unilever Supports UK Metal Packaging Industry's Recycling Initiative

October 8, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever agreed to support the metal packaging industry's MetalMatters recycling program. Funded by a partnership among UK's leading manufacturers, users, and recyclers of metal packaging, the program aims to increase the capture rate for metal packaging collected for recycling by households. Unilever committed itself to supporting the program initially for two years.
"Unilever backs MetalMatters", Materials Handling World Magazine, October 08, 2012, © North Lodge Media Ltd.
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Oils Of Herbs/Spices May Provide Eco-Friendly Answer To Potato Spoilage Problems

October 5, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
A Spanish researcher looking to solve the problem of spoilage (i.e., sprouting or rotting) of potatoes during storage has found that treating tubers with oil of coriander for industrial potatoes, and with oil of mint for both industrial and table-stock crops, retards germination. Currently, the chemical Clorprofam (CIPC) is used to suppress sprouting of potatoes. But environmental and safety concerns have fueled the search for alternatives that preserve the quality of the crop. The researcher also found that the oil of eucalyptus prevented germination (sprouting) of table-stock potatoes and “could be another alternative for reducing post-harvest losses.”
Victoria Alfonso Seminario, "The use of essential oils as antigerminants for the storage of potatoes could be a good solution as an alternative to chemical treatment", News release, Universidad Pública de Navarra, October 05, 2012, © Universidad Pública de Navarra (UPNA)
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Seventh Generation Thanks Its One Million Facebook Fans With Online Video Campaign

October 4, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Seventh Generation celebrated its 1 millionth "like" on Facebook by posting a video that demonstrates how to recycle the company's packaging into do-it-yourself box monsters. The maker of natural household and personal care products partnered with ScrapKins founder and creative director, Brian Yanish, in creating the video. As part of the campaign, Seventh Generation is calling on its Facebook friends to make videos of their own box monsters and post them on the company's Facebook page.
"Seventh Generation Hits One Million Facebook Fans", Seventh Generation, October 04, 2012, © Seventh Generation, Inc.
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After Reaching Original Sustainability Goals, Reckitt Benckiser Unveils New Initiative

October 1, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Reckitt Benckiser announced "betterbusiness," its new sustainability initiative, which aims to ensure that a third of the company's net revenue comes from sustainable products. In May 2012, the company announced it had achieved its goal of reducing its carbon footprint per dose by 20 percent, eight years earlier than 2020, its original target year. The company said it aims to achieve its new sustainability goals "through product innovation, sustainable operations, and by enabling consumer action."
Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith, "RB sets new sustainability strategy after hitting previous targets", Marketing Magazine, October 01, 2012, © Haymarket
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Procter & Gamble Seeks To Cut Carbon Dioxide Emissions, Lower Supply Chain Costs

September 28, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble Co. announced plans to reduce its global carbon dioxide emissions by about 2.9 million metric tons and cut its supply chain costs by $6 billion by adopting strategies, such as cheaper packaging materials and lower shipping costs. For example, P&G replaced diesel fuel with compressed natural gas for the fleet of trucks and forklifts at the company's factory in Mehoopany, Pennsylvania. Incidentally, the manufacturing plant is located on the banks of the Susquehanna River, an area known for confirmed natural gas deposits. P&G's lease agreement with Citrus Energy Corp. to drill natural gas wells on its property enabled the consumer goods company to replace 10 billion cubic feet of natural gas it used to buy from Gulf Coast refineries with local and cheaper gas.
Dan Monk, "With big alternative energy bets, Procter & Gamble experimenting on global scale", Business Courier of Cincinnati, September 28, 2012, © American City Business Journals
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