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Unilever To Build Environment-Friendly Palm-Oil Processing Plant In Indonesia

April 23, 2012: 02:13 AM EST
Unilever PLC said it plans to build a $100 million palm-oil processing plant in Indonesia as part of its efforts to find sustainable sources for manufacturing materials. Expected to manufacture about 10 percent of Unilever's annual palm-oil requirements, the proposed processing plant will use sustainably produced oil palm fruits in Sumatra. Unilever consumes 1.36 million tons of palm oil, making the company the world's biggest consumer of the commodity.
Paul Sonne, "Unilever Takes Palm Oil in Hand", Wall Street Journal, April 23, 2012, © Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
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Kimberly-Clark Announces Program Focusing On Importance, Conservation Of Fresh Water

April 19, 2012: 09:50 PM EST
Kimberly-Clark Corporation announced its Water for Life initiative as part of its Sustainability 2015 strategy. Made during Earth Week 2012, the announcement focuses on the global importance of fresh water and the environment-friendly management of fresh water resources. Through the program, Kimberly-Clark plans to work in partnership with nongovernment organizations to provide "clean drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene education" to communities worldwide.
"Kimberly-Clark Announces Water For Life, A Sustainability Focus Area, in Celebration of Earth Week", Kimberly-Clark Corporation, April 19, 2012, © Kimberly-Clark Corporation
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Balsam Fir Tree Gene Cuts Demand For Ambergris, Bodes Well For Sustainable Perfumes

April 5, 2012: 02:35 AM EST
Researchers from the University of British Columbia discovered a gene in the balsam fir tree that could help bring about less costly and sustainable production of plant-based fixatives and scents used in the perfume industry. The discovery is also expected to reduce demand for ambergris, a substance derived from sperm whales' vomit that had turned into rock-like objects after reacting with saltwater. 
"How to Make High-End Perfumes Without Whale Barf", Science Daily, April 05, 2012, © ScienceDaily
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Beauty Companies Rapidly Adopting Eco-Friendly Packaging

April 4, 2012: 03:49 AM EST
Leading beauty brands adhering to principles of sustainability and social responsibility are not only using naturally-sourced ingredients in their products, they have successfully adopted eco-friendly packaging, according to market researcher Euromonitor. The trend is perhaps the most significant innovation in personal care and beauty, and is driven by technological advances in packaging. For example, Procter & Gamble is now using a sugarcane-based bottles for its Pantene’s Pro-V Nature Fusion line and CoverGirl and Max Factor brands. Sugar cane replaces petroleum, and is not only sustainable, it's is cheaper. Euromonitor says sustainability, social responsibility and environmental integrity have become major components of the operations of beauty companies, and will remain so.
Rob Walker, Euromonitor International, "Sustainability Drives Game Changing Innovation in Beauty", GCI Magazine , April 04, 2012, © Allured Business Media
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Procter & Gamble CPO Describes Company's Supply Risk Mitigation Efforts

March 22, 2012: 02:22 AM EST
Procter & Gamble chief purchasing officer Rick Hughes discussed how his company mitigates supply risks. Business continuity plans enable the company to categorize and manage supply risks; adhering to local laws helps P&G to make the most of supply chains, including local suppliers; requiring suppliers to comply with the highest sustainability standards protects the company from possible supply chain disruptions and public-relations disasters.
"CPO View: Rick Hughes on risk mitigation", Procurement Leaders, March 22, 2012, © Sigaria Ltd
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Johnson & Johnson Midway To Its 2015 Sustainability Target, Expands Earthwards Efforts

March 20, 2012: 02:45 AM EST
Johnson & Johnson claimed the company has accomplished 50 percent of its 2015 Healthy Future objective by expanding its portfolio of Earthwards-certified innovative and environment-friendly products. While the company will not use the Earthwards logo as a marketing tool, Johnson & Johnson has adopted the initiative to emphasize sustainability with its product development process.
Michelle Yeomans , "J&J halfway to meeting sustainable goal with green portfolio", Cosmetics Design, March 20, 2012, © William Reed Business Media SAS
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Henkel's Detergent Factory Gets Mexican Government's Nod For Its Sustainability Efforts

March 20, 2012: 02:42 AM EST
Mexico's Federal Agency of Environmental Protection awarded the Clean Industry Certificate to Henkel's detergent factory in Toluca, Mexico. Valid for three years, the award, which was first received by the factory in 2009, is recognition of Henkel's continuing efforts to improve its manufacturing processes and infrastructure to reduce its ecological footprint.
"Mexican Detergent Factory awarded Clean Industry Certificate", Henkel, March 20, 2012, © Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
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Andrex Launches Toilet Tissue Made From Bamboo For Pro-Environment Consumers

March 20, 2012: 02:50 AM EST
Andrex said it plans to start a marketing campaign for the launch of its Eco brand of environment-friendly toilet tissue made from bamboo. Claiming that the brand represents the first time a major tissue brand in the UK has used bamboo, Andrex will sell Eco tissue at the same price as its main products and market the tissue as a means for consumers to care for the environment while doing daily ordinary things.
Rosie Baker, "Andrex rolls out bamboo toilet tissue", Marketing Week, March 20, 2012, © Centaur Media plc
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Procter & Gamble Releases First Sustainability Report For Arabian Peninsula

March 20, 2012: 03:19 AM EST
Procter & Gamble released its first Sustainability Report for the Arabian Peninsula, which describes the company's efforts and achievements related to its sustainability initiatives in the region. With its long history of community involvement in the region and guided by its sustainability strategies, P&G claims to have worked to reduce the environmental impact of its products and operations and deliver innovative and sustainable products.
"Procter & Gamble releases its first Sustainability Report for the Arabian Peninsula", Zawya, March 20, 2012, © Zawya
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Unilever Aims To Double Sales, Cut 50 Percent Of Environmental Impact By 2020

March 20, 2012: 02:25 AM EST
Unilever said it plans to double its sales while cutting by half the impact on the environment of its operations worldwide by 2020. In particular, the sustainability plan, unveiled by Unilever CEO Paul Polman in November 2010, aims to cut by 50 percent greenhouse gases, water, and waste, and to return its manufacturing operations' carbon dioxide emissions to 2008 levels by the same year.
Louise Lucas, "Changing lives", Financial Times, March 20, 2012, © The Financial Times Limited
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Unilever Launches Online Forum For Innovation And Sustainability Ideas

March 19, 2012: 03:35 AM EST
Unilever launched a Web site designed to solicit and evaluate innovation ideas from interested parties outside the company. A move that follows similar steps by competitors, such as Procter & Gamble Co., the online forum will focus on ideas promoting sustainability and will target participants from universities, engineering and design firms, and environmental protection organizations worldwide.
Matthew Boyle , "Unilever Unveils Online Forum to Attract Outside Innovation Help", Bloomberg, March 19, 2012, © BLOOMBERG L.P.
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Unilever Canada Receives Sustainability Award From GLOBE Foundation

March 19, 2012: 02:59 AM EST
Unilever Canada received from the GLOBE Foundation its 2012 GLOBE Corporate Award for Environmental Excellence in recognition of the company's sustainability practices and their positive contribution to its bottom line. The award validates Unilever's Sustainable Living Plan, which aims to help more than 1 billion people enhance their health and well being, cut by half the environmental impact of Unilever products, and get all agricultural raw materials from sustainable sources.
"Unilever Canada Recognized with 2012 GLOBE Award for Environmental Excellence", CNW, March 19, 2012, © CNW Group Ltd.
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Method Launches New Laundry Product Refill Pouch With Award-Winning Packaging

March 15, 2012: 03:00 AM EST
Method launched its new Method Laundry & Dish Refill Pouch (with Spine), which comes in a packaging from Innovative Packaging Solutions, Inc., winner of the Gold prize at the Flexible Packaging Association for Technical Innovation's 2012 Flexible Packaging Achievements Awards. The Refill Spine Pouch was designed by Method's director of packaging Rudi Becker to be convenient to handle and look better on store shelves than conventional refill pouches.
Anne Marie Mohan, "Pouch with spine is upstanding innovation for refills", Greener Package, March 15, 2012, © Summit Media Group, Inc.
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L'Oréal and Colgate In Ethisphere Institute's List Of Most Ethical Companies For 2012

March 15, 2012: 02:54 AM EST
L'Oréal and Colgate were included in the 2012 World's Most Ethical Companies, a list of companies recognized by the Ethisphere Institute for their efforts to promote the highest standards of corporate ethics. The occasion marks the third time of being on the list for L'Oréal, which established in 2000 a code of business ethics and appointed a senior executive in charge of corporate ethics.
"WME Honorees", L'Oréal, March 15, 2012, © EthiSphere
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Procter & Gamble Expands Use Of Rail Freight In Europe

March 15, 2012: 03:07 AM EST
Procter & Gamble reached its target of increasing its use of railroad cargo from 10 percent to 30 percent by 2015, three years ahead of schedule. Announced in 2009, P&G's rail freight initiative in Europe is part of the company's efforts to reduce carbon emissions without increasing distribution costs or lowering the quality of services relative to road cargo.
Stuart Todd , "P&G triples rail freight provision in Europe", ifw-net.com , March 15, 2012, © Informa Plc
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Walmart Canada Gives Sustainability Honors To SC Johnson

March 14, 2012: 03:13 AM EST
Walmart Canada gave its Vendor Sustainability Award to SC Johnson Canada in recognition of the manufacturer's sustainability efforts and support for the retailer's campaign to sell products that sustain both consumers and the environment. SC Johnson has a long list of achievements related to environmental protection and sustainability, such as removing chlorofluorocarbons from its aerosol cans in 1975 and recording a waste diversion rate of 91.3 percent at its Brantford factory.
"Walmart Recognizes SC Johnson with its Vendor Sustainability Award", SC Johnson, March 14, 2012, © S.C. JOHNSON & SON, INC.
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Natural Personal Care Segment Set To Outperform Overall Beauty Market

March 12, 2012: 02:09 AM EST
Kline & Company reported that despite a slower growth pace in 2011, the natural personal care products market posted a 13.9 percent compound annual growth rate for the past five years in Western Europe and North America. With a global CAGR forecast at 10 percent through 2016, driven by the increasing consumer awareness of issues related to health, the environment, and sustainability, the segment is expected to outperform the overall beauty market
"Natural Personal Care Markets in Western Europe and the United States Naturally Evolving, However Still Vibrant, According to Kline", Kline & Company, March 12, 2012, © Kline & Company
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Henkel Grows Revenue While Cutting Down Environmental Impact Of Operations

March 8, 2012: 03:50 AM EST
Henkel increased its revenue from €15.092 billion in 2010 to €15.605 billion in 2011, while reducing its energy consumption from 2.44 million megawatt hours to 2.22 million megawatt hours and cutting its carbon dioxide emission from 714 thousand metric tons to 652 thousand metric tons, according to its Sustainability Report 2011. As part of the company's commitment to the Vision 2050 of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Henkel's sustainability efforts helped reduced its water consumption from 8.688 million cubic meters to 7.921 million cubic meters and its waste for recycling and disposal from 155,000 metric tons to 145,000 metric tons.
"Henkel Sustainability Report 2011", Henkel, March 08, 2012, © Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
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Hindustan Unilever Installs Biomass Boilers, Cuts Carbon Emissions

March 7, 2012: 03:52 AM EST
Hindustan Unilever reduced its manufacturing-related carbon emissions in India by installing biomass boilers at several factories in the country. The company installed its first biomass boilers in 2008 when it redesigned the oil-fired boilers at its Chiplun and Puducherry factories, and in 2011 it put in place high-tech biomass boilers, which use coffee waste and factory wastes as fuel, at the Goa, Mysore, and Nashik factories.
Maxine Perella , "Unilever cuts carbon with biomass boiler rollout", edie.net, March 07, 2012, © Faversham House Group Ltd
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Packaging Helps Marketers Meet Consumers' New Criteria For Value

March 2, 2012: 03:12 AM EST
Packaging innovations help manufacturers satisfy consumers' evolving perception of value, which has gone beyond how much the product costs to include the product's environmental impact, and the level of convenience and luxury it offers. Advances in packaging design, such as the packaging used by Kimberly-Clark's Kotex for its U by Kotex brand for young female consumers and Jean Paul Gaultier's glass bottle design for its fragrances for men and women, can help manufacturers communicate to consumers the values of innovation and sustainability.
Daniel Abramowicz, "Innovation is the New Value", GCI Magazine, March 02, 2012, © Allured Business Media
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Industry Group Launches Guide To Effective, Sustainable Packaging For Online Goods

March 1, 2012: 03:22 AM EST
The UK-based Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment released the "Packaging and the Internet: A guide to packaging goods for multi-channel delivery systems," to help manufacturers and ecommerce companies in designing effective and sustainable packaging for products sold online. Packaging, which is costly, offers manufacturers an opportunity for saving; consumers demand products that meet their requirements and come in packaging with minimal environmental impact, according to the guide.
"Packaging and the Internet", Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment (UK), March 01, 2012, © INCPEN
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Johnson & Johnson Expands List Of Sustainable Products

March 1, 2012: 02:06 AM EST
Johnson & Johnson added 19 new products to its portfolio of products under the Earthwards sustainable product development program to reach 30 products, which is half of the company's Healthy Future 2015 goal of 60 products. New Earthwards products include Sundown Sun Care products in Brazil; Surgicel, which comes with 57 percent less packaging; and Neutrogena Naturals skincare products, which use 86–100 percent natural ingredients.
Lisa McTigue Pierce , "Packaging improvements help J&J expand its sustainable products portfolio", Packaging Digest, March 01, 2012, © UBM Canon
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L'Oreal Aims For Zero Emissions At Its Italian Production Facility

March 1, 2012: 02:08 AM EST
L'Oreal Italia launched its L'Oreal Italy: Zero Emissions project, which aims to achieve zero levels of carbon dioxide emissions at its Settimo Torinese facility by using renewable sources only. The project, a partnership between L'Oreal, the city government of Settimo Torinese, and energy conservation company Pianeta, will help L'Oreal achieve its environmental protection plan, which seeks to cut greenhouse gas emissions by half by 2015.
"L’Oréal Italia reveals project “Zero Emissions”", L’Oréal , March 01, 2012, © L’Oréal
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Sustainable Packaging Coalition Starts Trial Run Of Packaging Recycling Program

February 28, 2012: 02:31 AM EST
The Sustainable Packaging Coalition, whose members include retailers Costco and Target and consumer packaged goods companies Seventh Generation, Campbell Soup, and Kraft Foods, started testing the Packaging Recovery Label System, an industry-supported voluntary packaging recycling initiative. The system includes labeling options, with each option describing national access to recycling for specific products, and online sources for related information.
Lisa McTigue Pierce , "New plan to jumpstart package recycling", Packaging Digest, February 28, 2012, © UBM Canon
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SC Johnson Expands Line Of Cleaning Concentrates, Helps Cut Packaging

February 28, 2012: 12:25 AM EST
SJ Johnson expanded its Mini line of concentrated cleaning products to include the fantastic, Pledge, Scrubbing Bubbles, Shout, and Windex brands. The product line allows consumers to help protect the environment by reducing plastic packaging materials that end up in landfills. While 320 million conventional cleaning products are bought by Americans each year, using concentrated refills means reduced packaging and environmental impact from shipping and wastes.
"SC Johnson Concentrates on Change with New, Low-Waste Cleaning Options", SC Johnson, February 28, 2012, © S.C. JOHNSON & SON, INC.
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Tesco, Unilever Launch Rainforest Protection, Sustainability Programs

February 23, 2012: 02:24 AM EST
Tesco and Unilever recently announced initiatives seeking to protect rainforests and reinforce sustainability of supply chains worldwide. Tesco partnered with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds to raise more than £1 million for rainforest protection projects, while Unilever pledge to source 100 percent of cocoa for its Magnum ice cream brand from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms by 2015.
James Murray, "Updated: Tesco and Unilever beef up rainforest protection efforts", BusinessGreen, February 23, 2012, © Incisive Media Investments Limited
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Unilever Aims For Sustainability While Doubling Global Revenue

February 21, 2012: 01:53 AM EST
Unilever vice president for sustainability Karen Hamilton said her company is putting a lot of emphasis on sustainability as it seeks to double its 2009 €39.8 billion revenue to €80 billion.  In addition to using sustainable ingredients Unilever is seeing new product opportunities, such as its Pureit in-home water purifier and hygiene education programs for consumers in developing countries, both of which target the growing ranks of middle-class consumers worldwide.
Siobhan Wagner , "10Q: Unilever Targets the Next Billion Consumers", Bloomberg, February 21, 2012, © BLOOMBERG L.P.
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SC Johnson Installs Wind Turbines At Arkansas Office

February 21, 2012: 01:47 AM EST
SC Johnson plans to install three wind turbines at its sales office in Lowell, Arkansas, as part of its renewable energy initiative. Expected to be installed by April 1, 2012, and fully operational about a month later, the turbines will generate as much as 3,600kWh of electricity each year, joining the company's growing list of environment-friendly power-generating facilities; the company already sources 40% of its global electricity needs from renewable energy. 
"Mini Wind Turbines to Help Power SC Johnson’s Ark. Office", SC Johnson, February 21, 2012, © S.C JOHNSON & SON, INC.
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Unilever Aims To Double Its Size, Become Sustainable

February 17, 2012: 03:00 AM EST
Unilever CEO Paul Polman said that his company established the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan to double the company's size while reducing its impact on the environment. In a related measure Polman said Unilever plans to link 500,000 small-holder farmers and small-scale distributors into its supply chain  to improve productivity as well as help alleviate poverty.
Saifur Rahman, "Sustainability tops Unilever plans", Gulf News, February 17, 2012, © Al Nisr Publishing LLC
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Seventh Generation, Universal Pictures Promote Dr. Seuss Movie, Environment

February 14, 2012: 06:29 AM EST
Environment-friendly household products manufacturer Seventh Generation announced an educational alliance with Universal Pictures to highlight the movie-screen debut of "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax." The partners hope the three-dimensional, computer-generated movie and its ecology-focused message will inspire children and their parents to support efforts to protect the environment.
"Seventh Generation Joins Dr. Seuss' The Lorax in Speaking for the Trees", Seventh Generation , February 14, 2012, © Seventh Generation, Inc.
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Procter & Gamble Joins Pro-Environment Nonprofit To Promote Benefits Of Cold-Water Laundry

February 14, 2012: 06:24 AM EST
Procter & Gamble Company announced an agreement with nonprofit organization Alliance to Save Energy to jointly push efficient energy use worldwide by means of advocacy and research and education. P&G's Future Friendly natural resource education campaign will work with the nonprofit group to publicize and promote the benefits of washing laundry in cold water.
"P&G Teams with the Alliance to Save Energy to Educate Public on Benefits of Cold Water Washing", Procter & Gamble, February 14, 2012, © The Procter & Gamble
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Packaging For Personal Care Products Can Help Save The Environment

January 31, 2012: 02:34 AM EST
As an increasing number of countries are requiring sustainable packaging for beauty and personal care products, manufacturers are drawing on a range of environment-friendly packaging options. These include the use of packaging materials that are biodegradable, compostable, recyclable, or reusable, all of which companies present their brands as visibly pro-ecology and supportive of consumers' efforts to protect the environment.
Lisa Doyle, "From Biodegradable to Recyclable: Packaging Choices for Beauty Brands", GCI Magazine, January 31, 2012, © Allured Business Media
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A Company’s First-rate Green Image Often Does Not Match Its Green Performance

January 25, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
A company’s reputation for being environmentally friendly may more to do with what it says it’s doing than what it is actually doing, a Kansas State University study has found. The more information companies disclose about their sustainable practice, the more they are viewed as being green, even if their actual environmental performance is not that strong. For their study, researchers looked at annual reports, corporate social responsibility reports and 10-K financial reports of companies listed in Newsweek magazine's 2009 green rankings of large U.S. companies. The companies with the worst environmental performance had the best environmental reputation, including companies from environmentally sensitive industries like utilities, oil and gas.
Amy Hageman, "When It Comes to Greening a Corporate Reputation, Study Shows That Words May Speak Louder Than Actions", News release, upcoming article in Accounting, Organizations and Society, January 25, 2012, © Kansas State University
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In A Global First, Seoul Puts Electric Buses Into Commercial Service

December 27, 2011: 09:46 AM EST

For the first time anywhere in the world, the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) has put environmentally-friendly full-size electric buses into commercial operation. The move, which will improve the city’s air quality, is the culmination of a one-and-a-half-year long project, and, according to SMG, puts the city in the lead with respect to large-sized electric vehicle technology. The buses’ high-capacity lithium–ion batteries can reach full charge in less than one-half hour, and they incorporate an energy-saving system that captures and reuses energy generated from braking. SMG initially replaced five gas-powered buses with the new electric buses, and plans to put 120,000 electric vehicles into service by 2020.

"Seoul Starts Operations of Electric Buses -- First in the World", PRNewswire-Asia , December 27, 2011, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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OTA Refutes Misconceptions About Organic Agriculture

December 19, 2011: 07:09 PM EST
The Organic Trade Association says six myths about organic agriculture were “busted” by the media, by scientific discoveries, and by shoppers in 2011. At the top of the list is the belief that organic products are a niche market. OTA says its own research reveals that 78 percent of U.S. families say they purchase organic products. In addition, 11 percent of the total U.S. fruits and vegetables market comprised organic produce; and organic buyers are more likely to be Asian, African-American or Hispanic than non-buyers. Among the other myths disproved by the OTA: consumers are ambivalent about genetically modified foods; organic produce is unaffordable; organic farming cannot feed the world; and pesticides are no longer a danger.
"Six Myths Busted by Organic in 2011", Press release, Organic Trade Association, December 19, 2011, © Organic Trade Association
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Kraft Says Sustainability, Environmental Efforts Are Proving To Be Effective

December 14, 2011: 09:23 PM EST
Kraft Foods announced results of a sustainability and environmental survey that measured the company’s impact on climate change, land and water use. Most of the company’s environmental footprint – about 90 percent – originates on non-company farms that grow ingredients for its products. The survey supports the work of sustainable agriculture efforts on key commodities to improve crop yields, reduce environmental impacts and improve the lives of farm workers and their families. The company said it also continues to build upon previous success around energy, carbon dioxide, water, waste and packaging reductions.  The multi-year footprinting project was conducted with Quantis Inc. and reviewed by World Wildlife Fund and the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment.
"Kraft Foods Maps Its Total Environmental Footprint", Press release, Kraft Foods, December 14, 2011, © Kraft Foods
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New App For Mobile Devices Tells Consumers Which Eco-Labels Are Truthful

November 15, 2011: 10:05 PM EST
Consumer Reports has introduced an app for smartphones and other mobile devices that tells consumers which green product labels are verifiably meaningful and truthful. The new Eco-Label app, available on iTunes, provides reviews of label terms like “hypoallergenic,” “natural,” and “organic”. The Eco-Label App lets consumers search for information by alphabetical label index or by product, including foods, cleaners, and personal care products. The app also provides a label "report card," which offers clear guidance on which labels make truthful and meaningful claims, and which do not. The app costs $.99 and is located under the Utilities category in the App Store, according to Consumer Reports.
"New Eco-Label mobile app for iPhone and iPad decodes green product labels and claims", News report, Consumer Reports.org, November 15, 2011, © Consumers Union of U.S.
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Krill Oil Sales Soaring, Despite Environmental Concerns

November 4, 2011: 06:31 PM EST
Annual krill oil sales are growing at a rate of 20 percent, despite concerns about the sustainability of krill harvesting. Whole Foods and other natural foods stores have banned the sale of krill products because of environmental concerns. However, consumers are increasingly aware of the health benefits of krill oil, which has more omega-3s than other fish and contains a potent carotenoid known as astaxanthin. The increasing consumer awareness of the benefits of krill oil should drive sales – and probably prices – higher in the future, according to industry observers. However, environmental conservation groups are relentless in their opposition to krill harvesting.
James Townsend, "Krill awareness hits critical mass", Functional Ingredients, November 04, 2011, © Penton Media Inc
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Whole Foods Posts Healthy 4th Quarter And Fiscal Year Sales, Profit

November 2, 2011: 04:59 AM EST
Whole Foods Market reported 4th quarter profit of $75.5 million, an increase of 31 percent over a year ago, on sales of $2.4 billion. Sales for the quarter increased 12 percent, with comparable store sales up 8.7 percent and identical store sales up 8.4 percent. Diluted earnings per share increased 26 percent to $0.42. For the year ended September 25, sales increased 12 percent to $10.1 billion, and earnings per share increased 35 percent to $1.93. Co-CEO John Mackey said the company was continuing to produce “quality results” and he expected “the lessons we learned during the recession will drive even higher levels of operating performance and returns on invested capital over time.” The company finished the year with total cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash, and investments of $799.1 million, and total debt of $17.9 million.
"Whole Foods Market Reports Fourth Quarter Results", Whole Foods Market, November 02, 2011, © Whole Foods Market IP, L.P.
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Sustainability Remains An Important Driver In Packaging Innovation – Study

November 1, 2011: 05:03 AM EST
Though sustainability has grown steadily over the past five years as a driver of innovation in packaging, momentum appears to have slowed, according to a study by Packaging Digest. “Slippage on key questions,” editorial director John Kalkowski says, doesn’t mean packagers no longer feel sustainability is important. The emphasis is growing, but at a slower pace. Respondents who say they are moderately familiar with sustainability issues slipped to 80 percent from 83 percent last year. But that’s much higher than the 52 percent at the same level in 2007. Forty-one percent said the emphasis on sustainability remained the same, and 55 percent said it had grown in their companies. Respondents cited economic conditions as a major reason why some businesses had scaled back their activities in sustainable packaging.
"Sustainability Shown as a Driving Factor in Packaging Decisions", News release, Packaging Digest, November 01, 2011, © Packaging Digest
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USDA, Other Groups, Provide Farmers With Info On Walmart’s Locally-Grown Food Initiative

October 26, 2011: 07:09 PM EST
Farmers in southwest Georgia (U.S.) are looking for more information about how to participate in, and benefit from,  Walmart’s new Heritage Agricultural Program, an initiative supporting consumers’ interest in local and sustainable farming. Various organizations, including the USDA, have been meeting with Georgia farmers to tell them what they need to do – like having the proper infrastructure in place – to supply produce to Walmart. The company wants to reduce the number of miles perishable fruits and vegetables travel from farm to market by purchasing locally-grown produce for stores, and is encouraging farmers to grow crops traditionally produced in their regions.
Gianna Caserta, "Walmart wants locally grown foods on your table", WorldNow News, October 26, 2011, © WorldNow and WALB
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Major Retailers, Brands Support New Package Recycling Label System

October 20, 2011: 02:51 AM EST
Several leading brands and retailers have agreed to implement a new package recycling label developed by sustainability nonprofit GreenBlue to show customers how to recycle after package use. Participating in the voluntary labeling program beginning in 2012 are ConAgra Foods, Costco Wholesale, Microsoft, REI and Seventh Generation. According to GreenBlue, customers have to deal with a “confusing landscape” of misleading and inconsistent recycling messages. The new labels provide a “harmonized system” designed to reduced confusion for consumers by providing clear instructions on how to recycle a package after use. The labels adhere to U.S. Federal Trade Commission guidelines on recycling, GreenBlue said.
Lisa McTigue Pierce , "Leading brands to pilot new recycling label in 2012", Packaging Digest, October 20, 2011, © UBM Canon
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Henkel Debuts At 5th Among Consumer Goods Companies On Newsweek's Green Rankings

October 19, 2011: 03:41 AM EST
Henkel appears for the first time on Newsweek's Green Rankings, ranked at 65 and scoring 61.7 percent on the Global 500 list of leading companies. Henkel ranked fifth among consumer goods companies. Newsweek's Green Rankings assess the environmental performance of the world's largest publicly traded companies. The rankings are based on a company's actual environmental footprint, management of that footprint, and sustainability communications. The rankings, which provide a cross-industry framework for comparing environmental commitment and performance, were developed with the help of two environmental research organizations, Trucost and Sustainalytics.
"Henkel listed in Newsweek Green Ranking", Henkel, October 19, 2011, © Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
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Kraft’s Cocoa Partnership Hopes To Boost Cocoa Production In Dominican Republic

October 17, 2011: 08:24 PM EST
Kraft Foods announced it is extending its Cocoa Partnership – established by Cadbury to boost coca farming in Ghana, India, Southeast Asia and the Caribbean –  to the Dominican Republic. The five-year initiative with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will try to sustainably increase the yield and quality of Dominican cocoa, while improving farmer livelihoods and communities. About 10,000 small-scale cocoa farmers of the Conacado cooperative will benefit from training in farming techniques, post-harvest practices and supplemental income opportunities, Kraft said. The Cocoa Partnership has committed 45 million pounds Sterling (approximately $70 million) to the program.
"Kraft Foods Nurtures The Next Generation Of Dominican Cocoa Farmers With Launch Of Cocoa Partnership", Press release, Kraft Foods, October 17, 2011, © Kraft Foods
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Target To Sell Only Sustainable And Traceable Seafood Within Four Years

October 13, 2011: 07:36 PM EST
The Associated Press reports that Target Corp. has decided that all of its fresh and frozen seafood must be sustainable and traceable by 2015. The company has been at the forefront of efforts to adjust their policies regarding seafood as concerns rise about overfishing and the environmental impact of some fishing methods. In the past two years, for example, Target has stopped selling Chilean sea bass and orange roughy in its stores because of concerns related to overfishing. Last year the company pulled all farmed salmon from stores, because of pressure from consumers and environmentalists concerned that salmon farms are bad for the environment.
"Target to stock only sustainable seafood by 2015", Star Tribune, October 13, 2011, via Associated Press, © The Associated Press
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Global Food Waste Problem Could Be Reduced With Better Information, Advanced Technologies

October 13, 2011: 07:34 PM EST
A research scientist at Norway’s SINTEF Technology and Society says a lot of the Western world’s food supply is wasted by food producers, consumers and restaurants who believe that food has run out of shelf life, when in fact “it is perfectly OK.” According to Jan Ola Strandhagen, a third of the world’s supply of food could be saved using advanced technology – and a change in attitude – before it reaches the waste bin. Information from the retail food sector about consumer buying habits, and how much food ends up in store trash bins, would allow “surgical precision” in the production of food. That kind of information would influence the logistics of food distribution: “when and where, and in what quantities, individual products are delivered to retail outlets.”
"The Food Wasters", Alpha Galileo, October 13, 2011, © Alpha Galileo Foundation
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Nestlé Launches Malaysian River Reforestation Initiative

October 11, 2011: 09:06 AM EST
As part of a corporate social responsibility program dubbed Creating Shared Value, Nestlé announced a reforestation initiative in Malaysia that involves planting 750,000 trees to help protect the biodiversity of the lower Kinabatangan river ecosystem. The 560 kilometer Kinabatangan is Malaysia’s second longest river. Nestlé said the trees will be planted over the next three to four years – 100,000 will be planted in the first year – on both sides of a 110 km stretch of the river in Sabah, a Malaysian state on the island of Borneo. The project will also try to reduce pollution in the river by allowing the trees to form a natural barrier against soil sediment, agricultural fertilizers and pesticides.
"Nestlé plants 750,000 trees in Malaysia to protect river ecosystem", Press release, Nestlé, October 11, 2011, © Nestle
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Cargill Says Its Safety, Sustainability Plan Yields Immediate Benefits

October 10, 2011: 08:41 AM EST
Cargill corporate environment and safety chief LaRaye Osborne said the company made “meaningful progress” during fiscal 2011 toward achieving its 2015 environment, health and safety (EHS) goals, a five-year plan focused on worker safety and environmental sustainability. Cargill aims by 2015 to achieve zero fatalities, zero injuries at 75 percent of its more than 1,200 operating locations globally, and a reportable injury frequency rate – the number of injuries per 200,000 hours worked – of 2.0. In fiscal 2011, which ended in May, the EHS plan led to a 50 percent reduction in fatalities and a seven percent improvement in the reportable injury frequency rate. By 2015, Cargill aims to improve energy efficiency by five percent and increase renewable energy to 12.5 percent of its energy portfolio.
"Cargill makes major progress toward its 2015 worker safety and environmental sustainability goals", Press release, Cargill Inc., October 10, 2011, © Cargill Inc
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Organic Yogurt Producer Advocates Sustainable Farming Methods

October 5, 2011: 02:08 AM EST
A leading U.S. organic yogurt producer told an audience at College of Holy Cross (Mass.) that organic farming methods are superior to conventional for many reasons. Gary Hirshberg, head of Stonyfield Farm, said organic, sustainable food production is not only better for people and the environment, but it can also make good economic sense. As an example of how organic methods work better, he said traditional sugar cane production involves burning the cane fields to harvest crops, a process that is wasteful and destructive to topsoil. His farm in Brazil, however, separates cane from waste material and puts the waste back on the field, leaving the topsoil unharmed.
Steven H. Foskett Jr., "Stonyfield CEO appeals for sustainability -Stonyfield chief: Organic is best", Telegram & Gazette, October 05, 2011, © Telegram & Gazette
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Jury Still Out On Whether Organic Produce Is More Nutritious – Rodale Institute

October 5, 2011: 02:40 AM EST
A 30-year Rodale Institute experiment comparing conventional to organic farming systems in raising corn, soybean and wheat has found that the organic way is superior to conventional in terms of crop yields, sustainability and profit. But Rodale says that, despite recent findings, the jury is still out on whether crops produced organically are actually more nutritious. Rodale said many of the nutrition studies that show organic isn't better than conventional don't say how long the plant material has been hanging around. “Sometimes, the organic had been sitting around while the conventional was just picked, which can bias the results." As to profit, the study found that an organic farmer can earn twice as much than a chemical farmer who spends money on chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides.
Caren Baginski, "Organic trumps conventional farming in Rodale Institute's 30-year study", newhope360, October 05, 2011, © Penton Media
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