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Owens Corning Sinks Water Use, Emissions in 2016

Owens Corning Sinks Water Use, Emissions in 2016

Owens Corning has reduced water use by 37% in 2016 from 2010 levels, exceeding its 2020 goals; the company also decreased particulate matter emissions by 23% from 2010, according to its just-released 2016 sustainability report. For a company of Owens Corning’s size – Owens Corning does about $6 billion in … Read more »

So Are We Wasting 40% of Our Food or Not? Study Says We Don’t Really Know

So Are We Wasting 40% of Our Food or Not? Study Says We Don’t Really Know

Potentially overstated measures on the amount of food that is wasted each year could have profound consequences when it comes to public policy, according to a new study published on behalf of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association. The study indicates that food waste is being overestimated, in part because … Read more »

Groundwater Fees Prompt Farmers to Slash Water Use by a Third

Groundwater Fees Prompt Farmers to Slash Water Use by a Third

When it comes to drought and the farming community, it seems a self-imposed fee on groundwater could work better than government regulations, according to a new study from the University of Colorado Boulder. The study suggests that self-imposed well-pumping fees can play an important role, incentivizing farmers to slash use … Read more »

Investors May Increase Emphasis on CSR Reporting (but Beware of Overstating Your Performance)

Investors May Increase Emphasis on CSR Reporting (but Beware of Overstating Your Performance)

In today’s climate of increased investor interest in the sustainability performance of companies, US organizations have a unique opportunity to send a positive message to investors, one that says sustainability is still a priority. In fact, as corporations like Disney, Apple, Google and General Electric pledge to continue to pursue … Read more »

IKEA Saves Nearly $1M Since December with ‘Smart Scale Solution’ to Curb Food Waste

IKEA Saves Nearly $1M Since December with ‘Smart Scale Solution’ to Curb Food Waste

Retail giant IKEA has installed a “smart scale solution” in 20% of its stores in an effort to curb food waste. The system, being rolled out in the company’s restaurants and food markets, is made up of a touch screen and floor scale holding a waste bin that measures food waste. This allows IKEA … Read more »

Steel City Businesses Like IKEA Say Sustainability Jacks Up Financial Performance, Launch ‘CEOs for Sustainability’

Steel City Businesses Like IKEA Say Sustainability Jacks Up Financial Performance, Launch ‘CEOs for Sustainability’

Seventeen businesses in the Pittsburgh area believe sustainable practices will improve their bottom lines and attract more businesses to the area, to the extent that they have launched CEOs for Sustainability, an initiative meant to “heighten awareness that sustainable business practices are a must thing to do, not just a … Read more »

Dell Says ‘Ocean Plastic’ Packaging Is Cost-Effective, Scalable

Dell Says ‘Ocean Plastic’ Packaging Is Cost-Effective, Scalable

Dell has begun shipping its XPS 13 in materials made in part from plastic pollution from the ocean. The company spent about 18 months doing a detailed assessment and validation, followed by a pilot, based on using ocean plastic in a way that is cost-effective and commercially scalable. The notebook … Read more »

Sustainability in Supply Chains Driven by Positive Business Outcomes: 3M Study

Sustainability in Supply Chains Driven by Positive Business Outcomes: 3M Study

An overwhelming percentage of manufacturing suppliers say that they undertake sustainability measures because they have tangible business value. Those positive business outcomes in supply chain sustainability, suppliers say, mean that sustainability and CSR will remain core focus areas for organizations and their suppliers in 2017, according to a study from … Read more »

Ford Explores Bamboo Fiber for Lighter Weight Materials, Stronger Supply Chain

Ford Explores Bamboo Fiber for Lighter Weight Materials, Stronger Supply Chain

Ford Motor Co. is the second major automaker in recent weeks to make the news for focusing on sustainably sourced materials for use in manufacturing. Ford is evaluating plastics made stronger by bamboo fiber for interior car parts like storage bins or side panels, writes Plastics News. The company is … Read more »

Spurred by Consumer Demand, Carlsberg Pledges to Reduce Water Use by 50%, Reach Zero Emissions

Spurred by Consumer Demand, Carlsberg Pledges to Reduce Water Use by 50%, Reach Zero Emissions

Beer brewer Carlsberg Group conducted an analysis of water risk in conjunction with WWF and has set a new goal of reducing water usage at its breweries by 50% by 2030. Reaching the goal will require “technological breakthroughs at brewery level” as well as collaborations with partners in high-risk catchment … Read more »