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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 »

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 »

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 »

‘No Matter the Industry, We’ll Collaborate & Get This Thing Done’: Quotes from the Conference

‘No Matter the Industry, We’ll Collaborate & Get This Thing Done’: Quotes from the Conference

Notes from the Editor If you made it to this year’s Environmental Leader Conference, you know that it overflowed with energy, excitement, and a mountain of inspiration. But if not, you’re in luck: Environmental Leader and Energy Manager Today have published nearly a dozen articles based on content from our … Read more »

Shortage of Ethically Sourced Cobalt from Congo Causes Trouble for GE, Apple, Tesla…and More

Shortage of Ethically Sourced Cobalt from Congo Causes Trouble for GE, Apple, Tesla…and More

Major manufacturers like Tesla and General Electric are facing a severe shortage of ethically sourced cobalt, and the metal is expected to increase in demand by 500%, says OilPrice.com. Amazon, too, needs the metal for its Kindle, and other consumer electronics are contributing to the demand and resulting shortage of supply. Tesla’s … Read more »

Mickey Ds, L’Oreal Combine Purchasing Power to Nix Supply Chain Risk from Deforestation

Mickey Ds, L’Oreal Combine Purchasing Power to Nix Supply Chain Risk from Deforestation

Eight major corporations including McDonald’s and L’Oreal have joined the newly-expanded supply chain platform of CDP – the non-profit that drives companies and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests – to request information from their key suppliers on how they are managing the risks … Read more »

Environmental Policy Will Shift from Land to Sea As Demand for Shipping Services Doubles

Environmental Policy Will Shift from Land to Sea As Demand for Shipping Services Doubles

Environmental policy will see a clear shift from land to sea, as shipping is (and will remain) the most efficient way to transport vast amounts of goods long-distance, according to the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association chief executive Sturla Henriksen. Demand for shipping services will double in the next couple of decades, which … Read more »

Significant Step Toward Zero Waste As Simple as a Fresh CEO?

Significant Step Toward Zero Waste As Simple as a Fresh CEO?

Sock manufacturer Wigwam says it has been in the business of protecting the environment and using sustainable manufacturing practices for 112 years, but just recently discovered a significant – and easily solvable – sustainability problem: new president and CEO (as of last fall) Tom Wheeler discovered that a large number of … Read more »

‘Sustainable Apparel’ Apparently Continues to Gain Momentum; Supply Chain Cited

‘Sustainable Apparel’ Apparently Continues to Gain Momentum; Supply Chain Cited

In yet another announcement about “sustainable apparel,” Levi Strauss & Co. has said that it is funding $350,000 toward new approaches and innovations in the apparel supply chain. Projects will include expanding a natural indigo dyeing facility, creating products that are less water-intensive, and making wastewater treatment solutions more accessible … Read more »

PepsiCo’s the Latest Voice in the Loud Sustainable Packaging Conversation

PepsiCo’s the Latest Voice in the Loud Sustainable Packaging Conversation

PepsiCo is the latest CPG company touting its commitment to reduce packaging waste, having announced that it has joined the New Plastics Economy initiative as a “core partner.” The initiative, launched in London in May 2016, brings together industry, government, NGOs and others to build a more sustainable global plastics value chain. Other core partners … Read more »

New Initiatives Chase ‘Circular Economy’ in Fashion, Textiles

New Initiatives Chase ‘Circular Economy’ in Fashion, Textiles

The new Circular Fibres Initiative brings together clothing retailers H&M and Nike, philanthropic funder the C&A Foundation, and a consortium of organizations including the Danish Fashion Institute, Fashion for Good, Cradle to Cradle and MISTRA Future Fashion in order to “build a circular economy for textiles,” starting with clothing. The members will address … Read more »