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Water Reduction & Energy Efforts Achieve $72,000 Savings at Meat Processing Plant

Water Reduction & Energy Efforts Achieve $72,000 Savings at Meat Processing Plant

Italian meat processor and producer Inalca SpA’s projects to reduce water and energy use at its plant in Rieti, Italy, resulted in annual savings of 3.7 million gallons of water and more than $72,000. The facility’s heating plant, which consists of three boilers fueled by methane gas, generates the steam … Read more »

Case Study: How Timberland Used a Smart Sustainability Story to Launch a Hot New Line (Includes Tactics & Lessons Learned)

Case Study: How Timberland Used a Smart Sustainability Story to Launch a Hot New Line (Includes Tactics & Lessons Learned)

Background For clothing manufacturer and retailer Timberland, creating outdoor products with environmental benefits is a business necessity. “We’ve done a lot of consumer research, and we know that if we put two products side by side, one from our brand and one from a competitor’s, and if they’re comparable in … Read more »

Tesco Starts Phasing Out Hazardous Chemicals from F&F Clothing Line

Tesco Starts Phasing Out Hazardous Chemicals from F&F Clothing Line

The British retailer Tesco announced a commitment to immediately start removing hazardous chemicals from the supply chain of its F&F clothing and footwear label. Tesco recently signed onto the Greenpeace Detox Campaign, agreeing to eliminate chemicals such as phthalates, heavy metals, and chlorinated solvents by 2020. The retailer joins 80 … Read more »

Retailers Bank on Environmentally-Friendly Clothing for Increased Sales

Retailers Bank on Environmentally-Friendly Clothing for Increased Sales

Many shoppers will shell out a little more money if they know a product, especially clothing, is environmentally friendly, market researchers report. Major retailers like J.C. Penney, H&M, and Target are increasingly tapping into that consciousness with fashion lines made from recycled fabrics. But the catch is that the prices … Read more »

Leaders Unveil Their Secrets: Business Case for Environmental Stewardship

Leaders Unveil Their Secrets: Business Case for Environmental Stewardship

Editor’s note: As sustainable business operations go from “nice to have” to “must have,” companies seem to be more willing to talk about the business side of sustainability. How are their investments in environmental management paying off? At our Environmental Leader 2017 Conference earlier this summer, one of the major take-aways … Read more »

7-Eleven Gives Millennials What They Want: Sustainable Coffee

7-Eleven Gives Millennials What They Want: Sustainable Coffee

Convenience retailer 7-Eleven, citing a 2016 study which found that sustainably sourced coffee is recognized by almost half of Millennials as an important attribute when making their selection, is swapping the Colombian coffee now served at its stories for a new Rainforest Alliance Certified, single-origin Colombian coffee. It is the … Read more »

IKEA and ‘Stop Wasting Food’ to Monitor Progress, Celebrate Food Waste Reduction with Champions 12.3

IKEA and ‘Stop Wasting Food’ to Monitor Progress, Celebrate Food Waste Reduction with Champions 12.3

 Home furnishings giant IKEA and nonprofit Stop Wasting Food have joined the ranks of Champions 12.3, the coalition of nearly 40 CEOs, ministers and other leaders committed to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals Target 12.3 on food waste. Food loss and waste amounts to economic losses of $940 billion per year, … Read more »

Opinion: Apparel Industry Must Embrace a New, Sustainable Approach to Meet Demand

Opinion: Apparel Industry Must Embrace a New, Sustainable Approach to Meet Demand

Editor’s Note: The fashion industry has been at the top of sustainability news several times in recent months, with efforts such as the Circular Fibres Initiative and Cotton 2040 – as well as some efforts from specific companies – gaining traction with our readers. Judging by open and click rates, you’re … Read more »

Coconut Oil Supply Chain Slides toward Sustainability via P&G, BASF, Cargill Partnership

Coconut Oil Supply Chain Slides toward Sustainability via P&G, BASF, Cargill Partnership

Companies that source coconut oil from the Philippines and Indonesia – the world’s two largest producers and exporters of coconut-based products – face several challenges: little or no economies of scale, lack of financing and training resources, and a rigid supply chain all serve to increase the farmers’ dependence on … Read more »

Kimberly-Clark, Like Other CPGs, Focuses on Supply Chain, Waste Diversion

Kimberly-Clark, Like Other CPGs, Focuses on Supply Chain, Waste Diversion

CPG giant Kimberly-Clark Corporation’s just-released sustainability report indicates that the company diverted 95% of manufacturing waste from landfills and diverted more than 5,000 metric tons of post-consumer waste through partnership programs around the world; the company also says it achieved an an absolute reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 16.8% … 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 »

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 »