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PepsiCo Now Traces 90% of Palm Oil Back to the Mill to Ensure Future Supply

PepsiCo Now Traces 90% of Palm Oil Back to the Mill to Ensure Future Supply

Making food systems more sustainable – and thus ensuring a steady supply of the products necessary to food production – is a key factor in the ongoing financial success of food manufacturers, and an issue that is proving that sustainability is an important aspect of an overall business strategy. But … Read more »

Sonoco’s Smart Approach Shrinks Water, Energy Use: Here’s How

Sonoco’s Smart Approach Shrinks Water, Energy Use: Here’s How

Global packaging manufacturer Sonoco reduced total water usage by nearly 5% in 2016 and recovered the equivalent (by weight) of 57% of the product that Sonoco places into the marketplace through recycling, according to the company’s 2016-2017 corporate responsibility report. The company says it also reduced total energy use by … Read more »

Robots Deliver Supply Chain Efficiencies for Food Manufacturers

Robots Deliver Supply Chain Efficiencies for Food Manufacturers

Food brands can face significant challenges in their supply chains as continual advances in technology mean the sector must constantly change in order to keep up. Now, supply chain logistics are further complicated by the fact that many companies are attempting to bring brands to market with the lowest possible carbon … Read more »

Apple’s Forests Now Sustainable Enough to Cover the Paper Used in All Packaging

Apple’s Forests Now Sustainable Enough to Cover the Paper Used in All Packaging

(Pictured: Apple Park in Cupertino, CA*) Apple says that 320,000 acres of working forest in China have been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and that the company is now protecting and creating enough sustainable working forest to cover the paper use in its packaging for all products. Apple’s forestry … Read more »

Chicken of the Sea to Track Tuna from the Can Back to the Fisherman Who Caught It

Chicken of the Sea to Track Tuna from the Can Back to the Fisherman Who Caught It

Yet another sustainable sourcing commitment has popped up, this time from Thai Union, the company that owns the Chicken of the Sea tuna brand, among others. One sustainable sourcing move that the company has agreed upon is to chase “full digital traceability,” allowing people to track their tuna back to the vessel it was caught … Read more »

Walmart Invests in Research to Stunt Food Waste at the Source

Walmart Invests in Research to Stunt Food Waste at the Source

Walmart is investing in a research program geared to helping improve the proportion of crops that are harvested and delivered. The Walmart Foundation and the Foundation for Food Agriculture Research are funding $1.3 million for research – to be conducted by the World Wildlife Fund – that would identify practical opportunities for producers … Read more »

EHS Sector Makes Strides w/Predictive Analysis; Verdantix Names Top 20

EHS Sector Makes Strides w/Predictive Analysis; Verdantix Names Top 20

When it comes to EHS software, suppliers are increasingly moving to cloud-based program management software, according to a new report from Verdantix. “Workplace health and safety is shifting more and more to a digital enterprise approach, bringing data management and analysis to the forefront so businesses can use active data to predict … Read more »

Largest McDonald’s Franchisee Plans Sustainable Sourcing for Packaging, Palm Oil, Fish

Largest McDonald’s Franchisee Plans Sustainable Sourcing for Packaging, Palm Oil, Fish

The world’s largest McDonald’s franchisee, Arcos Dorados, acknowledged in its just-published sustainability report that its large footprint across Latin America and the Caribbean means that it must “take a leadership role” in terms of implementing programs that will improve its environmental impact. The company said, for example, that “many” of … Read more »

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 »