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How Unilever, Patagonia, DSM-Niaga Are Driving the Circular Economy

How Unilever, Patagonia, DSM-Niaga Are Driving the Circular Economy

Unilever pledges to make all of its plastic packaging fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025; Patagonia announces clothing reuse e-commerce platform and DSM-Niaga launches full recyclable carpet.

How Avery Dennison Helps Global Brands Shrink Their Environmental Footprint

How Avery Dennison Helps Global Brands Shrink Their Environmental Footprint

Avery Dennison works with its customers — from fashion designers and apparel makers paper manufacturers — as well as its suppliers to rethink their approach to sustainable design and production.

Which Companies Lead at Integrating Sustainability into Business Strategies?

Which Companies Lead at Integrating Sustainability into Business Strategies?

Unilever does the best job integrating sustainability into its business strategy, a position the company has held for the past six years, according to a survey by global consultancies GlobeScan and SustainAbility.

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Food Companies, Retailers Urge Stricter Big Rig Emissions Rules

The EPA and US Department of Transportation’s proposed rules to cut carbon pollution from heavy-duty trucks should be stricter, according to a dozen major food and retail companies. In a letter to the agencies about the standards, executives from General Mills, Ben & Jerry’s, Patagonia Stonyfield Farms and nine other … Read more »

The Profitable Shift to a Circular Economy

The Profitable Shift to a Circular Economy

A linear economy, where natural resources are extracted from the ground, made into products and then thrown away at the end of their useful life, is becoming increasingly unsustainable — and expensive for businesses. Commodity prices rose more than 150 percent, between 2002 and 2010, according to the World Economic … Read more »

Which Firms Are the Most Sustainable Brands?

Unilever is once again the most sustainable company, according to the 2015 Sustainability Leaders report, conducted by GlobeScan and SustainAbility. The survey asked 800 experts which companies are leaders in integrating sustainability into their business strategy. Unilever was the top mentioned company by a significant margin (38 percent, up five points … Read more »

Patagonia

Patagonia Bets $1 Million on Biochemistry

Patagonia is investing more than $1 million in a biochemical company that makes textile treatments as part of the outdoor apparel company’s $20 Million & Change venture fund, created to invest in environmentally responsible startups focused on clothing, food, water, energy and waste. While Patagonia did not disclose the amount … Read more »

NSF International Develops Traceable Down Standard

NSF International has developed the Global Traceable Down Standard in response to growing consumer and industry concern about responsible sourcing of down for apparel and bedding. NSF International’s Sustainability division will provide independent third-party auditing and certification services for product manufacturers to this standard following publication this month. Patagonia approached … Read more »

Patagonia’s Commitment to 100% Traceable Down

To ensure the humane treatment of birds that supply down, as of fall 2014 Patagonia uses only 100 percent traceable down. The company traces it from farm to factory to make sure the birds that supplied it were never force-fed or live-plucked, and that its down is never blended with … Read more »