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Unilever’s Sustainable Living Brands Pay Off With Big Growth

Unilever’s Sustainable Living Brands Pay Off With Big Growth

Unilever reports that its “sustainable living” brands grew 46% faster than the rest of the business and delivered 70% of its turnover growth. This marks the fourth consecutive year of growth for these brands.

Global Sustainable Packaging Market Forecast To Grow 7.5% By 2024

Global Sustainable Packaging Market Forecast To Grow 7.5% By 2024

The strategic market research consulting service Research Nestor forecasts that the global sustainable packaging market will grow 7.5% CAGR by the end of 2024 in a report published recently. Called “Sustainable Packaging Market: Global Demand Analysis & Opportunity Outlook 2024,” the 2017 report looks at the market size, market share … Read more »

Home Improvement May See Helpful Hikes from Harvey; Others Mostly Hurt

Home Improvement May See Helpful Hikes from Harvey; Others Mostly Hurt

While some retail sectors may see a boost from Hurricane Harvey, the storm’s negative effects on business in Texas are likely to be significant. From gas price increases to shipping delays to an inability to operate, flood waters dampen more than just physical facilities.

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 »

LEED Retail Participants on the Rise

LEED Retail Participants on the Rise

Between 2012 and 2013, green building investment jumped by $1 billion in the retail sector, and the percentage of retail owners involved in green building more than doubled, from 18 percent in 2011 to 38 percent in 2013, according to the Leed in Motion: Retail report by the US Green … Read more »

Walmart, Lowe’s Develop Chemical Reporting Tool

The Retail Industry Leaders Association has rolled out an initiative designed to streamline the required safety data sheet process used by suppliers and retailers to exchange chemical and product information. Retailers require detailed information to safely handle chemical products in compliance with regulations from the US Department of Transportation, Occupational … Read more »

M&S Sells a Billion ‘Eco or Ethical’ Items

Cotton sourced to Better Cotton Initiative standards is being used to make 900 Marks & Spencer products, as the company announced that 35 percent of its products now have an ecological or ethical attribute. Beginning in June 2013, all of M&S’s pure cotton and cotton-rich school uniforms will use BCI … Read more »

Walmart Announces 27 Solar Projects Totalling 10.5 MW

Walmart has announced plans to install solar photovoltaic arrays on 27 of its Massachusetts stores as early as August, adding on-site generation to more than half of its outlets in the state. The arrays are in the engineering phase and still require permits, the Boston Globe reports. Once operational, the … Read more »

Lack of Eco-Clothing Hampers Sales

Lack of Eco-Clothing Hampers Sales

Consumers would increase sustainable apparel purchasing if only they could find it, according to a survey by Ryan Partnership Chicago and Mambo Sprouts Marketing. Some 69 percent of consumers considered sustainability at least sometimes when purchasing clothing in 2011 and shoppers intend to double their eco-apparel purchases this year, according to … Read more »

Warm Winter Hurting Some Businesses, Boosting Others

Apparel makers and retailers, ski resort operators and natural gas producers are feeling the pinch from abnormally warm winter temperatures in the U.S., although some companies could benefit from lower heating costs and snow removal charges, Reuters reports. Average temperatures across the country were 3 to 4 degrees F above … Read more »

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