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Manufacturers: Sustainability is Everyone’s Responsibility

Manufacturers discussed their efforts to work within the sustainability supply stream and urged both upstream and downstream manufacturers to do the same at the Sustainable Manufacturer and Water 2.0 Conference & Exhibits in Chicago, according to Sustainable Manufacturer Network. Speaking at the panel, “Your Role in the Sustainable Supply Chain,” … Read more »

Cradle to Cradle Certified Companies See Cost, Environmental Benefits

Companies including Aveda, Ecover, Puma and Shaw Industries have cut costs, improved product value, developed new revenue streams and avoided risks using the Cradle to Cradle certified product standard, according to a report. Impacts of the Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Program, released by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation … Read more »

Google Ranks Sixth for Green Power Purchases

Google has debuted at No. 6 in the EPA’s Green Power Partner rankings of the top clean electricity purchasers in the nation. The tech company uses more than 737 million kilowatt-hours of green power a year, or 32 percent of its total electricity use, most supplied by two 20-year bundled power … Read more »

ecovative materials

How to Grow Packaging From Cotton Waste

A team of scientists with the Agricultural Research Service has developed agricultural waste blends that can be combined with fungi to literally grow custom packaging material. The biodegradable blends, developed by ARS engineer Greg Holt and his colleagues, are being used by industry partner Ecovative Design to create custom biodegradable packaging … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Lead in Baby Food, Clif Bar Lawsuit

A California judge said that Gerber, Smucker’s, Dole and more than a dozen other manufacturers do not need to place Proposition 65 warnings on baby food containing small amounts of lead. In a preliminary ruling, Judge Steven Brick said all the products are below the regulatory “safe harbor” exposure level, … Read more »

Cradle to Cradle

LEED v4 Integrates Cradle to Cradle Program

The US Green Building Council’s LEED v4 rating system, approved earlier this month by member voters, includes the Cradle to Cradle Certified Products program. The Cradle to Cradle program is a circular economy system in which manufacturers and designers create products with technical materials that can be used in continuous … Read more »