Episode 286: Climate Week revelations and reflections

September 24, 2021 by  
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Plus, TerraCycle’s Loop service will soon offer refillable containers in Walgreens, Krogers stores.

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Episode 286: Climate Week revelations and reflections

The maddening lack of corporate climate advocacy

September 24, 2021 by  
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Businesses that care about climate should spend as much time pushing for policy action as promoting their own commitments.

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Which ‘new mobilities’ are good for your community?

September 24, 2021 by  
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New transportation technologies and services can have many different effects on users and communities.

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6 questions on the future of indoor agriculture

September 24, 2021 by  
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Q & A with Plenty’s co-founder and chief science officer Nate Storey about the companies take on indoor ag profitability, industry collaboration and promising markets in Asia

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How Maine and Oregon seek to make manufacturers pay for packaging waste

September 24, 2021 by  
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Less than half of consumer packaging ultimately gets recycled.

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McDonalds Happy Meal toys to get more sustainable by 2025

September 23, 2021 by  
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For many of us, what we thought were adorable little toys as youngsters we now view as today’s non-recyclable waste problem. But kids nowadays are savvier. Two young sisters started a campaign asking  McDonald’s  to include sustainable toys in Happy Meals. On Monday, the giant burger corporation announced that by 2025, Happy Meals will contain more sustainable toys. Young  Londoners  Ella and Caitlin Wood gathered 325,000 signatures since starting a petition in 2018. Their mother, Rachel Wood, supported her daughters’ activism. “You open a plastic bag to get another plastic item, which is played with for five minutes and then probably goes in the bin,” she told the  Wall Street Journal  when they reported on the campaign in 2019. Related: Disney World McDonald’s to be first net-zero fast food restaurant McDonald’s produces more than one billion toys every year, most of which include virgin plastic made with  fossil fuels . The new plan is to cut virgin plastic use by 90% over the next few years. Instead, the fast-food chain aims to use more paper and cardboard. For example, consumers might get a bunch of cardboard pieces to assemble into Batman instead of a plastic figurine. Kids in  Ireland , France and the U.K. have already test-driven some of the new toys. McDonald’s will introduce them to the U.S. market starting in January 2022. Then, the toys will trickle into the 100 plus other countries that consume Happy Meals. Getting a major corporation to cut down on 90% of virgin  plastic  use to make a billion toys annually is a big accomplishment for people of any age, especially a couple of preteen activists. But the burger chain still has no end of critics who say the real problem is the burgers. Between the methane produced by beef cattle — the largest agricultural source of greenhouse gas emissions — and the rainforests cleared to raise cattle, many activists would like to see McDonald’s put something else between its buns.  Stephanie Feldstein, population and sustainability director at the Center for Biological Diversity, suggested in a statement that McDonald’s should reduce its beef use and “stop nibbling around the edges of sustainability.” Via Reuters , Ad Week Lead image via Hilda Solis

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ESG is under attack, and that’s a good thing

September 23, 2021 by  
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What you should know about carbon removal purchase agreements

September 23, 2021 by  
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The industry recognizes the need to share lessons, which is one reason you’ve seen companies including Microsoft, Shopify and Swiss Re all publish playbooks about how they are selecting and valuing projects that have verifiable permanence.

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How employee health and well-being fit into the ESG wheelhouse

September 23, 2021 by  
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The workforce of the future has identified a culture of health as a key factor in career decisions, and investors are increasingly aware that good health is smart business.

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Overcoming the cold chain isn’t small potatoes

September 23, 2021 by  
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Father Farms is removing reliance on the freezers and fridges for one of America’s favorite snacks.

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