Report Report: Timber, trends and TCFD

September 10, 2019 by  
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A round-up of recent reports on sustainable business and clean technology.

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This biodegradable T-shirt is made from trees and algae

September 9, 2019 by  
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When it comes to your typical t-shirt, most people think of cotton, or perhaps a synthetic blend. But they probably don’t think about the all-natural Vollebak tee, made from wood and algae. The Vollebak Plant and Algae T-Shirt is an example of clothing that is produced with a vision for the end of the product life cycle when the shirt can be thrown in a landfill where it will biodegrade within a few months.  Beginning at the source, the Algae T uses eucalyptus, spruce, and beech wood from sustainably-harvested forested that are certified by both the Forestry Sustainability Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). The wood is converted into pulp and then thread, and then fabric. Related: SAOLA offers sustainable sneakers sourced from algae and recycled plastic Beginning at the source, the Algae T uses eucalyptus, spruce, and beech wood from sustainably-harvested forested that are certified by both the Forestry Sustainability Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). The wood is converted into pulp and then thread, and then fabric. Separately, the algae is grown in bioreactors. To process the algae, water and algae are pressed through a filter, separating out a pasty component of the algae. The paste is then placed in the sun until it dries into a powder. Mixed with a water binder, the dried algae powder becomes ink used on the front of the tee. The natural components of the algae ink mean it varies in depth of color from one shirt to the next and changes color with washings.  Because the ingredients are all natural , the Algae t-shirt can be composted after consumer use. The materials will break down organically, much faster than cotton and other materials, without adding chemicals to the soil and water. “The only thing different about this t shirt is that it grew in soil and water, and that’s where it’s designed to end up too. All you need to do is remember to compost it at the end of its life. Here it will biodegrade with them, turn into soil, and help new plants to grow,” explains Vollebak co-founder, Steve Tidball. We say that’s a much better way to think about fast fashion. <big>+ Vollebak</big> Via Core 77 <em>Images via Vollebak </em> 

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Hundreds of community climate action plans, yet few include forests

September 4, 2019 by  
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It’s about accounting for the forests and the trees.

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Hundreds of community climate action plans, yet few include forests

A clear-cut case for business action on deforestation

July 23, 2019 by  
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Two new studies show that widespread corporate action on deforestation isn’t yet taking root. And that’s a risk for companies.

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A clear-cut case for business action on deforestation

July 23, 2019 by  
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Two new studies show that widespread corporate action on deforestation isn’t yet taking root. And that’s a risk for companies.

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Just how sustainable is that synbio startup?

July 23, 2019 by  
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To gain consumer confidence, life-cycle analyses and transparency are key.

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Just how sustainable is that synbio startup?

July 23, 2019 by  
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E-commerce’s sustainability problem isn’t just the packaging

July 23, 2019 by  
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Time to clear the air — freight is the fastest-growing source of greenhouse gases and a major source of local air pollution.

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Most major companies failing to report on deforestation risks

July 22, 2019 by  
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A large majority of leading companies are failing to report on the risk of deforestation in their supply chains, says CDP.

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Why the US-China trade war is leaving firms vulnerable to soy risk

June 10, 2019 by  
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China’s growing demand for soy is leaving billions of dollars of investments exposed to deforestation risks, CDP report finds.

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