Twenty aims to dramatically reduce the waste of household products

November 28, 2018 by  
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Dubai Design Week — an annual event celebrating and promoting design and creativity — took place earlier this month, with imaginative minds from all over the world competing for the coveted Progress Prize at the Global Grad Show. This year’s winner, Twenty, sets out to cut down the environmental costs of packaging and shipping household products, like shampoos or cleaners, by offering dry capsules and reusable containers — just add water , and the items are ready for use. Considered to be the largest creative festival in the Middle East, Dubai Design Week takes place at venues throughout the city, with the central hub of the festival being in the Dubai Design District. The competition’s coveted Progress Prize celebrates the next generation of design talent while recognizing the impact of design on society and the environment . Related: How to decode confusing labels on common household cleaners This year, the competition announced Twenty — designed by Mirjam de Bruijn from the Design Academy Eindhoven in The Netherlands — as the winner of the Progress Prize for a collection of dehydrated household products designed to reduce waste and unnecessary emissions by eliminating water content. Judges chose Twenty from 150 selections that came from all over the world, which they then shortlisted to 11 finalists. Since most everyday cleaning products contain at least 80 percent water, Twenty proposes to eliminate the waste and simplify production and transportation with a capsule that you can put into a bottle, add water and then shake to create a cleaning liquid that is just as effective as a store-bought option. “I designed Twenty for people like myself who really want to be sustainable but also have busy lives and need products that are simple, economical, easy to use and fit into their lifestyle,” said de Bruijn. She added that she wants Twenty to be the new standard in household cleaning products, and she is working closely with the university to refine the product while talking to producers and retailers to adopt the perfect strategy for bringing it to market. Brendan McGetrick, the director and curator of the Global Grad Show, said that Twenty is exceptional because it is based on a smart analysis of something that we all need and take for granted. + Twenty Images via Twenty

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Getting our priorities right

November 8, 2018 by  
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Can the global business community truly step to the challenges and opportunities presented by the climate crisis?

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The global VP of sustainability at Mars, Inc., Kevin Rabinovitch, on launching a renewable thermal project

November 6, 2018 by  
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A third of global energy demand is coming from heating and cooling, and often, renewable energy initiatives are only addressing electricity use rather than total energy use.That’s not the case for Mars, Inc., as Kevin Rabinovitch, the global vice president of sustainability, explained. When Mars, Inc. helped launch the Renewable Thermal Connective to address the issue, corporates and municipalities jumped on board, but as renewable electricity has grown, renewable thermal progress has been a bit slow. 

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Pathways to 100% renewable energy

October 30, 2018 by  
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An exploration into the various strategies and solutions that companies, utilities and clean energy leaders are taking in their pursuit of 100% renewable energy — including how to help put renewable electricity in places that wouldn’t otherwise have access to that power to help accelerate the pace of our global clean energy transition. The panelists will also discuss how to speed up decarbonization – not just in energy but other sectors (transportation, industry, ag, etc).

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Trade and food security are linked — and both are in danger

September 27, 2018 by  
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Climate change is disrupting our agricultural production, and we’ll need international agreements to solve the global challenge.

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SASB and GRI step up project to align reporting standards

September 20, 2018 by  
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Push for simplification and better alignment gains momentum during Global Climate Action Summit.

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Electric buses and trucks play a leading role at GCAS

September 14, 2018 by  
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Companies, cities, states and regions make big commitments to buying electric fleet vehicles at the Global Climate Action Summit.

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The big commitments, campaigns and collaborations at GCAS

September 13, 2018 by  
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What’s swirling at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco?

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10 transportation and city startups you should know

September 12, 2018 by  
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Meet the cream of the entrepreneurial crop featured at the California Climate Cup, one of the many affiliate events tied to the Global Climate Action Summit.

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Stand Together This Week: Global Climate Action Summit

September 12, 2018 by  
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Earth has many friends. Earthlings have participated in many marches. … The post Stand Together This Week: Global Climate Action Summit appeared first on Earth911.com.

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