The simple way big brands can evangelize recycling

June 8, 2017 by  
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Why consumer packaged goods giants General Mills, Kellogg’s, P&G and Unilever are using How2Recycle label.

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No funds for that project? It may be time to ask the crowd

June 8, 2017 by  
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As crowdfunding matures, startups experiment with niche sites focused on sustainability.

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Levi’s Harmit Singh on making the CEO a sustainability ally

June 7, 2017 by  
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“It’s not only important what we make, but how we make it,” said Harmit Singh, chief financial officer of Levi Strauss & Co.. “It is the cornerstone of our sustainability strategy.”Sustainability began as a risk mitigation strategy for Levi Strauss & Co., but has evolved to become ” a part of our core fabric of our values,” said Singh — “no pun intended.”

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This Texas supermarket is growing its own veggies in a shipping container farm

May 25, 2017 by  
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A Texas chain of supermarkets isn’t just in the business of selling vegetables; it’s growing them, too. Based in Dallas, the H-E-B -owned Central Market has joined forces with Controlled Environment Agriculture Advisors , a self-described “horticulture disrupting” firm, to raise some of its produce in a custom-built onsite shipping container—a first for an American food retailer. The 53-foot-long “Growtainer” features 480 square feet of climate-controlled and food-compliant vertical space designed to achieve a higher yield in a shorter time than conventional methods, according to GreenTech Agro, the system’s manufacturer. Related: Belgian supermarket unveils plan to sell food grown on their own rooftop garden “We spent over a year discussing [Central Market’s] concerns and objectives, and when I was sure we were all on the same page, we began the design and manufacturing process,” said Glenn Behrman, founder of GreenTech Agro and CEA Advisors, in a statement. The miniature farm comes with a modular, self-contained series of LED-lit aluminum “ GrowRacks ” that supports any number of cultivation levels. Related: Pop-up shipping container farm puts a full acre of lettuce in your backyard It also offers an intelligent water-monitoring system, as well a zoned irrigation system that meets the needs of different varieties of produce at different stages of growth. The Growtainer is part of Central Market’s efforts to “produce the freshest, unique, gourmet leafy greens and herbs for Central Market customers at the retail level,” the supermarket said. The hyper-local vegetables are marketed under the label “Store-Grown Produce.” Related: Freight Farms are super efficient hydroponic farms built inside shipping containers “CEA Advisors is proud to be working with the Produce Team at Central Market, all committed to innovation and focused on food safety, unique products, and the customer experience,” Behrman added. + Central Market + Growtainer Via AndNowUKnow

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SolarGaps’ new solar blinds shade windows and generate clean energy

May 11, 2017 by  
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What if your window blinds could power your home in addition to shading its rooms? That’s the idea behind SolarGaps’ new solar blinds. These smart blinds designed to track the sun can be controlled via an app , and the company says their product will slash energy bills by as much as 70 percent. SolarGaps’ smart solar blinds, created by Ukrainian inventor Yevgen Erik, could revolutionize how we live our lives indoors, and obtain the energy we consume in our homes. The company says the blinds are extremely efficient can generate 100 watts of power per 10 square feet of a window – enough energy for three MacBooks or 30 LED light bulbs, according to the company. Related: National laboratory scales up quantum-dot solar windows that can power entire buildings The company also says the installation process is simple enough for homeowners to do themselves using SolarGaps’ instructions – and after the blinds are plugged in, the renewable energy they generate begins to power home devices. Their app allows users to change the angle of the blinds, lower or raise them, or check out how much energy they are generating. The blinds are made with solar cells from SunPower and come with a 25 year lifespan. The outer part is made with Aluminum . SolarGaps says they’ll work in a wide variety of climates and temperatures, from negative 40 degrees Fahrenheit up to 176 degrees Fahrenheit. The company also markets their groundbreaking blinds as affordable, and able to generate more electricity than competing smart blinds currently on the market. They’re currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter; a XS Sized Set is $390, 50 percent off the retail price, and measures 36 by 36 inches, or 32 by 36 inches. SolarGaps is also offering small, medium, large, extra large, and extra extra large sizes, as well as two custom bundles. You can check out the campaign here . + SolarGaps Images via SolarGaps Facebook and SolarGaps

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Walmart: ‘It doesn’t matter who occupies the White House’

February 15, 2017 by  
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Pursuing science-based emissions targets makes sense regardless, says the retail colossus.

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5 reasons your company should buy off-site renewables now

February 15, 2017 by  
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If you’ve set procurement goals for 2020, the time is ripe to follow through.

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These hidden ingredients can improve your supply chain

February 15, 2017 by  
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The Sustainability Consortium, Unilever and others revealed how visibility is one step forward.

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Pass offsets onto consumers? It works for Amazon, Netflix and Uber

December 7, 2016 by  
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A new study shows that online consumers want environmentally friendly options.

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Black Friday fings up the financial costs of fast fashion

November 25, 2016 by  
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Investors should account for raw materials sourcing and resource constraints in their investment decision-making.

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