1. Articles in category: Jennifer Porter

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    1. Sustainable Toothpaste Tube Design That Needs to Make it to Mainstream

      Sustainable Toothpaste Tube Design That Needs to Make it to Mainstream

      Thought we'd share this article about an intriguing redesign of the toothpaste tube. It's from the blog pages of Yanko Design.

      It's got a really interesting proposition. Here's a short excerpt:

      Coolpaste not only got a physical makeover that was better for the environment, but the graphic elements of the product were also refreshed to reflect the goal of the project. The paper box was eliminated after an in-depth point-of-sale study without affecting the integrity of the toothpaste. This made the product lighter, reduced waste, and simplified branding also eliminated the chemical inks making Coolpaste a ...

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    2. How This Australian Beer Company is Doing Its Part in Curbing Climate Change

      How This Australian Beer Company is Doing Its Part in Curbing Climate Change

      Young Henry's just let researchers install a bag of algae into their brewery in the hopes of helping them to one day reach carbon neutrality. It's an ambitious project but they're willing to take the risks that come with it. The reward, they hope, would pay off.

      It's a fascinating partnership that really stood out to us. This article from the ABC tells us all about it.

      This fact, in particular, really got us excited:

      One 400-litre bag can produce as much oxygen as one hectare of Australian bush, so it can actually clean up a ...

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    3. Stakeholder Capitalism Challenges the Primacy of the Shareholder

      Stakeholder Capitalism Challenges the Primacy of the Shareholder

      EJ Insight presents us with some interesting food for thought in this post. It's called Stakeholder capitalism vs shareholder capitalism and it's really thought-provoking.

      This point, in particular, caught our attention:

      Most businesses are run and owned by people who have a stake in the well-being of the community, just like anyone else. They will adapt to new incentives – including regulatory burdens – if it benefits broader society and the playing field is level.

      It's a really interesting article that you can check out at the link below...

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    4. Designing Future Cities Should be Both Smart and Sustainable

      Designing Future Cities Should be Both Smart and Sustainable

      Stumbled upon this thought-provoking piece from the World Economic Forum. It's called Greener, healthier, more sustainable: why cities of the future need more biodiversity.

      It makes some important points about designing future cities. Here's one that we thought was really interesting:

      So, the idea of the future city should be broadened – not just a smart city, but first and foremost a sustainable city, that’s inhabitant-centric and working to minimize its environmental impact.

       Take a look at the rest of this article to learn more...

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    5. How Fashion Companies Are Trying to Solve the Sustainability Problem That They Created

      How Fashion Companies Are Trying to Solve the Sustainability Problem That They Created

      This is an interesting piece from Vogue Business. It's called Fashion has a waste problem. These companies want to fix it.

      In it, Rachel Cernansky shares some cool news about how the fashion industry is trying to pull its weight in terms of sustainability. Here's a thought-provoking perspective:

      Quantities of these unused fabrics are vast enough that entrepreneurs have also started creating systematic ways to funnel them into the hands of those who will use them. New York City-based Queen of Raw operates an online marketplace that buys and sells unused fabric waste. “It’s in mint condition ...

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    6. Does Sustainability Really Make Business Sense?

      Does Sustainability Really Make Business Sense?

      Here's a really thought-provoking post from The Guardian. It's titled Let's be honest: real sustainability may not make business sense and we thought that it would be a nice read.

      In it, Charles Einstein asks some really thoughtful questions and shares some really well-thought-out insights. Here's one of them:

      Green taxes (shifting taxation away from sales and income onto pollution and resource extraction) and laws against ecocide promote the alignment of ecology and money, but we will never be able to rely wholly on self-interest as a way to enact love. There will always be a ...

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    7. Sustainability Trends That Dominated the Conversation in 2019

      Sustainability Trends That Dominated the Conversation in 2019

      Harvard Business Review serves up some really interesting articles. This one's called The Top Sustainability Stories of 2019.

      Here's a short excerpt:

      The year was bracketed by two big proposals: (1) sprawling legislation dubbed “the Green New Deal” in the U.S., and (2) the EU’s Green Deal, with circular economy principles at the core. People can debate whether policy proposals like these are unrealistic, but the scale of the thinking is welcome, and it’s pushing the debate.

      The same is happening with company goals, which are getting bolder. The “table stakes” for sustainability leaderhip are ...

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    8. Making the Case for Shopping Locally

      Making the Case for Shopping Locally

      Sure, you can save earth from a little more carbon emissions by shopping online for your holiday gifts but did you know that there's an even better way to nudge planet earth towards the sustainable hype train? 

      This piece from the Truth Theory has some really interesting talking points. Here's a short excerpt: 

      Online shopping took over because it is the most convenient option, and Amazon seems to have everything at the lowest prices, but supporting local businesses instead can have a lasting positive impact on our communities and our economy. A business owner from the UK recently ...

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    9. Investing Heavily in Sustainable Operation Can Benefit Long-Term Success

      Investing Heavily in Sustainable Operation Can Benefit Long-Term Success

      Capitalism's obsession with short-term returns may be hurting its long-term health, this Forbes article suggests. It's called How to Achieve Sustainable Capitalism by Erica Gies. 

      She's got a lot of really interesting talking points here. This short excerpt is just one of many: 

      But short-termism doesn’t just affect sustainability initiatives. It sickens the entire economic system, leading to the problems highlighted by the Occupy movement: Markets constructed to encourage wealth creation based on short-term returns fail to reward longer-term investments. They create a widening gap between rich and poor, increasing volatility in the global financial market ...

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    10. Sustainable Coffee Cups?

      Sustainable Coffee Cups?

      Coffee is the world's most consumed beverage. With this comes a mountain of used coffee cups that take up space in our landfills.

      This piece from the Smart Company introduces us to a brand new way of dealing with this conundrum. Here's a short excerpt from the article titled No KeepCup? No worries: Meet Australia’s first ‘circular economy’ takeaway coffee cup:

      Each cup has a unique identifier — a QR code — that is scanned before it leaves the cafe and linked directly to the customer’s account.

      When they’re finished with their coffee, the customer leaves the ...

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    11. Sustainability Isn't Just a Buzzword

      Sustainability Isn't Just a Buzzword

      Entrepreneur published this to their site and we really thought it would make a fascinating read. It's called How to Make Sustainability More Than a Buzzword. 

      In it, the co-founder of Hosst, Peter Daisyme shares some perceptive insightsHere’s one that’s particularly thought-provoking: 

      Sustainability is driving tremendous business value, but whatever you do, don’t try to fake it. Customers are adept at spotting inauthenticity, and a misleading effort to market your company as sustainable will do more harm than good. To truly put this principle into practice, start reducing your impact.

      Have a look at the ...

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    12. There are Different Types of Sustainability in The Manufacturing Business. Here's Why Attaining Them All Should Be the Center of Your Operations

      There are Different Types of Sustainability in The Manufacturing Business. Here's Why Attaining Them All Should Be the Center of Your Operations

      Discovered this interesting piece from Manufacturing.net called How You Can Benefit from Sustainable Manufacturing.

      It shares some meaningful insights into the different sides of sustainability in the manufacturing business. Here’s one that really left us pondering: 

      Sustainable manufacturing is possible in any business. You'll not only make your company a better addition to the economy, but you'll do less harm while increasing your profits. It's the path all manufacturers should take for businesses that last long into the future.

      If you want more, give the full article a quick read at the website linked ...

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    13. Making the Case for Sustainability in Business

      Making the Case for Sustainability in Business

      Tensie Whelan and Carly Fink make some really interesting points in this Harvard Business Review article. It’s called The Comprehensive Business Case for Sustainability.

      In it, they share some really fascinating points. Here’s one of them:

      Significant cost reductions can result from improving operational efficiency through better management of natural resources like water and energy, as well as minimizing waste. One study estimated that companies experience an average internal rate of return of 27% to 80% on their low carbon investments.

      To learn more, give the full article a quick read at the website linked below…

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    14. There's an Obvious Demand for Sustainable Products, But Where is the Supply?

      There's an Obvious Demand for Sustainable Products, But Where is the Supply?

      The business advisory website, Engine Group, really got our heads turned with this article. It’s called Sustainability is the Market. Making it Easy is the Whitespace.

      It offers some stimulating ideas. Here’s one that we thought was genuinely noteworthy:

      Consumers want to make responsible “green” purchases, but do not always have the means to do so. For brands, this is an opportunity. It’s the whitespace in the sustainability industry. Eighty-three percent of global consumers report more admiration for companies and brands that are committed to environmental stewardship, while 81% factor sustainability into their buying decisions. Consumers want ...

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    15. Swap Quality Clothes Instead of Shopping for New

      Swap Quality Clothes Instead of Shopping for New

      Thought we’d share this fascinating article from the East London Lines, an independent news website. It’s titled Clothes Swap Shops Aim to Take Fast Fashion Out of Style.

      It offers some stimulating ideas. Here’s one that we thought was genuinely noteworthy:

      The clothes swap shop is just one project within the council-run programme #ZeroWasteHackney Go Beyond Recycling. Given the energy needed to fuel the recycling process, it aims to funnel residents’ unwanted possessions into a circular system of re-use and re-pair, nudging Hackney towards a greener future.

      To find out more about this interesting initiative, look ...

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    16. Sustainable Fashion 101

      Sustainable Fashion 101

      Found this interesting piece from the Sydney Morning Herald and it really made us think. It’s called Dressing in the Era of Climate Change Requires a Rethink.

      It shares some intriguing points. Here’s one of them:

      The simplest answer to a shopper's dilemma might be a paraphrase of the advice that food writer Michael Pollan offered to those of us perplexed by our mealtime choices: Buy clothes. Not too many. Mostly plant-based.

      It is possible to buy something as simple as a white shirt, that wardrobe staple, whose production has a minimal impact on the environment and ...

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    17. How Walmart's Push for Sustainability Succeeded to Increase Revenue in Unexpected Ways

      How Walmart's Push for Sustainability Succeeded to Increase Revenue in Unexpected Ways

      Stumbled upon this helpful piece from The Conversation and thought that we would share it. Andrew Spicer and David Graham Wyatt, the authors, titled it Walmart Tried to Make Sustainability Affordable. Here’s What Happened.

      It makes some really interesting points. Here's one of the most insightful ones:

      The company’s efforts to operate more efficiently produced significant environmental value – and helped its bottom line. The efficiency of its fleet of trucks doubled within a decade. Walmart has now converted 28 percent of the energy sources powering its stores and operations globally to renewables.

      Take a look at the ...

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    18. The Necessity of Sustainability in Capitalism

      The Necessity of Sustainability in Capitalism

      Paul Polman, Unilever's former CEO, caught my eye in this thought-provoking article from The Guardian. It's called Damaged Ideology: Business Must Reinvent Capitalism - Ex Uniliver Boss.

      In it, he shares some really fascinating nuggets of wisdom. Here's one of them:

       Companies that put short-term profit ahead of long-term sustainability would not survive. Capitalism, which has been responsible for the growth and prosperity that has done so much to enhance our lives, is a damaged ideology and needs to be reinvented for the 21st century. Business needs to reinvent capitalism. We need to build a new model of ...

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    19. Investing in Sustainable Companies Might Be the Best Decision for Your Portfolio

      Investing in Sustainable Companies Might Be the Best Decision for Your Portfolio

      Stumbled upon this noteworthy piece from Medium and thought that we would share it. In it, the Carbon Disclosure Project's Paul Simpson gives us some really thought-provoking ideas.

      Here's one of them:

      Sustainable investing isn’t just about doing good, it is about good business sense. The risk element is a significant factor for investors in terms of the value of their investments. Companies held in investment portfolios can be affected by regulation, technology and consumer shifts and extreme weather events such as floods or water scarcity. Corporations and investors must prepare for these as there are both ...

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    20. Rethinking Your Packaging

      Rethinking Your Packaging

      Cause Artist has got a really interesting article here. It's called How Brands Can Have a Positive Impact With Packaging.

      In it, Maxine Ducker makes some really poignant arguments about re-thinking your product packaging. This one was particularly thought-provoking:

      Some other small brands have started to become truly original with their packaging, making their customers feel that they are seen and valued. So what if you create a unique piece of art with your packaging that your customer will worship? What kind of message are you sending along with your orders? How are you spreading the values that you ...

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    21. Why You Shouldn't Fake Your Commitment to Sustainability

      Why You Shouldn't Fake Your Commitment to Sustainability

      Here's a compelling article from the National Retail Association. It's called How Sustainability in Fashion Went From the Margins to the Mainstream.

      In it, Adrianne Pasquarelli shares some interesting observations. Here’s one that’s particularly thought-provoking:

      Brands need to be careful they’re not just paying lip service to a trend that consumers are well- equipped to track. Good on You, a mobile app that debuted four years ago after a crowdsourcing campaign, helps consumers figure out how sustainable brands actually are by incorporating each brand’s supply chains and certifications such as Fair Trade, organic and ...

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    22. Environmentally Sustainable Brands Prove to Be Sustainable Financially as Well

      Environmentally Sustainable Brands Prove to Be Sustainable Financially as Well

      Here's a fascinating 2018 article from The Drum. It's called Unilever's Sustainable Brands are the Fastest Growing Part of Its Business.

      In it, John McCarthy shares some interesting perspectives. Here’s one that’s particularly thought-provoking:

      Ever since we launched the USLP in 2010 we have reported openly on our progress. We have made great strides in meeting many of the ambitious targets we set ourselves and the fact that our sustainable living brands are continuing to deliver growth shows that this is a business model that works.

      Have a look at the full article for more ...

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    23. Sustainability in Our Digital Technology

      Sustainability in Our Digital Technology

      Thought we'd share this interesting piece from Strategy + Business. It's called Digital Technology and Sustainability: Positive Mutual Reinforcement.

      It makes some noteworthy points. This one's particularly thought-provoking:

      If people are to develop “safe” digital technology, they must ensure that it aligns with humanity’s values, promising applications of the technology that do not harm humans or other species.

      That’s why we think there is a third element to consider: social impact value, which focuses on minimizing environmental damage and maximizing value from extracted resources, building biodiversity, neuro-diversity, and community inclusion.

      Give the rest of the article ...

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    24. Food Waste is Getting Out of Hand, Here's How Could Curtail It

      Food Waste is Getting Out of Hand, Here's How Could Curtail It

      In the midst of inequality and rampant poverty, food waste can seem like a tremendously irresponsible problem to have. Yet, we have it.

      Here's a riveting piece from The Consumer Goods Forum that shares just how big of a problem it has become. It's called Reducing Food Loss & Waste.

      It shares how alarming the situation truly is. Here's one point that I found truly eye-opening:

      In a world of rising population, increasing cost of food, concerns about inequality and growing food insecurity, food waste is one of the greatest challenges of our time with 30% (1.3 ...

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    25. The Importance of Being Sustainable at the Very Beginning

      The Importance of Being Sustainable at the Very Beginning

      Have a million-dollar business idea? It won't amount to much more than that if it's not sustainable from the very beginning. Here's a thought-provoking piece from the McKinsey & Company that explains why. It's called Starting at the Source: Sustainability in the Supply Chain.

      It shares some noteworthy ideas that we thought we would share here:

      One condition that can slow a company’s growth is poor sustainability performance, as measured in environmental and social impact. To make and sell goods, consumer businesses need affordable, reliable supplies of energy and natural resources, as well as permission from ...

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    26. Why Sustainable Brands Sell More

      Why Sustainable Brands Sell More

      Have you noticed there's a growing number of sustainable brands popping up left and right? It's no accident as this article from Entrepreneur so eloquently explains it. It's called It's Official: Customers Prefer Sustainable Companies.

      It shares some thought-provoking insights about consumer buying trends recently. Here's one of the ideas in it that we thought was share-worthy:

      For years we have been saying consumers vote with their purchases. It's nice to see the world's most respected sales research and analytics company finally prove it and do so in terms that any company can ...

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