1. Articles in category: Sustainability

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    1. The Concept of Sustainability Has Evolved from a Simple Fad to a Survival Mechanism

      The Concept of Sustainability Has Evolved from a Simple Fad to a Survival Mechanism

      This article from The Drum makes some interesting case on why businesses should take it more seriously. It's called What Happens When We Consider Sustainability as a Lifestyle Choice?

      It's got some interesting ideas. This one, we thought, was particularly intriguing:

      For a younger generation, sustainability has become a mindset for survival, a reactionary coping mechanism in a world of uncertainty. It is not only just about sustaining the world around them, it is also about how individuals sustain themselves. Brands should view sustainability as the gateway to an opportunity for pause - it should not be viewed solely ...

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    2. Who's On Top of the Sustainable Cotton Rankings?

      Who's On Top of the Sustainable Cotton Rankings?

      This thought-provoking article from Retail Dive, we thought, deserves a share. It's called Adidas, Ikea lead on sustainable cotton sourcing.

      In it, Emma Cosgrove shares her two cents about the Sustainable Cotton Rankings that put Adidas and Ikea on top of the list. Here's one of her key insights:

      The definition of sustainable cotton used for the report's assessment of the strength of sustainable cotton supply includes Organic cotton, Fairtrade cotton, Cotton Made in Africa (a formal standard covering agricultural and social impact) and cotton certified by the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). BCI works with farmers to ...

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    3. Consumers Are Voting For Sustainability with Their Money

      Consumers Are Voting For Sustainability with Their Money

      Insights abound in this engaging article from Retail Dive. It's called Consumers demand action on climate change — and it's time for retailers to listen

      There are ideas here that we thought we all need to be aware of. This one, for example, is an example:

      With a growing number of consumers showing concern for the environmental impact of their purchases, retailers can increase trust – and sales – by incorporating more sustainable practices into their operations. For the bottom line, sustainability efforts can translate into improved sales and brand loyalty as consumers look for providers that align with their own ...

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    4. Is Your Milk Carton Truly Sustainable?

      Is Your Milk Carton Truly Sustainable?

      Think your milk carton is sustainable? Think again.

      In this article from Smart Company, we learn why how tricky the sustainable packaging can really be. Here's a short excerpt: 

      As a perishable good, milk must meet an array of food safety requirements throughout production, packaging and eventual transport to retail stores, which essentially means cartons need to keep milk fresh and insulated from the outside environment.

      Traditionally, manufacturers have turned to polyethylene plastics as the solution for the lining on the inside of milk cartons. These plastics, used around the world in everything from bottles to single-use bags, are ...

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    5. Green Entrepreneurs are Walking The Talk By Ditching Non-Compliant Suppliers

      Green Entrepreneurs are Walking The Talk By Ditching Non-Compliant Suppliers

      Some companies are taking drastic steps to minimizing the environmental impact of doing business. Here's an article that shares about a couple of these brave organizations.

      Here's a short excerpt:

      Treloar tells SmartCompany the decision, which saw her business part ways with the source of about a fifth of its stock, wasn’t easy, but several months on, new suppliers and compostable packaging have reduced the bookshop’s environmental footprint.

      To find out how they fared after ditching their supplier, take a look a the rest of this really thought-provoking piece...

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    6. Cutting Down Red Meat and Other Trends for the Australian Household

      Cutting Down Red Meat and Other Trends for the Australian Household

      Retail World Magazine shares with us this interesting article called Sustainability in FMCG. It's really thought-provoking so we decided to give you a sneak peek.

      Here's one perspective that got us thinking:

      Plant-based products are rising in popularity as more dairy and meat-alternative products take over shelves in-store. According to the IRI Shopper Panel Survey 2019, 31 per cent of Australian households intend to cut red meat intake while more than half (55%) also say they try to buy environmentally friendly products.

      There's more nuggets of wisdom for you and your business in the full article so ...

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    7. Large Fast Food Joint is About to Set a High Bar on Sustainability

      Large Fast Food Joint is About to Set a High Bar on Sustainability

      Here's a really fascinating article by Alexis Cary. It's called McDonald’s to phase out plastic cutlery across Australia by end of 2020.

      It shares some great news! Here's an excerpt:

      McDonald’s has been “actively scoping” and introducing initiatives that reduce the plastic used within its packaging requirements for more than a decade, including the removal of plastic lids from McFlurry cups, salad bowls being replaced with a fibre-based alternatives and sundae cups now being lighter in weight.

      Those changes alone removed nearly 250 tonnes of plastic from McDonald’s Australia restaurants, and by weight, now ...

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    8. How Customers Are Making Decisions Based on Your Company's Sustainability

      How Customers Are Making Decisions Based on Your Company's Sustainability

      This insightful article from Total Retail grabbed our attention. It's called How Sustainability is Driving Consumer Purchasing Decisions and Manufacturer Success.

      In it, Steve Davidson shares some really thought-provoking ideas. Here's one of them:

      Becoming a sustainable brand is no longer just about having a "green product." Sustainability has evolved and broadened to include environmental, economic and social aspects. Corporate initiatives are being implemented to improve efficiency from top to bottom, including ensuring an ethical and eco-efficient supply chain, enterprisewide recycling programs, releasing corporate sustainability reports, and creating organizational positions to manage these efforts, such as a chief ...

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    9. How Sustainable is Becoming Synonymous with Profitable in Business

      How Sustainable is Becoming Synonymous with Profitable in Business

      This interesting article from Morgan Stanley really caught our eye. It's called Why Sustainable Companies Can Outperform.

      It's shares some thought-provoking ideas that are worth sharing. This one's a shining example: 

      Harvard Business School did a study: If you invested a dollar 20 years ago in a select portfolio of public companies focused just on growing their businesses , that dollar would’ve grown to $14.46. Not bad. But if you’d instead invested that same dollar in a portfolio of companies that focused on the most important environmental and social issues while growing their businesses, that ...

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    10. Why FMCG Sector Is Critical to Achieving a Sustainable Future

      Why FMCG Sector Is Critical to Achieving a Sustainable Future

      The fast moving consumer goods sector is uniquely poised to lead the way into a more sustainable logistics practice. With the vast amounts of products being shipped and delivered, just making the supply chain more sustainable can make a huge dent in curbing the effects of climate change. This article from Mike Scott talks in-depth about this.

      He makes some fascinating points in it. This one's particularly thought-provoking: 

      90% of the sector’s carbon emissions lie in the value chain, leaving companies exposed to raw material risks and product consumption risks

      There's more insight to be gleaned from ...

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    11. How Customers View Sustainable Products

      How Customers View Sustainable Products

      Came across this insightful article from the London School of Economics and Political Science. It's called How consumers perceive sustainable products.

      It shares some really thought-provoking article. This one is was one of them:

      For products in so-called strong categories – drain openers, hand disinfectants, and so on – we find a sustainability liability. Consumers systematically expect such green products to be less effective, and they are less attracted to these products. This holds both when the contents and the packaging (that is, both central and peripheral attributes) are green. In our field study, we even find that consumers use more ...

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    12. The State of Sustainability in 2020

      The State of Sustainability in 2020

      Thought we'd share this article from Which-50. It's called Sustainability Will Help Drive The Next Phase Of Global Business Transformation

      It shares some really fascinating points. This one's particularly thought-provoking:

      Sustainability is emerging worldwide as one of the great drivers of corporate change, and with it innovation and wealth creation. But sustainability is about much more than climate or new sources of electricity. Many companies, for instance, have subscribed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals which include 17 measures encompassing issues such as climate change, diversity and approaches to dealing with poverty.

      Take a look at ...

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    13. Sustainability Isn't an Impediment to Profitability

      Sustainability Isn't an Impediment to Profitability

      Came across this really thought-provoking article from Smart Company called No conflict between sustainability and profitability, say Aussie entrepreneurs.

      It's got some really clever points of view that we'd like to echo here. This one, in particular, got to us in a profound way:

      Lily Dempster, founder and chief of The Neighbourhood Effect, noted that some of the most successful businesses of the past decade have been sustainable, almost by accident.

      She pointed to giants such as Uber and Airbnb, which are “collaborative consumption” companies, making better use of existing resources that are going unused.

      For more on ...

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    14. How Coca Cola is Contributing to a More Circular Economy

      How Coca Cola is Contributing to a More Circular Economy

      Here's a fascinating piece from the Coca Cola Company. It's called Progress Against a World Without Waste.

      In it, they share with us their ambitious contribution to the circular economy. Here's one investment that we thought was really clever:

      Our R&D team continues to evaluate new technologies, and this summer we joined DEMETO’s, developers of the gr3n technology for chemical recycling, Industrial Advisory Board. Unlike mechanical recycling, DEMETO’s technology allows a complete recovery of PET plastic without any degradation of the material.

      They also shared other ways that they're investing into a more ...

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    15. How the Consumer Goods Industry Can Decrease Wastage

      How the Consumer Goods Industry Can Decrease Wastage

      There are some poignant insights to be gleaned from this fascinating piece. It's by Ken Chrisman of logistics provider Sealed Air.

      Here's a shining example:

      Waste is a two-pronged problem in the consumer goods industry. On one side, you have products that are disposed of for a variety of reasons. The product might not have been constructed properly, or the packaging did not protect the product through the supply chain. 

      Meanwhile, using oversized boxes or overpacking orders adds to our packaging waste problem. Containers and packaging made up 30 percent — or 75 million tons — of solid waste generated ...

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    16. How This Social Entrepreneur Plans on Eradicating Poverty and the Plastic Crisis

      How This Social Entrepreneur Plans on Eradicating Poverty and the Plastic Crisis

      Here's an exciting piece from the Cause Artist website. It's a podcast episode called The Journey of Upcycling Plastic Bottles to Create Sustainable Jobs and Products.

      In it, Ian Rosenberger talks about starting being a social entrepreneur dedicated to eradicating poverty and the plastic crisis through the companies that he's started.

      He has spoken about his work at SXSW, Harvard Business School, and the United Nations. He is a 2016 Barclay’s Unreasonable Impact Fellow and currently sits on the Ocean Conservancy’s Technical Advisory Committee for the Elimination of Plastic Waste. To date, he has directed ...

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    17. Conscious Capitalism is the Way Forward

      Conscious Capitalism is the Way Forward

      Thought we'd share this fascinating article from The Holmes Report. It's called Davos: Sustainability Momentum Will Drive Conscious Capitalism.

      It shares some really thought-provoking perspectives. This one's an example:

      Every investor and company I’ve talked to said this is a different generation, and they expect companies to continue to move forward even through a downturn. This is a generational shift that will cross an economic paradigm.

      More and more, the future of capitalism looks to swing on the side of social awareness. Learn more about it by taking a look at the rest of this article...

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    18. Ever Heard of Food Huggers?

      Ever Heard of Food Huggers?

      Thought we'd share this article. It's from the Daily Beast and we thought it was interesting.

      Here's a short excerpt:

      Storing cut produce is one of the smallest but most annoying things about cooking. How do you properly keep an avocado from browning? Should you put an onion in Tupperware or a plastic baggie? Do you really need to cover the cut end of a lime? These are all questions that can be answered with one product: the Food Hugger.

      The rest of the article has more so do give it a read...

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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. From Leading Lady to Leading Entrepreneur

      From Leading Lady to Leading Entrepreneur

      From a leading lady on the silver screen to a leading entrepreneur in the sidelines of an innovative luxury fragrance company, Michell Pfeiffer's journey is uber fascinating.

      This piece from Entrepreneur Online magazine tells us all about it. Here's a short excerpt:

      Pfeiffer was discouraged but not deterred. If there’s one thing Hollywood teaches -- even to legends -- it’s how to deal with rejection. “You never can get too comfortable,” she says. “I don’t care how famous you become, or successful; you think your last job may be your last job. And so you learn to ...

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