Behind those iconic golden arches, a commitment to sustainability

McDonald’s committed to making 100 percent of its packaging sustainable by 2025.

3 books to get you through the end of winter

Here are three books Conservation International (CI) staff can’t put down.

Nat Geo’s ‘Planet or Plastic?’ Initiative Latest Attempt to Save the Oceans from Plastic

As the amount of single-use plastic in the world’s oceans continues to grow, National Geographic is announcing a new, global commitment to tackle this pressing problem. On Wednesday, the media giant launched Planet or Plastic?, a multiyear initiative aimed at raising awareness of this challenge and reducing the amount of single-use plastic that enters the world’s oceans. As a global brand with a rich history of scientific

Trending: Global Beauty Industry Joins Forces to Drive Sustainability in Products, Packaging

Collaborative efforts are advancing sustainability in the beauty industry. Supported by contributions from major brands and retailers, Forum for the Future and The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) have produced a draft assessment tool for evaluating the sustainability of beauty and personal care products, with the goal of simplifying and aligning the wide array of product assessment criteria in use today. Participating organizations included Sustainable Brands members CVS Health, Procter & Gamble, Target, Eastman Chemical Company, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc., and Unilever, as well as other leading industry players such as Burt’s Bees, Colgate, Method, Sephora, Seventh Generation, Walgreens, and

Why the government’s watchdog consultation is so disappointing

At long last, the government has published its environmental watchdog and principles consultation. As stubbornly technical as it sounds, the consultation is significant. In fact, despite all the positive announcements on plastic, it is probably the most significant moment yet in the government’s recent environment drive. In outlining a plan for how laws and policy will be enforced after we

Resource efficiency is the UK’s missing climate policy

As the UK government lobbies to host crucial UN climate talks in 2020, it can rightly claim to have demonstrated leadership on this pressing global issue. We were the first country in the world to set legally binding budgets for carbon. We have shown it’s possible to grow our economy while reducing emissions to meet the first three legally binding

7 ways cities can encourage better energy performance in rentals

Looking at you, Boulder, Colorado.

In good company: How Obvious Ventures is disrupting venture capital

Impact investing isn’t about being”cute.”

What on Earth is the ‘blue economy’?

On the first day of the Economist World Ocean Summit, we break down the “blue economy.”

Recent op-ed misses the forest for the trees

A recent op-ed published in Yale Environment 360, missed the mark in its criticisms of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

SoulBuffalo Gets Execs Out from Behind Desks to See Their Impacts on the World

As we at Sustainable Brands — and anyone working to rectify the damage people have done to the planet — are well aware, it’s all too easy to ignore pressing social and environmental issues if their effects can’t be seen or felt in our daily lives. After a life-altering excursion across three continents,

Wales Aims to Become First ‘Refill Nation,’ Teach Residents ‘Value of Tap Water’

The Welsh Government and City to Sea, a group campaigning against single-use plastics, are collaborating on the development of campaigns to encourage refills and change residents’ behavior to make tap water their first choice for hydration. While the campaigns will help people ‘see the value of water,’ the government has also announced an additional £15 million of capital funding to further improve Local Authority recycling collection systems and infrastructure, including for plastics. The Welsh Environment Minister Hannah Blythyn made the announcement, highlighting Wales waste reduction achievements to date, including a recycling rate “well over” 60 percent. By comparison, Scotland and England each

Reasons to be hopeful about new funding to tackle plastic waste in developing countries

This blog is by Joanne Green, senior policy associate at Tearfund. Last year, Maria das Gracas’ house flooded eight times. As I stood with her in her home in a favela in Recife, Brazil, she told me how her community is now sorting and collecting the plastic and waste that clogs the river running through the neighbourhood, improving people’s lives and

The day protecting the environment became the right thing to do

When first announcing the government’s plans to legislate the UK’s withdrawal from the EU the prime minister assured the nation that the same rules and laws will apply on the day after exit as on the day before and that we will have a workable, certain, continuing system of law. This really matters for the environment as 80 per cent of

3 ways businesses can show governments they’re taking action on climate

How to push past the Paris Agreement.

Report Report: Carbon accounting, SDG roadmaps, 4th wave environmentalism

The latest crop of research and insights for sustainable business professionals.

McDonald’s to take a bite out of carbon emissions

McDonald’s announced it would eliminate deforestation from its supply chain while reducing its carbon emissions by 36 percent by 2030.

To tackle environmental challenges, start with students

A new partnership between Conservation International (CI) and Arizona State University (ASU) forges a new approach to conservation and sustainable development.

eKutir: The Human-Digital Platform Curating the Future of Food

As we get ready to select our semi-finalists for the 2018 Sustainable Brands Innovation Open, we wanted to check in with last year’s semi-finalists to learn about the impacts they continue to have on the business world. Here, we catch up with eKutir Global. eKutir Global is a US-based Public Benefit Corporation (and the first B Corp-certified organisation in India) whose digital technologies and data science provide a first-of-its-kind human-digital marketplace. Through a continuous stream of data points and information, eKutir’s platforms have helped create more efficient markets for smallholder farmers, with proven increases in productivity, income and

AkzoNobel Puts ‘True Price’ on Natural, Social Capital; Increases Business Value

“Organizations rely on a diverse set of ‘capitals’ to function effectively,” says Emma Ringström, Sustainability Manager, Pulp and Performance Chemicals at AkzoNobel. By measuring these, she says, “We can find ways to make the most impactful improvements and ultimately increase business value.” AkzoNobel has proven this through a pilot project at AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals’ bleaching chemicals operations in Brazil. The company began

Why we need new maps of important local wildlife spaces to protect nature

This post is by Stephanie Hilborne OBE, chief executive of The Wildlife Trusts Most people agree that wildlife and wild places are valuable for their own sake. We now know from research across the globe that a healthy, wildlife-rich natural world is essential for our wellbeing and prosperity. But wildlife has

Deciphering the new tax credits on carbon capture investments

The Budget Act of 2018 expands and enhances the tax credits for climate technologies, which could have an important impact for companies.

Why data is an essential nutrient for AeroFarms crops

Now on its ninth facility, the world’s biggest vertical farming operation is a big proponent of automation.