Amazon’s experimental recipe for food retail

Food is turning into an information business, and the online retailer-turned-grocer has an unassailable competitive advantage.

Inside VF’s new sustainability direction

The retail behemoth sets its sights on science-based targets and circularity.

Trending: Fast Food, Supermarket Giants Commit to Slashing Single-Use Plastics

With an estimated 12 million tons of plastic waste entering the world’s oceans each year, consumers and governments are increasingly looking to businesses to eliminate plastic packaging. Fast food giant McDonald’s and major supermarkets in the UK are rising to the challenge, revealing big plans to go plastic-free. First, McDonald’s has unveiled plans to improve its packaging and drastically reduce waste. By 2025, 100 percent of the company’s guest packaging will come

Michael Kobori on stretching beyond the sustainability department

The best of live interviews from GreenBiz events. This episode: The Levi Strauss leader offers a glimpse at broadening the reach of sustainability.

On Black Friday, REI encourages nature lovers to #OptOutside

But is there really such a thing as green consumption?

M&S’ Mike Barry: Balance of Science, Emotion Needed to Engage Consumers in Circular Models

For many retailers, circular thinking involves redefining products – and the raw materials contained within them – as assets that need to be kept in circulation for as long as possible. During each use phase, these assets may need to be reintroduced into different markets, requiring new customer relationships to be built. One business leader that recognises the scale of this challenge is Mike Barry, director of sustainable business at Marks & Spencer (M&S). He sees the retailer-consumer relationship profoundly changing in the next 10 years, as companies including his become more adept at offering products that can deliver a much richer customer experience. He points to asset tracking

Sustainability finance lessons, from Adidas to Starbucks

Green bonds are just one creative approach retailers are taking to boost sustainability.

TSC: Supplier Engagement Better Equips Business to Tackle Supply Chain Sustainability Issues

Integrating sustainability measurement, tools and practices into supply chains allows businesses create more sustainable consumer products and avoid risks to their bottom line says a new report from The Sustainability Consortium (TSC). The organization’s 2017 Impact Report, The Call for Collective Action Across Supply Chains, revealed that not only has supplier engagement increased,

The simple way big brands can evangelize recycling

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

After HQ Scores LBC Certification, Etsy Shares Software to Monitor Building Waste Streams

When Etsy began the process of creating a new global headquarters in Brooklyn, NY, it saw an opportunity to drive change, to set a new standard for sustainable construction and design and to create a space that reflected its values, especially those related to community, craft, and sustainability. Partnering with the International Living Future institute, Etsy has achieved Living Building Challenge Petal (LBC) certification for

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

Pursuing science-based emissions targets makes sense regardless, says the retail colossus.

Target to Remove Harmful Chemicals from Products, Invest in Green Chemistry

Retail giant Target has announced its commitment to reducing harmful chemicals from its products and investing in green chemistry with the release of a new chemical strategy that covers its entire value chain, operations and products. The goal is to be transparent, proactive and innovative when it comes to managing chemicals and, where necessary, developing alternatives. The new steps build on the existing Sustainable Product Index released by the company in 2014 and updated in 2015 and 2016. Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families’ Mind the Store campaign has challenged the company and other retailers to develop comprehensive policies to eliminate and substitute chemicals. The company

Sustainable retail trends to watch in 2017

With rising consumer expectations, store formats of the past no longer apply. The new year promises new ways to sustainably source and supply goods.

Fast Retailing Applies Unique SPA Business Model to Help Forge Brighter Future in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is no longer one of the world’s poorest nations. Today, this emerging nation is steadily growing as one of the world’s leading apparel manufacturers. However, the country’s economic structure remains fragile due to its heavy dependence on textile exports and overseas remittances from emigrant workers, and the country’s manufacturing base and infrastructure

Is your favorite retailer selling toxic products?

New report card ranks Walmart, Amazon, Target, Costco and other retailers on safer chemical policies.

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

A new study shows that online consumers want environmentally friendly options.

Black Friday rings up the financial costs of fast fashion

Investors should account for raw materials sourcing and resource constraints in their investment decision-making.

This Black Friday, REI Is Inviting All Businesses to #OptOutside

Our theme this year at Sustainable Brands has been “Activating Purposeâ€� – exploring and applauding the ways brands are authentically walking their talk when it comes to pursuing purpose beyond profit – and we are thrilled that the list continues to grow. Last year, REI set a new precedent in retail when it honored both its company ethos and the holiday spirit by closing its 149 stores on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday – and paying its 12,287 employees to take the days off and â€�Opt Outsideâ€� to enjoy the great outdoors with their loved

Square Wants to Rid the World of Paper Receipts. Why Hasn’t This Happened Already?

Have you ever been thankful the cashier didn’t ask if you want a receipt, because you’re tired of the paper piling up? You do your best to recycle receipts, but there’re still those that slip through the cracks into the trash. Have you ever wondered why we still have paper receipts in a digital world? Your annoyance is well-placed. According to mobile payments juggernaut Square, these little paper slips inflict the following damage

Retailers need to up their game to address the global resource crisis

This week we celebrated a rather tragic landmark: the point when we used up all the resources that our planet can regenerate in one year. The fact that Earth Overshoot Day happened in early August points to the gravity of resource overconsumption, but the costs are already visible in ocean acidification, water pollution, destruction of forests and nearly every other environmental problem.

Decathlon Plans to Use Eco-Design, Labeling to Reduce Product Impact by 20% Per Year

Product-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions represented 74 percent of sports retailer Decathlon’s total emissions in 2015. With a new goal to stabilize its emissions by 2019, the company estimates it will need to reduce product-related impacts by 20 percent per year if it is to meet its target. Decathlon says its design teams have taken up the challenge and are progressively integrating environmental criteria into the quality-price combination of all of its products. The retailer’s latest sustainability report details its commitments for 2015-2019 and the strategies it will take to address five key areas: Team member happiness at work through responsibility and diversity, with

Target Highlights Successes, Shortcomings in Ongoing Sustainability Journey

In 2015, Target wrapped up its five-year goals and built the foundation for the future of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practice, which is to make wellness a way of life; pursue sustainability for products and business operations; champion a more inclusive society; and invest and engage in their communities. Summarizing their progress and capturing important projects and milestones, Target’s 2015 Corporate Social Responsibility Report was released this week. Click to enlarge. | Image credit: Target Of the company’s 20 goals for 2015, Target surpassed ten. Among their highlight achievements, Target: Donated $1 billion to education

Calling All Food Waste Fighters: New Funding for Closed-Loop Solutions

The Closed Loop Foundation (CL Foundation) has announced a new grant and loan opportunity for food waste solutions that are applicable in the United States. Hoping to unlock food waste diversion and reduction at scale, the CL Foundation launched a ‘Food Waste Solution Search,’ open to submissions for all types of solutions to the food waste challenge, from field to end-of-life. The CL Foundation was one of the main supporters of ReFED’s recent report, A Roadmap to Reduce U.S.