4 factors to examine when setting sustainability goals for a business

By Troy Doughman January 4, 2022 Wind turbine in landscape. Image courtesy of Getty Images. This article is sponsored by Shell Energy. There are numerous reasons so many organizations across the globe are working to reduce their environmental impacts. These motives include, but aren’t limited to, meeting consumer demands, increasing efficiency, meeting regulatory requirements, adding brand value, attracting […]

When circularity meets climate tech

By Heather Clancy January 12, 2022 The innards of Dell’s Concept Luna notebook computer. Image courtesy of Dell This article was adapted from Climate Tech Weekly, a free newsletter focused on climate technologies. The second most-read story on GreenBiz.com last year was one that was actually published almost four years ago: An investigative report about what happens to solar panels when […]

Timberland wants your boots back

By Deonna Anderson These boots were made for recycling? That’s the message Timberland, widely known for its wheat-colored nubuck boots, is sending to customers this week with the launch of its product take-back program called Timberloop. The company is encouraging customers to return Timberland footwear, clothing and accessories so that it can give them another life. “By […]

The 6 sustainable packaging trends we’ll be watching in 2022

By Meg Wilcox Last year was a reckoning for companies racing the clock to meet their 2025 sustainable packaging goals. In the U.S., states passed groundbreaking legislation to help repair the broken recycling system and to move companies faster on their commitments. As David Allaway, a senior analyst at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), […]

Messing with nature is risky business!

For a long time now, economy and the conservation of biodiversity seemed to be two different worlds. Not many CEOs or financial managers were able to explain how their company’s impact contributed to the loss of species, deforestation or the acidification of oceans. But times have changed. Today, trailblazing entrepreneurs understand that they don’t have […]

World Youth Skills Day: How KEPSA’s Project is Enhancing Acquisition of Waste Management Skills

The Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) has been spearheading efforts that are geared towards enhancing youth skills across the country and beyond; to create revamped business models through a series of completed and ongoing projects. These initiatives not only target youth in business but also students and those in the informal sector. One such project, […]

A circular economy requires community, and communities are built through storytelling

By Phil Rosen June 25, 2021 In the apparel business, steps taken to optimize the customer experience don’t always align with the planet’s best interest. But thanks to pioneering companies applying circular economy technology and design principles, things are beginning to shift. The circular economy prioritizes practices such as regenerative design, restoration of products and a […]

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is going to change how we live

By Karin Boomsma During a recent webinar to sensitise the private sector on the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulations, a senior official of a prominent local pharmaceutical observed that the pharmaceutical industry cannot be responsible for consumers’ management of drugs purchased by them and it would therefore be unfair to expect the industry to be […]

Major food brands launch fund for bag, pouch recycling

By Cecilia Keating June 7, 2021 Flexible plastic is notoriously difficult to recycle. Courtesy of Flexible Plastic Fund Close Authorship Some of the United Kingdom’s largest consumer goods companies and supermarkets have jointly launched a $1.5 million fund that aims to invest in efforts to make plastic bags, wrappers, firms, pouches, packets and sachets easier for […]

Settling the score on reusable vs. recyclable cups

Landfill-bound trash at a music festival in New Jersey, summer of 2019. Courtesy Effect Marketing. There’s good news and bad news when it comes to beverage cups used at concerts, sporting events and other large gatherings: A fierce competition is underway to be seen as the sustainable container of choice, with each cup vendor making its […]