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Starbucks Becomes First National Coffee Retailer to Accept Reusable, Personal Cups at Every Visit

Starbucks Becomes First National Coffee Retailer to Accept Reusable, Personal Cups at Every Visit

Starting January 3, 2024, customers will be able to use their own clean, personal cup for every visit at all company-operated stores and participating licensed stores in the US and Canada.

Can Advertising Ever Really Be Good for The Planet?

MARKETING AND COMMS - Ad-tech platform Good-Loop is helping advertisers connect with the public and overcome people’s desire to block ads by combining consumer engagement with charitable brand donations.

Building Trust to Propel Regenerative Ag Forward: Key Takeaways from COP28

THE NEXT ECONOMY - As we work to find common ground in addressing climate change, changemakers really need to examine what could happen if money and power weren’t a factor.

Digitization, Data Driving the Quest to Decarbonize Building Materials

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Shaw’s Kellie Ballew spoke with Stacy Smedley, executive director of Building Transparency, about the organization’s role in decarbonizing the construction industry.

Innovating for Impact: The Sustainable Tech Trends to Watch in 2024

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Many companies have embarked on their sustainability journey. In 2024, the challenge will be to prioritize the innovations that add the most impact.

A Radical Approach to Sustainability in B2B Tech: Honesty

MARKETING AND COMMS - The ostrich approach to inconvenient problems is a reason why the climate crisis exists. It’s refreshing to see a brand stand up and say, ‘This is what we’re doing. It’s tough. We can’t be perfect. But we’re working hard and this is what we’ve achieved.’

These Underutilized Grains Hold the Key to Climate-Proofing Our Food System

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Sorghum and millets are versatile, fast-growing cereal crops able to produce reliable yields and high-quality nutrition amid variable climates and with low environmental impact.

Flashfood Offers a Solution to Food Waste That Doesn’t Leave the Grocery Store

WASTE NOT - The platform connects shoppers with near-expiration food coming directly from grocery shelves at a significant discount.

‘Tis the Season of ‘Giving Back:’ The Environmental Impact of Holiday Returns

WASTE NOT - Addressing the fate of returned items — and the larger issue of 'wrap, return, repeat' consumer culture — requires adoption of smart technologies to offset losses and improve retail’s environmental impact during the holiday season and beyond.

Startup on a Mission to UNDO Climate Change by ‘Putting Carbon in Its Place’

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Using enhanced rock weathering to draw down carbon from the atmosphere, UNDO aims to spread enough crushed rock on farmlands by 2025 to permanently remove 1M tons of CO2.

How Internal Communications Can Unleash Employee Ingenuity on Sustainability Challenges

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - People everywhere are feeling the effects of climate change and want to be part of the solution. Business leaders who engage their employees in sustainability initiatives will help them feel more connected and create new opportunities to shape the future.

Why COP Should Be More Like a Global Sport Tournament

THE NEXT ECONOMY - It’s time for a new summit where citizens, not special interests, have a say. Imagine if COP29 were more like a sports match or a reality TV show …

Understanding Digestate: The Bounty from Anaerobic Digestion

WASTE NOT - Leveraging the potential of anaerobic digestion and utilizing digestate as a renewable soil amendment offers significant opportunities for sustainable and regenerative agriculture.

The 5 Biggest Packaging Trends Impacting Sustainability in 2024

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Improved automation is a major driver behind several of the biggest trends that will impact packaging sustainability in 2024.

Meet the Company Helping Brands Give Nature a Place on the Board

THE NEXT ECONOMY - We caught up with Ephi Banaynal dela Cruz, co-founder and CEO of Context Nature, to learn how they are supporting companies to integrate nature into business and investment decision-making to build a nature-positive future.

Cultivating Relationships, Understanding Around Food’s Place in Nature

COLLABORATION - A unique partnership between a Japanese pizza chef and a CEO dedicated to regional revitalization created a ‘cook’s sanctuary,’ where cooks and the public can connect and learn about the importance of food sustainability.

Collaborative Sustainability Initiatives Driving Innovation in Manufacturing Clusters

COLLABORATION - Examples such as the Net-Zero Basque Industrial Super Cluster show how targeted, collaborative sustainability efforts can set new standards for environmental responsibility in manufacturing — leading the way in industrial innovation and global competition.

WWF Report Reveals Progress on Some of the World’s Biggest Brands' Plastic Footprints

WASTE NOT - While ReSource: Plastic members are demonstrating that plastic reporting is possible, voluntary corporate action is not sufficient to address the scale and urgency of the plastic waste crisis.

An Early Adopter’s Guide to Sustainability: 5 Lessons Learned

WALKING THE TALK - Companies that challenge the idea of business-as-usual can set the pace of innovation for their peers despite the risk of failure. And you might just unlock a new way of doing business and see ripple effects for years to come.

The Evolution of Insurers’ Climate-Related Reporting in the US

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Though these disclosures are meant to provide an overview of an insurer’s climate-management practices and are not judged by length, the limited content analysis in some findings highlights the need for more substance on the part of insurers.