Green products

9 sustainable solutions you will see in the future

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For the third year now the international think tank Sustainia has released its “Sustainia100” guide. The idea behind the competition is to identify the 100 most promising sustainability solutions from around the world. With a focus on advocating readily available, financially viable and scalable innovations, Sustainia’s mission is to mature markets for sustainable products and services.

Consumers Want to Buy ‘Green’ Brands

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About 70 percent of consumers would consider switching brands if one could demonstrate better environmental credentials, according to research from sustainability nonprofit Forum for the Future.

Novelis commissioned the research to gain consumer insights into its evercan product, aluminum sheet certified to contain at least 90 percent recycled content. In April, Red Hare Brewing became the first to commercially use the evercan aluminum sheet.

Cradle to Cradle Product Registry Launches

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The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has launched a product registry designed to increase transparency from manufacturers.

The Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Registry allows designers, builders and consumers to make decisions about products. The registry includes a certification scorecard, which summarizes levels achieved in five categories: material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship and social fairness.

Online catalog lists compostable plastics certfied to decompose

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A new online database lists more than 3,300 kinds of compostable plastic products that have been certified to break down in commercial facilities.

The Biodegradable Plastic Institute, which tested the items, created the database to improve the efficiency and quality of composting. The list make it easier for consumers and composters to know which cups, cutlery, bags and other items live up to claims that they will disintegrate into the soil conditioner called humus.

Unilever Crowdsources Eco-Friendly Shower Ideas

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Unilever is reaching out to consumers to crowdsource the design of an environmentally friendly shower that uses less water and has a smaller carbon footprint than current models.

Unilever will award €10,000 ($13,000) and a trip to London to develop the winning idea. Submissions for the “shower of the future” competition need to be cost efficient and affordable to the end user, have an innovative design that fits within a typical modern bathroom and should use no more than 10 liters (2.6 gallons) of water in a single use.

Should supply or demand drive sustainable products?

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Given the lack of momentum on the global sustainability agenda in recent years, an atmosphere of mutual frustration between various levels of society is understandable. If nothing else, it inclines some to ask: Who do we turn to in order to drive the agenda forward?

When our panel of sustainability experts at GlobeScan is asked whether we need more supply of or demand for sustainability solutions, it tends to place the onus on pressure from consumers. We find that 41 percent believe that more consumer demand is required to accelerate progress on sustainability, while only 22 percent cite the need for more sustainable options from companies.

Fiber testing reveals dirty secrets of office paper

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At WRI, we are working to understand and minimize our environmental impacts. Using research and expertise from around the Institute to guide us, WRI is committed to limiting the resources we use and purchasing products that reflect our environmental and social mission.

Our guidelines at our Washington, D.C. office require paper products to be certified and have high recycled fiber content. However, we had not identified other requirements beyond product certification, nor had we effectively communicated these guidelines or any paper purchasing standards with our non-D.C. offices. We also found that we were not maintaining records on all our offices’ paper purchases.

Considering our ongoing work to help companies comply with U.S. Lacey Act requirements, we decided it was time to examine the paper products in our own offices. We wanted to better understand our supply chains and use fiber analysis to test the paper content.

Better by Design: Evolving EPR fees call for better design choices.

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Does establishing fees in EPR systems effect whether producers choose to manufacture their products using materials that have a smaller environmental impact?

Samsung Galaxy S4 Scores First Smartphone Sustainability Certification

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Last week, TCO Development granted Samsung’s Galaxy S4 the organization’s first ever sustainability certification for smartphones.

The certification is important for Samsung and the overall smartphone market for several reasons. First, as smartphones proliferate and accomplish everything from reducing usage of laptops to helping alleviate poverty in emerging markets, the world’s resources necessary to manufacture them, from rare earth metals to petroleum, will become more constrained and difficult to procure. Furthermore, consumers are becoming aware of the social cost resulting from their assembly, as last year’s Apple-Foxconn saga clearly demonstrated.