Imperfect Foods sets sights on net-zero carbon footprint by 2030

Read the full story at Grocery Dive.

E-grocer Imperfect Foods announced Monday it plans to become a net-zero carbon company by 2030.

Known for selling “ugly” and surplus produce, Imperfect Foods will focus on waste elimination, renewable energy and operational efficiencies to achieve its goal. This includes transitioning all of its delivery vehicles over to electric by 2027 and certifying six facilities as diverting zero waste to landfills by 2025.

The company is looking to cut its carbon footprint as it grows its presence in the grocery industry, which has seen more companies ramp up their commitments to greener initiatives.

Towards A Conceptual Framework of Sustainable Practices of Post-consumer Textile Waste at Garment End of Lifecycle: A Systematic Literature Review Approach

Rotimi EOO, Topple C, Hopkins J. (2021). “Towards A Conceptual Framework of Sustainable Practices of Post-consumer Textile Waste at Garment End of Lifecycle: A Systematic Literature Review Approach.” Sustainability. 13(5):2965.

Abstract: Fashion is characterised by rapidly changing trends and consumption patterns which have led to complexities and dynamism of the fashion supply chain (SC). Excessive generation of wastes highlights the need for innovative ways to address unsustainable practices by feeding the waste back into the supply chain system. This paper reviews the extant literature on sustainability within the fashion industry’s supply chain to establish available sustainability practices to manage post-consumer textile waste (PCTW) at garment end of lifecycle. Four sustainable practices emerged from the review—education and engagement, recovery and redistribution, reuse, and recycling—and are central to a framework that shows the interaction of garment end of lifecycle practices and could the achievement of strategic competitive advantage. Our findings emphasise the importance for interaction and collaboration between consumers and retailers and further involvement of the entire supply chain. In addition, sustainability paradoxes were evident across the sustainable practices. To avoid this, for retailers are urged to shift towards cradle to cradle (closed loop) lifecycle supply chains. Furthermore, retailers should evaluate the practices they adopt by questioning their aim in the achievement of sustainability. We suggest that firms should consider the entire supply chain when adopting a sustainable practice and each agent’s role in achieving the overall outcome of sustained competitive advantage.

Sour Mix for the Modern Age?

Read the full story in Punch.

Fresh-squeezed citrus juice is increasingly being traded for clarified, acidified, shelf-stable alternatives that resemble the imitation citrus of the ’70s and ’80s—only better.

This startup will buy back the ratty old T-shirts in your closet

Read the full story in Fast Company.

For Days wants consumers to think about how they’ll dispose of their garments from the moment they buy them.

Ikea’s ‘ScrapsBook’ Helps You Cut Down on Kitchen Waste

Read the full story at Muse.

Ikea Canada puts sustainability on the front burner with a free cookbook that contains 50 recipes using kitchen scraps as ingredients.

Recapturing U.S. Leadership on Climate Setting an Ambitious and Credible Nationally Determined Contribution

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This EDF report demonstrates how a bold 50% emissions reduction is achievable through multiple policy pathways – and that charting an ambitious path on climate is essential for growing a strong, clean U.S. economy.

State to outfit four southern Brooklyn libraries with solar backup systems for emergency use

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The Brooklyn Public Library is outfitting the roofs of four southern Brooklyn literary emporiums with solar energy backup systems that guarantee the lights stay lit — and providing the area with much-needed safe havens during emergencies.

Sounds of Silence: Extinction Is Erasing the Earth’s Music

Read the full story at The Revelator.

Writer Kathleen Dean Moore turns her ear to nature’s sounds and what we’re losing as species disappear.

Bin there, done that: Vani Murthy knows how to refuse

Read the full story at the Hindustan Times.

59-year-old social media influencer @wormrani posts about composting, terrace gardening and natural cleaning products. She also hands out a crash course on classic rock while she’s at it.

Science explains why unconscious bias training won’t reduce workplace racism. Here’s what will

Read the full story at Fast Company.

As the corporate world unites to take a strong stand against racism, can unconscious bias training be the way to eradicate prejudice and discrimination from the workplace?