Virtual portal creates access to food security solutions

Read the full story in the Cornell Chronicle.

Meeting the nutritional needs of current and future generations requires innovations to ensure access to healthy and nutritious food while creating equitable value chains and supporting climate and environmental sustainability. 

To this end, Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability collaborated with a group of partner organizations to design the Innovative Food System Solution (IFSS) portal launched by in May 2021.

Unilever targets plastic waste with new paper-based bottles for laundry, hair care

Read the full story at ESG Today.

Global consumer brands company Unilever announced today plans to launch the first ever paper-based laundry detergent bottle, forming the next step in the company’s goal to tackle plastic waste. Unilever revealed a prototype bottle that it plans to debut in Brazil by early 2022 on its laundry brand OMO (also known as Persil, Skip and Breeze). The company aims to roll the bottle out afterwards in Europe, and announced that it is piloting the same technology to create paper-based hair care bottles.

Vans unveils its first all-vegan collection of sustainable sneakers

Read the full story at The Beet.

Streetwear and shoe company Vans recently debuted its first sustainable shoe collection in a move to reshape decades-old production practices. Marking what would have been the beginning of the Van’s Warped Tour, the shoe brand decided to start summer off by launching an innovative range for its iconic footwear. The new Eco Theory collection will feature four of the most popular shoe styles sourced solely from ethical materials that promote a vegan and environmentally friendly industry.

How a Russian vessel’s grounding highlights perils of Arctic shipping

Read the full story at e360.

A recently released report on the 2018 grounding of a Russian ship in the Canadian Arctic points out the many dangers of a coming shipping boom in an increasingly ice-free Arctic, including the lack of reliable navigational charts and crews inexperienced in polar waters.

New academic-industry collaboration to tackle global challenges in sustainability

Read the full story from the University of Bath.

The University of Bath is coordinating a major new collaboration with academia and industry to use sustainable chemical technologies to accelerate the UK’s transition to net zero carbon emissions.

Cargill’s first-of-its-kind facility in the US to process plant-based sugars, provide alternate to chemicals from fossil sources

Read the full story in Environment + Energy Leader.

The first commercial-scale, renewable bio-based BDO (butanediol) facility in the US will be built as a joint venture between Cargill and HELM. The facility will provide brands the ability to replace fossil-based chemistries with bio-based intermediates and thus reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The two companies are investing a combined $300 million on the facility, which will be completed and operating in 2024.

Fidelity International expands sustainable fund suite with new range of multi-asset offerings

Read the full story at ESG Today.

Fidelity International announced today the launch of the Sustainable Multi Asset Fund range, adding to the investment offerings under the firm’s Sustainable Family of Funds. The new open-ended funds encompass offerings across the risk spectrum, with an initial launch of three funds, including the Fidelity Sustainable Multi Asset Conservative Fund, Fidelity Sustainable Multi Asset Balanced Fund and Fidelity Sustainable Multi Asset Growth Fund.

Exploring the “jargon” of the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability: A glance at the future of chemicals regulation in the EU

Read the full post at Eye on ESG.

The EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability Towards a Toxic-Free Environment (CSS) announces the “new long term vision for the EU’s chemical policy’” intended to achieve a toxic-free environment through the “production and use of safe and sustainable chemicals”. In line with the objectives of the EU Green Deal, this ambitious political document is expected to deeply reshape the current EU chemicals regulatory framework for the next decade.

Ginkgo Bioworks announces R&D collaboration with Sumitomo Chemical to develop more sustainable bio-based chemicals for multiple industries

Read the news release.

Ginkgo Bioworks, Inc. (“Ginkgo”) today announced the signing of a program in a partnership with the Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd. (“Sumitomo Chemical”), one of Japan’s leading chemical companies. Ginkgo is building the leading horizontal platform for cell programming, to serve customers across industries seeking to develop better products. Sumitomo Chemical seeks to leverage Ginkgo’s long-established expertise in organism engineering to significantly increase the production efficiency and sustainability of a key bio-based commercial product.

‘Vegan spider silk’ provides sustainable alternative to single-use plastics

Read the full story from the University of Cambridge.

Researchers have created a plant-based, sustainable, scalable material that could replace single-use plastics in many consumer products.