Category: Green products

Native Net Zero: Integrating Emissions Goals into Products

Companies explain how they have integrated emissions reductions strategies into products and business models.

Speakers: Heather Clancy | Vice President and Editorial Director | GreenBiz Group Sandra Noonan | Chief Sustainability Officer | Just Salad Stacy Kauk | Director, Sustainability Fund | Shopify Taylor Francis | Co-founder | Watershed

This session was held at GreenBiz Group’s VERGE Net Zero, July 27-28, 2021. Learn more about the event here: https://events.greenbiz.com/events/verge-net-zero/online/2021

Past, present, and future of green product innovation

Khan, S. J., Dhir, A., Parida, V., & Papa, A. (2021). Past, present, and future of green product innovation. Business Strategy and the Environment, 1– 26. https://doi.org/10.1002/bse.2858 (open access)

Abstract: Firms are under constant pressure from various governmental and nongovernmental agencies to switch from conventional environmentally polluting products to green product innovations (GPIs). However, the relevant research pertaining to GPI has been published in a diverse set of journals that vary in their scope and readership and, therefore, the scholarly contribution to the topic remains largely fragmented. This study has utilised a systematic literature review approach to examine the literary corpus on GPI to paint a holistic picture of its different aspects. The content and thematic analysis of 85 studies resulted in the extraction of seven key research themes: organisational capabilities, organisational learning, institutional pressures, barriers, structural changes, benefits of GPI, and methodological choices. This study’s findings further highlight the various gaps in the GPI literature and raise some research questions that warrant scholarly investigation in the future. Likewise, our study has important implications for practitioners who are likely to benefit from a holistic understanding of the different aspects of GPI. Similarly, policymakers can use this study’s findings to introduce policy interventions, especially in countries where GPI adoption is low.

Amazon expands products sold under sustainable labeling program

Read the full story at Grocery Dive.

Amazon has added four certifications from health, organic and animal welfare organizations to its sustainable product labeling initiative, the retailer announced on Tuesday.

With the new certifications — EWG Verified, Regenerative Organic Certified, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Safer Choice and Animal Welfare Approved — Amazon is expanding its selection of products recognized under its Climate Pledge Friendly program, which identifies approved sustainable products across grocery, household, beauty and other product categories. 

The e-tailer now has 31 certifications covering more than 75,000 products linked to its Climate Pledge Friendly program as retailers boost their efforts to make it easier to find planet-friendly products.

Unilever explores biology-based solutions for sustainable cleaning products

Read the full story at ESG Today.

Global consumer brands company Unilever announced today a new multi-year partnership with leading protein design company Arzeda, exploring biology-based solutions to transform the sustainability and performance of cleaning and laundry products.

Novolex launches new U.S manufacturing line to make compostable cups from plant-based plastic

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Novolex® announced today that it has launched a new Chattanooga, Tenn. production line to manufacture compostable cold beverage cups made from a plant-based plastic.

The clear cups are made using polylactic acid (PLA), a plastics polymer created from starch-based plants such as corn, sugarcane and wheat straw. The cups will be available from Novolex brand Eco-Products®, a leading provider of foodservice packaging made from renewable and recycled resources.

West Paw introduces pet products made with ocean-bound plastic

Read the full story at Pet Product News.

West Paw has set sail on a new eco-venture by launching a collection of pet toys and feeding accessories that are made with Seaflex, an exclusive blend of reclaimed and recycled ocean-bound plastic and zero-waste Zogoflex material. Ocean-bound plastic, as defined by renowned marine debris professional Jenna Jambeck, is material collected from communities with no formal waste management within 31 miles off the shore line.

Compostable Products Primer for compost manufacturers

Read the full story at Biocycle.

The US Composting Council’s Primer, authored by BioCycle editors, supplements its upcoming workshops and Summit on guiding composters on acceptance of compostable products.

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.

Webinar: The Path to Sustainable Forestry

June 3, 2021, noon-1 pm CDT
Register here.

The forest industry is embracing more sustainable practices that protect people, biodiversity and our climate – and many companies have set goals to source from more sustainable forests. The challenge? Only 20% of the world’s working forests are currently certified by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®). This webcast will cover the importance of sustainable forestry and how companies across the pulp and lumber industries are using their influence to increase the demand and supply of FSC-certified forest products.

Among the topics

  • How to achieve sustainability goals when issues of supply are outside of your direct control
  • Best practices for communicating the importance of certification schemes to suppliers
  • Tips for educating and inspiring consumers to choose responsibly sourced items
  • How to meaningfully contribute to NGO partnerships and collaborations that can drive continued progress

Moderator

  • Heather Clancy, Vice President & Editorial Director, GreenBiz Group

Speakers

  • Lois Forde-Kohler, Family Care Sustainability Director, Procter & Gamble
  • Ron Jarvis, Chief Sustainability Officer, The Home Depot
  • Chris McLaren, Chief Marketing & Market Development Officer, Forest Stewardship Council US


Colgate Keep Reduces Small Plastic Waste to Make a Big Difference

Read the full story at Waste360.

Good brushing habits add up, but not always in a good way.

Over 495 million adult manual toothbrushes were purchased in the U.S. in 2020 and will likely end up in landfill because they cannot be easily recycled. 

Colgate is working its innovative muscle and magic to change that with the launch of Colgate® Keep. The company has made it their mission to take steps towards addressing this global matter by reinventing the manual toothbrush with a reusable handle to contain 80% less plastic*. 

Colgate® Keep is designed with a snap-on replaceable brush head and a reusable aluminum handle to inspire people to make small steps that add up to significant impact. With availability online and at national retailers, Colgate® Keep is making less plastic more accessible for all looking for easy ways to reduce their plastic waste. 

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