Category: Sustainable design

The European Union wants a universal charger for cell phones and other devices

Read the full story from NPR.

If you live in the European Union, your days of futzing around with a handful of chargers to find one that fits your latest gadget may be numbered.

Under a proposal released Thursday by the E.U., there would be one universal charger for all cell phones and other handheld electronic devices — no matter whether you had an iPhone or Kindle or anything else.

Champion unveils sustainable line with The Renewal Workshop

Read the full story at Fashion United.

Athleticwear brand Champion has unveiled a new sustainable line with The Renewal Workshop, which turns discarded clothing and textiles into renewed apparel.

Minnesota students’ snack innovation fights food waste and climate change

Read the full story at Centered.

Food waste is a major problem in the United States, with about one-third (30%-40%) of the country’s food supply becoming waste, according to USDA 2010 estimates. That’s about 133 billion pounds of food worth $161 billion thrown away, wasting the energy, water, and other resources used to produce it and creating emissions during product transportation and processing.

Bread is the most wasted food product in the U.S., often discarded when it is still edible but simply past peak freshness. Students at the University of Minnesota developed ReToast, a cookie in the shape of toast that is made from at least 30% upcycled food products, such as bread, that would otherwise be wasted.

Lululemon plans to make leggings from plants

Read the full story at Fast Company.

But they still won’t be biodegradable, pointing to the complexities of developing products that are truly gentle on the environment.

‘Your outfit is killing the planet’: the company putting a label on fashion’s climate impact

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Allbirds’ sustainability lead Hana Kajimura on why the company uses carbon labeling and her hope that the fashion industry can become carbon negative

How manufacturers and waste management companies can achieve a circular economy

Read the full commentary at Waste360.

Through the efficient design of materials, types of products created and new attitudes towards business models, we can create a circular economy which allows for a restorative and regenerative life cycle of materials. The circular model shifts towards the use of renewable energy while eliminating the use of toxic chemicals and replaces the end-of-life concept with restoration and its end goal of eliminating plastic waste.

How this cult Italian leather goods brand champions sustainability with old-school craftsmanship

Read the full story at The Robb Report.

The 50-year-old Italian maker is finding new relevance thanks to its eco-friendly practices and enduring designs.

This porous pavement helps prevent flooding by absorbing rain

Read the full story in Fast Company.

When cities are covered in pavement, they more easily flood because stormwater can’t get into the ground. This alternative has tiny little holes to let rainwater through, while keeping pollution out.

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

The GC3 Blueprint of Green Chemistry Opportunities for a Circular Economy

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This report explores the synergies between green chemistry principles and the circular economy framework. Each has the opportunity to enable and optimize the other, and this report focuses on the innovations needed to realize those opportunities. The Blueprint was written in part to support companies and others as they make design, sourcing, and manufacturing decisions about chemicals, materials, and products that can advance both circular economy and green and sustainable chemistry goals.

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