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Timbrland’s New ‘Footprint Label’ Shoebox

This fall, Timberland unveiled new packaging for its footwear products aimed at reducing the company’s environmental footprint. The new packaging, made of environmentally-friendlier materials, 100 percent post-consumer waste fiber, soy based inks and water-based solvents in place of chemical glues, features the “Our Footprint” ingredient label.  This industry-leading transparency initiative provides consumers with information about […]

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Integrated Recycling System Developed for Waste Plastic

As Japan for Sustainability reports, "Yamamoto Eng. Works Co., a manufacturer of waste recycling machines in Tokushima in western Japan, together with the Tokushima Prefectural Industrial Technology Center, Kagawa University and Okura Industrial Co., co-developed a new recycling system for waste plastics in March 2003; all four groups are located on Shikoku Island. The salient

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Ben & Jerry’s To Become First Major National Food Manufacturer To Transition All Products To ‘Certified-Humane’ Cage-Free Eggs

Ben & Jerry’s announced today that the company is making a total transition to egg suppliers who use “Certified-Humane,” cage-free methods to raise their egg-laying hens. Ben & Jerry’s is the first national food manufacturer to move towards a total transition of its products to "Certified-Humane" cage-free eggs. This move is consistent with Ben &

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CleanerSolutions- A New Database Helping Manufacturers Find Cleaner Alternatives for Surface Cleaners

Green Biz reports that, "the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell has unveiled a new surface cleaning online database to help manufacturers find safer cleaning alternatives that perform as well as hazardous chemicals. The database, called CleanerSolutions, is filled with over 10 years of performance testing results combined with health

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W Hotels Announces “See Green” Program

(Photo: Point-Travel.com) As Hotel Online reports, aloft, a new vision of Starwood Hotels and Resorts’ W Hotels, have announced details about their new "See Green" program.  The "See Green" program was created to introduce and promote ecologically friendly products and services.  Highlights of the project include: A landscaping plan that redesigns standard parking lots into

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Wal-Mart Announces Move to Reduce Packaging by 5% Over Five Years

Starting in 2008, Wal-Mart will begin a program to reduce packaging, a move that is forcasted to save the company billions and divert millions of pounds away from landfills.  According to the BBC News, "The amount saved overall in the supply chain could be $10.98bn, Wal-Mart said. UK supermarket Sainsbury’s said earlier this month 500

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Mayor Bloomberg Announces Creation of Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced a series of initiatives to move forward the Administration’s plans to create an ambitious environmental agenda for New York City and its municipal government.  The key components of the plan include the creation of the Office of Long-term Planning and Sustainability; the undertaking of a major greenhouse gas inventory for

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10 Innovative Technologies Doing Their Part to Save the World

We profile many technologies that have the potential to change the world, but admittedly, many of those have their greatest impact on those of us living in industrialized nations.  In a recent article in Stanford Social Innovation Review, John Voelcker, outlines 10 social entrepreneurs or organizations working to solve many of the problems faced by

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Google.org- An Interesting New Approach to Philanthropy

The New York Times reports that the founders of Google, the popular search engine company, have set up an interesting new philanthropy, google.org,with a focus on tackling poverty, disease and global warming.  Unlike most charities, this one will be for-profit.  For-profit status will grant them the capability to fund start-up companies, form partnerships with venture

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New Applications of An Old Idea- A Unique Look At Urban Aquaculture

In an effort to answer rising consumer demands for fish despite demishing supplies, one New York entreprenuer has taken to cultivating thousands of tilapia in gurgling tubs in his Brooklyn Warehouse.  As a recent article in Seed Magazine reports, "counterintuitive though it may seem, growing fish in the inner city could ameliorate some of the

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The “Cap and Trade” Approach To Reducing Carbon Dioxide Emissions- Economic Growth and Environmental Benefits

Last week California legislators passed the California Global Warming Solutions Act, requiring industrial producers of greenhouse gases to reduce emissions 25% by 2020.  This is achieved by setting a "cap" on emissions and allowing companies that pollute less to sell or "trade" emissions credits to other companies, who buy them to offset their excess carbon. 

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“The Economist” Arranges for Carbon-Nuetralization of the Production of Upcoming Green Spread

AdAge.com recently reported on The Economist‘s recent attempt to directly address the impact their own publications have on the environment and the advertising opportunities generated from their efforts.  The process entailed calculating all the carbon dioxide burned from all the traveling, production, printing and distribution of the issue so Carbon Neutral could trap the equivalent

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Whole Foods Market Becomes First Fortune 500 Company to Offset 100% of Its Energy Usage

ROCKY HILL, Conn. The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF), SunEdison and Whole Foods Market today hosted a dedication ceremony to celebrate the unveiling of a 121-kilowatt solar photovoltaic (PV) system installed on the rooftop of the Whole Foods Market Distribution Center located at 400 East Johnson Road in Cheshire, Connecticut. Covering about 10% of the

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WBCSD Chairman Travis Engen wins this year’s SAM/SPG Sustainability Leadership Award

The 6th annual SAM/SPG Sustainable Leadership Award, acknowledging personal excellence in implementing the principles of sustainability in the corporate sector has been awarded to WBCSD Chairman and retired Alcan President CEO Travis Engen. An international jury of sustainability experts chose Travis Engen for his many years as successful CEO of the Canadian Aluminum producer. Jeremy

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