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Posted: Feb 13, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
The organic baby food market is about to explode even further.
While the global market is expected to account for $5.6 billion by 2020, representing an annual growth rate of more than 10%, the market in the so-called BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) is projected to reach $3.5 billion, a growth rate of a staggering 19.5% between now and 2020.
Posted: Feb 09, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
We often think of soil health and water security as distinct conservation issues, but in fact they are inseparable. A new study from The Nature Conservancy (TNC) underscores how good soil management is not only foundational to safeguarding water supplies, but also generates additional benefits on local to global scales.
Posted: Feb 08, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
Over the last few years we’ve seen sustainability climb the corporate ladder, to the point where many companies have put it at the heart of their business strategy.
Here are several corporate sustainability trends to watch out for in 2017:
1. Climate Change and Paris Agreement COP21 and next steps
Climate change has been on the agenda for many decades, with awareness steadily growing but with no significant commitments. Yet in 2015 a bold new agreement was signed in Paris, which sets out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C.
Posted: Feb 06, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
I wrote a piece for Virgin.com just before Christmas; a sort of 2016 round up piece. And I used it to have a bit of a rant about the UK version of The Apprentice, the very popular TV show that plays out in the run up to Christmas every year.
Posted: Feb 03, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
Interface’s ‘Mission Zero’ is arguably the most well known example of a bold move towards radical circularity. When Ray Anderson sought to undertake the journey to heal and overturn his petroleum-intensive carpet company he experienced important realizations – ones which have turned Interface into the archetypal carpet manufacturer in today’s world markets.
Posted: Feb 01, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
Sustainalytics, a leading global provider of ESG and corporate governance research and ratings, has launched ESG Signals, an innovative quantitative risk management and portfolio tool that provides securities-level financial risk and opportunity signals based on environmental, social and governance (ESG), trading and financial data.
Posted: Jan 30, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
According to a 2014 survey by Kelton Global, just half of Americans say they recycle 75% or more of their recyclable items and only 8% say they recycle all recyclables. With respect to packaging waste, the U.S. EPA’s most recent figures (2014) state that 51.5% of all packaging is recycled; however this includes transport packaging such as pallets, shrink wrap and corrugated cardboard generated in the commercial and institutional sector, which is recovered at a higher rate than household packaging.
Posted: Jan 27, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
The best way to ensure that your diamond is not bloodstained from conflicts is to buy an identical gem created by human science. These can be indistinguishable from diamonds mined from the Earth and avoid polluting the planet and exploiting miners, hundreds of whom die every year. The growing science-created diamond industry is the biggest challenge yet to the mystique of mined diamonds.
Posted: Jan 26, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
Spanning across southern Minnesota from the South Dakota border in the west to the Wisconsin border in the east, Minnesota’s First Congressional District is home to some of the most productive agricultural land in America. Here you’ll find fertile soil, rich with nutrients that support the growth of a wide variety of crops.
Posted: Jan 23, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
According to the U.S. Green Building Council, commercial and residential structures currently account for nearly 40 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions in our country. Given the increasing interest in environmental sustainability and carbon footprint reduction around the nation, industry critics are citing any number of shortcomings that are inherent to the construction process.
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