Zara pledges 100% ‘sustainable’ fabrics by 2025

Fashion chain Zara is set to switch all collections to 100% “sustainable” fabrics by the start of 2025. The majority of high-street clothes are currently made from textile blends, which are hard to recycle and commonly contain fossil-fuel-derived content. The commitment will see Zara remove all synthetic fibres made using fossil fuels removed from its clothing, shoe and accessory lines – a commitment that also covers the inclusion of such content in notoriously hard-to-recycle textile blends. In tandem, efforts will be made to source a greater proportion of “renewable” natural fabrics such as cotton, linen and hemp from sources certified as sustainable. A 100% sustainable sourcing target has been set for viscose. Once the switch is made for Zara, parent company Inditex will implement measures to help its other owned brands to follow suit. The firm is notably the third-largest apparel retailer in the world and also owns Pull&Bear, Massimo Dutti, Zara Home and Bershka.

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Reports: Sustainable finance ‘growing rapidly’ in Europe

Europe’s sustainable finance market experienced “rapid” growth during the first half of 2019, despite a challenging end to 2018, new analyses have concluded this week.  H2 of 2018 was widely regarded as a difficult period for green finance, but the market is showing signs of resurgence   The first of these analyses comes from Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s (BNEF) Sustainable Finance Market Outlook for the second half of 2019. According to this report, Europe accounted for almost half (48%) of global sustainable debt insurance between January and July this year, with growth driven by both the corporate and government sector.  Indeed, BNEF is predicting that at least $380bn of sustainable debt finance will be provided during 2019, after a record H1.  “The sustainable debt finance market is growing in volume, scope and popularity,” BNEF’s analysis states. “Record volumes of sustainable debt came to market in 1H 2019 – and the first half of the year is typically quieter than the second.”

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Waste is money

In January of 2018 China imposed limits on imports of waste products such as PET plastics and paper from countries like Spain. Earlier this year The New York Times reported on the collapse of waste collection systems in the UK, Canada, Ireland and Germany. China has taken the first significant step towards environmental protection, and now it is our turn to rack our brains and come up with some better models.  While we have been talking about the circular economy for years now – and in this article we will offer some examples of how it is implemented on both an industrial and a domestic level – arriving at a situation in which the raw materials cycle is transformed from being a straight line that ends up in the oceans or on rubbish tips to one that is circular is a very complex matter.

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Biogas – Eastern Denmark’s Largest Biogas Plant Ready for Commissioning

Ørsted and Bigadan have completed construction of the biggest biogas plant in Eastern Denmark. In future, the residues from Novo Nordisk’s and Novozymes’ factories in Kalundborg on the west coast of Zealand will be transformed into bio-natural gas and fertilizer.  The new biogas plant in Kalundborg will process approximately 300,000 tonnes of biomass from Novo Nordisk and Novozymes. The plant converts the residues into biogas, which is then upgraded to bio-natural gas. The climate-friendly bio-natural gas can be used as a substitute for fossil natural gas and delivers significant carbon savings.  “Kalundborg Bioenergy is a fantastic example of how we can exploit the value in residues. Novo Nordisk and Novozymes produce insulin and enzymes in Kalundborg which are sold all over the world, and now the residues from production will be converted into energy and fertilizer at a local plant,” said Thomas Dalsgaard, Executive Vice President and CEO of Bioenergy & Thermal Power, Ørsted.

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Electric/Hybrid – ExxonMobil Sponsors Deep Orange Sustainability Concept Vehicle at Clemson University

Students at Clemson University in South Carolina, are partnering with industry leaders in an effort to create sustainable solutions for the lifecycle of vehicles. Sponsored by ExxonMobil, graduate automotive engineering students in the university’s flagship Deep Orange program will develop a next-generation sustainable concept vehicle.  The goal of the project is to develop an ultra-efficient, lightweight, highly durable mobility solution. The project emphasizes the integration of sustainability in the entire product lifecycle – from manufacture and operation with circular economy considerations. Students will have a unique, hands-on experience working with ExxonMobil and skilled engineers throughout the design and development process.

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Government and Business Unite to Reduce Packaging Waste – PBA

Australia’s 2025 National Packaging Targets were unveiled last Tuesday at an event convened by the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO).  Environment Minister Melissa Price commended APCO, Woolworths and the initial working group of major companies including Coca-Cola Amatil, Nestlé and Unilever, for tackling Australia’s waste challenges and supporting the targets.  At the event, Price launched the Australasian Recycling Label to help consumers better understand how to recycle packaging.

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Recycling is not enough to get rid of plastic waste: report | Stuff.co.nz

Recycling alone won’t be enough to solve the issues associated with plastic packaging, a new report claims.  The Sustainable Business Network says massive collaboration between businesses and industries is needed if New Zealand is to meet the tight seven-year target it has signed up to in a global plastics packaging agreement.  “There needs to be a wider approach, for example, problematic and unnecessary plastic packaging needs to be identified and eliminated from our supply chains,” the report’s author, James Griffin, says.

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Departing Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario Says Capitalism Must Evolve

Rose Marcario is a CEO with a vision that goes beyond the bottom line. Yes, she’s helped apparel company Patagonia reportedly quadruple its revenue — but she’s also steered the popular brand onto a world-changing mission.  “I don’t think it’s a conflict of interest to say that you can make money, and have a prosperous and successful business, and you can also do good in the world,” Marcario told Business Insider in 2019 for an interview for our 100 People Transforming Business list.

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BP Pledges More Transparency in Meeting the Paris Agreement

BP’s chairman is assuring investors that the oil and gas giant’s strategy is in accordance with the Paris Agreement on climate change, and that a new level of transparency is on the way.  In an editorial published in the Financial Times on Tuesday, Helge Lund wrote: “We recognise that the world is on an unsustainable path. We believe our strategy is consistent with Paris. And we welcome steps… that are supportive of a faster transition to a low-carbon energy system.”

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Communities and Climate Change: how a zero waste approach can take us closer to zero emissions

In 2015, world leaders signed up to the Paris Agreement. A bold set of ambitious promises set to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and therefore protect our communities, wildlife, oceans and natural ecosystems from the devastating effects of climate change.  Nearly five years on, progress has been painfully slow and ineffective. Earlier this year, PACE released their second Circularity Gap Report which highlights that only 9% of the world is circular and that the trends all currently point to that figure getting worse, with resource extraction and emissions of greenhouse gases (GhG) increasing in the past two years. 

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Not a cause for celebration, though…  “ADA Website “Tester’s” Lawsuit Dismissed – Again”

From the article: “Whether or not testers have standing to sue hotels for not complying with ADA standards on their websites, hoteliers still have to deal with the headache and expense required to respond to these lawsuits. The best course of action is to update your websites to comply with the ADA and make sure OTAs that present your properties on their sites do the same.”

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World Bank, GoI ink pact for USD 500-mn project to develop green, safe highway corridors | Business

The highway corridors will be developed in Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.The Government of India and the World Bank today on Tuesday signed a USD 500-million project to build safe and green national highway corridors in the states of Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways MoRTH said in a statement.

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Sustainable Finance

Sustainability presents a considerable opportunity for the Swiss financial centre. The government primarily acts as a facilitator in this context, cultivating an intensive dialogue with the financial industry and supporting the creation of an optimal regulatory framework.  The competitiveness of Switzerland’s financial centre must be supported, but at the same time, steps need to be taken towards greater sustainability. Financial markets that want to remain successful must be stable and trustworthy.

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Nature’s Logic Becomes First Pet Food Company to Join American Sustainable Business Council

Nature’s Logic™, the pioneer creators of 100% natural pet food with NO synthetic vitamins, has become the first pet food company to join the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), the leading business organization advancing the power of business for a just and sustainable world.  Nature’s Logic is the first pet food company to join American 
Sustainable Business Council and its networking organization Social Venture Circle.  Sustainability is not only a tenet of Nature’s Logic mission, but a key factor in the company’s growth.

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Schneider Electric finalizes the acquisition of 25% of the capital of Planon Beheer BV

Following the announcement on November 16, 2020, Schneider Electric announced that it has successfully completed the strategic minority investment in Planon Beheer BV, a leader in building and work environment management software. Schneider Electric now owns 25% of Planon and the investment will be accounted for using the equity method, specifies the group.

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IAEA supports 13 Sahel countries to improve their understanding of the groundwater resources in five shared aquifer systems and promotes the integrated management of shared groundwater resources in…

Reliable access to clean water for drinking, agriculture and sanitation is one of the biggest challenges faced by the 135 million people who live in Africa’s semi-arid Sahel region. Thirteen countries tap into the groundwater of five aquifers systems that cross national borders in the region: the Iullemeden Aquifer System, the Liptako-Gourma-Upper Volta System, the Senegalo-Mauritanian Basin, the Chad Basin and the Taoudeni Basin.

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Sustainable asthma-style inhaler filled with powerful LLAMA antibodies could treat COVID-19

Coronavirus antibodies made by llamas could be administered to Covid-19 patients in the form of sustainable nasal sprays or asthma-style inhalers to help combat the disease.   Studies have shown that llama nanobodies, made by the animals’ immune systems, are far more effective than their human equivalents at preventing illness and infection from Covid-19.

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Sustainability Still a Priority for Aviation Industry

While aviation has been credited with furthering connection across the globe by permitting the fast transportation of people and goods, it also has an environmental impact that could lead to trouble if overlooked. Globally, the aviation industry was responsible for only 2 percent of all human-induced CO2 emissions, releasing 915 million tons of CO2 during 2019. “Passenger air travel is producing the highest and fastest growth of individual emissions,”

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