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SC Johnson reveals criteria for selecting 'Greenlist' ingredients

5.2.18
Source: Chemical Risk Manager, 4/26/18

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Consumer products giant SC Johnson has revealed the criteria behind its Greenlist ingredient selection programme. Its sustainability report, The Science Within, gives a detailed breakdown of how the company evaluates the ingredients in its products to "better protect human health and the environment".


US rivers are becoming saltier -- and it's not just from treating roads in winter

4.20.18
Source: The Conversation, 4/17/18

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Research shows that when salts from different sources mix, they can have broader impacts than they would individually. It also shows the importance of supporting water quality monitoring nationwide, so that we can detect and address other pollution problems that have yet to be recognized.


Michigan OKs Nestle Water Extraction, Despite Over 80K Public Comments Against It

4.3.18
Source: NPR, 4/3/18

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In a much-watched case, a Michigan agency has approved Nestle's plan to boost the amount of water it takes from the state. The request attracted a record number of public comments -- with 80,945 against and 75 in favor.


Packaging as Part of Retailers' Supply Chain Planning

4.2.18
Source: Progressive Grocer, 3/30/18

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As more retailers play in the traditional consumer packaged goods space, whether through private label, ecommerce, or other, more consumer-direct initiatives, they would be smart to think more about packaging, too, according to several packaging experts. By doing so, and specifically by paying special attention to how packaging fits into their overall supply chain, retailers could improve their efficiencies, contribute to a more sustainable planet, and even find some hidden cost savings.


How H&M Is Leading the Charge in Sustainable Fashion

3.29.18
Source: Forbes, 3/26/18

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Forbes Magazine interviews Anna Gedda, the head of sustainability at H&M.


MnTAP releases annual environmental benefits report

3.28.18
Source: MnTAP, 3/28/18

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During 2017, over 200 businesses across the state received assistance from MnTAP engineers and scientists; 71 facilities implemented 116 MnTAP recommended process changes and realized reductions totaling nearly 60 million gallons of water, 754,000 pounds of waste, 3.0 million kWh and 192,000 therms of energy. Combined, these reductions are saving companies $1.13 million annually and prevented over 334,400 lbs of harmful air emissions. The 2017 IMPACT report summarizes the robust results and recommendations made to help businesses curb waste and lower operating costs.


New Life for Toxic Land

3.23.18
Source: Ensia, 3/12/18

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Across the U.S., Superfund sites are being repurposed as recreational areas, renewable energy facilities and more. Many offer lessons for the future.


McDonald's plans to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 36% by 2030

3.23.18
Source: USA Today, 3/20/18

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McDonald's has pledged to slash its greenhouse gas emissions at its restaurant and office locations by 36% by 2030, down from its 2015 levels, plus cut 31% per metric ton of food and packaging.


At Levi's, lasers wear your jeans

3.6.18
Source: Chemical & Engineering News, 3/1/18

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Levi Strauss & Co.'s new digital process produces vintage looks with fewer chemicals.


SGPIA Research Finds 'Digital Divide' in Google Street View of Environmental Issues, Slums

3.1.18
Source: The New School, 2/26/18

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For years, Arroyo Sarandí, a stream that snakes through the working class suburb of Avellaneda in Buenos Aires, has fallen victim to industrial use. Pollution and trash have caused serious flooding and health issues for the people living in villas miserias, or slums, along the river banks.

But you wouldn't know any of that by looking at Google Street View of Avellaneda: Neither the slums nor the environmental issues impacting it appear there.

The gaps in information are keeping researchers and policy analysts in the dark on the extent of the problems in villas miserias, according to a team of researchers at The New School and the University of Buenos Aires. They warn of an emerging "urban digital divide" between places visible on Google Street View and those that are not.


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