The Plastic Bank is creating social plastic through its recycling efforts in Haiti. It’s an initiative beneficial for the environment, and a means of education and job creation. … Read More
Many of today’s makers and creatives are putting out products that offer innovative solutions to the problems they encounter in their local communities as well as in our shared global community. Whether it be through how the product is made or the impact of the product’s use, brilliant minds are putting out sustainable, durable, forward-thinking innovations.
Upcycling — the art of creating a new product from recycled materials — is a way many producers are creatively eliminating waste. While streamlining product creation to minimize the waste output is valuable, modern throw-away culture is accumulating waste on an unprecedented and ever-growing scale. Innovative manufacturers and artists are finding ways to turn these products and materials otherwise destined for the landfill into new, usable products. For example, the skateboard company Bureo uses recycled fishing nets collected from the Chilean coast to craft their boards. Learn more about ethical clothing companies and other sustainable brands’ products by reading our free report.
A cultural shift is underway as consumers seek out more socially responsible companies when choosing which products to buy. In order to address this growing market, several innovators have created entirely new ethical marketplaces. These hubs allow consumers to choose from among companies that share their values, as determined by the ethical marketplace’s standards. One example is the directory of Certified B Corporations, which allows consumers and business owners to find products or potential supply-chain partners that have had their company’s positive impact verified by the nonprofit B Lab via the B Impact Assessment.
The most innovative and forward-thinking startups often have a difficult time finding funding. Innovative funding models, such as Patagonia’s $20 Million & Change venture capital fund and CircleUp’s B-Corp-specific equity investing platform, are two examples of organizations finding ways to get money into the hands of the most innovative creators and thinkers.
By up cycling pre-consumer excess materials that would normally become waste, Looptworks is a pioneer in environmental stewardship. Its repurposed goods include bags, wallets and everyday apparel. … Read More
Each year, billions of pounds of trash and plastic end up in the world’s oceans and waterways, causing detrimental effects to marine life and ecosystems. These five companies have developed innovative products that actively work to upcycle plastic ocean waste. … Read More
Thread International is crafting responsible fabrics by upcycling plastic bottles into a unique type of thread. The initiative is cleaning up Honduras and Haiti while working to reduce poverty. … Read More
We spoke with Brittany Nunnink, Mamava’s Marketing Director, about how breastfeeding suites came to be and how Mamava plans to make them accessible to moms everywhere. … Read More
Rareform, a company based in California, repurposes advertising billboards into one-of-a-kind bags, backpacks and totes.
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NASA’s Space Apps challenge promotes innovation through international collaboration—a hugely successful event that focuses on improving life on Earth and in space. … Read More
Nigel Clarke, Operations Director at Jaguar Land Rover, Sub-Saharan Africa, explains how getting hands-on with a CSR project made him appreciate how smart technology can truly change lives. … Read More