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New SunChips Bag: 90% Plant-based, 100% Compostable

Frito Lay Canada (a division of PepsiCo) will roll out the world’s first 100% compostable chip bag in Canadian retail outlets beginning in March. The new SunChips packaging will be made from more than 90% renewable, plant-based materials, and as a result, the bag will completely break down into compost in a hot, active compost … Continued

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Crate & Barrel Warehouse Robots Cut Carbon Footprint of Retail

Can robots from MA-based Kiva Systems turn warehouses green? Crate and Barrel thinks so. So far, most companies have installed Kiva warehouse automation systems because they want to improve efficiencies and cut costs. But, Crate and Barrel is betting that there’s even greater potential. The company recently purchased a Kiva system for its Tracy, Calif. … Continued

Michelle Obama, Kaiser Permanente and the Link Between Sustainability and Health Care

What do initiatives like Let’s Move! and the Partnership for a Healthier America, the new foundation which boasts First Lady Michelle Obama (above) as its Honorary Chair, have to do with sustainability? Plenty. Just ask Loel Solomon, vice president of Community Health Initiatives at Kaiser Permanente. Kaiser Permanente, one of America’s leading health care providers … Continued

Tesco Opens World’s First Zero Carbon Supermarket, Pledges $156 M to UK Green Economy

Last week, Tesco, the UK’s largest retailer, opened the world’s first zero carbon supermarket. The store has no net carbon footprint and exports any extra electricity generated back to the national grid. Located in Ramsey, Cambridgeshire, this new supermarket boasts several eco-friendly features, including: A combined heat and power plant which runs on bio fuels … Continued

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Six Ways the NFL Is Greening Super Bowl XLIV. Really.

Sure, companies like Audi and GE like to take advantage of the Super Bowl’s huge viewing audience to promote their latest “green” message. Even Pepsi threw its hat in the game by saying it wasn’t going to advertise in this year’s game. But, just how sustainable is the event itself? Is the NFL taking steps … Continued

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UPS Adds 245 CNG Trucks to Its Green Fleet

Last week, UPS announced it has deployed 245 new delivery trucks powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) to cities in Colorado and California. The vehicles are part of UPS’s continued effort to: • reduce its emissions from the use of fossil fuels, such as gasoline and diesel, • lower its carbon footprint, and • offer … Continued

Partners in Health Does “Whatever It Takes” in Haiti

Sustainability in health care isn’t only about energy efficient buildings, innovative technology, and effectively using resources. It’s also about people. It’s about access. And, it’s about creating health care solutions that work within the context of other constraints, such as culture, infrastructure and economy. Need proof? Just look at the medical crisis now unfolding in … Continued

iWasteNot Systems: A Dating Service for Trash

Looking for 50,000 pounds of inedible egg product, a gently used photocopier,  a few 55-gallon drums of alkaline degreaser, or a dozen wooden cable spools? As the old adage says, to some that’s trash . . .but to others, it’s treasure. Just ask James Ruttan, CEO of iWasteNot Systems, Inc., in Ontario, Canada. He, together … Continued

Stryker Ups Commitment to Sustainability by Acquiring Ascent Healthcare Solutions

A few weeks ago, Stryker, an international powerhouse in medical technology and one of the largest players in the $35.6 billion global orthopedic market, acquired Ascent Healthcare Solutions, the  leading provider of medical device reprocessing and remanufacturing services for hospitals and surgery centers across North America. It’s an acquisition that underscores the delicate balance the … Continued

Top 10 New Green Ideas to Watch in 2010

As part of their end-of-year Trend Report, JWT recently published “100 Things to Watch in 2010,” an intriguing list of predictions based on the observations of the company’s Trend Scouts stationed throughout the world. Of these 100 things, one-quarter are decidedly green –a healthy percentage which, according to Ann Mack, Director of Trend Spotting at … Continued

Minnesota Startup Uses Moss — Yes, Moss — to Keep Pools Clean

Moss. We’ve all seen it growing in bogs, on tree trunks, and in-between cracks in the sidewalk. But, did you ever think that this common plant could potentially revolutionize an entire industry? Enter David Knighton, MD, co-founder and CEO of the Minnesota-based startup, Creative Water Solutions. Knighton, a physician, inventor and entrepreneur–who also happens to … Continued

h.u.m.a.n. Reinvents Vending with Eco-friendly Machines and Healthy Snacks

h.u.m.a.n. Healthy Vending is on a mission to change the world–one snack at a time. The Los Angeles -based company is turning the $30 billion/year vending industry on its ear by using state-of-the-art, energy efficient machines filled only with healthy foods and drinks. In addition, h.u.m.a.n. (short for “helping unite man and nutrition”) donates 10 … Continued