Based in Fresno, California, Leon Kaye is a business writer and strategic communications specialist. He has also been featured in The Guardian, Sustainable Brands and CleanTechnica. When he has time, he shares his thoughts on his own site, Contact him at You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). He is currently living and working in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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Sustainability at PepsiCo Generated $375 Million in Cost Savings

PepsiCo’s recent claim that since 2010, it has reaped $375 million in savings due to its sustainability initiatives, is encouraging news. Improved water efficiency, packaging efficiency and waste diversion are amongst the reasons PepsiCo has been able to reduce its expenses the past several years.

McDonalds, organic, fast food, beef, Germany, Leon Kaye

McDonald’s Serves Up Its First 100% Organic Hamburger

The “McB,” McDonald’s first 100% organic beef burger, is coming to a store near you–if you happen to be in Germany and Austria this fall. Is this a step towards the Golden Arches revamping its menu . . . and image?

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Closed Loop Fund Reveals First Recycling Investments, But Will There Be Impact?

The Closed Loop Fund announced the first three investments that it claims will increase recycling rates and reduce the annual $5 billion that cash-strapped cities and counties currently spend on trash collection and landfills. But some critics are not buying into what companies such as Walmart and P&G say is a bold initiative to divert waste from America’s landfills.

Clean energy, renewables, cacao, Mars Inc, chocolate, Mesquite Creek Wind Farm, wind power, Sumitomo, COP21, Leon Kaye, Texas

Mars U.S. Operations Now Powered By Wind

Mars Inc. has invested in the Mesquite Creek Wind Farm, which generates 200 megawatts of wind power, enough to electrify 61,000 American homes or Mars’s entire U.S. operation. This is one step in Mars’ drive to become “sustainable in a generation.”

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Do You Know Your Soy Footprint?

The Paris-based Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), an international coalition of retailers and consumer goods manufacturers, says it is taking steps to solve the problems of soy and deforestation–hence, we may soon start hearing about a “soy footprint.”

Volkswagen, emissions scandal, corporate social responsibility, Leon Kaye, sustainability

VW Scandal Exposes What Has Gone Awry with ‘CSR’

Those indulging in Schadenfreude over VW’s woes need to take a step back and see the ramifications of this embarrassing ‘defeat device’ snafu. It will reverberate within the automotive industry, the German economy and the corporate responsibility movement as well.

The loss of permafrost could have a massive economic impact, and not in a good way.

Emissions from Melting Permafrost Could Cost $43 Trillion

Scientists are suggesting the Arctic should have renewed focus for another reason: climate change, accelerated by the melting of permafrost and resulting greenhouse gas emissions, could cost the global economy, in the long run, as much as $43 trillion.

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40 Local Governments Set Collective 7.9 Gigaton Climate Goal

The announcement today that over 20 regional and local governments, which together comprise 10 percent of the world’s GDP, have committed to new reductions in greenhouse gas emissions is a remarkable step forward. By the time COP21 opens in Paris, 20 additional regional governments are expected to add their names to this agreement.

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Volkswagen Admits Almost 500,000 Vehicles Cheated Emissions Tests

Last Friday the EPA accused Volkswagen of installing “defeat devices” in four-cylinder Volkswagen and Audi automobiles from model years 2009 to 2015. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) also launched an investigation into Volkswagen’s practice of installing software to manipulate information transmitted during vehicle emissions testing.

Ethiopia, Ben Abeba, Susan Aitchison, social enterprise, Leon Kaye

How a “Mad” Scottish Woman Launched a Top Restaurant, and Social Enterprise, in Ethiopia

Call it madness or compassion, but the hard work and patience of Aitchison and her business partner, Habtamu Baye, are paying off with the success of their restaurant, Ben Abeba. The restaurant is not only a top tourist destination, but is a growing social enterprise giving economic opportunities that otherwise did not exist in Lalibela, Ethiopia.

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Dear Paperless Users: The Paper Industry Wants You Back

The paper industry is pushing back. The Paper and Packaging Board has launched a site that touts paper’s benefits. The campaign, called “How Life Unfolds,” showcases studies on how paper is better for learning, can forge stronger emotional connections from that wedding invitation to that saved football game ticket and also promotes the industry’s environmental stewardship.

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Can We Take the ‘Cleaner’ Pet Food Supply Chain Seriously?

Pet food companies are starting to get the message that if they do not clean up their acts and show improvement in how their products are manufactured, their most vocal critics could convince politicians to tighten the regulatory screws. Whether these moves will mollify their critics, however, is another story.

Ammo Liao, athletic shoes, supply chain, recycling, Leon Kaye, fashion

Would You Wear a Pair of 100 Percent Recyclable Sneakers?

Ammo Liao has designed the Bio-Knit shoe, which eschews the multi-faceted approach taken toward the manufacturing of athletic shoes by using only one material. For both the upper and the sole, Liao uses the exact same composite.

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Coho Salmon’s Survival in California an Upstream Swim

Coho salmon are making a comeback in Northern California, but if salmon species such as the Coho have a fighting chance of surviving in the Golden State, then the efforts of companies such as the Mendocino Redwood Company are important.