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Ford Turns to the Gecko to Solve Its Stickiest Recycling Problem

The automaker Ford Motor Co. is turning to biomimicry to solve a challenge that stands in the way of its recycling efforts. It’s looking to the tiny gecko, which has sticky pads and the ability to support as much as 390 pounds with its grip, to answer the question.

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Top 10 Social Innovation Breakthroughs of 2015

From New York City subways approving period advertisements to crowdsourced legislation, so far 2015 has been an incredible year for social innovation and entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs Virgilia Kaur Pruthi and Cynthia Hellen share their top picks.

No. 3 on our list, the Hydaway is a water bottle that fits in your pocket.

3p Weekend: 8 Craziest Water Bottle Concepts on Kickstarter Right Now

For a creative solution to our nation’s bottled water problem, we turned to that ever-bubbling hot-spring of innovation, Kickstarter. The ideas may seem silly to some (why reinvent the water bottle, anyway?). But if it gets more people to switch from pre-packaged water to a reusable water bottle, we’re all for it. Read on for eight ideas that made us look twice.

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Alleviating Food Recall Madness: Key Methods to Boost Food Safety Measures

Food recalls are still highly prevalent in America, causing many consumers to be hospitalized. In severe cases, some even lose their lives to foodborne illnesses as a result. Here are some key methods to help food production companies provide safer products for their consumers.

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New Unicef-Target-Disney Product to Catalyze Gen Z

Unicef and Target, in collaboration with Disney, are launching a Fitbit-like wearable device for kids that has the potential to be this holiday season’s hottest gift. If it does become the gift sales winner for 2015, it will not because it promotes exercise. It will be a sales success because it is a cool wearable with Star Wars branding that enables Generation Z (those aged 10 to 16) to make a difference.

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3 Mind-Blowing CSR Strategies from SXSW Eco

Corporate responsibility programs are on autopilot. Donate to the local nonprofit. Fill up backpacks for school kids. Assemble bicycles for Christmas gifts. Those are good deeds but … they’re about as exciting as the 2-year-old PB&J sandwich you found under the seat of your car. Sometimes, your community engagement program needs a dose of the novel, exciting and adventurous. Here are some ideas.

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Common Roadblocks to Better E-Waste Recycling

Despite improvements in prioritizing the recycling of e-waste in recent years, we still aren’t doing it enough. Here are a few of the roadblocks that get in the way.

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What to Do with Tons of Coal Ash? Vitrify Some of It, Sell the Rest

Every large coal plant is leaving behind millions of tons of ash that needs to be safely contained lest it leach into nearby farmlands, rivers, lakes and other public water sources. But a small startup, together with a large multinational, is set to launch a pilot-scale “waste-to-value” solution for the ash.

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Portland’s Clean Diesel Initiative Builds New Specs for Green Construction

What do you get when you put a real estate developer, a large neighborhood association, a state environment agency and a whole lot of contractors in one room? If it’s Portland, you get dialogue and a way to accomplish green goals few would have thought were possible a few years ago.

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Meet 5 Companies Making Sustainability Sexy

At the SXSW Eco Data + Tech competition last week, each contestant addressed a traditionally boring topic: air pollution, fire hydrants and lamp posts, river recovery, a solar garage, and dilapidated cultural sites. Are you asleep yet? These beautiful and fun projects will wake you up.

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Lab Meat to the Rescue? Not So Fast

In theory, lab meats sound fantastic. They reduce the ethical challenges of eating meat, and the need for massive farms, a major source of pollution.

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What Role Do Microbes Play in Tackling Global Food Security?

How will we feed our rapidly expanding global population, set to hit 9 billion by 2050, while not contributing to climate change in the process? This past week at SXSW Eco, a panel of experts from business, academia and the farming community took on this question, asserting that we’ve got part of the answer right under our feet: microbes.