Zara Commits to Go Toxic-Free by 2020

On Saturday, Greenpeace announced that Zara has agreed to eliminate all discharge of hazardous chemicals from its supply chain and products by 2020. As always, the Greenpeace campaign provided not just impressive results, but also some valuable lessons. Here are five of them.

ALEC Looking to Turn the Clock Back on Renewables

The Electricity Freedom Act is nothing more than a shameless attempt to repeal Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) legislation in any and all of the 29 states (plus DC) in which it exists, for the simple reason that doing so would increase sales of fossil fuels, let the climate and the people who depend on it be damned.

Conversation: The Intersection of CSR and Consumer Behavior Change

Should companies follow Unilever? The company is looking for ways to get people to use less water when they shower. Or should they, like McDonald’s, leave the full responsibility to the consumer to decide what’s good for them? This was the topic of a discussion I moderated at a Blogger Breakfast at the COMMIT! Forum.

McDonald’s Addresses Sustainable Beef Sourcing

Finding how to reduce the impact of the raising of the cattle, which is responsible for the largest part of McDonald’s ecological footprint, is the company’s main sustainability challenge – how will it handle it?

Ban Styrofoam? LA Schools & Jamba Juice Say Yes

LA bans styrofoam from lunchrooms after student protests. Jamba Juice aims to phase out styrofoam after a petition by a ten year old. Why are all these organizations getting rid of styrofoam?

Call on UN Security Council to Make Water Security a Priority

Joined by UNU-INWEH and Canada’s Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, the InterAction Council is calling on world leaders to take the lead in efforts to forge new institutions, mechanisms and the means to address water resource use and management worldwide.

Greenpeace’s Shell Hoax: The Aftermath

While the Greenpeace hoax against Shell’s Arctic drilling plans certainly grabbed the attention of many people as well as the media, it’s still not clear how effective it was at moving the needle. No one doubt mastering online activism is at least as important as mastering it offline, but is this hoax activism at all?

The Trouble With GMO Labeling – What’s a Biotech Giant to Do?

If California’s Proposition 37 becomes law in November, the law would require most foods that contain genetically modified ingredients to be labeled. Should agri-business fight the labeling law or should they accept it as the will of the public, however unscientific they may be?

Financing and the Small Regional Farmer

Our food system has become increasingly complex, and created barriers that make it very difficult for small regional farmers to successfully bring their products to market. There are fewer farmers today than at any point in American history, and the trend threatens our food security as we know it. By supporting our small farmers, and becoming involved, community members can play a vital role in growing our food system in a healthier direction.