Gap will work toward sustainably sourcing by 2021 all of the cotton for its primary brand. The move is one of the retailer's sustainability goals, which also include cutting down on water consumption and reducing waste.
Tyson Foods will implement environmental, health and safety standards to improve employee well-being and reduce waste. The plan includes conducting regular safety and health audits and increasing the number of plant trainers.
L'Oreal has made progress on its Sharing Beauty for All sustainability initiative, reducing its waste per finished product ratio by 43%, and reducing its worldwide carbon emissions by 67% compared with 2005 levels, the company reported. L'Oreal also managed to reduce its waste to landfill amount to zero last year, and now operates its US manufacturing facilities using renewable electricity and 52% less water.
Consumer-led campaign "Fashion Revolution Week" is bringing transparency to the supply chain by showing where materials are sourced. As part of the campaign, companies have shared photos of factory workers with #WhoMadeMyClothes.
Small business enterprises are using an aggregated purchasing model to make renewable energy more affordable. Ten megawatts is generally seen as the threshold for making such projects viable, says Ian Kelly of the Rocky Mountain Institute's Business Renewables Center.
Companies considering a grant program to make a positive impact in their community should be specific about which challenges to address. "In trying to help everyone in the community, often philanthropy will end up doing very little good for anyone," says Aaron Dorfman, CEO and president of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.
A chemistry professor at the University of Central Florida has created a device that performs artificial photosynthesis and cleans greenhouse gases from the air. Although other scientists have achieved artificial photosynthesis, this is the first device made with a cost-effective synthetic material.