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Searches for sustainable fashion have increased by 66% in the past year

Searches for sustainable fashion have increased by 66% in the past year | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

In 2018, searches for “sustainable fashion” increased by 66%, while for more specific items, like “sustainable denim” the surge was even higher, with page views up by 187%. Lyst’s research suggests that consumers are being more aware and careful about what they purchase, with customers searching for keywords like “ethical brands”, “econyl” and “organic cotton”.

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Meet CupClub, the startup out to tackle the global plastics epidemic

Meet CupClub, the startup out to tackle the global plastics epidemic | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Over 14 million disposable coffee cups are used every day in the UK, with just 1% being recycled. CupClub is the world’s first returnable packaging service for drinks that utilizes RFID technology and cloud-based IoT software to provide complete supply chain traceability to brands and retailers, making drinking coffee on-the-go more sustainable.

EcoVadis's insight:

A large number of companies are already making great progress to better manage their use of plastics, which is an encouraging start. The problem is that collection and recycling systems around the world are failing to keep up with the ever-increasing volume of plastic bottles being sold. It’s estimated that by 2050, the ocean will contain more plastic (by weight) than fish unless drastic measures are put in place globally to stop rubbish leaking into the ocean.

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Tesco completes switch to sustainable chocolate in time for Easter bonanza

Tesco completes switch to sustainable chocolate in time for Easter bonanza | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

100 per cent of cocoa used in Tesco's own-brand chocolate products now certified by Rainforest Alliance, retailer confirms. All of Tesco's own brand chocolate products are now made with sustainably sourced cocoa, the retailer confirmed yesterday. The switch comes in time for the annual Easter surge in chocolate sales, and means all Tesco own-brand chocolate goods - including cakes, biscuits, and desserts - will carry the Rainforest Alliance cocoa sourcing label.

EcoVadis's insight:

The sustainability of the cocoa economy is presently most complex in the area of the production of cocoa beans. The main sustainability issue in the world cocoa economy is with the farmers. They are the most vital, but also the most vulnerable link in the cocoa chain.  To achieve a more sustainable world cocoa economy the industry needs to start taking more focused action as soon as possible.

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CMA CGM, Ikea, Port of Rotterdam to test new sustainable fuel

CMA CGM, Ikea, Port of Rotterdam to test new sustainable fuel | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

CMA CGM will test a new biofuel on one of its container vessels on March 19 in a partnership with the Port of Rotterdam, the GoodShipping Program and Ikea Transport & Logistics Services, according to a press release. The company release did not specify what the next steps are after the test. The new fuel is expected to reduce "well-to-propeller" CO2 emissions by 80-90% and doesn't require any engine modifications.

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Why Ben & Jerry's is ditching plastic

Why Ben & Jerry's is ditching plastic | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Ben & Jerry's is to cut single-use plastic from its 600 Scoop Shops. In early 2019 the company will remove plastic straws and spoons from its stores. Ben & Jerry's also plans to address plastic cups and lids used to serve ice cream by the end of 2020. Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shops currently hand out 2.5 million plastic straws a year, and 30 million plastic spoons. Global sustainability manager Jenna Evans is leading the transition. "We're not going to recycle our way out of this problem," she said. "We, and the rest of the world, need to get out of single-use plastic." The transition began in August 2018 when Scoop Shops made plastic straws available by request only. Many Scoop Shops had already turned to plastic alternatives by this time.

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David McClintock's comment, March 15, 4:42 AM
Food and beverage companies were top performers in sustainability compared to other industries - at least for small and medium sized companies. https://index.ecovadis.com/industry?industry=c4&region1=World&region2=United%20States%20of%20America
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UAE waste to fuel facility set to start operations in 2020

UAE waste to fuel facility set to start operations in 2020 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The UAE's Ministry of Climate Change and Environment has signed a concession agreement with the shareholders of the Emirates RDF Company to develop and operate a refuse derived fuel facility in Umm Al Quwain. The project will be developed under a public private partnership (PPP) scheme and is co-financed by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs. It will convert the waste of 550,000 residents from the two emirates into an alternative energy source. This product, named refuse derived fuel (RDF), will be used in cement factories as a fuel. It will partially replace the traditional use of gas or coal.

EcoVadis's insight:

Every area of industry will be impacted by climate change. Just as business operations are important, it is imperative to consider the impact of climate change on business operations, and potential impacts on sustainability. Business has a key role to play in addressing the challenges of climate change. It is the world’s most powerful economic force, and it is responsible for the majority of spending, wealth creation and investment.

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