As the demand to reduce our carbon footprint intensifies, companies are looking for appropriate replacements for fossil fuel-based raw materials. To meet this challenge, a number of forward-thinking chemical companies are developing strategies aimed at driving a successful transition to renewable alternatives. But how do companies successfully manage this transition? And what are the challenges? READ MORE
The amount of data available for use within organizations continuously increases — so much so that we aren’t just talking about “data” anymore, but “big data,” which puts us into a part of the metric system that I’m not sure we even learned back when I was in elementary school (petabytes of data, anyone?). So how do we access, filter, organize and analyze all this data so that it turns into information that feeds into intelligent decision-making? READ MORE
On the Indonesian Island of Karimunjawa, electricity is provided at night by diesel generators, but in the daytime these generators are stopped and no electricity can be used by the residents of the village, which interferes with administrative and commercial activities. To solve this issue, Panasonic and its local partners have supplied and installed the Power Supply Container at the local elementary school.
After an 11-week challenge in partnership with OpenIDEO, the eight winning ideas for Coca-Cola Enterprises’ brief to encourage consumer recycling are as simple as an illustrative sticker and as complicated as a dedicated app. It’s all in a bid to close the recycling gap, helping consumers develop habits and the inclination to recycle when the packaging materials are designed to be used again.
With its new process, Carbios says it obtained completely biodegradable plastic material in domestic conditions. The material loses 50 percent of its mass in 15 days and completely biodegrades in less than three months, making Carbios’ technology an effective potential industrial answer to legal concerns around how to better control the end of life of disposable and short-life plastics. READ MORE
Premier Tech Aqua (PTA), a Business Unit of the Environmental Technologies Group of Premier Tech, has announced that it has achieved a breakthrough in its compact biofiltration technologies for the onsite wastewater treatment industry. The system is based on a coconut husk-based filtering media that biologically treats pollutants and acts as a barrier to retain solids.
Paul Dillinger, Head of Global Product Innovation at Levi Strauss & Co., tells the story of the company’s WellThread products, which are redesigned with the whole life cycle, environmental stewardship, and worker wellbeing in mind. WellThread and other responsible production initiatives have helped Levi’s save 770 million liters of fresh water in just three years while keeping diversity in the color finishing. Dillinger also suggests that customers start “thinking of their cotton clothes as houseplants that need only a little bit of water and sunshine” instead of water-intensive laundering in order to further reduce the impact of their products. READ MORE
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