Sustainability – GBRI
 

We already have windows with transparent solar cells that are capable of generating electricity. And then, of course, there are tinted windows on cars and buildings that shut out excessive sunlight and boost cooling. Now Chinese scientists have invented a new material that can both block the sun and produce power. They predict that windows outfitted […]

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In an attempt to curtail the amount of plastic waste generated by its stores, theme parks and cruise ships, Walt Disney just announced that it plans to phase out plastic straws and stirrers and “complete [its] work to eliminate polystyrene cups across our global owned and operated business.” On Disney cruise ships, “refillable in-room amenities” will be […]

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British property company Canary Wharf Group (CWG) just announced that it would become world’s first plastic-free commercial center to tackle the mounting problem of plastic waste. The group said their efforts to eliminate plastics will focus on five areas: local business support, community engagement, community events and the creation of a steering panel. CWG made […]

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According to the company’s recently published corporate responsibility report, US department store retailer Target has already exceeded its 2020 goal of diverting 70% retail waste from landfills through reuse or recycling. The company has now set a new goal of diverting 75% waste, that it aims to achieve by end of 2018. In 2017, Target says […]

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As an increasing number of businesses around the globe are moving towards sustainability and environment-friendly practices, the latest one to jump on the bandwagon is world famous coffee chain Starbucks. The company announced on Monday that it plans to ditch plastic straws globally by 2020 and instead use straws made from other materials, and lids designed […]

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L’Oréal China has entered into an agreement with Alibaba group under which the cosmetic giant has committed to switch to FSC-certified sustainable paper packaging to decrease the use of plastic materials for its brand portfolio and help tackle the plastic waste problem in China. Chinese multinational retailer Alibaba’s consumer-facing marketplace Tmall formed a partnership last […]

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New Zealand based beauty brand Ethique is doing its bit to help eliminate plastic waste in people’s daily routine. This month, the company announced that it has already eliminated half a million personal care plastic bottles from landfill – a figure that it hopes to double by the end of 2018. Ethique makes a variety […]

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Despite being a country with mostly hilly terrain, Scotland is motivating its people to ditch their cars for electric bikes to sustain their health and the environment. The Scottish government has allocated around 1.3 million pounds in funding for electric bicycles and pedal-assist cargo bikes. The Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity Fergus Ewing […]

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In a first of its kind loan in the US, CMS Energy and its subsidiary Consumers Energy entered into $1.4 billion revolving credit facilities from Barclays under which CMS will be able to reduce interest rates on new credit if it meets its sustainability targets. CMS Energy’s president and CEO Patti Poppe says the company is committed to […]

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