Sustainable product innovation

 
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How Interface Makes the Circular Economy Come to Life

As one of the world’s sustainable business pioneers, Interface knows what it’s like to change a company’s strategy from a traditional approach towards a focus on sustainability without sacrificing business goals. In the mid 1990’s, the company pivoted away from the traditional industrial model of modular carpet production towards a business model focused on sustainability. By 2017, Interface focuses on innovation in circular business models by closing the loops in its business operations. High time to take a closer look.
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Chocolate Passion Enjoyed by the Entire Value Chain

Chocolate is globally perceived as a scrumptious product and often reminds people of joyful moments. But the conditions under which the main ingredient of chocolate, cocoa, is produced are still less joyful. To help develop a sustainable cocoa supply chain, a consortium of 13 banks has renewed market leader Barry Callebaut’s banking credit facility, increasing it from EUR 600 million to EUR 750 million. Surprisingly, the interest rate will be coupled with the company’s sustainability performance and rating.
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Championing Sustainable Innovations in Energy Transition

In an era where global awareness for climate change and its impacts is more increasing than ever, Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement seems to conflict with recent global trends. Rather than following Trump’s withdrawal, national leaders from different continents are accelerating their efforts. One of the main focus areas to counter climate change is the roll out of renewable energy, with offshore wind as one of the sleeping giants.
Sustainable Innovation to Solve the Plastic Oceans Problem

More Plastic Than Fish in Oceans by 2050. Join Our BeakFest to Help!

Plastic pollution is widespread. An estimated 10 million tons of plastic waste is added to the oceans each year; the equivalent of emptying one garbage truck of plastic into the oceans every minute. The situation might get worse: advocate for the circular economy Ellen McArthur predicts that in an unchanged scenario, the oceans will contain more plastic than fish by 2050.
Strategic partnerships for the circular economy transition

Partnering for Change is Coming into Fashion

Global fashion retailer C&A, together with its C&A Foundation, is looking to transform the fashion industry. Through financial support, sharing expertise and providing access to specialists, the Foundation aims to support changemakers and drive the sector’s transition to a circular economy.
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Case: Gamba's meet MBAs

Finch & Beak wrote a case for IMD about Happy Shrimp: a tropical shrimp farm in the Rotterdam harbor. In November 2007, 40 MBAs were introduced to a course on stakeholder management and product innovation. The case illustrates how successful sustainable entrepreneurship can be, the experiences of a young enterprise in terms of fast growth, and the role that stakeholder management can play.
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24 Ways to X-ray Your Customers in a Sustainable Fashion

Many companies around the globe are gradually evolving from CSR centered around communication and philanthropy towards a form of business integrated sustainability. As a result, more and more companies are making an effort to capture the hidden market opportunities in this new vicinity. Unfortunately, the opportunities do not present themselves that readily. Moreover, many organizations are using old maps to find new land by applying traditional market research methods that fail to focus on uncovering the correct sustainability drivers. But how can companies better research and unlock the innovation potential from material issues?
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Practical Implementation of Ecodesign and Sustainable Innovation

OVAM is a Belgium based organisation working on waste management and ground sanitation. To support organizations in finding sustainable solutions, OVAM developed a special toolkit. The toolkit, which is aimed at industrial companies, combines a wide variety of sustainable aspects in an understandable and workable model.
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Sustainable Brand Focus: Nike

Founded in 1962 as Blue Ribbon Sports, Nike conquered the world with running shoes imported from Japan. Over the years, Nike’s product line further increased, leading to a total revenue of US $ 19,014 billion in 2010.
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Winning the Game of Making Waterless Dyeing Mainstream

With the prediction that the global apparel business is to generate double digit growth between 2014 and 2020, substantial societal pressures are mounting on the way clothing retailers manufacture their garments. At current, the global textile industry is responsible for 10 percent of global CO2 emissions, and 25 percent of the world's pesticides is used for growing cotton.
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