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Reports Archives July 2010

July 28, 2010

The New Frontier in Sustainability

Framed for years as a limitation on business, sustainable consumption—an economic system that allows all individuals to meet their daily needs without disrupting the planet’s healthy ecosystems—actually represents the new frontier of sustainability for business. In a world where our consumption patterns outpace the planet’s ability to regenerate resources by 30 percent, companies that figure out how to deliver value with radically reduced material inputs will be well-positioned for success. Our new report outlines how business can promote sustainable consumption by addressing parts of the value chain cycle that have been overlooked in first-generation sustainability efforts: product design, consumer engagement and use, and end-of-use. Also included are strategies that will help business redefine core activities through the multiple lenses of innovation, education, collaboration, and measurement to create to systemwide changes to consumption. Read more 

Download  Topics: Consumer Products, Environment, Strategy & Integration, Sustainable Consumption

July 22, 2010

Business Opportunities in Sustainable Consumption

The newest frontier in sustainability—sustainable consumption—advocates a system that allows individuals to meet their needs without disrupting the planet’s healthy ecosystems. Read more 

Download  Topics: Strategy & Integration

July 6, 2010

Building Long-Term Solutions: Retail Shopping Bag Impacts and Options

Marshall Chase, Associate Director, Advisory Services

The purpose of this report is to provide a high-level understanding of the environmental impacts of different kinds of bags, and to identify the types and magnitudes of environmental impacts associated with each kind of bag through a literature review of four publicly available life-cycle assessment studies. Read more 

Download  Topics: Consumer Products, Environment

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