Today’s Solutions: January 19, 2022

Corporate Social Responsibility

Keeping up with the latest news in all four corporate social responsibility categories: environment, human rights, philanthropy, and economic responsibility.

One ambitious crew is bringing carbon-neutral shipping to the Hudson River

Many conscious consumers choose to limit their online shopping to reduce their personal footprint, but entrepreneur Sam Merrett is taking sustainable commerce to a new level. After purchasing a 64-foot steel-hulled sailboat on Craigslist in 2015, he launched a “clean shipping” venture which Read More...

Major automaker will incorporate parts previously rejected for cosmetic flaws

Global supply chain challenges are making for a stressful lead up to the holiday season, but for one company, it’s actually driving some greener choices. Toyota has announced that the company will now use scratched or blemished parts that would otherwise have been thrown away. The parts, which Read More...

Saga becomes first UK firm to offer grandparental leave

The insurance firm and cruise ship operator for individuals over 50, Saga, has made a radical move to offer its staff a week of paid grandparental leave—the first in the UK to do so. The firm also promises to open its nursery to grandchildren to support those of their staff who are already Read More...

Meet the knitwear designer teaching this waste-reducing knitwear trend

Scotland-based knitwear designer Flora Collingwood-Norris is on a mission to teach people how to mend their clothes in the name of using fewer resources and avoiding waste. The fashion industry is pretty wasteful, so why fan the flame by purchasing more clothes to replace torn or damaged Read More...

Instagram to launch parental control and time limit features

Following concerning findings about the effect of social media use on teens’ mental health, Instagram has announced plans to implement several new safety and mental health features in early 2022. These include parental controls and a new “Take a Break” feature. New parental control Read More...

The Optimist View: Kids on the Nice List

“If we wish to create a lasting peace we must begin with the children.” - Mahatma Gandhi Christmas is just around the corner, and we heard that even Santa Claus is bidding adieu to coal this year. That’s right, Santa is going green, but we have it on good authority that he’s ditching Read More...

US logs first commercial flight powered entirely with biofuels

Last week, a United Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 filled with 100 passengers made the journey between Chicago and Washington D.C., but the plane didn’t use traditional aviation fuel. The plane was the first commercial flight to run on 100 percent “sustainable aviation fuel” (SAF). Made up of Read More...

A secondhand gift-giving guide for a more sustainable holiday

Do you want to make the holiday season more sustainable this year by practicing less consumerism, but are unsure of how to navigate giving pre-loved gifts with grace? A survey by online secondhand marketplace Vinted revealed that one in six people are dedicated to giving repurposed presents this Read More...

Ikea plans to stop using plastic packaging by 2028

As the environmental burden of our excessive use of plastic packaging is regularly making headlines these days, some companies are looking to set an example by transitioning towards more sustainable packaging materials. One of the frontrunners leading this shift away from plastic is Ikea, which Read More...

Bristol's Electric Avenue pop-up shop tackles e-waste and consumerism

A new shop in Bristol called Electric Avenue pop-up is restoring unwanted electronics before giving them away this holiday season. Bristol’s residents can bring all types of items such as lamps, keyboards, and kitchen appliances to be cleaned, repaired, safety checked, and most importantly, Read More...