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Procter & Gamble hails global waste reduction progress

landfill site photo courtesy of Veolia

Consumer goods giant sets itself four new environmental targets as part of latest sustainability report

17 Dec 2014

Upstart manufacturer turns fiber waste into building materials

Noble Environment Technologies reveals how recycled material could provide a green alternative to common building materials

12 Dec 2014

Crown Estate brings environmental stewardship to London's West End

Regent Street London photo by Jessica Shankleman

EXCLUSIVE: Crown Estate to roll out multi-million pound stewardship initiative across entire portfolio

10 Dec 2014

Saks: How we rang up $500,000 in energy savings

The US retail giant reveals how relatively simple energy-efficiency measures have helped cut energy bills and carbon emissions

05 Dec 2014

Whole Foods produce rating system spurs farm action

US food retailer reveals how its ambitious green labeling initiative is already having an impact on its supply chain

05 Dec 2014

Shopping centres call for carbon reporting scheme to be scrapped

BCSC urges government to bring forward review of Carbon Reduction Commitment, arguing it overlaps with new ESOS scheme

03 Dec 2014

M&S Plan A: Now with sustainable chocolate

Retailer says 63 per cent of its products now have sustainability attributes, equating to around two billion items sold

02 Dec 2014

Mayor Boris urges firms to sign up to London's Business Energy Challenge

27 leading firms awarded gold, silver and bronze ratings based on their emission reduction efforts

21 Nov 2014

Peers mull measures to tackle food waste mountain through supermarket donations

Following call to end buy one get one free offer, House of Lords Committee weighs up new push to make it easier for supermarkets to redistribute unsold produce

19 Nov 2014

IKEA bolsters US wind portfolio with largest clean energy deal yet

Swedish furniture company agrees to purchase 165MW wind farm in Texas to continue 100 per cent clean energy push

18 Nov 2014

Asda inks contract to deliver smart meter functionality to 660 stores

Elster EnergyICT follows Tesco energy software contract with new Asda deal

14 Nov 2014

WRAP reveals plan for next wave of retail waste reduction

Agency confirms it is already working with government and industry on waste reduction goals as part of Courtauld 2025 initiative

11 Nov 2014

IKEA goes Dutch with solar retail offer

Retail giant extends Hanergy partnership to bring solar offer to the Netherlands

29 Oct 2014

M&S recyclable PaperTies to replace plastic and wire clips

Packaging innovation for toys is easier to open and can be put in kerbside paper recycling bins, retailer says

27 Oct 2014

Footwear industry wakes up to waste

Consumer demand for sustainable shoes is prompting manufacturers to change tack

23 Oct 2014

M&S installing UK's largest rooftop solar PV system

Project to fit 24,272 panels on distribution centre will make building almost energy self-sufficient during the day

23 Oct 2014

Whole Foods launches environmental ratings for its produce

Retailer will rank fruits, vegetables, and flowers 'good', 'better', or 'best' based on suppliers' farming practices

17 Oct 2014

How IKEA is furnishing customers with greener lifestyles

Swedish retailer is building on €1.5bn green energy investment to bring sustainable living to more than a billion customers across the world

07 Oct 2014

Retailers offered sustainable strategies toolkit

Forum for the Future among group of organisations that have developed a toolkit designed to identify new green retail ideas and innovations

02 Oct 2014

Organic cotton demand could result in shortage

With many farmers yet to go organic, demand may soon exceed supply

01 Oct 2014

Organic food sector enjoys sales surge

New figures show demand for organic products is up 3.2 per cent in recent years, significantly out-performing the rest of the grocery sector

26 Sep 2014

IKEA to sell solar panels in eight more European countries

Swedish retail giant set to extend offer already available in UK to Netherlands and Switzerland by the end of the year

23 Sep 2014

Tesco software rollout aims to ensure every little energy-saving helps

Retail giant confirms it has inked a three year deal to deploy Elster EnergyICT management software across its estate

18 Sep 2014

Sustainable seafood scheme covers one tenth of world's wild fisheries

New Marine Stewardship Council report reveals that nearly $5bn worth of its sustainably certified seafood was sold last year

17 Sep 2014

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