Sustainability Reads: November 25- December 1

Pepsico recycles snack food waste into energy and fertilizer
It’s exciting to see corporations and industries coming up with technologies and strategies to reduce their ecological footprint and also reduce costs. PepsiCo Turkey is using food waste to generate energy and fertilize its crops in a sustainable way. Representatives from PepsiCo Turkey say that they are also able to reduce operational costs in this way and don’t have to invest as much in chemical fertilizers. PepsiCo Turkey is an example for other companies to follow. By Heather Clancy at Greenbiz.com

Index of top companies aims to redirect investments to a greener economy
The quest for refined methodologies and metrics to measure the environmental effects of companies’ operations and then reward and punish accordingly continues. This post explores a new index developed by Inrate. Top performers: Allianz, Daimler, Compagnie Fin. Richemont, GlaxoSmithKline, Reckitt Benckiser, Unilever and Zurich Insurance Group. Nike and H&M still received strong rating in the top performing clothing sector (B-). The Clean Revolution.

Roll on the green revolution
The pulp and paper industry is also making headlines in improving technologies to make practices more sustainable. The paper industry is the fifth largest industrial energy consumer, but new technologies are helping to reduce CO2 emissions. This article highlights this new process but also acknowledges that technology is an essential piece in slowing climate change and that companies that normally compete against each other are now collaborating to come up with best industry practices and technologies to make production for sustainable and reduce the carbon footprint. Published in The Economist.

Designing for sustainability: what are the challenges behind green materials?
Well developed, multi-faceted article illustrates companies’ role in the development and use of green materials. Article reviews green materials currently being explored and lessons learned from both successful and not so successful attempts at integration into products. Must-read for anyone interested in green materials and the actors involved to conquer the challenges presented. By Adam Aston from Guardian Sustainable Business.

Pitch for Nature
Short video that presents the concept of ‘natural capital’ and the importance for companies to invest in natural capital to manage risk. Natural capital is a new buzzword.

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