Yulex and the art of making treehugger rubber | Corporate Knights

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How Yulex is commercializing “green” rubber made from a drought- and disease resistant dessert shrub | With a name like “natural” rubber, one might think the stretchy, waterproof stuff would have unassailable green cred. After all, humanity has been harvesting…

Winter Olympics 2014: a missed opportunity to advance sustainability | The Guardian

Are the corporate sponsors of the Sochi Winter Olympics missing a big opportunity to advance sustainability globally? Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images

Beyond Dow’s commitment to offset the games’ carbon footprint, big sponsors are doing too little to advance sustainability | The Sochi Winter Olympics, which opens 7 February, was meant to be the greenest Olympics ever. The budget was certainly there:…

How International Council of Toy Industries polices factories to avoid worker harm | Corporate Knights

Mortally dangerous conditions remain a grim reality for workers at factories around the world. In September 2012, some 300 workers died in a garment factory fire in Pakistan, many because they were trapped behind locked emergency exits. Six months later,…

Designing for sustainability: what are the challenges behind green materials? The Guardian

A Taiya aboriginal villager walks through a sustainable bamboo forest

Sustainable materials are gaining ground, but long development time frames and gaps in knowledge make commercialisation tricky | Learning to surf in California’s frigid breakers, Todd Copeland, a design guru at the Patagonia clothing company, concluded that wet suits weren’t…