Ralph Lauren commits to sweeping sourcing changes in new sustainability strategy

Ralph Lauren committed to sustainably sourcing 100% of its cotton and viscose and using 100% recycled polyester by 2025 as part of a new sustainability strategy released Wednesday.

Beyond raw materials and product design, the company made commitments and set goals for carbon emissions, chemical management, water use, waste management, recyclable packaging and animal welfare.  

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Loop’s ‘waste-free’ e-commerce platform launches with P&G, Kroger, Walgreens on board

Loop, the “circular shopping platform” developed by recycling company TerraCycle, launched its e-commerce site Wednesday and announced Kroger and Walgreens as its founding retail partners at a press conference in New York City Tuesday. 

The list of vendors that have now developed multi-use packaging designed to be purchased, returned (via UPS), cleaned, refilled and resold has grown to roughly 25 including founding vendors Unilever, Mars, Nestle and PepsiCo and new additions Colgate-Palmolive and Procter & Gamble. Products currently listed on the Loop site require a $1 to $5 deposit for the package. Users will send packaging back to Loop to be cleaned via a partnership with UPS. 

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Impossible Burgers run short as manufacturer ‘spares no expense’ to double supply

After a massive increase in distribution, restaurant owners are frustrated by stock-outs of the Impossible Burger, a plant-based burger patty made by Impossible Foods, they told Eater. The company announced its limited partnership with Burger King would expand nationwide by the end of the year. 

Impossible Foods CFO David Lee told CNN the company is sparing no expense to increase production. The San Francisco-based manufacturer is hiring a third shift for its existing production line while targeting summer to open a second line that would double supply.

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IBM’s blockchain for food gains major US grocer

Albertsons has joined the IBM Food Trust blockchain initiative in an effort to test the technology’s ability to track the provenance of romaine lettuce, according to a press release

The grocer plans to “pilot the solution to help overcome the obstacles that have existed when a traceback is initiated for a product like romaine and is evaluating ways to use the technology to highlight the provenance of its extensive Own Brands portfolio,” according to the release. The pilot will begin in one distribution center.

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Are the Port of LA and Long Beach drayage emissions goals realistic?

The vehicles and technology necessary to drastically reduce emissions over the next 15 years at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are or will be available, according to a feasibility assessment gauging the plausibility the Port’s goals conducted by the consulting firm Tetratech. 

The Port of LA already has public goals of reaching zero-emissions port equipment by 2030 and zero-emissions trucks by 2035. The necessary steps to reach those goals were released in 2017 in an update to the Port’s Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP), first published in 2006. The report released this week details which low or no emissions drayage equipment is ready for implementation today or will be in the near term (defined as 2018-2021).

A new CAAP feasibility assessment will be released every three years. “It is important to repeatedly stress that this 2018 Feasibility Assessment for Drayage Trucks represents a snapshot in time. The technology and economic landscapes for clean heavy-duty transportation technologies can change rapidly,” explained the report. 

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H&M pledges 100% sustainable cotton by 2020

H&M will transition to 100% sustainable cotton by 2020, according to the company’s 2018 annual report. The retailer reached roughly 95% sustainable supply in 2018.

The commitment to sustainable cotton is part of a larger plan to convert to 100% recycled or sustainable materials across the company’s supply chain by 2030. The report said 57% of the retailer’s 2018 materials met this standard — up from 35% in 2017. It also recently announced plans to phase out conventional cashmere on environmental and animal welfare grounds as part of the same initiative.

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Target includes supplier emissions in new climate goals

Target released new climate goals Wednesday that not only reduce its own carbon emissions targets but also require 80% of the retailer’s suppliers set science-based reduction targets by 2023. 

The retailer committed to reducing emissions by 30% by 2030 (based on 2017 levels) — a goal approved by the Science-Based Target initiative (SBTi), according to the company’s announcement.

This marks the first time Target has taken its entire supply chain into account when calculating greenhouse gas emissions, a spokesperson told Supply Chain Dive in an email, adding the supply chain represents 96% of Target’s total emissions. 

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