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Product, Service & Design Innovation

The latest products, services, design approaches and business models that are helping organizations of all sizes deliver on their sustainability ambitions and establish a new business as usual.

A Buzzworthy Solution: The World's First Government-Approved Bee Vaccine

Dalan Animal Health introduces the inaugural USDA conditionally licensed vaccine for honeybees, providing a prophylactic solution to safeguard the global honeybee population from lethal infectious diseases.

New Ways of Catching, Producing Seafood Could Boost Health of Aquatic Ecosystems

More conscientious catch methods and the rise of cultivated seafood could help take the pressure off of overfished marine ecosystems — whose health is critical for planetary health.

Kind Traveler Adds SLO to Destinations Where ‘Every Stay Gives Back’

Kind Traveler’s responsible-tourism model now helps San Luis Obispo, California further its tree-planting efforts and progress toward its goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2035.

Could Supercharging Starch Production Secure Our Food Future?

ClimateCrop is boosting starch metabolism in plants through non-GMO gene editing — enhancing crop resilience to climate change, increasing yields, and offering a sustainable solution to future farming challenges.

Earthshot Prize ‘Launchpad’ to Link Investors with Climate Innovators

Cross-Posted from Finance & Investment. New matchmaking platform highlights game-changing solutions from the Earthshot Prize nominations process and connects them with like-minded investors and philanthropists.

Report: AI Fueling Climate Change, Energy Usage and Disinformation

Coalition of over 50 tech accountability and environmental groups sound the alarm on the potential harms of AI to the planet, democracy and information ecosystems.

Lab-Grown Coffee: Sustainable Brew of the Future?

If researchers can bridge the gap in taste between coffee that was cultivated in the field and that cultivated in a lab, it could eventually be a win-win for coffee lovers and biodiversity alike.

Startup Using Biomimicry to Break Textile Dyeing Down to Its DNA

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. Colorifix's technology uses DNA sequencing to replicate nature's hues into sustainable pigments, curbing the industry's overreliance on water- and chemical-intensive dyeing processes.

‘Quantum Nose’ Could Be Key to Sniffing Out Food Waste

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. The University of Maryland’s NourishNet team has been awarded $5M from the NSF to develop its comprehensive, technology-based approach to tackling food waste and insecurity.

Powering Earth from Space: Can We Solve Our Energy Crisis Without Destroying the Environment?

There is immense potential for sustainable innovation in the ever-growing space economy — in ways that could bring the industry’s own impacts, and an infinite source of solar power, back down to Earth.

Radical Sustainability Experimentation in Tourism Highlights Challenges, Opportunities

“We don’t need everyone to do it perfectly to change the world; we just need double-digit percentages from a heck of a lot of buy-in.” — Natural Habitat Adventures’ Court Whelan

Relationality in AI: The Missing Link for Regenerative Sustainability

Regenerative sustainability provides a pragmatic foundation to demonstrate caregiving and relationality to people and planet. It shouldn’t be a ‘battle against climate change;’ it should be a ‘relationship we’re working to heal.’

Automobili Lamborghini Pledges 40% CO2 Reduction Across Its Value Chain by 2030

The luxury Italian carmaker extends its decarbonization program to its entire value chain, with the aim of reducing total enterprise emissions by 40% per car by 2030.

This 'SeaFeed' Could Be a Game-Changing Solution to Livestock Emissions

Australian startup Sea Forest’s seaweed-based feed supplements significantly reduce methane emissions from ruminant livestock.

Meet the Startup Guiding Companies Toward Net Zero — Via Circular Design

For the hordes of companies still struggling to make good on their net-zero commitments, comply with impending climate-disclosure legislation and figure out what ‘circularity’ even means, Pentatonic is here to help.

Eastern Innovators Showing Feasibility of Circular Social Enterprises

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. Southeast Asia and the Middle East are emerging as incubators for plastic-diversion innovations; and beyond putting a dent in plastic pollution, they are helping reduce poverty and making a circular economy the wave of the present.

Logitech Boosts Product Circularity, Shares Design Principles with Industry

To drive industry-wide carbon reduction, Logitech is sharing its design principles and tools with any organizations in the consumer-tech industry looking to boost their sustainability efforts.

Circular, Regenerative Innovations Advance in Big Food Redesign Challenge

Cactus cookies, banana-peel snacks, wrinkled-pea pasta are contenders in the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Challenge for companies to design new products — or redesign existing ones — using circular principles that help address climate change and regenerate nature.

This Startup Could Spark a Revolution in Early-Wildfire Detection

“By detecting wildfires while they are still small, we stand a much better chance of stopping them before they cause too much damage — saving money, the environment and, ultimately, lives.” — Dryad Networks' Carsten Brinkschulte