Sustainability Archives - Kathy Varol


Hitting pause on lobster

Lobster was not always a delicacy. There are American myths about dockhands striking over meals of lobster. Of prisoners declaring that being served lobster more than twice a week was cruel and unusual punishment. Today lobster is more a luxury for special occasions or fancy restaurants. But a luxury you …

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Climate Pledges Need A Science Based Reboot

“I also have a message to fossil fuel companies and their financial enablers. So-called ‘net-zero pledges’ that exclude core products and activities are poisoning our planet. They must thoroughly review their pledges and align them with this new guidance. Let’s tell it like it is. Using bogus ‘net-zero’ pledges to …

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Transitioning from carbon offsets to a zero emissions future

Low-fare air carriers made it possible for budget-conscious travelers to see more of the world more frequently, but at a not-so-hidden cost. Cheaper flights mean more people travel. More people traveling means more flights. More flights means more emissions. In 2018, worldwide aviation contributed almost 2.5% of the world’s total …

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A Food Revolution

In 1919, Isaac Carasso began making yogurt to help children with intestinal infections. He sold his first yogurts in pharmacies before expanding into grocery stores throughout Barcelona. From its beginning, the company’s purpose was: to bring health through food to as many people as possible. This purpose still holds today. …

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The end of disposable packaging!

Congratulations to Loop on its new partnership with Giant Food. Earlier this year I learned about Loop’s innovative closed-loop consumer goods reusable packaging system from Tom Szaky, founder and CEO of Terracycle (Loop’s parent company), and have been excited to see its growing adoption. Simply put, Loop and its partners …

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First Movers Coalition: Change through collective action

Collective action is a powerful tool. It can create the runway, derisk innovation investment, and accelerate adoption of the new technology solutions we need. That’s exactly what the First Movers Coalition does. Their belief and mission: Reducing emissions to net-zero by 2050 is possible if the right technologies are brought …

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Upcycled energy

As Erin tells us in this week’s podcast, one big stumbling block on the road to becoming the leader in carbon-neutral flooring was the raw materials used in their products. Here in Oregon, cold-brew coffee brand Riff looked at their own supply chain and saw potential in cascara, the flesh …

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Every dollar is a vote

Last week Loop, the reusable packaging service by TerraCycle, officially launched in 25 supermarkets around Portland, Oregon where I live. I actually had the opportunity to speak with Loop founder Tom Szaky in a recent Purpose and Profit episode, where he described the process:   “In the end your experience …

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The sustainability elephant

Tom Szaky is founder and CEO of TerraCycle, a global leader in revolutionizing complex waste streams. TerraCycle has partnered with some of the world’s largest brands, retailers and manufacturers to recycle and repurpose items classified as “un-recyclable” in 21 countries. In 2019, TerraCycle launched Loop to eliminate single-use waste by …

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Steps toward Carbon Neutrality

As troubling as our trajectory is, there are more and more opportunities to combat climate change. MUD\WTR for example, collaborates with Pachama to offset their carbon footprint. Pachama evaluates forest preservation and restoration projects and supports those with proven value by acting as an offsets marketplace for companies looking to …

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