Sarena Ulibarri

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11 years 3 months ago

Shampoo bottles made from sugarcane are the newest development in sustainable packaging, and are slated to be released by Pantene in mid-2011.  The technology to create plastic from plant material is fairly new, and its commercial use is even newer; it has been recently publicized by beverage companies such as PepsiCo and Coca-Cola, who have begun using plant-based plastic for their soda bottles.  Pantene is the first major hair care brand to use this new type of sustainable packaging....

11 years 4 months ago

Two major online florists, FTD and 1-800-FLOWERS have announced a new selection of fair trade flowers.  While there are many specialty florists that offer fair trade or eco-friendly flowers, this is a new step for these mainstream flower companies, and a victory for both labor rights' activists and ethical consumers.

Cut Flowers: A Thorny Industry
The cut flower industry has come under attack in recent years by activist groups such as, who have exposed the inhumane working conditions and environmental hazards of flower farms.  Most cut flowers are grown...

11 years 4 months ago

Greenpeace has released their 2011 Carting Away the Oceans report, which includes an updated Supermarket Score Card.  This score card reveals which supermarkets are doing the most for the sustainable seafood market, and which ones are lagging behind.

The Criteria
Greenpeace first released the Carting Away the Oceans report in 2008 to bring awareness to the issue of sustainable seafood, and to encourage retailers to use their purchasing power to...

11 years 4 months ago

Target is the latest retailer to join the “No Dirty Gold” campaign by making a pledge to only source gold from mines that are socially and environmentally responsible.  Target’s commitment came after pressure from both “No Dirty Gold” and

Target Signs The Golden Rules
Target's commitment to ethically sourced gold will affect the supply chain for their gold jewelry, and possibly some electronics as well...

11 years 4 months ago

Evian recently announced a new design for their plastic water bottles that will help the company reduce their environmental impact.  The new bottles are lighter weight and include recycled plastic.  Evian is making an effort to join the sustainability movement, but will it be enough to convince bottled water critics?

Evian's New Design
The new Evian bottle design, which was announced in March 2011, contains 50% recycled PET and uses 11% less plastic than the previous bottle...

11 years 4 months ago

Back in the 1980s and 90s, the cola wars between Pepsi and Coca-Cola were based on taste and style.  Which cola tastes better?  Which company is more in touch with pop culture?  But 21st century consumers are asking different questions.  Which company is doing more to reduce their environmental impact?

The Battle of the Plant-based Bottles
The most recent development in the green cola wars is the creation of the plant-based plastic bottle.  In 2009, Coca-Cola introduced the PlantBottle, a plastic bottle containing 30% renewable plant-based material.  That 30%...

11 years 4 months ago

The winners of the first pkg Sustainable Packaging Challenge were recently announced on Justmeans.  Participants were invited to submit a one minute video about an unsustainable packaging design that could be replaced with sustainable packaging such as pkg Industries' PaperFoam.  The winner received a $1,000 prize.

The Winning Videos
Winners for the Sustainable Packaging Challenge were chosen based on creativity, quality and the number of votes they received.  The...

11 years 4 months ago

Do you know where your jeans or your child's favorite toy came from, before they landed on that shelf in your neighborhood store?  Would it make a difference in your shopping habits if you could tell, with just a quick check on your smartphone, that the dress you're about to buy was made with slave labor?  Free2Work thinks so.

A Digital Abolition Movement
Free2Work is a new smartphone application sponsored by the International Labor Rights Forum, and it allows consumers easy access to information about the quality of...

11 years 5 months ago

Cotton is one of the world's most widely used crops, and the apparel company Adidas wants to make sure the cotton in their products comes from cotton farms that don't harm the environment or the people who harvest the cotton.  In March 2011, Adidas announced their strategy to switch to sustainable cotton.

Cotton From Sustainable Sources
Adidas is switching to sustainable cotton over a seven-year time-line.  By 2015, 40% of the cotton used in Adidas...

11 years 5 months ago

If you have an Android smartphone, you now have access to a free app that can help save the world's oceans.  The Seafood Watch app, now available for Android, provides an easy-to-navigate guide for which fish species to avoid and which restaurants source their seafood from sustainable sources.

About the Sustainable Seafood Smartphone App
Seafood Watch's sustainable seafood application has previously been available for iPhone, but the...