Sustainable News Roundup: January Edition
From Kroger's initiative that prioritizes pollinators in the supply chain to the world's largest cruise ship setting sail, here are some headlines you may have missed this month.
Want to keep up with what's going on in the sustainability space? Every month on the Good Together podcast, Laura discusses news stories she’s seen in the sustainability realm. From Kroger's initiative that prioritizes pollinators in the supply chain to the world's largest cruise ship setting sail, here are some headlines you may have missed this month.
4 Sustainability Headlines You Don't Want to Miss
1. Global Watchdog Proposes New Ethics Code to Combat Greenwashing
According to a report from Reuters, the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (GSIA) has proposed an ethics code aimed at combating greenwashing, a deceptive practice where companies exaggerate or misrepresent their environmental commitments. The proposed ethics code seeks to enhance transparency and hold businesses accountable for their sustainability claims.
Shockingly, a study by Futerra and the Consumer Goods Forum revealed that 40% of consumers have encountered misleading environmental claims, underscoring the urgency of addressing greenwashing. It's essential for consumers to be discerning and support companies that demonstrate genuine sustainability efforts. By holding businesses accountable, we can foster a culture of transparency and drive positive change.
2. Kroger Focuses on Pollinator Health in Supply Chain
Chain Store Age reports on Kroger's initiative to prioritize pollinator health in its supply chain. With bee populations declining, Kroger's efforts aim to address this critical environmental issue. Kroger is partnering with suppliers who implement pollinator-friendly practices and sourcing from farms that prioritize biodiversity.
Pollinators contribute to over 75% of global food crops, highlighting the significance of their health for food security. Supporting companies like Kroger that prioritize environmental stewardship can have a significant impact on promoting sustainable practices throughout the supply chain.
3. Icon of the Seas: World's Largest Cruise Ship Sets Sail from Miami
CNBC reports on the launch of the "Icon of the Seas," the world's largest cruise ship, from Miami. While cruise tourism continues to soar in popularity, concerns about its environmental impact persist. The "Icon of the Seas" boasts impressive features, catering to over 7,500 passengers, but its environmental footprint raises concerns about emissions and waste generation. As the cruise industry grapples with sustainability challenges, exploring alternative travel options becomes increasingly important.
4. Report on the Benefits of Sustainable Agriculture Diets
The Verge discusses a recent report highlighting the benefits of sustainable agriculture diets for both the environment and human health. Sustainable diets not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions and preserve biodiversity but also contribute to improved health outcomes. By adopting sustainable food choices, consumers can play a crucial role in building resilient and healthier food systems.
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