🌎 Issue 030 / Magical Cities, Mac ‘n Cheese & Starting a Fashion Revolution

Reconsidered is a bi-weekly newsletter curating thought-provoking content on corporate social responsibility, sustainability and social impact. Click here to subscribe. 


Hello Friends,

It’s Earth Week — a week for dialogue, for action and for shameless use of the color green in all of its iterations. To commemorate, we’ve dedicated this issue to wacky, wonderful stories about the world around us. From magical city designs, to climate-friendly mac ‘n cheese, to stunning photography of global warming’s impacts, these links tickled our fancies and opened our eyes to new possibilities.

And when this special week ends, another begins. From April 23-29, millions of activists will make themselves heard during the fifth-annual Fashion Revolution Week. We shine a spotlight on this global movement and share ways you can get involved. 

Let’s not forget our growing social impact jobs board! Danielle Vermeer has curated 34 awesome opportunities — AND categorized them by level so it’s even easier for you to find your next great gig.

As always, we want to know what you like, what you don’t and what’s on your mind. Email us — we’d love to hear from you.

️️✌️🌎
Jess & Team Reconsidered

P.S. I hate when people say it’s too bothersome/expensive/annoying/difficult to live consciously. So I wrote up a quickie blog post sharing Three Life Hacks That Have Improved My Life, Saved Me Money & Are Also Better For The Environment. What life hacks work for you?

This Week's Five Links

A Smog Vacuum Cleaner and Other Magical City Designs — TED
From a Van Gogh-inspired bike path, to a dance floor that generates electricity, to (yes) a smog vacuum cleaner — Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde uses technology and creative thinking to produce whimsical, earth-friendly innovations that blew my mind. You’ll never say “yes, but” again. 

This Macaroni and Cheese Helps Fight Climate Change — Fast Company
Can you name the farmer who grew the food in your kitchen? You could if you picked up a box of Annie’s new macaroni and cheese. By printing the farmer’s name on the box, Annie’s is raising awareness for regenerative farming practices, which promote soil health, increase biodiversity, and sequester carbon. The limited-edition product is sourced from one farm, but it serves as a proof of concept for larger-scale initiatives. 

How Clean Indoor Air Is Becoming China’s Latest Luxury Must-Have — The Guardian
Many of us believe we’re safe from air pollution if we just stay inside. We’re not. In China, filtered air has turned into a business opportunity and a marketing tool. It’s an amenity at luxury hotels, and a workplace perk to help attract and keep employees. The latter is true in more ways than one: a study found that a high-level filtration system can actually raise an employee’s life expectancy. 

What I Learned From 14 Years of Shooting ‘Images From a Warming Planet’ — Sustainable Brands
After witnessing first-hand the rapid warming of the Arctic in Alaska, Ashley Cooper made it his life’s work to document our changing planet. In this moving reflection, he recounts his 14-year journey of amassing the largest collection of climate change images. His photographs take viewers around the world to witness the devastating effects of global warming and also — perhaps more importantly — to see how people are working to address it.

Scientists Stumbled Upon a Plastic-Eating Bacterium—Then Accidentally Made It Stronger — Popular Science
It takes hundreds of years for plastic to degrade — until now. While studying a bacterium that evolved to eat PET (the material used to make those plastic bottles that are all the rage in the world’s oceans right now), scientists accidentally made it even more efficient. Now, the process of turning PET back into its raw components can begin within days. 


In the future you can imagine the scenario where you want to go out for a coffee or a meal, but before you choose the restaurant or coffee shop you look up which one has the best indoor air quality.
— Tom Watson, director of engineering at PureLiving, in "How Clean Indoor Air Is Becoming China’s Latest Luxury Must-Have" (The Guardian)

Spotlight: Fashion Revolution Week

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It’s been five years since 1,138 people died and thousands more were injured during the Rana Plaza collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The factory complex had produced clothes for global brands including Zara, Walmart, Benetton, and J.C. Penny, and its devastating collapse was an industry-wide wakeup call and catalyst for change. 

Since 2013, a lot has changed for workers’ safety. But there is still a long way to go, in Bangladesh and across the industry. 

Consumers have a powerful voice in pushing for change — a power that has been harnessed incredibly by Fashion Revolution, a movement and annual campaign commemorating the anniversary of Rana Plaza.  Four years ago I had the honor to serve on the U.S. steering committee for the first-ever Fashion Revolution Week; now, Fashion Revolution has grown into an impressive global movement across more than 90 countries.  

This year, Fashion Revolution Week takes place from April 23-29. It’s an opportunity for all of us to demand transparency by asking a simple question: “Who made my clothes?” 

To get involved:

📷 Take a picture of your clothing label and share it with the brand or on social media with the hashtag question #whomademyclothes?

🌎 See if there’s a Fashion Revolution event near you

👗 Download Fashion Revolution Week’s super informative 2018 Action Guide for more tips, templates and tools.   

A revolution needs voices. Make yours heard — the fashion industry is listening.


Social Impact Jobs

Early Career

Acumen — Innovation Associate (New York, NY)
GlobeScan — Senior Research Executive/Project Manager (London, UK)
Landed — Customer Development (San Francisco, CA)
Open Philanthropy Project — Research Analyst (San Francisco, CA)
Tesco — Responsible Sourcing Manager, Marine (Welwyn Garden City, UK)
TOMS — Global Giving Partnerships Coordinator (Los Angeles, CA)
UCLA — Program Manager, Skoll Center For Social Impact Entertainment (Los Angeles, CA)
UL — Entry Level Social Compliance Auditor (Washington, D.C.)
UNDP — National Consultant, Social Innovation Platform Project Coordinator and Communication (Bangkok, Thailand)
Yakima Chief – Hopunion — Corporate Social Responsibility Manager (Yakima, Washington Area)

Mid-Career

Dr. Martens - Airwair International — Corporate Social Responsibility Coordinator (London, UK)
Everlane — Inventory Planner (San Francisco, CA)
Futerra London — Group Operations Manager (London, UK)
H&M — Inclusion and Diversity Manager, North America (New York, NY)
Hunkemöller — Corporate Social Responsibility Manager (Hilversum, Netherlands)
Ketchum — Account Supervisor, Brand/Purpose (New York, NY)
Kiva — Lifecycle Marketing Manager (Portland, OR)
Lyft — Associate Manager, Social Impact (San Francisco, CA)
New Look — Corporate Social Responsibility Manager (London, UK)
Next Street — Managing Associate (New York, Chicago, or Boston)
Redress — Sponsorship Manager (Hong Kong, HK)
Reformation — Product Owner (Los Angeles, CA)
SOKO — eCommerce Merchandising Associate (San Francisco, CA)
Walgreens — Senior Manager, Ethical Sourcing Program (Northbrook, IL)
Warby Parker — Ecommerce Product Manager (New York, NY)

Experienced

Baxter International — Foundation and Global Community Relations Lead (Greater Chicago Area)
Comedy Central — Vice President, Social Impact Strategy (New York, NY)
Ellis Jones — Director, Social Impact (Melbourne, Australia)
IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative — Senior Manager, Learning and Innovation (Utrecht Area, Netherlands)
Palo Alto Networks — Director, Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability (Santa Clara, CA)
Sesame Workshop — Managing Director, Refugee Programs, Middle East (New York, NY)
Target — Foundation Program Lead, Corporate Social Responsibility (Minneapolis, MN)
The Honest Company — Senior Brand Manager, Baby (Los Angeles, CA)
TOMS — Vice President, Ecommerce (Los Angeles, CA)


This newsletter is curated by Jessica Marati Radparvar, with support from content strategist Ysabel Yates and jobs board curator Danielle Vermeer. If you like it, please consider sharing it!

Issue 029 / Open-Source Design, Climate Change LOLs & The World’s First Sustainable Tourism Passport Pledge

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This Week's Five Links

We’re Buried in Starbucks Cups. What Are They Doing About It? — Eater
Starbucks estimates it’s responsible for six billion of the roughly 600 billion paper and plastic cups circulated each year. Now, in partnership with Closed Loop Partners and its Center for the Circular Economy, Starbucks has announced a competition to develop a compostable or recyclable cup for its customers. Eater charts where Starbucks has fallen short in the past, and the challenges it faces as it embarks on this ambitious new goal. 

Grindr Sets Off Privacy Firestorm After Sharing Users’ H.I.V.-Status Data— The New York Times
Grindr was recently praised for a feature that reminds users to get tested for HIV. But just a few days later, the gay dating app came under fire for sharing sensitive user data, including HIV status, with outside vendors. The CSR initiative and the data scandal are unrelated — Grindr has long allowed users to share this health information. But it’s a significant sequence of events. Data can help inform powerful CSR initiatives, but it can also cause real harm if not treated with the appropriate ethical considerations. 

Women Entrepreneurs Are More Likely to Get Funding If They Emphasize Their Social Mission — Harvard Business Review 
File this in our “sad but not surprising” folder. A study found that while female-led ventures were generally perceived as less viable than male-led ones, female entrepreneurs who more “heavily emphasized their social impact managed to avoid this gender penalty.” There are a number of takeaways from this, including 😱❗😡❗😵❗. But the biggest is that it’s absolutely critical for all of us, regardless of our gender identity, to recognize the biases that inform our business environment.

Humor Can Get Young People Fired Up About Climate Change — Grist
Climate change isn’t very funny. In fact, it’s downright terrifying. But a new study from researchers at Cornell University and the Environmental Defense Fund found that using humor to communicate the dangers of climate change was the best way to galvanize 18- to 24-year-olds to take action. Another recent study, this one from Princeton University, found pride to be a significant driver of environmental behavior too, even more than guilt.

Nike “Design With Grind” Challenge — OpenIDEO
For years, Nike has recovered used footwear and manufacturing scraps into a palette of recycled materials called Nike Grind. These materials have been given a second life in the brand’s footwear and apparel, as well as in sport surfaces. Now, Nike wants to know what you would do with it. Together with OpenIDEO, Nike is looking to find and fund the most innovative ideas. The deadline is May 1st, so put on those reusable thinking caps and go read the brief. 


The only footprints I shall leave are those that will wash away.
— The Palau Pledge (more below)

Spotlight: The Palau Pledge

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Of the places I’ve visited, Palau is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful. But in recent years, the Pacific island nation has suffered from an influx in tourists who aren’t quite aware or conscious of their impact on the islands’ environment and culture. Natural treasures like the archipelago’s vibrant coral reefs and unique Jellyfish Lake have been damaged. Water supplies have been threatened. Biodiversity has suffered.

Rather than let tourism go unchecked, a coalition of concerned citizens, government leaders and local businesspeople have taken action. Earlier this year, Palau became the first nation on Earth to change its immigration laws with the expressed purpose of encouraging environmental and cultural preservation. Now, visitors are required to sign the Palau Pledge — a commitment, stamped in passports, through which visitors promise the island’s children that they will “tread lightly, act kindly and explore mindfully”.

The eco-pledge is paired with a beautifully filmed in-flight video, an environment-focused school curriculum and a reduction in the number of inbound flights. Leonardo DiCaprio, The Rolling Stones and former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry are just some of the celebrities that have signaled their support.

"Human impact on our Earth's environment is one of the biggest challenges facing our world today," said Palau president Tommy E Remengesau Jr. "As a small country we feel the impact of these actions acutely. We hope that the Palau Pledge raises global awareness of the responsibility that this generation has to the next."


Social Impact Jobs

Accenture — Sustainability Consulting Professional (Stockholm, Sweden)
Amazon — Sr. Operations Program Manager, Social Responsibility (Seattle, WA)
Apple — Program Manager, Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives (Cupertino, CA)
Bard College: MBA in Sustainability — Program Associate (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY)
Bombas — Community & Giving Relationship Manager (New York, NY)
Charles Schwab — Portfolio Manager, Community Development (Henderson, NV)
DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation — Director (Pittsburgh Area, PA)
Disney Parks & Resorts — Associate Citizenship & Community Relations Manager (Shanghai, China)
Edesia Nutrition — Brand Manager, Little Nut (Rhode Island Area)
ELEVATE — Senior Manager, Client Services (London, UK)
EY — Senior Executive, Corporate Sustainability, EMEIA Financial Services (Brussels, Belgium)
Facebook — Instagram Wellbeing Program Lead (Menlo Park, CA)
Fair Food Network — Digital Marketing Manager (Ann Arbor or Detroit, MI)
Hasbro — Corporate Social Responsibility Manager (Rhode Island Area)
Hero Balancer — Product Manager & Partner (North Holland, Netherlands)
HESTA — Social Impact Specialist (Melbourne, Australia)
HSBC — Sustainable Finance Manager (London, UK)
KIND — Executive Assistant, Office of the CEO (New York, NY)
KPMG — Sustainability Manager - Corporate Citizenship (Sydney, Australia)
Lockheed Martin — Sustainability Analyst (Washington, DC Area)
Moody’s Corporation — Corporate Social Responsibility Manager (Hong Kong, HK)
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory — Environmental Sustainability Administrator (Pasadena, CA)
Overdeck Family Foundation — Communications Officer (New York, NY)
Proximity Designs — Head of Marketing & Communications (Yangon, Myanmar)
RXBAR — Senior Manager, Internal Communications (Chicago, IL)
Sesame Street — Senior Project Manager, US Social Impact (New York, NY)
Silicon Valley Community Foundation — Associate Manager, Corporate Responsibility (Mountain View, CA)
Smithsonian Institution, My Armenia Program — Technical or Professional, Non-personal Services (Yerevan, Armenia)
Umbra — Corporate Social Responsibility Officer (Shenzhen, China)
Vaisala — Environmental Manager (Helsinki, Finland)
Verizon — Social Impact Manager (Denver, CO)


This newsletter is curated by Jessica Marati Radparvar, with support from content strategist Ysabel Yates and jobs board curator Danielle Vermeer. If you like it, please consider sharing it!

Issue 028 / Microplastics, Climate Migration & The Designer Giving Chewing Gum a Second Life

Reconsidered is a bi-weekly newsletter curating thought-provoking content on corporate social responsibility, sustainability and social impact. Click here to subscribe. 


This Week's Five Links

The Data HarvestersThe Daily Podcast by The New York Times
Last week The New York Times broke the story of how Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy credited with helping Trump win the U.S. presidency, harvested private information from 50 million Facebook users to target — and many would say, manipulate — the American electorate. The breach has caused Facebook’s stock to plunge, motivated a #DeleteFacebook movement and led many to criticize the company’s approach to social responsibility. In this podcast, the reporter who broke the story shares how he did it and his thoughts on Facebook's future.

Welcome to the Age of Climate MigrationRolling Stone
“Climate change is going to remap our world, changing not just how we live but where we live,” writes Jeffrey Goodell in this piece that plots out the parts of the United States that are predicted to become virtually uninhabitable due to climate change. As rising sea levels eat away at our cities and soaring temperatures become fatal, where will we take refuge? And who will be able to afford the move?

Microplastic Contamination Is Found in Most Bottled Water, a New Study SaysTIME
Microplastics — those tiny plastic particles found in sources like synthetic clothing, beauty products and deteriorating plastic trash — plague our oceans, rivers and lakes. And now, they’ve been detected in our bottled water. Researchers tested 259 bottles across nine countries and 11 brands, including Aquafina, Dasani, Evian, Nestlé and San Pellegrino, and found signs of contamination in 93% of the samples — which makes us 110% certain it’s time to ditch the bottle. 

Regenerative Organic Certification Wants to Be the Ethical Standard to Rule Them AllFast Company
Patagonia and Dr. Bronner’s have teamed up on a new agricultural sustainability standard that rolls best practices from existing certifications like Fair Trade, Certified Organic and Certified Humane into a single “standard to rule them all.” Regenerative Organic Certification launched last week and considers factors like environmentally friendly farming practices, economic justice, animal welfare and fair labor.

Dear Tech People
Developed as a passion project by three tech insiders, this new index ranks 100 technology companies on diversity and inclusion using public data from LinkedIn and AngelList — because as one job-seeker put it, “scrolling through LinkedIn to find other black people isn’t sustainable.” Clover Health, Blue Apron and Patreon topped this year's list.


How do you put down roots in a place that won’t exist?
— Jeff Kaplan, a former Florida resident who relocated to North Carolina because of flood risks, in “Welcome to the Age of Climate Migration” (Rolling Stone)

Spotlight: The Designer Giving Chewing Gum a Second Life

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Spitting out a piece of gum on the sidewalk might seem harmless. But this small act has a big impact — in the U.K. alone, cleaning up littered gum is estimated to cost local governments £60 million (around US$82 million). 

When designer Anna Bullus learned there were no good solutions for recycling all this waste, she got to work on one. The result is Gumdrop, a company that collects gum waste and repurposes it into products like frisbees, combs, reusable coffee mugs and recycled shoes — giving new meaning to the act of “stepping in gum.” 

To collect the waste, Gumdrop supplies pink bins (which are themselves made from recycled gum) that are placed strategically on street corners, train stations, college campuses and places with heavy foot traffic. The containers and the gum are then collected, processed and turned back into raw material. 

Says Bullus: “If we’re able to make people change such a small habit, then we’ve got more chance of solving some of the other litter problems."


Social Impact Jobs

Aldi — Corporate Social Responsibility Manager (Atherstone, UK)
Bulgari — Corporate Social Responsibility Manager (Florence, Italy)
Diageo — Corporate Relations Manager (Bogota, Colombia)
DoorDash — CSR Manager, Project DASH (San Francisco, CA)
Estée Lauder Companies — Manager of Sustainability (New York, NY)
Expedia — Associate Project Manager, CSR & Communications (London, UK)
Fair Trade USA — Vice President, Consumer Packaged Goods (Oakland, CA)
Girl Effect — Account Executive, Institutions and Corporate Philanthropy (London, UK)
H&M — Sustainability Developer (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
JP Morgan & Chase — Executive Director, Global Head of Social Good Programs (Wilmington, DE)
Kiva — Portfolio Manager, South & Southeast Asia (Portland, OR)
One Acre Fund — Strategy & Research Analyst/Manager (Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda)
Optimizer Foundation — Impact Investment Manager (Nairobi, Kenya)
PepsiCo — Diversity & Engagement Manager (Purchase, NY)
Primark — Corporate Social Responsibility Manager (Dublin, Ireland)
Proof of Impact — Head of Operations (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
PUMA — Senior Manager Environment & Climate (Herzogenaurach, Germany)
RSF Social Finance — Senior Credit Associate (San Francisco, CA)
Sattva Consulting — Consultant, Social Impact (Delhi, India)
Swarovski — Sustainability Coordinator (London, UK)
TerraCycle — Account Manager, Brand Partnership (Trenton, NJ)
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation — Mission Investing Associate (Los Altos, CA)
The Honest Company — Associate Brand Manager, Baby Care (Playa Vista, CA)
ThinkWell — Revenue Generation Advisor (Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Third Sector Capital Partners — Manager (Boston, MA or San Francisco, CA)
Under Armour — Sustainability Operations and Engagement Manager (Baltimore, MD)
Walt Disney Company — Manager, Strategic Philanthropy (Glendale, CA)
Weber Shandwick — Account Director, Social Impact & CSR (Washington, DC)


This newsletter is curated by Jessica Marati Radparvar, with support from content strategist Ysabel Yates and jobs board curator Danielle Vermeer. If you like it, please consider sharing it!

Issue 027 / #BoycottNRA, Inclusion Riders & Why We Can’t Talk About Sustainable Fashion Without Talking About Colonialism

Reconsidered is a bi-weekly newsletter curating thought-provoking content on corporate social responsibility, sustainability and social impact. Click here to subscribe. 


Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who took the time to share thoughts and ideas through our first-ever subscriber survey. Here are a few things we’ve learned so far:

  • Two-thirds of you work in the CSR/sustainability/social impact space and subscribed to this newsletter because you want to think critically and be inspired. 💡

  • You want to see more toolkits, resources, research studies and videos. We love the SHIFT tool shared below and think you will too. 📈

  • You are most interested in the Consumer Goods and Technology/Media sectors. 📲

  • You love our jobs board! Scroll down — we have 22 opportunities waiting for you this week. 🤘 

If you haven’t yet, we’d be so grateful if you could set aside a bit of time to share your feedback on the Reconsidered newsletter. It’ll take five minutes — the perfect activity for the next time you’re on the subway or waiting in line. And it will help us make this newsletter all the more valuable for you.

With gratitude,
Jess


This Week's Five Links

Silicon Valley’s Tax-Avoiding, Job-Killing, Soul-Sucking MachineEsquire
In this sweeping argument for busting up big tech, thought-provoking questions (“If ice cream were making teens more prone to suicide, would we shrug and seat the CEO of Dreyer’s next to the president?”) combine with hard numbers (Google commands a 92% share of Search, a market worth $92.4 billion) to paint a disturbing picture of unchecked power and wealth concentration. This is a must-read for anyone wondering how we got here, and what we can still do about it.

What’s an Inclusion Rider? Let the Professor Who Helped Invent the Concept ExplainVanity Fair
Before Frances McDormand’s call to action at Sunday’s Oscars, many of us had never heard the term “inclusion rider.” In fact, after 35 years in the business, McDormand says she only learned about it a few weeks ago. An inclusion rider is a stipulation added to an actor’s contract to ensure diverse representation in casting. If you’re wondering how the idea could work in businesses outside of film, Management Today has a primer, arguing that it would rely on investors to implement.

“Businesses Exist to Deliver Value to Society”Harvard Business Review
Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier made headlines after speaking out against Trump’s ignorant and dangerous remarks following the events in Charlottesville, which led others to follow his lead and resign from presidential business advisory councils. In this interview, Frazier discusses that decision and what advice he would give to CEOs in similar positions, as well as the greater role of business in society and how to be an effective leader.

Understanding Sustainability Means Talking About ColonialismThe Cut
Modern trade routes have hardly changed since European colonialism, and the cheap clothing sent to the West today mirrors the exploitative practices set in place 150 years ago. But being part of the solution doesn’t mean you have to buy $600 sweaters. Rather, it’s about understanding that sustainable fashion is a global movement with a long history and culture. Using less, repairing more and keeping things for longer are rooted in craftsmanship and having pride for your things, which is a feeling that should never be in short supply.

Tool: Climate Change and Life Events— SHIFT
People have the unfortunate tendency to think short-term and only about ourselves. This tool exploits both those impulses by showing how the climate has changed and will change for our grandmothers, our mothers, ourselves and our (future) children. By the time a baby born in 2018 graduates from high school, the climate is estimated to be 3 degrees hotter, which is not exactly something to celebrate. For more tools like this one, visit SHIFT, an MIT Sloan database of sustainability tools created by businesses, institutions and organizations.


I have two words to leave you with tonight, ladies and gentlemen: Inclusion. Rider.
— The final words of Frances McDormand’s epic 2018 Oscar acceptance speech. More in “What’s an Inclusion Rider? Let the Professor Who Helped Invent the Concept Explain” (Vanity Fair).

Spotlight: #BoycottNRA

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It’s almost unbelievable that the Florida legislature, just six days after the Parkland school shooting, would vote down a motion to ban semiautomatic guns and large capacity magazines while teen-aged survivors looked on in disbelief.

That’s until you remember that the U.S. government has long been in the hands of the National Rifle Association, an organization with deep political influence and a definition of freedom that apparently includes the freedom to kill as many people as you want using a weapon built for war.

But even as the U.S. government fails to protect its citizens, its citizens will not give up. With #BoycottNRA, individuals are putting pressure on businesses to do their part in putting an end to mass shootings.

Over the past few weeks, a number of companies have gotten involved with this movement. Dick’s and Wal-Mart raised the minimum gun purchasing age to 21. Lyft will offer free rides to people attending nationwide March For Our Lives rallies. Delta joined dozens of companies by ending its NRA discount program — a decision that earned backlash from the Georgia state legislature and the denial of a $40 million tax break. And BlackRock stepped into the CSR spotlight again as it weighs options to exclude stocks from gun makers in its funds.

#BoycottNRA has shown us that consumer action remains a powerful tool to push businesses to take action for social good. As citizens and as consumers, we all have a role to play in making mass shootings a thing of the past.


Social Impact Jobs

Adobe — Senior Manager, Sustainability & Social Impact (San Francisco, CA)
AECOM — Environmental & Social Impact Assessment Consultant (Jakarta, Indonesia)
A Hundred Years — Director of Business Development (Los Angeles, CA)
ASOS — Junior Ethical Trade Associate (London, UK)
Centre for Public Impact (Boston Consulting Group) — Program Associate (Arlington, VA)
Coca-Cola Beverages — Sustainability Manager (Tampa, FL)
Divine Chocolate — Operations Manager (Washington, DC)
EILEEN FISHER — Environmental Specialist (Irvington, NY)
Facebook — Strategic Partner Manager, Community Programs (Menlo Park, CA)
Fashion for Good-Plug and Play Accelerator — Ventures Associate (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Global Development Incubator — Associate Director (Hong Kong or mainland China)
Kellogg Company — Associate Director, Philanthropy / Social Impact (Battle Creek, MI)
Mastercard — Analyst, Social Impact Partnerships Marketing (Rome, Italy)
Matter Unlimited — Director of Strategy (New York City, NY)
MPower Financing — Head of Social Impact (Washington, DC)
Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs — Brand Manager (Lebanon, NH)
Provenance — Chief Operating Officer (London, UK)
PwC Consulting — Sustainability & Climate Change Consulting, Manager/Senior Associate (London, UK)
Salesforce.org — Senior Analyst, Market Strategy (San Francisco, CA)
Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society — Fellow/Associate (Stanford, CA)
Telos Impact — Impact Investing Associate (Brussels, Belgium)
This Bar Saves Lives — Staff Accountant (Greater Los Angeles Area, CA)


This newsletter is curated by Jessica Marati Radparvar, with support from content strategist Ysabel Yates and jobs board curator Danielle Vermeer. If you like it, please consider sharing it!

1st Anniversary Issue! / Unilever’s Ultimatum, Conscious Capitalists & The Exciting Sustainability Jobs Awaiting Us In The Future

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Yesterday marked one year since launching Reconsidered. What a year it's been!

Since first hitting "send" in February 2017, I left New York, moved to Amsterdam and expanded Reconsidered into a social impact strategy and communications consultancy that counts forward-thinking organizations like Etsy, Tommy Hilfiger, Fashion for Good, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, Holstee and Nest as clients.

And we're just getting started. 🌍

I started Reconsidered because I saw first-hand how impactful content can inspire the action needed to change how business is done. My hope is that the Reconsidered newsletter provides a bi-weekly opportunity to step away from the day-to-day and immerse yourself in material that gets you thinking, plotting and ultimately influencing the world around you in a more positive direction. 

Now that we're going into our second year, I want to learn how this newsletter can better equip you as a changemaker. And for that, I need your help.

👉 If you've gotten value from the Reconsidered newsletter, could you spare 5 minutes to complete a short questionnaire? Your answers will help us build a better newsletter experience for 2018.

And as always, if you come across any links that you think could be a good fit for Reconsidered, please share them. Or shoot me a note just to say hi! I’d love to hear from you.

✌️
Jess

P.S. You may have noticed I used the word "we" a lot. That's because we've expanded! I'm thrilled to introduce two new contributors to the Reconsidered family: writer and creative strategist Ysabel Yates, who is supporting on content development, and social impact strategist and career coach Danielle L. Vermeer, who is helping to curate our (significantly longer and more awesome) Social Impact Jobs board.
 


This Week's Five Links

Unilever to Facebook and Google: Clean Up ‘Swamp’ or We’ll Pull AdsCNN Money
Hate speech, cyberbullying, fake news, radicalization, and tech addiction are among the troubling problems plaguing social networks, and the demand for solutions is mounting (including from former employees who helped build the companies). Now, Unilever has joined the fight, and it’s bringing a weapon with more teeth than just bad PR: it’s threatening to pull its digital advertising if Facebook and Google don’t step up. And, with 25% of its $9.8B advertising budget spent on digital ads, that’s a powerful bite.

At Tesla’s Factory, Building the Car of the Future Has Painful and Permanent Consequences for Some Workers Buzzfeed
A Buzzfeed News investigation of Tesla’s factory in Fremont, California reveals unsafe labor practices that have led to severe health and economic consequences for many workers, as well as the company’s fight against unionization. For a company that has built its brand around ushering in a sustainable future, it’s a reminder that sustainability is about much more than being environmentally friendly. It’s about health, human rights, and building an economy that’s fair for everyone.

GOP Lawmakers Take Aim at WHO Agency Over Roundup IngredientAssociated Press
Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer is probably carcinogenic to humans. That was the finding of the International Agency for Research on Cancer — a finding that mobilized United States House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith to threaten to defund the agency. Critics say the study relied on cherry-picked science. Others believe it’s being discredited by an industry with political influence and deep pockets, pointing to the more than $4.3 million Monsanto spent on federal lobbying just in 2017.

Panera Bread CEO and Co-Founder Resigns to Join the Conscious Capitalism MovementB the Change
Ron Shaich, the co-founder and CEO of Panera, is leaving the American bakery chain to focus his attention on personal causes, including reducing “short termism” in business. He joins a growing number of leaders in the Conscious Capitalism movement, founded by Whole Foods’ John Mackey, who are speaking out against the financial sector’s “profit for the sake of profit” mindset.

Designer Mara Hoffman: ‘As a Creative, Standing Still Will Kill You’ The Glossy
On Glossy’s weekly podcast, designer Mara Hoffman discusses the ongoing process and creative challenges of making her company fully sustainable, and why the decision boiled down to “change or die.”


2018 is either the year of techlash, where the world turns on the tech giants — and we have seen some of this already — or the year of trust ... The year where we collectively rebuild trust back in our systems and our society.
— Keith Weed, Unilever Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, in “Unilever to Facebook and Google: Clean Up ‘Swamp’ or We’ll Pull Ads” (CNN Money)

Spotlight: Our Futuristic New Jobs

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Who doesn’t love futuristic concept art? While we’re usually treated to bleak visions of the future complete with government drones and dystopian acid rain, a new series of illustrations presents a different, more optimistic version.

The illustrations, commissioned by AKQA and the MiSK Foundation and created by Salt & Pepper Creative, draw inspiration from the panelists at the 2018 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. They show a world in which advanced technology opens up new possibilities for sustainable careers — like the Landfill Recycler, who salvages existing materials from landfills to be reused in new production, or the Public Technology Ethicist, who evaluates new technology to decide whether it is appropriate for public use.

“We love Black Mirror, but almost every sci-fi film or TV show at the moment is predicting a dystopian world, and in a way we are being conditioned to believe that for the future to be considered real, it has to be dystopian,” said Salt & Pepper’s Senan Lee. “We needed this campaign to be a positive reflection of our future world.”

Until that day comes, check out this selection of social impact jobs that are only slightly less cool than riding a giant turbine around a garbage heap.


Social Impact Jobs

Amazon — Sr. Program Manager, Sustainability Services (Seattle, WA)

Blue Diamond Growers — Sustainability Manager (Sacramento, CA)

BSR — Design Futurist, Sustainable Futures Lab (New York or San Francisco)

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative — Vice President, Communications (Palo Alto, CA)

Citi — Environmental, Social and Governance Disclosure Analyst, Corporate Sustainability (NYC)

Citi Bike / Motivate International — Deputy General Manager (NYC)

Design Impact — Senior Social Innovation Specialist (Cincinnati, OH)

Driscoll’s — Corporate Social Responsibility Marketing Manager (Watsonville, CA)

Facebook — Strategic Partnership Manager, Social Good (London, United Kingdom)

IDEO.org — Partnerships Lead (San Francisco, CA)

InclusionVentures — Inclusion Coordinator (San Francisco, CA)

International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association — Executive Director (Geneva, Switzerland)

Kering — Project Manager, E-Learning on Sustainable Luxury (Paris, France)

Mama Cash — Senior Officer, Women's Funds (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Mastercard — Vice President, Strategy & Operations, Center for Inclusive Growth (Purchase, New York)

Nike — Director of Global Corporate Communications, Sustainability (Portland, OR)

Numi Organic Tea — Vice President, Marketing & Sales (Oakland, CA)

Practice Makes Perfect — Program Manager (NYC)

PVH — Corporate Responsibility Programs Data Analyst (NYC)

Revolution Foods — Director of Marketing (Oakland, CA)

Starbucks — Sr. Project Manager, Energy & Sustainability, Store Development (Seattle, WA)

Thomson Reuters — Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion Specialist (São Paulo, Brazil)

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation — VP, Environmental Affairs & Sustainability (Washington, DC)

Weber Shandwick — Senior Associate, Social Impact (NYC)

West Elm — Associate Manager, Social Consciousness (NYC)

World Wildlife Fund — Program Officer, Private Sector Engagement (Washington, D.C.)


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Issue 025 / Super Bowl Ads, Ethical Laziness & Meghan Markle’s Jeans

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This Week's Five Links

Your Laziness Is Saving the PlanetPacific Standard
According to a recent study, couch potatoes and Netflix bingers are inadvertently helping the U.S. battle climate change. In 2012, America’s love for the great indoors led to 1,700 trillion BTUs of energy savings, or 1.8 percent of the nation’s energy use. An increase in activities that don’t require travel or going to commercial buildings — think telecommuting or enjoying a quiet night in — led to the reduction. The study didn’t take into account the energy needed to power the Internet, and also underscores the need for more energy-efficient homes. Still, we’ve got to celebrate wins where we can.

Fact-Checking Matt Damon's Clean Water Promise In A Super Bowl AdNPR
Stella Artois used its $5M Super Bowl spot to introduce a limited edition chalice and showcase its clean water partnership with Water.org (oh, Matt Damon was there too). In the ad, Damon exhorts viewers, "If just 1 percent of you watching this buys [a chalice], we can give clean water to 1 million people.” But how true is that really? NPR investigates and finds a load of oversimplification.

Condé Nast’s Code of Conduct is Here. Is it Enough?The Fashion Law
Following sexual harassment allegations against longtime collaborators Mario Testino and Bruce Weber, the Condé Nast publishing house has released a code of conduct for all who work with its brands. While a momentous step for the media industry, this analysis from The Fashion Law argues that the code isn't all that groundbreaking, since most of the provisions reflect existing laws.

Don’t Boycott Bad Companies, Spend More With Good OnesFast Company
To boycott or buycott, that is the question for socially conscious consumers. And according to a recent poll from Weber Shandwick, all signs point to buycott. Around 83% of people surveyed said “it’s more important than ever for consumer activists to show support for companies by buying from them.” And the impact can be powerful. After Patagonia took a stand with its “The President Stole Your Land” campaign and blacked out its website, the company’s external web sales increased six-fold.

The Embedding Project 
Are you a change agent looking to shake things up within your company? You'll love The Embedding Project — a powerful set of open-source resources to help you identify and start to play with the levers for change in your organization. Get ready to geek out big-time. 🤓


Couch potatoes of America, stand up and take a bow. You are helping the nation conserve energy.
— Your Laziness is Saving the Planet (Pacific Standard)

Spotlight On: Meghan Markle’s Jeans

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During Meghan Markle’s first visit to Wales, the princess-to-be sported a pair of Dina skinny fit high waist jeans from home-grown Welsh brand Hiut Denim Co. Within hours, the small business was inundated with orders and is now sitting on a significant backlog (each jean is made-to-order, or else they would have sold out).

It’s proof of the power of celebrity to boost ethical brands, as demonstrated by Livia Firth’s Green Carpet Challenge and Emma Watson's @the_press_tour Instagram account. Even more, it's a good reminder of the way clothing can be used to communicate — in this case, Markle's support for Welsh industry.

Royal endorsement aside, Hiut is a pretty rad company. Their made-to-order jeans are made in their on-site factory from Italian artisan denim. They encourage customers to join their “elite" No Wash Club by abstaining from washing their jeans for six months. And they have an artfully written mission to bring ethical manufacturing back to Wales. The story is powerful:

Cardigan is a small town of 4,000 good people. 400 of them used to make jeans. They made 35,000 pairs a week. For three decades.

Then one day the factory closed. It left town. But all that skill and knowhow remained. Without any way of showing the world what they could do.

That’s why we have started The Hiut Denim Company. To bring manufacturing back home. To use all that skill on our doorstep. And to breathe new life into our town.


If it's true that "you are what you wear", Markle's fashion choice reflects well. 



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Issue 024 / 🤖 Trash Robots, Family Leave & The Letter That’s Sparking A CSR Revolution

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This Week's Five Links

BlackRock’s Message: Contribute to Society, or Risk Losing Our SupportThe New York Times
In what’s being called a watershed moment for corporate social responsibility, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink stressed in his annual letter that a company must "not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society". The letter marks the first time that a major institutional investment firm has made such a strong statement in support of CSR. Not only that, but Fink intends to hold companies accountable by adding staff to monitor businesses' response. Read Fink's full letter here

How One Mom Changed Lyft’s Paid Family Leave PolicySlate
If you have ever doubted the power of a single voice to create meaningful change, read this account of how a Lyft employee worked to expand the ride-share company's paid family leave policy — and succeeded.
👉 TAKE ACTION: Does your company have a crappy family leave policy? Sign up for this free Family Leave Workshop to learn tactics for shaking things up.

Will Cape Town Run Out of Water?Bloomberg
Cape Town may become the first major global city to run out of water, with “Day Zero” anticipated as early as May. The city points to historically low rainfall and rapid population growth as drivers — but it is also blaming citizens for not curbing their water use, going so far as to publish a controversial online map indicating how much water each household consumes as a way to shame high usage offenders. 

Why People Conveniently ‘Forget’ That Child Labor Made Their JeansMoneyish
A new study published in the Journal of Consumer Research found that consumers have a tendency to forget or misremember troubling information on issues like human rights and environmental sustainability as a coping mechanism to avoid ethical conundrums. “Forgetting is a morally acceptable way to deal with this unethical information,” said lead author Rebecca Reczek.

2018 World’s Most Sustainable CorporationsCorporate Knights
Corporate Knights’ annual listing of the world’s most sustainable companies is out. This year’s ranking features French software company Dassault Systemes in the #1 spot and leading multi-nationals including Cisco Systems (#7), Autodesk (#8), Samsung (#10), Merck (#13), BMW (#17) and Philips (#19). The ranking factors in key performance indicators along the environmental, social, financial and innovation spectrums — but also, for the first time, the sustainability value of a company’s products.


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Without a sense of purpose, no company, either public or private, can achieve its full potential. It will ultimately lose the license to operate from key stakeholders. It will succumb to short-term pressures to distribute earnings, and, in the process, sacrifice investments in employee development, innovation, and capital expenditures that are necessary for long-term growth. It will remain exposed to activist campaigns that articulate a clearer goal, even if that goal serves only the shortest and narrowest of objectives. And ultimately, that company will provide subpar returns to the investors who depend on it to finance their retirement, home purchases, or higher education.
— Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock, in his Annual Letter to CEOs

Spotlight: Robots for Recycling

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At Davos this week, The Circulars Awards celebrated seven companies and organizations working to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. Presented by the World Economic Forum and the Forum of Young Global Leaders, in collaboration with Accenture, the annual awards recognized big players like IKEA, Philips and ABN AMRO Bank, as well as smaller ones like Apto Solutions, Banyan Nation and AMP Robotics, which took home the Ecolab Award for Circular Economy Digital Disruptor.

The Colorado-based start-up has developed a groundbreaking new technology called the Cortex Robot — an artificial intelligence-equipped sorting machine that identifies and separates recyclable materials from mixed waste streams. The technology can be installed in recycling facilities with little retrofitting and minimal change to existing operations, making it easy to scale.

With innovations like this, a circular world feels more and more within our reach. ♻️



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Issue 023 / Racist Advertising, Cigarettes & The Fiercest Little Lady You’ll Encounter This Week

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This Week's Five Links

The H&M Advert Clearly Didn't Mean to Be Racist – Which is Worrying in ItselfThe Independent
You’ve probably seen it on social media — a recent H&M advertisement featuring a young black child in a sweatshirt reading “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle”. It has sparked outrage, soured celebrity endorsements from The Weeknd and G-Eazy and resulted in a stock price dip of 2.6 percent. H&M immediately pulled the product and issued an apology (which, I have to agree with this commentator, felt pretty sincere as far as corporate “sorry statements” go). But even if the company didn’t mean to be racist, op-ed columnist Edward Adoo argues that negligence that results in “accidental" racism can be just as insidious as out-and-out bad faith. 

Philip Morris Says It Wants to Quit Cigarettes. But It’s Just Blowing Smoke. — Fortune
Through a bold ad campaign launched on January 1st, Philip Morris announced that its new years resolution is to "give up cigarettes" and phase out their sale in the U.K. The cigarette manufacturer also created a "Smoke Free Future" website providing smokers with information on quitting and cigarette alternatives. But anti-tobacco activists aren’t having it. This op-ed exposes some of the hypocrisy behind the ad, including efforts by Philip Morris to fight proven public health policies and aggressively promote cigarette sales in developing countries.

Tech Backlash Grows as Investors Press Apple to Act on Children’s UseThe New York Times
Last week, activist investors publicly demanded that Apple investigate the health consequences of its technologies, especially on children — the latest in a growing backlash against tech companies for the role they play in issues from electronics addiction, to hate speech, to the spread of “fake news” and foreign propaganda. 

Iceland is Trying to Close the Gender Pay Gap by Publicly Shaming CompaniesThe Washington Post
Kudos to Iceland — the first country to make gender-based wage inequality illegal. 🎉  A new law requires companies with more than 24 employees to get government certification that female employees are paid equally for the same work as their male colleagues. Failure to obtain certification could result in government fines — and makes it easier for citizens to name and shame non-compliant companies on social media. 

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Netflix’s latest docu-series exposes the corrupt underbelly of the global food supply chain, “true crime” style. I’ve only watched the first episode, “Lawyers, Guns & Honey,” but already I’m hooked on the gorgeous visuals and suspenseful storytelling. Must watch. 


When your executives don’t come from diverse racial backgrounds, it makes it supremely difficult for them – and the people who work under them – to understand the hurt and distress caused by words like ‘monkey’ in the black community. It’s imperative to have people who can connect directly with their audience or customer base. This failure should be a wake-up call.
— Edward Adoo in "The H&M Advert Clearly Didn't Mean to Be Racist – Which is Worrying in Itself" (The Independent)

Spotlight On: This Fierce Lady

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Not much to say, except YES. This girl gives me hope.



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Issue 022 / Glitter, “Meat Taxes” & The Environmental Case Against Bitcoin (+ Tools for a More Mindful 2018)

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As 2017 comes to a close, I want to take a moment to thank you — for subscribing, for reading, for sharing links that speak to you and starting dialogues that matter.

Since launching in February, the Reconsidered newsletter has shared 22 issues, 110 links and 117 jobs with a community of over 600 people who share in the belief that business can be a force for good.

And on the consulting side, I have had the opportunity to work with nearly a dozen mission-driven organizations on projects I believe in. 

It is no understatement to say that 2017 has been a big year. Turbulent forces are reshaping the world as we know it, and at times it can be overwhelming.

But at other times, the upswell in citizen engagement has given me reason to celebrate. And to hope. And to believe in the power that we as individuals have to spark the change we wish to see in the world.

Let's see what 2018 has in store for us — and let's stand ready to do our part and create impact that is positive.

Wishing you and your families a restful and regenerative holiday season,
Jess


This Week's Five Links

This Moment Isn’t (Just) About Sex. It’s Really About Work.New York Magazine
Rebecca Traister argues that the #MeToo movement is as much about work as it is about sex — and the prevailing professional and political systems that subjugate women. The CSR questions then become: How can companies combat this type of deep-rooted systemic inequality? Do diversity and inclusion initiatives go far enough?

The Environmental Case Against BitcoinNew Republic
Bitcoin — the most popular cryptocurrency on the planet — requires a significant amount of cheap energy to mine and trade. Annual energy consumption is currently on par with the entire country of Morocco, and it’s only expected to grow. This article provides a strong overview of how Bitcoin and its underlying blockchain technology works, as well as insight into how its environmental footprint might be reduced.

Here Comes the Meat TaxThe Atlantic
The average U.S. citizen consumes more than 200 pounds of meat per year — more than twice the global average. This has disastrous consequences for both the environment (animal agriculture has a high greenhouse gas footprint and requires significant space and water) as well as public health (high levels of cholesterol and saturated fat contribute to heart disease, one of America’s biggest killers). Could a “meat tax” help nudge consumers to consume less? 

Recycling Chaos In U.S. As China Bans 'Foreign Waste’NPR
The U.S. exports about one-third of its recycling, and nearly half of that goes to China. But now, China has announced that it will not accept foreign waste that contains “dirty” or “hazardous” non-recyclable materials (like, ahem, what the U.S. is sending them). Since most U.S. municipalities don’t yet have the technology or manpower for efficient sorting, this is expected to result in significantly more recyclable trash going to landfill — and hopefully, more urgency around circular economy solutions.
 
Walmart Will Let Its 1.4 Million Workers Take Their Pay Before PaydayThe New York Times
Last week, Walmart launched a new app allowing employees to access wages between pay periods — a social initiative intended to help financially-strained employees avoid costly debt traps. But instead of being celebrated, labor groups highlighted that Walmart’s low wages and unpredictable schedules are significant contributors to the financial hardships faced by employees. They argue that the best investment Walmart could make is not in a new app, but in increasing pay. 


This isn’t about your New Year’s celebration. It’s about humanity, and our ability to survive as a species.
— Researcher Sherri A. Mason in “All That Glitter? It’s Not Good, Critics Say” (The New York Times)

Tools For A More Mindful 2018

One of the most meaningful projects of the past year was getting the chance to work closely with my husband Dave and brother-in-law Mike on rebuilding the strategy for Holstee, a company fully focused on helping conscious people (like you!) along a journey to live more fully and mindfully. Building on the values shared in their iconic Holstee Manifesto, we enhanced their monthly Holstee Membership around 12 mindful themes like Intention and Gratitude and Creativity. In the chaos of this year, these themes have kept me centered, reminding me of what’s important and serving as a framework while I explore what mindful living means to me. This has been a true gift. And with the holidays approaching, it might be one to consider giving to yourself or to the people you care most about! Use coupon code RECONSIDERED for your first month free. 


Spotlight: Glitter

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It’s festive, it’s shiny — and as a microplastic, scientists say it is causing irreparable harm to the world’s oceans and aquatic life. Last month, a handful of scientists raised a furor by proposing a ban on glitter, following on successful bans on microbeads (those little plastic exfoliators) in the U.K. and U.S. There was a swift backlash, with some calling the ban pointless and others decrying the scientists as the “fun police”. In a year so relentlessly filled with bad news, a glitter ban feels like the last straw.

But plastic glitter is a small part of the much bigger problem of micro-pollution in the world’s oceans. BioGlitz founder Saba Gray breaks it down in a recent Racked article:

“Regular glitter is polyester, so when it goes down the drain, it breaks down into even smaller pieces of plastic. Then it goes into our waterways, and our oceans are getting this tiny, tiny coating of plastic that’s insulating it ... [it] gets digested by micro-organisms, by fish, all of it. And that becomes our food, that becomes our water.”

It's a good thing plant-based alternatives like BioGlitz and Bio-glitter are coming onto the marketplace and gaining traction — so a ban on plastic glitter doesn’t have to mean the end of sparkle and celebration and happy childhoods. ✨



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Issue 021 / Homeworkers, Coffee Fuel and Why Patagonia Is Suing Trump

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This Week's Five Links

Patagonia CEO: This Is Why We’re Suing President TrumpTime
Earlier this week, the U.S. president announced a substantial reduction of two national monuments in Utah, sparking outrage among environmental groups, outdoor enthusiasts... and Patagonia. The outdoor retailer has responded with some bold moves, changing its homepage to read “The President Stole Your Land” and now filing a lawsuit on behalf of several environmental organizations to block Trump’s order. In this op-ed, CEO Rose Marcario explains why. 
✊🏽 TAKE ACTION: Experience Patagonia’s multimedia homage to Bears Ears National Monument and join their activist movement

Inside the Revolution at EtsyThe New York Times
After Etsy became one of the first certified B Corps to go public in 2015, observers wondered: could it balance the short-term demands of its shareholders with its long-term, purpose-driven mission? The answer appears grim. According to this article, activist investors and private equity firms have descended on the Brooklyn-based crafts marketplace, calling for a sale of the company and pushing out the sitting CEO. Projects have been shut down and nearly 140 employees laid off. And, because remaining a B Corp would require Etsy to change its legal standing, the company is letting its certification status lapse. 

London Buses To Be Powered by Coffee GroundsEngadget
Bio-Bean, Shell and Argent Energy have partnered on a B20 biofuel created by blending oil extracted from coffee waste with diesel. So far, they've produced enough of this fuel to power one London bus for a year — with the potential to ultimately provide enough oil to power a third of London's bus network.

Why Are America's Farmers Killing Themselves in Record Numbers?The Guardian
Since 2013, net farm income for U.S. farmers has declined 50% and most commodity prices remain below the cost of production. When combined with social isolation, limited mental health services and access to lethal means, the result is a continuing farm crisis, with agricultural workers having the highest occupational suicide rate in the U.S. A sad but important read.

A New Textiles Economy: Redesigning Fashion’s FutureThe Ellen MacArthur Foundation
This new report from the Circular Fibres Initiative outlines a vision and ambition to design out the negative impacts of textile production and capture a $500b economic opportunity by truly transforming the way clothes are designed, sold, and used.


Patagonia became a California benefit corporation in 2012, in order to legally enshrine our longstanding environmental and social values into the foundation of our business. Our articles of incorporation require that we confront urgent environmental threats by investing our resources as a growing business into environmental nonprofits.
— Rose Marcario in "Patagonia CEO: This Is Why We’re Suing President Trump" (Time)

Spotlight: A New Compliance Standard for Global Artisans & Homeworkers

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The International Labor Organization estimates that there are nearly 300 million homeworkers around the world and that as much as 60% of global garment production happens outside the four walls of a factory.

This week, non-profit organization Nest officially launched its Nest Compliance for Homes and Small Workshops standard at a convening held at the United Nations in New York. Built and piloted in collaboration with brand pioneers including EILEEN FISHER, Jaipur Living, Maiyet, Patagonia, PVH, Target, The Children’s Place, and West Elm, Nest Compliance stands to revolutionize the industry by making homework a safe and viable option. In conjunction, Nest launched the Nest Seal as a symbol to let consumers know that the products they shop were ethically handcrafted.

As an early partner in these initiatives, I am so proud and excited that these tools now exist to help bridge the gaps between artisan producers and the global marketplace. The potential impact — especially for women artisans and their families — could be tremendous.



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