052 / 2069, Plastic-Free Islands & The Life-Changing Magic Of Just Buying Less

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This issue marks Reconsidered’s 2nd birthday! 🎉🎉🎉

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CLIENT LOVE // Our partner Etsy just announced a big commitment to offset 100% of the carbon emissions generated by shipping in their marketplace. 🙌 This makes them the first e-commerce platform to substantively address their emissions from transport, one of the biggest contributors to climate change. Learn more about their commitment here. (P.S. Etsy’s Sustainability Team is hiring! Scroll down to our Jobs Board for the link)


On March 8, New York University’s Law, Policy and Business Schools are hosting their annual Social Innovation Symposium in New York City. This year's theme, Striving for the Circular Economy, explores an alternative way of looking at relationships between markets, consumers, and natural resources. Experts from an array of backgrounds will come together to inspire a new generation of change-makers, including Keynote Speaker Tom Szaky, CEO of TerraCycle, as well as panelists from Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Cisco, Eileen Fisher, Morgan Stanley, Bloomberg, Toast Ale and more.

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This Week's Five Links

Marie Kondo and the Life-Changing Magic of Buying Less — Grist    
In the new Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, the Japanese cleaning guru helps people find joy through her trademark KonMari method. During the few episodes I watched, I couldn’t help but consider the sustainability implications of the stuff, the disposal and the journey to a more edited lifestyle. I wasn’t alone. This exchange between Grist staffers Eve Andrews and Annelise McGough addresses some of the social and environmental themes of the show, like why people own so much in the first place and the privilege inherent in the KonMari movement.
👉 TAKE ACTION: Ready to KonMari your way to a more minimal and sustainable lifestyle? Get started with Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (bonus points if you borrow from the library instead of purchasing your own version).

Bill Gates Says Poverty is Decreasing. He Couldn’t Be More Wrong — The Guardian
Just before Davos, Bill Gates tweeted an infographic claiming that poverty has gone down dramatically over the past 200 years. Though compelling, the University of London’s Jason Hickel calls “wishful thinking”. Not only does Hickel call out the ambiguity of pre-1980s data, the debate over the $1.90 poverty line and the outsized role of China, but he also questions whether the shift from a subsistence to a capitalist society is necessarily better for the global population. His Guardian op-ed sparked a fascinating back-and-forth between author Steven Pinker (whose data was called out) and Hickel about the role of neoliberal capitalism in reducing (or exacerbating) global poverty. It highlights the evolving conversation around capitalism as a driver of progress — and underscores the danger of convenient statistics.

Amazon’s $0 Corporate Income Tax Bill Last Year, Explained — Vox
Despite Amazon’s staggering growth, the company did not pay federal taxes for 2018 — and yes, that was completely legal. How is it possible that a company valued at roughly $800 billion with $11.2 billion in 2018 profits does not have to pay taxes? This Vox piece points to the Trump administration’s corporate tax cuts paired with several tax loopholes. But that hasn’t stopped news outlets from publishing searing headlines and the public from protesting. The outcry points to a bigger theme — that corporate taxation is increasingly becoming a hot public interest area for both companies and governments. Watch this space.

Vanuatu Has One of the World’s Strictest Plastic Bans. It's About To Get Tougher. — The Huffington Post 
Last summer, the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu banned single-use plastic bags, plastic straws and styrofoam food containers in an effort to preserve their local environment and combat ocean plastic. Now, lawmakers are considering expanding the ban to include disposables like diapers, plastic cutlery and grocery packaging. Though Pacific island nations contribute less than 1% to global ocean plastic volume, Vanuatu hopes to set an example for other countries by proving that bold solutions like single-use plastic bans can work. In doing so, they are proving the power of islands as living laboratories for sustainability policy and innovation.

📖 2069 — Medium
What will the world look like in 2069? The latest issue of Medium’s online magazine attempts to predict how the world will change by my 83rd birthday. Several pieces touch on social and environmental topics, from e-waste to the future of wine to why Los Angeles is ground zero for climate change 😬. In my work to communicate the necessity of social responsibility to companies, I’m constantly trying to paint a picture of what will happen in the future if we don’t take action now. This is a powerful resource for developing that kind of futurist mindset.

MOST CLICKED FROM LAST ISSUE // No online shopping company can figure out how to quit this one plastic bag — Vox. More fascinating content in our archives.

Social Impact Jobs

Early Career

Boston Cares — Corporate Volunteer Project Manager (Boston, Massachusetts)

Georgetown University — Digital Communications Associate - The Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation (Washington, DC)

ESPN — Coordinator, Corporate Citizenship (Bristol, Connecticut)

Kohler — Project Coordinator, Sustainability (contract) (Kohler, Wisconsin)

Royal Bank of Canada — Assistant Manager, Regional Marketing & Citizenship (Toronto)

The Wing — Impact Coordinator (New York)


Atalanta — Social Media Manager (London)

Endeavor — Director, Social Impact (New York or Los Angeles)

Etsy — Program Manager, Workplace, Sustainability, and Sourcing (New York)

Farfetch — Sustainable Business Manager (London)

Fashion for Good — Business Controller (part-time) (Amsterdam)

G2 Crowd — Director of Corporate Impact (Chicago)

Golin — Senior Media Manager, Corporate Responsibility/Sustainability (San Francisco)

H&M — Environment Sustainability Program Manager (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)

Harvard Business School — Project Director & Senior Researcher, Impact Weighted Accounts Initiative (Boston, Massachusetts)

Rockefeller Foundation — Program Manager, Innovation (New York)

Salesforce — Product Manager, Nonprofit Impact Measurement (Multiple U.S. Locations)

Samhita — Director, Social Ventures & Corporate Partnerships (Mumbai, India)

Thomson Reuters Foundation — TrustLaw Program Manager, UK and Northern Europe (London)

The White Company — CSR Manager (London)

Unilever — Associate Manager, Sustainability (Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey)

VisionSpring — Government and Foundation Senior Development Officer (New York)

Vitol Group — Sustainability Manager, Biofuels (Rotterdam, Netherlands)


Coca-Cola Company — Communications & Social Impact Manager (Athens, Greece)

Disney — Director, Enterprise Social Responsibility (Los Angeles Area)

Futerra — Sustainability Strategy Director (USA)

Nike — Senior Director of Advocacy, Global Sustainability (Portland, Oregon)

R U OK? — Chief Executive Officer (Sydney, Australia)

Sesame Workshop — Vice President, Social Impact and Philanthropy Business Operations (New York)

Shift — Chief Operating Officer (New York)

Our jobs board is curated by Danielle L. Vermeer. Do you have an opening at your organization? Click here to submit a listing for consideration.

THE HIGH NOTE // 30 MILLION — tons of dairy wasted each year in Italy. Tuscan company Duedilatte is spinning this spoiled milk protein into a chemical-free silky fiber for clothing 🥛