Innovations

694 Innovations
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    Kempenhaeghe, a Dutch organization with a hospital, a residence, and a school for people with epilepsy, decided to ...
      Netherlands
    Goal 10. Reduced Inequalities
    • Ron Fry
      Ron Fry People living with epelipsy flourish in planned, diverse community setting!
    • Patricia Raber
      Patricia Raber Integrating the disabled into the community breaks down barriers
      and becomes a positive learning experience fior all.
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    recycle second-hand clothes offer 10% discount for next purchases of return clothes donation to poor regions
      China
    Goal 3. Good Health and Well-Being
    • Gitanjali Bedi
      Gitanjali Bedi We know that the consumption of clothing and the subsequent waste created by this industry is huge. The example cited here of a Chinese baby clothing recycling business is a great example of how the business that shifts attitudes and practices and generates...  more
    • Michael Hoffman
      Michael Hoffman This story presents a good example of a "win-win" scenario. The company encourages its customers to reduce waste and help alleviate one challenge faced by poor families. And, as a result of its sustainable attitude, the company experienced financial growth....  more
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    This is a story of a unique private primary pediatric health clinic that integrates physical and mental&n...
      United States
    Goal 3. Good Health and Well-Being
    • Ron Fry
      Ron Fry Primary Care Pediatric Clinic flourishes through "primary caring" of its staff, providers and patient interactions.
    • Florence Snyder
      Florence Snyder This is a very old "family doctor makes house calls" model. It's been gone so long, it seems new again.
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    Village Bakery in Athens, OH, is a restaurant and bakery, with the goal of promoting local, conservation-based food and ...
      United States
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Ron Fry
      Ron Fry Through using renewable energy sources and locally sources ingredients, this bakery is reversing the unsustainable 'extraction economy' based on fossil-fuel based energy in their region while stimulating a vibrant local food industry.
    • Ellen Boyd
      Ellen Boyd This bakery was ahead of its time in focusing on local food sources. The owners' commitment to supporting local farmers and using only renewable energy is particularly remarkable in an area where the economy was historically driven by fossil fuel extraction.
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    Given RMAX has a large range of purpose designed building products, their sense of mission is continually expanding for ...
      Australia
    Goal 13. Climate Action
    • Gitanjali Bedi
      Gitanjali Bedi An interesting innovation with potential to contribute to more efficient packaging solutions through the recycling of crude oil.
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter This company's innovation has a wide range of applications in many industries.
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    Technology allows us to be more sustainable as well as increase income.
      China
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Gitanjali Bedi
      Gitanjali Bedi Good to read about a large Chinese children's clothing manufacturer and Walmart supplier integrating improved packaging into their business model. Good start hopefully with more impacts to follow.
    • Florence Snyder
      Florence Snyder Improved packaging is always good news for consumers.....especially if it's easy to open, and easy to recycle.
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    Business Innovation of China International Water and Electric Corporation (the CWE)
      China
    Goal 6. Clean Water and Sanitation
    • Gitanjali Bedi
      Gitanjali Bedi A great example of an innovation with great replicability and net impact potential.
    • Ellen Boyd
      Ellen Boyd An exciting innovation that addresses a global issue: the need for clean water.
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    Zhengzhou Pearl Holdings Ltd. innovated a new technique to produce the α-aluminum oxide powder. The total ...
      China
    Goal 13. Climate Action
    • Gitanjali Bedi
      Gitanjali Bedi Thanks for sharing this innovation in the aluminum processing (highly energy intensive) industry Lin Zhu. It would be useful to understand further the energy reduction achieved in this process.
    • Ashley Stanley
      Ashley Stanley With this innovation, Zhengzhou Pearl Holdings Ltd. was not only able to increase their profits, but also reduce some the long term detrimental effects of the production of α-aluminum oxide on the environment. It's great that this is an innovation that...  more
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    With the increase of awareness of food security and environmental protection, traditional farms based on chemical fertil...
      Worldwide
    Goal 7. Affordable and Clean Energy
    • Gitanjali Bedi
      Gitanjali Bedi As a non-English speaker, well done Huizi Yanglv researching and writing up this story. On farm biogas production is an easy to replicate innovation that provides farmers with unlimited renewable energy.
    • Ellen Boyd
      Ellen Boyd This farmer's methane tank converts waste to fuel and fertilizer and has a positive environmental impact.
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    60 per cent of SOJO’s electricity from the solar panels. 
      Australia
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Gitanjali Bedi
      Gitanjali Bedi Cafes like SOJO shows others in the sector what is entirely feasible in terms of integrating sustainability practices into the business. Good choice for showcase.
    • Christina Jankus
      Christina Jankus SOJO, a cafe in Australia generating 60% of its electricity from solar panels with an inspiring quote from the owner, "Be kind to the planet. It nourishes us."
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    DIB is helping the disabled community by providing them job opportunities. Its main aim is to restore hope and dign...
      Malaysia
    Goal 10. Reduced Inequalities
    • Gitanjali Bedi
      Gitanjali Bedi Inspiring example chosen to address social inclusion and education through the cafe.
    • Karen McKenzie
      Karen McKenzie This is a moving illustration of how one person, caring about less fortunate, can make a better world by helping them to help themselves.
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    Implementation of waste reduction policies and processes in the workplace Member of Sustainable Salons Australia, whi...
      Australia
    Goal 15. Life on Land
    • Gitanjali Bedi
      Gitanjali Bedi Koto Hair and Sustainable Salons Australia are an excellent example of sustainability practice applied to the hair salon industry. In reviewing this submission, I learnt how Australian hair is being used as 'hair booms' to clean up ocean oil spills. Fantastic!
    • Kerul Kassel
      Kerul Kassel It is heartening to know that sustainable practices are filtering down into industries, with enterprises such as Sustainable Salons Australia serving the salon industry. Koto hair not only attends to their waste management, they also have other practices...  more
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    Groundwater depletion is a major issue across India as it is preventing farmers from growing crops and maintaining&...
      India Exemplar
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Anurup Chakraborty
      Anurup Chakraborty Wonderful concept. I just checked out the website of Bakeys (http://www.bakeys.com/product-category/products/).
      This can solve a gamut of problems if the cost per spoon can further be reduced to make it reach the mass at large.
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    R. Landscapes is a privately owned landscape architecture business investing time and energy into sourcing materials fro...
      Australia
    Goal 15. Life on Land
    • Gitanjali Bedi
      Gitanjali Bedi The more examples of ethical and sustainable landscaping the better for transforming industry practices.
    • Joshua Nunziato
      Joshua Nunziato This business is making the use of landscaping materials less linear and more circular.
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    Book-keeping with a bang. Illumin8 is structured upon values and standards which challenge the conventional accounting p...
      Australia
    Goal 17. Partnerships for the Goals
    • Gitanjali Bedi
      Gitanjali Bedi An accountancy firm with a strong social impact purpose.
    • Christina Jankus
      Christina Jankus Australia's Illumin8, a boutique accounting firm, aligning their positive socially environmental values with those of their clientele's, to pursue the better way.
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    This interview focuses upon the resurgence and growth of the oyster industry in rural Topping, VA that is revi...
      United States
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Ron Fry
      Ron Fry Innovative oyster farming through a cooperative re-established the base of the natural food chain in the Chesapeake Bay resulting in sustained local employment, generative improvement of the Bay ecology, and a better quality protein source for worldwide consumption
    • Patricia Raber
      Patricia Raber This company has found a smart way to sustainably provide oysters to the community and far beyond, which helps the local environment and the economy.
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    Aestiva Global is a company that manufactures its own solar water heater system and provides a range of quality products...
      Australia
    Goal 7. Affordable and Clean Energy
    • Gitanjali Bedi
      Gitanjali Bedi Another good example of a local renewable energy business tackling Australia/'s carbon emissions head-on!
    • Florence Snyder
      Florence Snyder It's easier to innovate in the public interest when the government has the foresight to support innovation through targeted public investment as Australia is doing here.
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    Padini Holdings Berhad is a company that sells both men's and ladies’ shoes and accessories, garments, children&rs...
      Malaysia
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Gitanjali Bedi
      Gitanjali Bedi Interesting to learn more about a well known Malaysian outlet integrating sustainability practices into their business operations. Look forward to learning more about their sustainability journey.
    • Kerul Kassel
      Kerul Kassel This retail apparel business takes environmental responsibility to heart through their use of renewable energy to power their stores, eco-smart building efforts, in-stire energy efficiency, and the reduction of plastic and paper use.
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    Collection of rainwater Bore water  Sheep helping to weed Grape residue from making wines as fertilizer
      Australia
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Gitanjali Bedi
      Gitanjali Bedi Great to see more examples of good sustainability practices being integrated into wine production.
    • George Dionne
      George Dionne It's always inspiring to see another story of a business taking seriously their commitment to the environment.
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    Arbonne is a skincare and beauty company with an innovative Green Idea program. The company sells through netw...
      Australia
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Gitanjali Bedi
      Gitanjali Bedi Great to see an example from the beauty and cosmetics industry of how sustainability concerns can be embedded.
    • Patricia Raber
      Patricia Raber As more and more companies take an interest in how their products are produced and packaged, consumers and the environment benefit.