Innovations

431 Innovations
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    Born from a family whose lives have been dedicated to sustainable products, Sustain Natural is a sexual wellness company...
      United States Exemplar
    Goal 5. Gender Equality
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo SustainNatural offers a breakthrough business model aimed at positively disrupting women’s health and wellness. The key to this business model innovation is a change in focus from men to women in the design, sourcing, manufacturing, and distribution of...  more
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter It's an important shift in the condom industry to focus targeting on women. This company is helping to make people healthier and supporting gender equality!
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    PackH2O is designed to help solve the issue of lack of drinking water for people living in water stressed communities or...
      Nepal
    Goal 6. Clean Water and Sanitation
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo This innovation is designed to help solve drinking water problems for people living in the water stressed communities or in the regions affected by disasters. Unlike the high-technology straw, this innovation allows its user to carry up to five gallons in...  more
    • Isabel Rimanoczy
      Isabel Rimanoczy The lightweight backpack allows for an easier transportation of water for people who have to walk long distances carrying their water, which are mostly women. The material of the container also facilitates the distribution to areas without a road infrastructure,...  more
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    This story profiles Goodyear's Air Maintenance Technology (AMT); a technology innovation that will come with performance...
      United States
    Goal 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo Innovation in tire technology that improves fuel efficiency, reduces emissions, extends tire life while it also significantly improves performance and user experience. A win-win for the business and for society in a product (vehicle tires) that has had a...  more
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter This is a really beneficial product with a lot of positive impacts on the environment, consumers and the business.
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    Tech Energie is a company located in Monterrey, Mexico that specializes in clean and renewable energy projects.  Th...
      Mexico
    Goal 7. Affordable and Clean Energy
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo A three-part innovation to offer green energy solutions in Mexico, a country that historically has not invested in this sector. With photovoltaic, wind, and thermal energy options design to overcome regulatory obstacles, reduce costs, and improve reliability,...  more
    • Argerie Vasilakes
      Argerie Vasilakes Evidence that doing good to do well it's not a luxury for developed countries.
    • George Dionne
      George Dionne What a pleasant surprise to find this story of another Mexican company doing well and doing good, investigated and written by a student in Cleveland. ¡Gracias Agustin!
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    Steelcase is a global office furniture company headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Since its founding in 1912, ...
      France
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo The Amia office chair links functional design to user desired outcomes of health and wellbeing. In combination with environmental responsible sourcing and production practices, this simple chair becomes a statement of values and a conduit to flourishing.
    • Rose Folsom
      Rose Folsom This story shows how office furniture designed with the workers and the environment in mind has beneficial effects far beyond the walls of the workplace.
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    Over the last six years, Buckeye Business Products has adapted may sustainable initiatives in order to grow, develop, an...
      United States
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo An example of an industrial process innovation driven by efficiency goals in combination with environmental benefits. It highlights the trend toward industrial process improvements that fully integrate energy conservation and carbon emission reduction.
    • Rose Folsom
      Rose Folsom Great example of long-term thinking for long-term benefit.
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    SHE28 and the Go! pad transform Rwandan communities, enabling women and girls to contribute fully during their menstrual...
      Rwanda Exemplar
    Goal 5. Gender Equality
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo This innovation addresses the need for affordable, high-quality menstrual solutions in Base-of-the-Pyramid (globally low income) markets. Made from sustainable, local banana fibers, the Go! brand of menstrual pads are made with local labor at a low price...  more
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter Any innovation that helps more girls go to and stay in school is a great innovation. However, this company has not only helped girls and women be able to stay in work and school during menstruation, they have also employed people from the local economy and...  more
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    Huf Group developed the innovation Laser on Chrome for its potential application in the automotive industry. Laser ...
      United States
    Goal 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo A fascinating innovation to replace paint with lasers to mark chrome metal surfaces. The purpose of the patented innovation is to reduce costs, be more environmentally friendly, and be more time efficient. The future vision of the innovation is in its scalability...  more
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter A great innovation with a lot of future potential for many industries.
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    Steelcase tackles the global challenges of sustainability to achieve their vision of strong economic, social and en...
      France
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo An example of a household product that integrates environmental, health, and social attributes at every stage of the value chain. The Brody Worklounge showcases functional excellence with environmental responsibility and design for wellbeing. A powerful example...  more
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter Many people in the world spend most of their time at work. I appreciate that this company wants to do everything they can, for their own employees and the employees of their customers, to make the work environment be as flourishing as possible.
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    Rust Belt Riders, founded by Dan Brown and Michael Robinson, is an environmentally conscious waste removal service in No...
      United States Exemplar
    Goal 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo A business model innovation that diverts food waste from restaurants, businesses, schools, and other institutions to turn organic waste into value added products. Replaces conventional food waste management practices that contribute organic material to landfills...  more
    • Ellen Boyd
      Ellen Boyd The co-founders had seen firsthand the huge amount of organic waste generated in the food and restaurant industries, and they decided to do something about it. Through their innovative business model, they collect organic waste and create nutrient-rich compost,...  more
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    "Healthy people, sustainable planet" is the ambition of Philips for 2020. This story profiles a business model developed...
      United States
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo The innovation is an integration of sustainability strategies across the supply chain and operations of a major lighting, consumer electronics, and healthcare products company. It showcases a business model that actively collaborates with suppliers to raise...  more
    • Isabel Rimanoczy
      Isabel Rimanoczy Changing the business model from selling products to leasing them is an interesting shift towards an economy more responsible with the available resources. It also helps educate consumers about the value of our natural resources, and the pollution we cause...  more
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    A great public-private partnership that is currently building one of the major railway construction in London, U.K. The ...
      United Kingdom
    Goal 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo This innovation in concrete aggregates addresses one of the major infra-structure sources of carbon emissions. The potential impact of Bechtel's new concrete formulation is huge. What makes it particularly compelling is that the environmental benefits do...  more
    • Florence Snyder
      Florence Snyder To someone who lives and drives in Florida, this reads like a holiday miracle.
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    MomPops was founded by a mother-son duo who set out to create a treat that could be enjoyed and not contribute to t...
      United States
    Goal 3. Good Health and Well-Being
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo This innovation demonstrates the power of simple solutions – in this case naturally-flavored ice pops – to serve a niche market driven by rising sustainability concerns such as obesity, diabetes, and excessive sugar intake. Through thoughtful marketing,...  more
    • Isabel Rimanoczy
      Isabel Rimanoczy I found inspiring that a mother and son creativity can lead to a profitable business initiative, that is also good for the community and for the planet!
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    Conscious Step is a sock company that promotes fair trade practices through manufacturing and offers consumers the oppor...
      Worldwide
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Claire Sommer
      Claire Sommer I am so happy to say that I purchased 5 pairs for thought-full, meaning-full, practical holiday gifts. I feel lucky to have done so, because of THIS story. Almost completely sold out--I look forward to more designs being back in stock for future gift-giving.
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    Impact Makers is a Richmond, VA-based business and IT consulting firm and a certified B Corporation. The inspiration of ...
      United States
    Goal 17. Partnerships for the Goals
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo A unique business model in which a for-profit business & IT consulting firm is held by two non-profits, with a high percentage of profits going to the non-profits and a strong focus on helping the communities in which its client businesses operate. The innovation...  more
    • Patricia Raber
      Patricia Raber This demonstrates an out-of-the box and profitable marriage between a for profit business and local non profits which hold the equity to invest in other sustainable community businesses.
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    AGC, Academy Graphic Communication, is a design and print communication firm located in Cleveland, Ohio. AGC i...
      United States
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo AGC's development of vegetable- and soy-based inks and varnishes is aimed at reducing harm to employees during the manufacturing process of printing products as well as improving air quality and waste streams in urban environments. Its sustainable solutions...  more
    • Jim Trengrove
      Jim Trengrove As an industry innovator, AGC is demonstrating the importance of reevaluating traditional business practices to show how employing alternative methods can have a positive impact on the environment, on employees and on the company's profit margin.
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    Tesla Motors was founded in 2003 by a group of engineers - Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning - in Silicon Valley who w...
      United States
    Goal 7. Affordable and Clean Energy
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo An example of a large company that is doing well by doing good. This company is at the leading edge of innovation that will serve the environment well in the future.
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter A very interesting read to find out more about Tesla Motors and the design, inspiration and benefits behind one of their innovations.
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    Along with rapid economic development and a new, large urban population, environmental problems and urban diseases have ...
      China
    Goal 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo A planning and design innovation to rebuild large natural wetlands and woodlands, restoring ecosystems and biodiversity, in a major Chinese city center. This innovation provides a scalable model for the growing number of urban centers worldwide suffering...  more
    • Jim Trengrove
      Jim Trengrove Comforting to know that the governing authority of a burgeoning global city, beset by growth problems, can step back, envision and plan for a future with sustainability at its core. The details of the designs included in this story present a clear picture...  more
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    Rustbelt Reclamation, a locally-based Cleveland, Ohio company, has revolutionized the field of upcycled, handcrafted fur...
      United States Exemplar
    Goal 15. Life on Land
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo A powerful new business model for manufacturing upcycled, handcrafted furniture using reclaimed materials. It allows the manufacturer to save hundreds of thousands of linear feet of lumber from landfills annually, while also saving existing hardwoods from...  more
    • Ashley Stanley
      Ashley Stanley Rustbelt Reclamation has deployed an innovative business model that allows furniture made from reclaimed materials to be more affordable and accessible, thereby creating a growth in demand that will prevent more and more lumbar from ending up in landfills....  more
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    Atayne uses 100% recycled polyester derived from plastic bottles and organic fabric to make apparel by eliminating toxic...
      United States
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo A powerful example of using recycled materials, derived from plastic bottles and organic fabric, to make clothing apparel. Eliminates toxic chemicals, reduces waste, and saves energy while producing high quality products that customers value in part for their...  more
    • Argerie Vasilakes
      Argerie Vasilakes For a growing number of cyclists, runners, and hikers, who care about the environment, they do their part by wearing active apparel by Atayne.