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Companies Announcing Sustainable Programs

It seems like every week now a handful of companies announce new sustainable initiatives. This month alone, Zara announced it will “achieve” sustainable fashion by 2025, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo left the Plastics Industry Association, Dasani announced plastic-free water distribution, Gap

How to transition to the new GRI Standards

GRI, a pioneer in sustainability reporting standards, consistently develops and upgrades its standards to meet its vision of inclusiveness and transparency apart from keeping up-to-date. This September, members of the Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB) met to review public feedback


Nomacorc and Clean Agency established their relationship in 2011, the year of Nomacorc’s inaugural sustainability report. Clean has conducted review and external assurance for the wine closure maker’s sustainability reports from its inception and the relationship continues to be strong.

Crash course plastic recycling communications 2015

A recent project focused on plastic packaging communications raised a very important question: How many of us truly understand the implications of standards used in communicating a package’s recyclability? By understanding the standards discussed below, we see that plastic sorting

Clean to speak at Petfood 2.0 Conference

Petfood 2.0

This September 23, Clean will be speaking at Petfood 2.0, an annual event focused on the science behind the formulation, packaging and distribution of pet food. Clean’s presentation will focus on the “Science of Sustainable Packaging”, and we will discuss trends

USC Millennial Sustainability Research Study 2014

Recently Clean sponsored a study with our university partner, U.S.C. (Marshall School of Business) to find out how millennials really feel about sustainability when purchasing food and beverage products. Our young researchers surveyed over 200 millennials in Los Angeles and

How much do expiration dates really tell us?

Expiry Dates

Here’s a common consumer conception — when you find a “use by” date stamped on your food or beverage product, you should either use it by that date, or toss it. Using products past their “expiry” date is unsafe. A

Chipotle video creates buzz about industrial farming

If you haven’t seen Chipotle’s new video The Scarecrow yet, go watch it. We’ll wait. For those of you who don’t have time or just want a recap, here’s a brief synopsis: Our hero, an animated Scarecrow, is exposed to

Don’t be intimidated by the new GRI G4 guidelines

When the GRI released their new G4 guidelines earlier this year, there was some trepidation that they would be more burdensome for corporations; requiring more disclosures and longer, more detailed reports. After attending a 7.5 hour training on the new

Clean’s Guest Lecture at USC Annenberg

This past Valentine’s Day I had the opportunity to speak to a group of students in the masters program at USC Annenberg’s school about Corporate Social Responsibility (I’m the one in the Annenberg ball cap!). I shared some background information