Australians are buying fewer Christmas gifts this year, and opting for more useful and inclusive gifts. Here, too, 'more sustainable' gifts for the end of the year period are a growing trend, because things have reached their peak.
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France is considering banning Black Friday under the French anti-waste law, even though a new record of 57 million card payments was reached this year - compared to just 50 million last year.
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Barry Callebaut, the world's largest chocolate producer, has grown significantly in recent years and intends to keep following the same path. CEO Antoine de Saint-Affrique says his company is investing hundreds of millions in Belgium alone.
Mud Jeans, a pioneer in the leasing of jeans, has opened its first physical store in the Netherlands. Customers can try on all of the jeans, but they can't buy them: if you want a pair of jeans, you'll get it sent to your home afterwards.
American fashion brand Patagonia has opened a pop-up store that will sell only second-hand clothing and its new ReCrafted collection, which has been made of irreparable clothes. The pop-up store is a physical extension of its second-hand platform WornWear.com.
Singles’ Day has once again been a great success for Alibaba: in total, consumers bought 268 billion yuan (35 billion euros) worth of goods, setting a new record. However, criticism from environmentalists of such ‘sales splurges’ is growing.
Fast food chain Burger King is going to bring two plant-based burgers to market throughout Europe: the 'Rebel Whopper' and the 'Rebel Chicken King'.
German Zalando and Dutch bol.com are building on their sustainability: while the former says its operations are now completely climate neutral, the latter has opened a separate shop including only sustainable products, because "sustainability is a commercial success".
The West African cocoa industry, which accounts for almost two-thirds of world production, has put an ultimatum before the major chocolate producers: either pay a higher price for the cocoa, or cease to sell the chocolate as ‘sustainable’.
Danish brewery group Carlsberg has presented two types of paper bottles, which were developed by the Paper Bottle Company (Paboco). That joint venture's objective is to develop a fully recyclable paper bottle.
Following a new investment, H&M Group has acquired a majority stake in re-commerce platform Sellpy. The investment should support the platform's expansion abroad, as well as fitting in with H&M's objective of becoming more sustainable.
Online supermarket Picnic is going to equip some of its electric vans with solar panels. The trial is a new step in the online supermarket’s policy of making deliveries in the most sustainable way possible.
Ecover and AB InBev have joined forces: the manufacturer of environmentally friendly detergents is using residual alcohol (a waste product left over from the production of alcohol-free beer) as a raw material for a new detergent.
Italian fashion label Diesel has developed a collection of sustainable clothing in cooperation with Coca-Cola. The garments are partly made from recycled plastic bottles.
Fast food chain McDonald's is going to sell a plant-based burger made by Beyond Meat in a number of Canadian branches. The test will run for twelve weeks.
At the UN Climate Change Summit, nineteen FMCG multinationals have announced a coalition to protect the planet’s biodiversity. The companies, ranging from Danone to Kering, intend to work on regenerative agriculture and the fight against deforestation.