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Liquid assets: A guide to sustainable alcohol

With the past month seeing a number of sustainable innovations from major UK brewers, edie has taken a closer look at the alcohol industry to round up four 'green' beverages for the discerning tippler.

Molson Coors recently opened a new packaging line at its Burton Brewery as part of plans to modernise its brewing infrastructure

Molson Coors turns beer green with lightweight innovation

Juggling sustainability with customer expectations is a daily balancing act for brewery firms like Molson Coors. The solution it would seem lies in not in the beer, but the packaging, as Maxine Perella finds out.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group exceeds 2015 goal of conserving 60m pounds of PET

Dr Pepper Snapple Group achieves plastic lightweighting target one year early

Drinks giant Dr Pepper Snapple Group has announced that it has achieved its sustainability target of conserving more than 60m pounds of plastic through lightweighting and packaging redesigns one year early.

Diageo's environmental plan aims to reduce carbon emissions, water and waste

Diageo highlights water achievements as it moves towards integrated reporting

Premium drinks firm Diageo has made its first step towards integrated reporting by disclosing sustainability and responsibility performance alongside financial reporting.

Car manufacturers are placing increased value on lightweighting and the use of leightweight structural materials to drive fuel efficiency technologies in order to meet ever tougher emission targets

Car makers increasingly turn to lightweighting for fuel economy gains

The trend for lightweighting of materials and component parts is growing in the automotive industry as car makers look to improve fuel economy within their fleets, according to a DuPont-backed study.

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Raising the bar: Belu's refreshing take on sustainability

Ethical water brand Belu started out with a simple idea: that there is a better way to do business by minimising environmental impact and investing all profits in ending water poverty. Ten years on, Luke Nicholls investigates how the not-for-profit social enterprise is using its sustainable ethos to drive industry-wide change.

Nike aims to reduce its environmental impact

Nike unveils new lightweighting target for shoeboxes

Sportswear giant Nike has announced that it aims to reduce the weight of its shoeboxes by 10% by 2015 but has admitted that it will be difficult target to reach.

Ardagh helps to take the Coke bottle below the 200g mark

Coca-Cola lightweights 330ml glass bottle

Drinks giant Coca-Cola has unveiled a 330ml-sized glass bottle that weighs just 190g, thanks to a partnership with glass container manufacturer Ardagh.

Adidas virtual designs save over one million material samples

The use of virtual technology in product design has saved adidas more than one million material samples as the company looks to ramp up 3D modelling across its operations.

Adidas achieves 50% waste savings through product redesign

Sportswear giant adidas is seeking to engineer out waste and other resource impacts by fundamentally rethinking its product design strategies.

Creating space for a Better Place at adidas

Sportswear giant adidas is taking great strides in its green ambition to rethink product design and manufacture and challenge itself through innovation, as Maxine Perella finds out

RSA: Radical action on waste hinges on challenging the design brief

New dialogues need to be brokered between designers, suppliers and waste management companies to facilitate the level of collaboration required to transform thinking around end-of-life materials.

ANALYSIS: England expects, but is sustainability coming home?

As Nike unveils the new England football kit ahead of tonight's friendly with the Republic of Ireland, the trend for integrating sustainability metrics into performance sportswear is fast accelerating.

ANALYSIS: Are designers waking up to lifecycle thinking?

There is growing evidence that resource scarcity issues are now spilling into the creative design industry, forcing designers to ask pertinent questions around product lifecycle analysis.

Green packaging requires urgent rethink to avoid landfill legacy

The adoption of sustainable packaging strategies such as material minimisation and lightweighting may be doing more harm than good, experts have warned.

Researchers set sights on resource efficiency 'game changers'

A cluster of transformational engineering projects are set to advance material optimisation through lightweighting, durability and recyclability in the drive for greater resource efficiency.

ANALYSIS: Designs on waste in a durable world

Moves are being made to forge greater alliances between reprocessors and product designers which could see material optimisation prioritised over waste minimisation.

The appliance of science is fast becoming a game-changer for greener packaging drives

ANALYSIS: Sustainable packaging no longer smart enough

Sustainable packaging is fast becoming a redundant term, superseded by lifecycle thinking and considerations around efficiencies and applied science.

Product sustainability talks 'need to push boundaries'

Waste experts have welcomed the creation of a product sustainability forum to tackle the environmental impact of consumer goods, but question whether it will be challenging enough to be a real game-changer.

The new lighter bottles rolling off production lines in Buxton

Nestlé shows real bottle in lightweight packaging

Nestlé Waters claims to have developed the UK's lightest bottled water product with the opening of its new £35m production factory in Buxton last week.

Nike sprints ahead with lighter shoeboxes

Nike has revealed plans to lightweight its shoebox packaging in a bid to cut the weight of the cardboard by 10% and generate cost savings through less material use.

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