Several fashion icons have signed on to an agreement intended to curb the apparel industry’s environmental impact. The pact is spearheaded by Gucci-owner Kering and a French environmental ministry. “Companies signing the pact produce nearly 150 brands and represent more than 30% of the fashion industry’s output by volume,” reports Bloomberg. “The brands agreed to targets including elimination of disposable plastic packaging by the end of the next decade and becoming carbon-neutral by 2050.”
Disney’s upcoming streaming service Disney+ feels uncluttered in comparison to its biggest competitor, Netflix, according to a post that describes what it's like to browse through a demo of Disney+. That simplicity is deliberate because Disney’s upcoming service has different goals. “From a technical level or UI level, I haven’t really compared it to Netflix,” Michael Paull, Disney’s streaming services president, told The Verge.
Howard Johnson brought in 450 pounds of candy (including 80,000 M&Ms and 4,125 feet of sour tape) to create the first-ever all-candy hotel room, including lollipop-themed wallpaper, jelly beans, licorice and a swimming pool filled with more than 30,000 “marshmallows.” The two-day event (Aug. 22-23) was built around showing off the brand’s largest design refresh in more than 25 years.
Two decades of various attempts at brand renewal haven’t resulted in much movement for the Cadillac brand. “In some ways, Cadillac doesn’t really compete with other luxury brands,” according to The New York Times. “Cadillac buyers most often trade in Chevys and Fords; rarely do they trade in German makes. Almost 40% of Cadillac buyers are over 65, compared with 20% for Audi, according to Cox Automotive.”
Amazon says it has an industry-leading safety and compliance program. That statement was made in reaction to a recent Wall Street Journal article on an investigation revealing that more than 4,000 items for sale on Amazon, many of them provided by third-party sellers, have been declared unsafe or banned by federal agencies, or feature misleading labeling. Amazon has removed or changed more than 2,000 of the listings since the article was first posted, according to the WSJ.
Zendaya, an actress on the HBO show “Euphoria," is seen riding a horse through the Los Angeles cityscape in Lancome’s ad for its new Idôle fragrance, which is targeting a younger audience. Zendaya follows a long list of actresses who have been tapped by the brand as ambassadors, including Julia Roberts, Lupita Nyong’o, Penélope Cruz and Lily Collins, according to WWD.
Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries helped fuel the state's opioid crisis, according to an Oklahoma judge, who ordered the company to pay $572 million. The ruling followed the first state opioid case to make it to trial and could help shape negotiations over roughly 1,500 similar lawsuits filed by state, local and tribal governments. Oklahoma reached settlements with two other defendant groups — a $270 million deal with OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma and an $85 million settlement with Israeli-owned Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.
College students are showing entrepreneurial spirit in taking on the mammoth food industry with creative startups. “These entrepreneurs are using science, in addition to taste, to bring their products to market,” according to The New York Times. “Their focus is low-tech, but they face their own set of challenges, including waste and food safety regulations.” Starting a food company actually is much harder than creating an app, according to one expert.
Rosetta Stone wants to teach your dog to be bilingual. The language experts have developed a free language guide
with dog commands in 23 different languages, including Farsi, Irish, Tagalog, French and Spanish. “The guide explains how people in Ireland call their dogs, how Brazilians tell their dogs to speak, and how Egyptians ask their pups to lay down,” according to Fast Company
“It’s a weapon that keeps people trapped in abusive relationships,'' Williams told USA Today, speaking on the issue of financial abuse in her role as ambassador for the Allstate Foundation's Purple Purse program. "One in four women will experience domestic violence, and this is to help woman and communities throughout America find a way (out of) abuse through financial education and empowerment. That’s my big message.’’