Aug 28, 2020

Business News 8/28/20

Catch up on this week's industry news, including a new water conservation goal by Wrangler and the announcement of the 2020 Stockholm Junior Water Prize winners


This week's latest storm water news includes recognizing innovation and a new water conservation goal from a clothing brand.

Wrangler Aims to Halve Water Usage by 2030

The jeans and casual apparel brand Wrangler announced a goal to reduce its water usage by 50% by 2030. 

This comes after the brand surpassed its 2020 goal by saving more than 7 billion liters of water in the product-finishing phase of its denim products since 2008, a press release from the company said. 

To aid in reaching its new goal, Wrangling is partnering with the Transformers Foundation to complete a water-balance study. The study will analyze the denim industry’s water consumption by production phase and address the inconsistency of water usage data in the denim supply chain on a global scale. 

Additionally, Wrangle said in the release that it will align this goal with two other projects – Indigood Foam Dyeing and water efficiency measures in cotton production. 

For more on the company’s sustainability measures, click here


Stockholm Junior Water Prize 2020 Winners Announced

HRH Crown Princess of Victoria of Sweden announced the 2020 Stockholm Junior Water Prize winners on Aug. 25 as part of World Water Week at Home.

This year’s winners are Hiroki Matsuhashi and Takuma Miyaki from Japan for their method to control soil runoff and increase food production. Their innovation uses the traditional Japanese soil solidification technology Tataki, according to a press release from Xylem, a founding partner of the Stockholm International Water Institute, which organizes the prize. 

Zoe Gotthold from the United States was awarded a Diploma of Excellence for an approach to limiting the impact of oil pollution in marine ecosystems. 

Additionally, this year, the public voted on the People’s Choice Award. This was awarded to Adittya Kumar Chowdhury and Khaled Iftekhar from Bangladesh, who have developed a low-cost method to purify water with naturally derived poly glutamic acid and Moringa oleifera seeds, the press release said. 


U.S. EPA Launches 9th Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge

The U.S. EPA has announced its 9th annual Campus RainWorks Challenge. This challenge is open to American colleges and universities and is a green infrastructure design competition. 

On Thursday, Sept. 3 at 1 p.m. ET, the EPA will present a webinar regarding the challenge. Those interested will learn about the challenge’s design categories, participation rules and perspectives from faculty advisors and students who have participated in the past, according to an EPA press release.

To register, click here