A Quick Spin Around the Marketplace
Microban International has named Michael Ruby president of the corporation and Graham Harvey as senior director of business development for the global built-in business. The team also welcomes Bart Kennedy as the new senior director of business development leading the global textiles team. Ruby has been instrumental in implementing a successful sustainable development process and business strategy since joining Microban in 2018. Ruby replaces Joe Lyons, who he worked alongside in the consolidation of the Microban and Thomas Research businesses earlier this year. Lyons will focus on the wider goals of the entire Barr Brands International group.
Spinnova and Icebreaker are developing circular midlayer products with blends of merino wool and sustainable Spinnova fiber that can be recycled repeatedly. After consumer use, the developed yarn is intended to be separated and reused, with the ambition to get one step closer to circularity and lowering the products’ impact on the environment. “This partnership enables our strategy in developing circular business models and drives forward sustainable design,” said Icebreaker’s Alistair Smith, director of global product design.
A Piper Sandler investment bank survey of 10,000 young people, which covered 44 states, found that sustainability matters to today’s teens: 51 percent of respondents had purchased secondhand items and 62 percent had sold things they own. Further, 14 percent of teens consume plant-based meat, with the fake meat suppliers Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat taking the bulk of the market share. Survey results were reported in Axios.
And this fun tidbit, also courtesy of Axios Login: a 2,079 piece Lego built typewriter. While it's not as stylish as a vintage manual Smith Corona or feature the clickety-clack of the keys on a standard Royal Classic, this Lego model is very cool. Long live the typewriter!