Research Reports: Ventures Emerging from COVID-19

The Pandemic will force significant changes in virtually every business sector. Many will be destroyed others salvaged and changed and new businesses to meet the new reality.  The Virus Project will be conducting studies in numerous areas to understand where the opportunities lie as these radical changes occur. We are commissioning studies on a variety of areas that represent new and emerging areas of investment in a post-covid economy. Each report will identify the underlying … Read More

The Fashion of Sustainability: Transforming Practice

The clothing and textile industry is the second largest polluter in the world. The first? Oil. When we think of pollution, we imagine coal powerplants, landfills of waste, raw sewage, black smoke and thick smog, strip-mined mountaintops. It’s an image refined and curated by the contrast between headlines of oil spills and burning forests and glamorous, glossy images of beautiful clothing, jewelry – the latest fashions.

The EPA reports that 15.1 million tons of textile
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Marie-Cassandre Bultheel Publishes Book on Sustainable Well-Being

Wellness entrepreneur, sustainability advocate,  and Altru Member Marie-Cassandre Bultheel celebrates the launch of her first book, Traité d’Humanité Durable, les 7 Racines du Bien-être, published in France by Editions PLON, and anticipating release in both the United States and the United Kingdom. In her book, she proposes Seven Roots of Wellbeing, or tools to create individual and collective transformation. 

Since her childhood she has believed that everyone in the world is entitled to happiness, … Read More

Supercharging the Battery: The Pursuit of Safety and Power

Batteries have the power to transform our lives — they already have. First developed in the 1970s, lithium-ion batteries have expanded into a $7 billion industry. They power our phones, computers, cameras, radios, e-cigarettes, tools, and wheelchairs. They power our electric cars. They could even power electric planes. Lithium-ion batteries have the potential to unseat fossil fuel-based technologies and drive sustainability efforts to transition to clean energy sources. But they haven’t. Not yet, … Read More

Opioid Addiction: An Integrated Treatment Approach

An estimated 130 people will die from an opioid overdose each day in the U.S. Despite increased awareness, the epidemic remains severely underfunded and the crisis has seen little, if any, progress. The opioid crisis has also resulted in a substantial cost burden to society—in 2013, health care costs, criminal justice expenses, and productivity losses attributable to opioid misuse were estimated to total $78.5 billion; this cost is expected to increase further in the coming … Read More