Getting the cobalt out of your pillows

If you happened to be a pillow manufacturer and read this Washington Post article on the cobalt miners in Congo, you were probably smugly thinking: Not my problem – cobalt is used in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.

Chances are good, cobalt is not your problem. Chances are also good that you don’t know exactly what is in your product – whatever that is. The reason: few companies, especially outside certain industries like food and beverage and beauty and personal care, bother to really learn about the environmental and social impacts of their supply chains.

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