Stories About Circular Economy

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Forestry Day and Every Day: Don’t Overlook the ‘Urban Forest’
Forestry Day and Every Day: Don’t Overlook the ‘Urban Forest’

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - While it is crucial to maintain sustainability managed forests, sourcing paper fiber from them is not the only option to consider. As we all move toward creating a more circular economy, it’s important to also consider sourcing materials from the “urban forest.”

New, Standardized Guidelines Measure Plastic Leakage Across Corporate Value Chains
New, Standardized Guidelines Measure Plastic Leakage Across Corporate Value Chains

NEW METRICS - Developed for companies, the PLP guidelines provide businesses at all stages of the value chain with a robust, standardized method for calculating and reporting estimates of plastic and microplastic leakage at both the corporate and product level.

Trending: In Fashion, What’s Outside Also Counts
Trending: In Fashion, What’s Outside Also Counts

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - New partnerships aim to tackle the fashion industry’s packaging footprint — with circular solutions for polybags and MATCHESFASHION’s new, recyclable boxes furthering the cause.

Anti-Plastic Regulation Risks Less Sustainable Alternatives
Anti-Plastic Regulation Risks Less Sustainable Alternatives

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Faced with shortages of suitable recycled material, a growing consumer backlash and a hostile regulatory environment, it is no wonder that some companies are shifting away from plastics. But encouraging this shift towards material choices that do little to improve end-of-life environmental impact would be the worst possible outcome for the planet.

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Trending: Inventive Solutions to Food Waste Continuing to Grow
Trending: Inventive Solutions to Food Waste Continuing to Grow

WASTE NOT - Here, we have 3 examples of startup innovation at its finest — with stellar solutions from Ambrosia, Back to the Roots, Treasure8 and Shameless Pets promising to bite off a chunk of the US’ massive food waste issue.

Trending: C&A, G-Star, Genomatica Set New Course for Sustainable Textiles
Trending: C&A, G-Star, Genomatica Set New Course for Sustainable Textiles

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The two clothing giants and the leader in bioengineering have each achieved industry-first milestones with their latest innovations — which raise the bar for sustainable denim and biobased nylon.

Will We Get Closer to Circularity in 2020?
Will We Get Closer to Circularity in 2020?

THE NEXT ECONOMY - While the concept of a circular economy has made its way into the public consciousness; unfortunately, as of 2018, circularity globally is only at 9%. In order for circularity to deliver on its potential in this decade, we’ll need to see more of the following …

What Will a Circular Economy Mean for Branding?
What Will a Circular Economy Mean for Branding?

MARKETING AND COMMS - While a circular economy will present huge challenges to most brands' conventional business models, there are huge opportunities for those who embrace and adapt to this change — while those who drag their heels with incremental changes will undoubtedly fall behind.

Dispelling 5 Common Myths about Regeneration and Regenerative Business
Dispelling 5 Common Myths about Regeneration and Regenerative Business

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Regeneration is about leaving nature and society healthier, better off and more resilient than we found them. It’s the future of sustainability. And the business case for regenerative business and regenerative leadership in all aspects of life has never been stronger.

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Recyclate – A New Lease on Life for Consumer Packaging?
Recyclate – A New Lease on Life for Consumer Packaging?

WASTE NOT - Consumers appreciate recycled packaging as long as it doesn’t affect the quality, functionality and price of the product. But how do brands remain competitive in view of added costs for high-quality recycling and the low price of virgin plastics?

Uniting to Drive Change: The Cleaning Industry Bands Together for a Sustainable Future
Uniting to Drive Change: The Cleaning Industry Bands Together for a Sustainable Future

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - We know, of course, that no matter how many bold ambitions a company has, it cannot change the world alone. But through collaborative effort, the impact companies can make is multiplied, often many times over.

Walking the Talk: How Companies Are Delivering on the Promise of Social Impact
Walking the Talk: How Companies Are Delivering on the Promise of Social Impact

COLLABORATION - The metrics used by consumers, employees and investors to measure a company’s success are changing quickly, so the most forward-looking businesses are focused on implementing solutions that benefit people, society and the planet more-broadly — while bolstering their bottom line, too.

Meet the Team Reconnecting Communities to Oceans, While Cleaning Them Up
Meet the Team Reconnecting Communities to Oceans, While Cleaning Them Up

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - The Ocean Legacy Foundation's new EPIC Program gives communities a four-step program for dealing with plastic pollution — education, policy interventions, improved infrastructure and ongoing clean-up efforts.

Better Resource Management Is the Key to Achieving All SDGs
Better Resource Management Is the Key to Achieving All SDGs

WASTE NOT - Whether the eradication of poverty, or the support of climate positivity, all of the SDGs are about creating a balance of resource flows. Responsible production and consumption are essential to this — and achievable through connection, community and a bit of creativity.

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Give More, and Better, This Season: The 2019 SB Holiday Gift Guide
Give More, and Better, This Season: The 2019 SB Holiday Gift Guide

WASTE NOT - What better way to celebrate and participate in the season of giving than with gifts that truly keep on giving? Here are just a few of our favorite discoveries this year of products we'd be thrilled to give and receive.

Q&A: Why Sustainability Professionals Need Chemists
Q&A: Why Sustainability Professionals Need Chemists

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Chemistry may not be the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of sustainability, but it has a big role to play, particularly in a circular economy. We caught up with Christoph Jäkel, BASF’s Head of Sustainability Strategy, to learn more about how BASF is working to improve our everyday lives.

25 Years On: Lessons Learned from Interface’s Ongoing Sustainability Journey
25 Years On: Lessons Learned from Interface’s Ongoing Sustainability Journey

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Why are lessons learned by a flooring company relevant? Many of the challenges we had to solve are the same that companies are struggling with as they pursue sustainability. Our accomplishments are significant because they show it is possible to transform a business and put sustainability at the core.

The Biosphere Rules: Sustainability Is a Destination, Not a Journey
The Biosphere Rules: Sustainability Is a Destination, Not a Journey

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Envision a future where every material thing in our world is made out of a handful of materials, carefully selected to be safe, healthy and infinitely recyclable. Everything from coffee cup to countertop could be broken down and used as raw materials for a new shawl or lampshade.

Global Consumers Say ‘Save the Planet’; Some Economic Growth Can Wait
Global Consumers Say ‘Save the Planet’; Some Economic Growth Can Wait

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - 60% of consumers surveyed agree protecting the environment should be given priority, even if it slows economic growth. But as we’ve seen for years, while consumers widely agree on the need for sustainability, behavior is slow to change.

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The Biosphere’s Guide to Foolproofing Sustainability, Part 6: Function Over Form
The Biosphere’s Guide to Foolproofing Sustainability, Part 6: Function Over Form

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Sustainability experts for decades have been exhorting managers to focus more on the function their products deliver and less on the product itself. Biosphere Rule #5, Function Over Form, is focused on fulfilling customers’ functional needs in ways that sustain the value cycle.

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