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Co-Creating Breakthrough Solutions for the Future We Want
Co-Creating Breakthrough Solutions for the Future We Want

COLLABORATION - To regenerate the system, we have to regenerate how we work together. What if we brought the experience of elders and the courage of the next generation together with the brand leaders tasked with shifting paradigms and making essential decisions?

Clearing the Way for Action: The Need for Coordination, Consistency to Close the Loop on Plastics
Clearing the Way for Action: The Need for Coordination, Consistency to Close the Loop on Plastics

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - Dow aims to not only provide more sustainable products, but to share our expertise to support people and our planet’s wellbeing. For that expertise to reach its highest potential, it must be backed by international cooperation at every level.

Mighty Buildings Now Further Reduce Carbon Footprint of Homes with CO2-Based Cement
Mighty Buildings Now Further Reduce Carbon Footprint of Homes with CO2-Based Cement

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - New partner Fortera’s material converts carbon dioxide into cement, reducing CO₂ emissions by more than 60% — and costs 10% less than conventional cement.

Cartier, Kering Lead Initiative to Future-Fit Watch and Jewelry Production
Cartier, Kering Lead Initiative to Future-Fit Watch and Jewelry Production

COLLABORATION - The two luxury giants and the Responsible Jewellery Council have partnered on an industry-first initiative to broaden and strengthen efforts to transform the jewelry industry for climate resilience, with the SDGs at their core.

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Large-Scale Study from H&M, IKEA Shows Safer Path Forward for Recycled Textiles
Large-Scale Study from H&M, IKEA Shows Safer Path Forward for Recycled Textiles

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - On completion of a two-year, collaborative industry study, the two companies will share the findings to understand potentials and challenges with recycled textiles from a chemical-contamination perspective and to impact circular economy legislation.

Circular Solutions Still Promising, But Researchers Say Framework Lacks ‘Substance’
Circular Solutions Still Promising, But Researchers Say Framework Lacks ‘Substance’

THE NEXT ECONOMY - A recent Ellen MacArthur Foundation study examines the myriad ways that scaled circular models can help restore critical biodiversity; but Swedish researchers warn that without more clarity and substance, efforts to scale a circular economy risk becoming counterproductive.

Fairphone Forges Ahead with Longer-Lasting, E-waste-Neutral Smartphone
Fairphone Forges Ahead with Longer-Lasting, E-waste-Neutral Smartphone

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Still striving to greatly improve the sustainability of the industry, Fairphone’s new model embodies the company’s commitment to better materials, better mining practices and a longer product lifecycle.

In the Loop: Sustainable Development Models, Extending Product Lifecycles Furthering a Circular Future
In the Loop: Sustainable Development Models, Extending Product Lifecycles Furthering a Circular Future

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - Through Dow’s ‘Looped In’ series, sustainability experts across the company connect with industry leaders to discuss initiatives and partnerships that work toward building a more circular economy and explore what we can learn from the results.

ReGrained Shares Key Ingredients for a Deliciously Sustainable Food Future
ReGrained Shares Key Ingredients for a Deliciously Sustainable Food Future

WASTE NOT - We spoke with ReGrained co-founder Dan Kurzrock to learn more about the upcycling process, the role such technology can play in helping to fix the food system, and why brand collaboration is so important when it comes to scale.

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Circularity Doesn't Need to Be Overwhelming: 3 Ways Retailers Can Close Loops in eCommerce
Circularity Doesn't Need to Be Overwhelming: 3 Ways Retailers Can Close Loops in eCommerce

THE NEXT ECONOMY - For retailers, the logistical challenges of returns are overwhelming. Without circularity in operations, returned items often end up in landfills. But retailers can take small, immediate steps to set themselves up for becoming more circular — and more successful.

Craft Brewer Extols Benefits of Pivot to Better Packaging
Craft Brewer Extols Benefits of Pivot to Better Packaging

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Through materials innovation and technology advances, the packaging industry can be a critical component in working toward a world without waste and a truly closed-loop, circular economy.

Loop Expands Into Brick-and-Mortar Stores Worldwide
Loop Expands Into Brick-and-Mortar Stores Worldwide

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The reusable packaging platform’s transition from ecommerce to in-store marks the conclusion of its hugely successful pilot and the beginning of Loop’s next phase of growth, which will see it available in-store across five countries and on four continents.

New Report Sees Home Furnishings Recommerce Eclipsing Traditional Retail
New Report Sees Home Furnishings Recommerce Eclipsing Traditional Retail

THE NEXT ECONOMY - As circular business models continue to increase in popularity, Chairish’s report finds the resale furniture industry projected to grow by 54% over the next five years; two-thirds of consumers surveyed think resale will play a significant role in the future of sustainability.

Tackling the Unseen Climate Costs of a Plastic Planet
Tackling the Unseen Climate Costs of a Plastic Planet

WASTE NOT - Whether it’s using the carrot of incentives or the stick of regulations, change is possible — and strongly desired. So, what can brands do? Be proactive and make the extra effort to find and choose recycled plastic whenever possible.

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SC Johnson, Liverpool FC Team Up to Repurpose Fan Plastic Waste
SC Johnson, Liverpool FC Team Up to Repurpose Fan Plastic Waste

WASTE NOT - In its latest partnership with a professional sports team, SCJ will collect empty plastic bottles from each game for recycling into new Mr Muscle® bottles; as well as promote sustainability, health and hygiene.

Can We Evolve from the Chip Shortage to Better Supply Chains and Consumption Habits?
Can We Evolve from the Chip Shortage to Better Supply Chains and Consumption Habits?

THE NEXT ECONOMY - As the global chip shortage drags on and demand for electronics exceeds supply, we hope that the market for refurbished electronic devices and a circular economy will gain more traction.

30-Year-Old Entrepreneur Putting Africa Front and Center in Global Circular Economy
30-Year-Old Entrepreneur Putting Africa Front and Center in Global Circular Economy

WASTE NOT - Ray Onovwigun and his startup, Romco Metals, have seized the opportunity to build the capacity and infrastructure Africa needs to become a global player in the recovery and recycling of valuable metals.

Partnering Across the Value Chain in India: New Opportunities to Close the Loop
Partnering Across the Value Chain in India: New Opportunities to Close the Loop

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - Although progress is being made to advance a circular economy, converting difficult-to-recycle flexible plastics and films, such as plastic bags, into new products has largely been untouched by recycling innovators. Dow, Circulate Capital and Lucro Plast-e-cycle are partnering to change that.

IKEA Brings Circular Model Stateside with Pilot of Buy Back & Resell Service
IKEA Brings Circular Model Stateside with Pilot of Buy Back & Resell Service

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The retailer is piloting the service, which helps customers prolong the life of their furniture, at IKEA Conshohocken for a limited time — with a goal of expanding it to all of its US stores in the future.

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Reducing E-Waste, Increasing Equity in Brazil by Reimagining the Smartphone Industry
Reducing E-Waste, Increasing Equity in Brazil by Reimagining the Smartphone Industry

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Brazil ranks fifth amongst countries producing the most electronic waste. The path toward a sustainable and equitable smartphone marketplace is through the sale of used and refurbished devices.

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