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Stop Selling, Start Mobilizing: The Rise of Movement Brands
Stop Selling, Start Mobilizing: The Rise of Movement Brands

MARKETING AND COMMS - The relationship between brands and people is being transformed before our very eyes; the old-fashioned, binary model of companies selling and people consuming is dead. Traditional, rigid hierarchies of control are being replaced with more fluid and open peer-to-peer networks. We are rapidly adopting the principles of a sharing economy as the mainstream norm and there is a new world order forming. You can choose to see this as either a challenge or an opportunity but the brands that will win are the movement brands that are brave enough to let their consumers take an equal stake in setting the agendas and creating content.

Trending: New Cross-Sector Collaborations Delve Into Circular Packaging Solutions
Trending: New Cross-Sector Collaborations Delve Into Circular Packaging Solutions

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Newly formed groups in Europe and Canada are working to deliver a circular economy for packaging materials: PlasticsEurope has created a Plastics Packaging Circular Economy Group to maximize resource efficiency across the plastics value chain; and Ontario’s Circular Economy Innovation Lab is hosting a series of workshops as part of a Printed Paper and Packaging Rapid Lab.

Friendly Skies Goes Eco-Friendly With Travel Bags
Friendly Skies Goes Eco-Friendly With Travel Bags

PRESS RELEASE - At United, we are committed to environmental sustainability and believe that the actions we take today shape our path towards a more sustainable future. We aim to minimize the environmental impacts associated with our operations and are continuously looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint in the air, on the ground and at our facilities.

Trending: Sewage Sludge, Seaweed Hold Promise for Fuel Innovation, Industrial Symbiosis
Trending: Sewage Sludge, Seaweed Hold Promise for Fuel Innovation, Industrial Symbiosis

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Add sewage sludge and seaweed to the list of raw materials that have potential for circular economy solutions: Toyota is experimenting with converting human waste into hydrogen to fuel its Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car; and Wageningen Food & Biobased Research has been exploring seaweed’s potential for a range of products including fuels, bioplastics and animal feed, as well as opportunities for symbiosis for seaweed cultivation and byproduct use.

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Ellen MacArthur Foundation Launches Circular Cities Network
Ellen MacArthur Foundation Launches Circular Cities Network

THE NEXT ECONOMY - On Thursday, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation hosted the launch event of its Circular Cities Network, a global network of city leaders who are pioneering the application of circular economy approaches to address today’s urban challenges.

Ford Offering E-Waste Recycling Program, Education to Shanghai Employees
Ford Offering E-Waste Recycling Program, Education to Shanghai Employees

PRESS RELEASE - Ford has announced that it will offer its employees in Shanghai with ongoing education about the importance of recycling e-waste and access to an e-waste recycling system. The program, financially supported by the Ford Fund, is part of Better World Initiative and done in partnership with Green Initiatives’ [WE] Project. The more than 1,000 employees of Ford headquarters will be able to place used electronics in numerous collection boxes located around the facility. Items can include mobile phones, appliances, storage devices such as external hard drives and USB drives, physical media including CDs and video games, entertainment equipment such as televisions and musical instruments, and electronics of all varieties.

The Circuitous Road to a Circular Economy: Brand Failures, Triumphs and Lessons Learned
The Circuitous Road to a Circular Economy: Brand Failures, Triumphs and Lessons Learned

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Discussions on the circular economy always trigger great interest, even on the final afternoon of the action-packed SB’16 Copenhagen conference, judging from the enthusiastically packed room at this breakout on circular business models.

A Sustainable Life at Home: How IKEA Plans to Become Circular
A Sustainable Life at Home: How IKEA Plans to Become Circular

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - IKEA has been quietly piloting various initiatives across its European stores to see how it can build circularity into its service offering for customers. It’s a bold move, given that consumer-facing circular economy business models are still relatively embryonic, particularly in the retail market. “Over the coming years, we will support customers to care and repair, rent, share, bring back, and resell their IKEA products to prolong product life,” IKEA’s sustainability manager Jonas Engberg told me in a recent interview.

Mission Zero: Interface Bids to Become Carbon Neutral
Mission Zero: Interface Bids to Become Carbon Neutral

PRESS RELEASE - Why set yourself an impossible challenge? For a company that sells $1 billion worth of carpet tiles a year, total elimination of its environmental impact by 2020 is surely beyond the realms of possibility. Industrial manufacturing processes, heavy use of raw materials and layers of supply chain that are not always possible to influence make it difficult to comprehend how Mission Zero can be achieved. But this is exactly the point for Interface. What are the realms of possibility, and how close to zero impact can be achieved? In 1994 the company’s founder Ray Anderson signalled a sea change in corporate attitude towards sustainability. Legal compliance, although important, was no longer enough.

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GM’s Environmental and Social Initiatives Land Company on Dow Jones Sustainability Index
GM’s Environmental and Social Initiatives Land Company on Dow Jones Sustainability Index

PRESS RELEASE - DETROIT – General Motors was again ranked on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for corporate sustainability leadership in the automotive industry. This is the second year GM has been selected as an index component and the company remains the only automaker on the North American index. The Dow Jones Sustainability Index is the leading global benchmark for corporate sustainability. DJSI tracks leading sustainability-driven companies based on investment firm RobecoSAM’s analysis of financially relevant environmental, social and governance factors.

New Project Set to Help European SMEs Transition to Circular Economy
New Project Set to Help European SMEs Transition to Circular Economy

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Businesses of all sizes can realize opportunities presented by the shift from linear ‘take, make, waste’ models and systems to circular ones. As the originator of the circular economy concept Walter R. Stahel once said, “A circular economy will directly create numerous jobs with a broad diversity of skills at local and regional level, and give rise to new SMEs [small and medium enterprises] exploiting opportunities in the local loops.”

Design Awards Seek Cradle to Cradle Products, Circular Fashion Innovations
Design Awards Seek Cradle to Cradle Products, Circular Fashion Innovations

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Two design challenges are back and accepting new entries for products designed to help enable a sustainable future. The non-profit H&M Foundation is accepting applications for the second edition of its Global Change Award through October 31st, 2016. The competition is seeking early stage ideas that present new circular approaches for the fashion industry – whether by changing the way garments are designed, produced, shipped, bought, used, or recycled – by adding disruptive technology or using a new business model.

Packaging Industry Urges EU to Embolden Circular Economy Strategy
Packaging Industry Urges EU to Embolden Circular Economy Strategy

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The European Organisation for Packaging and the Environment (EUROPEN) and 35 other associations1 representing a wide range of sectors including major consumer goods brands, packaging producers, material producers and extended producer responsibility (EPR) organizations have presented the European Union with a set of joint recommendations for its circular economy legis

Yet More Reports Tout Circular Economy as Road to Emissions Reduction, Job Creation
Yet More Reports Tout Circular Economy as Road to Emissions Reduction, Job Creation

THE NEXT ECONOMY - A new report from relief and development charity Tearfund and the Institute of Development Studies suggests that businesses and governments could help save lives and create jobs by adopting a circular economy approach to waste management.

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How Cities Can Become Hubs for a Circular Economy
How Cities Can Become Hubs for a Circular Economy

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - How many packages have you relied on today? Responsible and innovative packaging is critical to delivering shippable, shelve-able, sellable, product value. Consumers, retailers, and brands count on packaging. And then what? The best way to retain investment value and mitigate risks is to recycle these materials. “Municipal recycling programs are the hubs of the reverse logistics needed to return valuable packaging to the supply chain,” says Jeff Meyers, The Recycling Partnership’s Director of Corporate Partnerships.

Trending: Latest Circular Innovations Close the Loop on Furniture, Packaging, Textiles
Trending: Latest Circular Innovations Close the Loop on Furniture, Packaging, Textiles

THE NEXT ECONOMY - More and more companies are looking for ways to adopt circular models for their products, and some of the latest examples have been provided by industry giants. Furniture company IKEA, chemical firm Total, and Inditex - parent company of apparel brands Zara, Pull & Bear, Massimo Dutti and Bershka - are all working to reduce their environmental footprint by changing how their products are made.

Trending: Entries Open for Circulars Awards; New Toolkit Helps Businesses Shift Models
Trending: Entries Open for Circulars Awards; New Toolkit Helps Businesses Shift Models

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - With the potential to change how businesses think about their waste, circular economy models could be an effective means of emissions reduction towards the commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement in addition to economic benefits, waste reduction, and reduced consumption of virgin materials.

Jaguar Land Rover, Novelis Target Aluminum Waste as New Circular Resource Opportunity
Jaguar Land Rover, Novelis Target Aluminum Waste as New Circular Resource Opportunity

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - A key business driver for today’s vehicle manufacturers is to find cost-effective ways to reduce material impact, and weight, in the cars they build. Lighter vehicles result in less fuel consumption – and consequently, fewer emissions.

“Sport Infinity” Project Promises Zero Waste and Recyclability
“Sport Infinity” Project Promises Zero Waste and Recyclability

PRESS RELEASE - BASF is contributing its polymer expertise to the three-year WRAP Consortium project kicked off by the European Commission last year and aimed at developing high-performance sporting goods that can also be recycled. The “Sport Infinity” concept being pursued by cross-industry teams of companies is spearheaded by German sporting goods manufacturer Adidas and is focused in particular on applications in European football, or soccer, as the sport is known in the US.

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AkzoNobel, Seymourpowell, Newlife Collaboration Creates Circular Economy for Paint
AkzoNobel, Seymourpowell, Newlife Collaboration Creates Circular Economy for Paint

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Until now, recycling paint has been a laborious, costly process, leading to huge amount of unused paint going to waste and ending up in landfills. Thanks to a collaboration between Dulux-owner AkzoNobel, design and innovation company Seymourpowell, and Newlife Paints, recycling paint may finally be able to become ‘mainstream.’

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