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Creating Sustainable Apparel Value Chains, Part II: Fostering Total Resource Productivity and (Impact) Investing
Creating Sustainable Apparel Value Chains, Part II: Fostering Total Resource Productivity and (Impact) Investing

SUPPLY CHAIN - This post first appeared on CSRwire's TalkBack blog on January 7, 2014.This is part two of the Creating Sustainable Apparel Value Chains series. Read part one: Transforming the Industry.

WEF, Ellen MacArthur Foundation Project Circular Economy Can Generate US$1T Annually by 2025
WEF, Ellen MacArthur Foundation Project Circular Economy Can Generate US$1T Annually by 2025

THE NEXT ECONOMY - A new report released Friday by the World Economic Forum (WEF) at its annual meeting in Davos, in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF), contends that over US$1 trillion a year could be generated for the global economy by 2025 and 100,000 new jobs created within the next five years if companies focused on building circular supply chains to increase the rate of recycling, reuse and remanufacture.

First I:CO City Initiative Helping San Francisco Achieve Zero Textile Waste
First I:CO City Initiative Helping San Francisco Achieve Zero Textile Waste

COLLABORATION - I:CO, a leading global, end-to-end solutions provider for the reuse and recycling of clothing, shoes and other textiles, today launches its first-ever I:CO City initiative with the City of San Francisco. The launch creates a public, private and non-profit infrastructure to make it easy, convenient and rewarding for residents and businesses to recycle textile-related items.In alignment with San Francisco’s goal of zero waste by 2020, I:CO will serve as the lead textile collection and processing partner to divert this waste from landfill and give these items new life.

Top 10 Reasons Why 2014 Will Be the Year of #ShareableCities
Top 10 Reasons Why 2014 Will Be the Year of #ShareableCities

THE NEXT ECONOMY - A Shareable City enables residents to efficiently and safely share all kinds of assets — from spaces to cars, skills and utilities — to create stronger, healthier and more connected communities. From a policy perspective, a Shareable City looks at multiple aspects of urban planning and community well-being through a collaborative economy lens and proactively supports these goals.At Collaborative Lab, we believe that 2014 will be a big year for Shareable Cities. Why? Here are some of our favorite reasons. If you have others to add, please tweet them to @ShareableCity and let us know!

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This Black Friday, Patagonia Invites You to Celebrate the Stuff You Already Own
This Black Friday, Patagonia Invites You to Celebrate the Stuff You Already Own

MARKETING AND COMMS - Socially conscious outdoor apparel company Patagonia has made its feelings about mass consumption clear in a number of ways — last month, it launched its Responsible Economy campaign, which calls on consumers and businesses alike to rethink disposability for more effective resource allocation; its Common Threads Partnership urges customers to only buy what they need and to recycle their worn-out Patagonia gear through the company’s take-back program; and, perhaps most famously, with its full-page New York Times ad on B

New McDonough-Waste Management Collaborative Focuses on Product and Packaging Innovation [Video]
New McDonough-Waste Management Collaborative Focuses on Product and Packaging Innovation [Video]

WASTE NOT - During his plenary presentation last night at the SB '13 conference, designer, author and sustainability thought leader William McDonough announced a new partnership between McDonough Innovation and Waste Management, Inc — North America's largest environmental solutions provider and residential recycler.

Resource Revolution White Paper Examines Risks and Rewards of Circular Economy
Resource Revolution White Paper Examines Risks and Rewards of Circular Economy

WASTE NOT - This article first appeared on edie.net on March 20, 2013.Environmental Data Interactive Exchange (Edie), an online sustainability resource based in the UK, has published an exclusive white paper highlighting the opportunities and challenges of circular economy realization, for both businesses and the waste management industry.The report, published in association with sponsor FCC Environment and sister title Local Authority Waste & Recycling magazine, investigates the implications of closed-loop thinking as businesses start to take back waste-derived materials and energy into their supply chains.

Holistic, Brand-Led EPR Initiatives Key for Achieving Benefits of Circular Economy
Holistic, Brand-Led EPR Initiatives Key for Achieving Benefits of Circular Economy

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - With three billion new middle-class consumers projected to enter the global marketplace in the coming decades[1], it is now widely acknowledged that the global economy of tomorrow will face material scarcity and supply chain insecurity at an unprecedented scale — an inevitable consequence of an industrial era based on a make/use/dispose model. These new realities have galvanized an international community of academia, NGOs, governments and corporate interests to promote new principles to guide future economic decision-making.

The "Follower-Ship Challenge": Pavan Sukhdev on the Circular Economy
The "Follower-Ship Challenge": Pavan Sukhdev on the Circular Economy

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - In this recent interview, guest editor Adam Werbach and Pavan Sukhdev — leader of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) project and author of Corporation 2020 — discuss the shift in thinking, habits and values necessary for the widespread adoption and success of the circular economy, and the "follower-ship challenge" presented by early adopters.

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The Circular Economy: Reinventing Business Models for Broad Economic Change
The Circular Economy: Reinventing Business Models for Broad Economic Change

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Let’s start with where we are today. The state of the "economy," like the bible or the U.S. constitution, is granted semi-magical powers by most businesses, as if it were carved out of granite, solid and unmoving, never in flux. Yet we all know that the economy — which we'll define here as the system of production and consumption of goods and services within a given region — is ruled by no one, experiences massive upheavals as industries rise and fall, and serves to enrich some people and impoverish others. The economy requires the functioning of natural systems, from the hydrologic cycle to photosynthesis, to function.

The Circular Economy: Driver of Business Model Innovation and Social Good
The Circular Economy: Driver of Business Model Innovation and Social Good

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - In this Issue in Focus, guest editor Adam Werbach and the SB editorial team explore the broad range of radical economic and business-model innovations emerging, through which both startups and some of the top global brands are rethinking the future of business and creating new economic, environmental and social benefits.Discussion question:What do you think are the biggest challenges to overcome in the shift toward a circular economy?Join the conversation!

How Preventing Household Waste Can Be Fun and Profitable
How Preventing Household Waste Can Be Fun and Profitable

WASTE NOT - Ask a room full of consumers, “Who here hates to see things go to waste?” and every hand will go up energetically. But if everyone hates to waste, then how come we generate so much of it? And what can we do to prevent waste from being created in the first place? Answering these questions can be profitable and fun.

How Are Circular Economic Models Driving Innovation and Social Good?
How Are Circular Economic Models Driving Innovation and Social Good?

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Calling all innovators and implementers! In March 2013, Sustainable Brands will launch a new “Issues in Focus” editorial package, including daily features, interviews and case studies on the circular economy as a driver of business model innovation and social good.The Issue in FocusYou can't get a soy latte these days without hearing the words collaborative consumption, the circular economy, crade-to-cradle or the sharing economy. But how are these quasi-utopian concepts becoming real? What implications could they have for the future of business and the economy?

Ellen MacArthur Foundation Aims To Create $10B of Value by 2015 With New Global Business Alliance
Ellen MacArthur Foundation Aims To Create $10B of Value by 2015 With New Global Business Alliance

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Ellen MacArthur Foundation today launched the Circular Economy 100 (CE100), a three-year program aimed at bringing together a network of 100 leading companies globally to facilitate development and commitment to new circular economy projects. The CE100 will provide executive education on key themes and emerging trends, share knowledge and new learnings, and identify and develop solutions to common challenges. The objective is that by 2015 participating companies will have triggered circular initiatives that will result in an aggregated economic benefit of $10bn for the businesses involved.

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Circular Economy Not 'Silver Bullet' for Resource Crunch, Paper Says
Circular Economy Not 'Silver Bullet' for Resource Crunch, Paper Says

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - This article first appeared on edie.net on January 28, 2013.Industrial systems based on circular economy models will be constrained by end-of-life material availability, limiting future improvements in process efficiency, scientists claim. A wider materials efficiency framework is required, they argue — one which encompasses not just circular resource flow systems but mitigation options for industrial carbon emissions and consumer demand.

Sustainable Brands Announces Full Conference Programme for SB London, November 27-28
Sustainable Brands Announces Full Conference Programme for SB London, November 27-28

PRESS RELEASE - SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., October 17, 2012– Sustainable Brands recently announced complete programme details for its first pan-European conference to be held in London, November 27-28.

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