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In Finland, the Circular Economy Goes Mainstream
In Finland, the Circular Economy Goes Mainstream

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Poised as a leader in the transition to a circular economy, Finland is living up to expectations with businesses finding new uses for wood pulp and doughnut fryer fat.

BASF joins Ellen MacArthur Foundation initiatives for circular economy
BASF joins Ellen MacArthur Foundation initiatives for circular economy

PRESS RELEASE - Membership focuses on “Circular Economy 100” and “New Plastics Economy” initiativesBASF is committed to a circular economy approach across its value chain and within its products Ludwigshafen, Germany – May 4, 2017 – BASF, the world’s leading chemical company, today announced its membership of two Ellen MacArthur Foundation programs, to further advance its existing circular economy solutions.

The Recycling Partnership: How We’re Fixing a Broken System
The Recycling Partnership: How We’re Fixing a Broken System

THE NEXT ECONOMY - This is the third in a three-part series from The Recycling Partnership on collaborating to drive effective engagement – and action – around recycling. Read part one about recycling’s potential and impact and part two about the circular economy. Q: What is recycling?

People are donating more, but they’re still throwing away a sh!rt ton
People are donating more, but they’re still throwing away a sh!rt ton

PRESS RELEASE - Savers’ State of Reuse Report examines the impact of reuse

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Buckle Up, Baby! Target’s Car Seat Trade-in Event Starts April 17
Buckle Up, Baby! Target’s Car Seat Trade-in Event Starts April 17

PRESS RELEASE - It’s spring cleaning time—is your old car seat on the toss list? Maybe your little one’s outgrown it, or perhaps you want an upgrade. Whatever the case, we’ll trade ya! April 17–30, bring your used car seat to Target stores nationwide and trade it in for a coupon for 20% off any car seat in our stores or at Target.com, good through May 31. What happens to all those car seats we collect? We’re teaming up with our friends at TerraCycle to make sure they get recycled, or upcycled into new products. Through the partnership, we expect to keep more than 700,000 pounds of car seat materials out of landfills.

Case Study: Closed Loop Fund Shows Iowa's Scott County That Recycling Can Be Profitable
Case Study: Closed Loop Fund Shows Iowa's Scott County That Recycling Can Be Profitable

WASTE NOT - Less than one year after partnering with the Closed Loop Fund and investing $10.75 million in new infrastructure — including recycling carts and a newly upgraded county-owned and operated materials recycling facility (MRF) — Iowa’s Scott County has seen a 61 percent increase in recycling and generated $100,000 in savings and revenue.

Report Explores Myriad Circular Economy Benefits for Built Environment
Report Explores Myriad Circular Economy Benefits for Built Environment

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Discussion surrounding circular business models (CBMs) is often focused on manufacturing, packaging and consumer goods, where significant change is already underway, yet closed-loop systems have the potential revolutionize the built environment.

Trending: Nike, Britvic Using Recycled Drink Containers, Wood Fiber to Revolutionize Packaging
Trending: Nike, Britvic Using Recycled Drink Containers, Wood Fiber to Revolutionize Packaging

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The development of innovative packaging solutions continues to help brands reduce impact and drive future growth.

Applied DNA Launches CertainT Platform to Improve Traceability, Boost Consumer Confidence
Applied DNA Launches CertainT Platform to Improve Traceability, Boost Consumer Confidence

SUPPLY CHAIN - Applied DNA Sciences, a provider of DNA-based supply chain, anti-counterfeiting and anti-theft technology, has introduced a new supply chain platform known as CertainT that certifies authenticity and origin of products and brands.

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A Circular Economy: You’re Not in It Alone, So Why Go It Alone?
A Circular Economy: You’re Not in It Alone, So Why Go It Alone?

THE NEXT ECONOMY - This is the second in a three-part series from The Recycling Partnership on collaborating to drive effective engagement – and action – around recycling. Read part one. Intent vs. action. It’s the difference between buying those new running shoes vs. completing a race. Same with setting 2020 sustainability goals vs. delivering a new version of the future. And when it comes to a circular economy, here’s a great example: designing for recyclability vs. ensuring the successful recovery of valuable materials.

London, Wales Launch Ambitious New Circular Economy Schemes
London, Wales Launch Ambitious New Circular Economy Schemes

THE NEXT ECONOMY - More and more, circular economic models are providing ways for governments and businesses to increase efficiency, reduce waste and create new jobs. Two new initiatives in the UK reinforce that adopting circular principles presents significant economic opportunities for businesses. The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) has approved a new £50 million business plan for the period of 2017–2020 to help reinvigorate London’s recycling efforts and accelerate the development of the circular economy in the capital.

ING: Circular Solutions to Water Stress Could Save 11% of Global Water Demand
ING: Circular Solutions to Water Stress Could Save 11% of Global Water Demand

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Global fresh water demand is expected to grow by 2 percent yearly over the next several decades. Based on the assumption that water supply will remain relatively stable, demand growth is expected to lead to serious water stress. This is largely the result of a linear model of water usage, in which the resource becomes more polluted and increasingly wasted as it travels through the system, shortening the water cycle.

Nestle's Arrowhead® Mountain Spring Water Saves Tens of Thousands of Tons of Carbon Dioxide through Plastic Recycling Efforts
Nestle's Arrowhead® Mountain Spring Water Saves Tens of Thousands of Tons of Carbon Dioxide through Plastic Recycling Efforts

PRESS RELEASE - Arrowhead® Mountain Spring Water announced today that it has dramatically increased the amount of recycled plastic used in its bottle production. Thanks to the high recycling rate of California residents, and with help from its strategic partner CarbonLITE, Arrowhead now ensures that 9 out of 10 of its Arrowhead bottles made in California incorporate 50% post-consumer recycled plastic content.

Trending: Danone, Nestlé Move Towards Circularity with Bio-Based PET Bottles
Trending: Danone, Nestlé Move Towards Circularity with Bio-Based PET Bottles

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Food industry giants Danone, Nestlé and Kroger are the latest companies to harness design and circular principles to move the food and beverage industry towards zero waste. Danone and Nestlé Waters, two of the world’s largest bottled water companies, have partnered with California-based startup Origin Materials to form the NaturALL Bottle Alliance. Together, they aim to develop and launch at commercial scale a PET plastic bottle made entirely from bio-based materials.

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Circularity of Hazardous Chemicals Requires New Legal Framework, NGOs Say
Circularity of Hazardous Chemicals Requires New Legal Framework, NGOs Say

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Policymakers must limit chemicals entering the material cycle and adapt existing legislation in order to protect human health and the environment from toxic substances in a circular economy, say ClientEarth and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) in a new report. The NGOs indicate that the current legal framework has failed to ensure information about dangerous chemicals is diffused throughout the whole material cycle and potential subsequent lifecycles.

Heineken Couples Sustainability and Financial Reporting as Emissions Tumble
Heineken Couples Sustainability and Financial Reporting as Emissions Tumble

PRESS RELEASE - A "firm belief" that business growth and sustainability go hand-in-hand has seen Heineken publish its latest sustainability report alongside a financial report for the first time, with the report highlighting rapid business expansion alongside a decrease in emissions. Heineken’s latest sustainability report, released on Wednesday (22 February), reveals a 37% reduction in carbon emissions in production against 2008 levels, just short of the 40% target for 2020. When looking at absolute carbon reductions, a 5% reduction has been recorded in the same timeframe, despite Heineken growing its business volumes by 52%.

Trending: New Tech Breakthroughs Design Impacts Out of Everyday Products
Trending: New Tech Breakthroughs Design Impacts Out of Everyday Products

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - While recycling most certainly plays an important role in the shift to the development of a more circular, sustainable economy, it largely focuses on a product or material’s end of life. But recent initiatives and technological breakthroughs are helping more companies design impacts out of their products’ life cycles.

Trending: Breakthrough Textiles Help Fashion Industry Close the Loop
Trending: Breakthrough Textiles Help Fashion Industry Close the Loop

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Even more brands are making moves towards a more circular economy through textile innovation and consumer engagement. Recently, H&M debuted its new “Bring It” garment recycling campaign, as well as a new BIONIC-based Conscious Exclusive collection, while Kering announced the next stage of its ambitious sustainability plan.

The Circular Economy in Action: HP Leading the Way
The Circular Economy in Action: HP Leading the Way

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - More than two million people in six countries subscribe to HP’s “Instant Ink.” When a customer is running low on ink, an Internet-connected printer notifies HP and a replacement cartridge is automatically delivered, with a return envelope for the used cartridges, which HP recycles. Compared with conventional business models, printers using this service generate up to 67 percent less materials consumption per printed page.

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NGO to European Commission: Your Roadmap for Plastics Leads Nowhere
NGO to European Commission: Your Roadmap for Plastics Leads Nowhere

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Less than a week after its release, the European Commission’s new Roadmap for the EU Strategy on Plastics in a Circular Economy is already coming under fire. According to the Break Free From Plastic Movement, the roadmap fails to get to the root of the plastic problem, and threatens to divert Europe down a less direct — and significantly slower — pathway towards attaining its sustainability goals.

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