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New Finance Platform Aims to Scale Up Circular Economy in Europe
New Finance Platform Aims to Scale Up Circular Economy in Europe

LEADERSHIP - One year after adopting an ambitious Circular Economy Package, the European Commission has partnered with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to establish the Circular Economy Finance Support Platform, to help bring investors and innovators together and keep up the momentum in the transition to a circular economy.

Trending: Coors, City of London Put Waste to Work with New Recycling Schemes
Trending: Coors, City of London Put Waste to Work with New Recycling Schemes

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - New programs, initiatives and innovations that drive forward the transition to a circular company seem to be popping up almost daily. The latest to pick up the banner for the circular cause? Coors Light and the City of London Corporation. Coors Light, a MillerCoors brand, is shining light on its sustainability achievements and goals with a new twist on its ongoing “Climb On” campaign and the roll out of “Every One Can,” a summer promotional campaign, which includes the conversion of its billboards into beer coolers and its kegs into barbeque grills, as well as a large-scale push to get drinkers to recycle beer cans.

Trending: New Breakthrough Technologies Find Solutions for Hard-to-Recycle Products
Trending: New Breakthrough Technologies Find Solutions for Hard-to-Recycle Products

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Ambitions to reduce waste and move away from a linear economic model are driving companies across the globe to create breakthrough technologies and unique solutions to drive forward the circular economy.

Europe Could Open Up €320 Billion by Scaling a Circular Economy
Europe Could Open Up €320 Billion by Scaling a Circular Economy

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The business case for sustainability, particularly the circular economy, is a strong one, and more and more researching is backing it up. A recent report by the Business & Sustainable Development Commission pointed to sustainable business models as the key to unlocking trillions of dollars in economic opportunities, and WRAP revealed that brands across the UK saved over £100 million simply by reducing food waste.

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Circular Disruptors Honored in Davos; C2C Design Challenge Winners Rethink Products
Circular Disruptors Honored in Davos; C2C Design Challenge Winners Rethink Products

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The World Economic Forum’s Community of Young Global Leaders, in collaboration with Accenture Strategy, yesterday announced the winners of the 2017 Circulars at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters. The third annual Circulars awards showcased advances from the private sector, public sector and civil society that drive innovation and growth while reducing dependence on scarce natural resources.

Circular Economy Gains Steam in US Thanks to DOE's REMADE Project, Emerging Innovators
Circular Economy Gains Steam in US Thanks to DOE's REMADE Project, Emerging Innovators

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Two recent bits of news from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) point to continued groundwork being laid toward a circular economy in the U.S. and beyond.

#BusinessCase: Circular, EPR Schemes Could've Saved UK £72M in Holiday Waste
#BusinessCase: Circular, EPR Schemes Could've Saved UK £72M in Holiday Waste

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Waste packaging and food leftovers from this Christmas alone will have cost councils £72 million1, according to new research from UK think tank Green Alliance. In England, local authorities spend roughly £300 million every year dealing with waste packaging and, after rising steadily since 2001, England’s recycling rates went down for the first time in 2015.

Coke, Avery Dennison Drive Smartwater Towards Circularity with Recycled PET Waste
Coke, Avery Dennison Drive Smartwater Towards Circularity with Recycled PET Waste

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - While plastic packaging has a reputation for being convenient, it presents a serious problem for the planet — and brands’ bottom lines. One-use plastic packaging currently accounts for over $80 billion in losses annually. But more and more companies are beginning to see the value of employing circular practices to develop sustainable packaging options.

30 New EU Life+ Pilot Projects Make Convincing Case for Circular Business Models
30 New EU Life+ Pilot Projects Make Convincing Case for Circular Business Models

THE NEXT ECONOMY - A recent report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and a number of new initiatives sweeping Europe have highlighted the convincing business case for companies to adopt circular principles into their business models. The latest development on the path to a circular economy? A new project across the UK and the Netherlands called REBus.

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Trending: New Research Looking to Turn Fabric Into Fuel, Keep Microfibers Out of Water
Trending: New Research Looking to Turn Fabric Into Fuel, Keep Microfibers Out of Water

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - We’ve seen a rash of textile-recycling schemes emerge of late — in which the textiles in question may become new garments, but for the most part they remain, well, fabrics.

Cradle to Cradle Design – So Much More Than Recycling
Cradle to Cradle Design – So Much More Than Recycling

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - It’s easy for the concepts of Cradle to Cradle design and a circular economy to become shorthand for recycling, but both are much more complex than that.

Hospitals Share Successes, Challenges from Pilot Healthcare Plastics Recycling Program
Hospitals Share Successes, Challenges from Pilot Healthcare Plastics Recycling Program

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - On Monday, the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC) announced the completion of a multi-hospital plastics recycling project in Chicago, collaborating with the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS). Focused on non-infectious plastic packaging and products collected from clinical areas of the hospitals, the project sought to demonstrate a viable business model for recycling healthcare plastics on a regional level.

2017 Circulars Nominate 36 Innovators Leading the Way to a Circular Future
2017 Circulars Nominate 36 Innovators Leading the Way to a Circular Future

THE NEXT ECONOMY - There’s growing evidence around the efficacy of a circular economy and the key role it will play in helping companies and nations carry out the commitments outlined in the Paris Climate Agreement, maintain competitive economies, and reduce waste and consumption of natural resources. The journey to a circular economy will be a long one, and it will require cooperation between businesses, local governments, investors and individuals around the world.

Trending: European Packaging Solutions Continue to Drive a Circular Economy
Trending: European Packaging Solutions Continue to Drive a Circular Economy

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Ambitions of a circular economy continue to drive decisions around Europe as more circular packaging solutions emerge as a prominent piece to the puzzle.

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Trending: Yet More Countries Recognizing Circular Economy as Key Aspect of Sustainability
Trending: Yet More Countries Recognizing Circular Economy as Key Aspect of Sustainability

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Circular economy fever continues to sweep through the European Union, with smaller countries north and south recognizing the advantages of setting new standards for business as usual. According to Jyrki Katainen (NCP), VP for Jobs, Growth and Competitiveness at the European Commission, Finland’s future is looking bright. At a lunch event organized by the Association of Finnish Political Journalists on Monday, Katainen stated that the country should step up to the plate and into the current power vacuum in Europe, distinguishing itself as a leader at a time when countries such as Italy, Germany and France become more and more preoccupied with defense cooperation.

Circular Economy Framework Could Give India a Competitive Advantage
Circular Economy Framework Could Give India a Competitive Advantage

THE NEXT ECONOMY - A new report has found that adopting circular economic principles would put India on a path to positive regenerative and value-creating development with annual benefits of US $624 billion in 2050 compared with the current development — equivalent to 30% of India’s current GDP.

Trending: Finally, End-of-Life Solutions for Two of Our Least Recyclable Products
Trending: Finally, End-of-Life Solutions for Two of Our Least Recyclable Products

WASTE NOT - As the ongoing effort to mitigate climate change leads many businesses and governments to create a circular economy, we still face a number of roadblocks – namely in the end of life of certain products that weren’t designed for reuse, recycling or safe disposal. But two initiatives announced this week could represent progress.

New Program to Help London-Based SMEs Capitalize on Circular Economy
New Program to Help London-Based SMEs Capitalize on Circular Economy

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) - a partnership between the Mayor of London and London’s Boroughs dedicated to improving waste and resource management within the capital, with the aim of turning London into a circular city - has launched a new program called Advanced London to support SMEs in adopting and scaling up circular business models.

Goodwill, Partners Urge People to Donate Using the Give Back Box this Cyber Monday
Goodwill, Partners Urge People to Donate Using the Give Back Box this Cyber Monday

PRESS RELEASE - Goodwill is partnering with leading retailers to make it easy for online shoppers to reuse, repurpose and recycle textiles and clothing this holiday season.

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Reporting 3.0: Progress Toward a More Common Definition of True Materiality
Reporting 3.0: Progress Toward a More Common Definition of True Materiality

NEW METRICS - Drawing on the work of Reporting 3.0 - in particular, its Reporting Blueprint and forthcoming Accounting Blueprint - this panel on the final afternoon of New Metrics ‘16 facilitated an animated discussion on true materiality, exploring the broad range of definitions of materiality, and whether they may coalesce into a more common definition or continue to be disparate for different audiences.

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