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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.

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.

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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.

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.’

Portfolio of Cradle to Cradle Certified Materials Launched for the Fashion Industry
Portfolio of Cradle to Cradle Certified Materials Launched for the Fashion Industry

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Fashion designers have long asked for a place to find materials they know are healthier for people and the planet — and now they have one. The new Fashion Positive Materials Collection, which debuted this week, includes 39 materials for fashion applications that are Cradle to Cradle Certified or have received a Material Health Certificate, which at higher levels of certification ensures safe materials suitable for circular design.

Study Shows Circular Economy Should Be ‘Key Instrument’ in Climate Strategy
Study Shows Circular Economy Should Be ‘Key Instrument’ in Climate Strategy

THE NEXT ECONOMY - This month, countries are beginning to formally ratify commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement, and Environment Ministers from across Europe met to finalize the approval of the European Commission’s Circular Economy Action Plan.

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Trending: Food Waste Improvement Still Needed; Washing, Circular Solutions Here to Help
Trending: Food Waste Improvement Still Needed; Washing, Circular Solutions Here to Help

WASTE NOT - Increasing prevention of food waste could save grocery retailers and food manufacturers in the United Kingdom £300 million a year, according to a recent analysis by the waste reduction experts at WRAP, but the task is easier said than done.

Trending: Chemical Plant, Nutrient Recovery Facility Bring Circular Economy One Step Closer
Trending: Chemical Plant, Nutrient Recovery Facility Bring Circular Economy One Step Closer

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Two new industrial facilities that will bring the circular economy one step closer were officially opened in Europe on Friday: a carbon dioxide-based chemical plant in Germany and a nutrient recovery facility in the Netherlands. The transition from a linear take-make-waste economy to one which keeps materials ‘circulating’ for as long as possible (or, ideally, indefinitely) has been an international priority in the continent.

3M, Aveda, Target Among Members of New Coalition Aimed at Advancing Circular Economy in U.S.
3M, Aveda, Target Among Members of New Coalition Aimed at Advancing Circular Economy in U.S.

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Today, more than 25 businesses and organizations announce the launch of the Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition, a business-led public-private partnership harnessing their collective expertise to advance the next frontier of corporate sustainability – the circular economy.

Latest C2C Product Design Challenge Spawns Circular Solutions for Packaging, Footwear, Housing, Food Waste
Latest C2C Product Design Challenge Spawns Circular Solutions for Packaging, Footwear, Housing, Food Waste

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Today, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute announced the winners of the third Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge. The series of six global design challenges running from 2015 through 2017 are presented by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and Autodesk, and made possible by the Alcoa Foundation.

New Track and Trace Tool Enables Transparent, Circular Supply Chains
New Track and Trace Tool Enables Transparent, Circular Supply Chains

CLEANTECH - A new cloud-based platform for supply chain management promises to enhance transparency and help producers transition to circular models, starting with the apparel industry. In collaboration with software provider Improvement IT, Netherlands-based Dutch Awearness has launched an online software tool called the Circular Content Management System (CCMS) to help track and trace garments and their materials.

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Business, NGO Leaders Stress the Need for the Circular Economy in New Short Film
Business, NGO Leaders Stress the Need for the Circular Economy in New Short Film

THE NEXT ECONOMY - A new 18-minute documentary film, Circularity: Preparing for the New Economy, calls for a radical overhaul of current economic systems. Featuring commentary from a number of business analysts, the film provides an overview of what the “circular economy” is and the opportunities for growth that it presents.

How Big Brands, Small Startups Have Partnered to Push the Circular Economy
How Big Brands, Small Startups Have Partnered to Push the Circular Economy

WASTE NOT - “It didn’t make sense to me — to make a bunch of products that use a lot of materials, and then throw it away,” Scott Hamlin, co-founder at Looptworks, said during a Tuesday breakout session on partnerships in the circular economy at Sustainable Brands '16 San Diego. What Hamlin saw was a broken apparel industry, which focused on the traditional take-make-waste model. That’s why the social entrepreneur decided to found a company that doesn’t use virgin materials at all — and Looptworks was born. “We are called Looptworks because we are working toward a closed-loop system,” he said.

IFF Goes Circular with New Sustainability Strategy, Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Fragrance
IFF Goes Circular with New Sustainability Strategy, Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Fragrance

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (IFF), a leading producer of “sensory experiences that move the world,” has released its 2015 sustainability results in a report, Creating a Sustainable Future, and announced the launch of a new sustainability strategy centered around circular economic principles applied to three pillars: Positive Principles, Regenerative Products and Sensational People.

The Virtuous Circle Business Model: Social Purpose at the Core of Business Success
The Virtuous Circle Business Model: Social Purpose at the Core of Business Success

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Mention the term “corporate social responsibility” and you might hear something like: “It’s dead.” “CSR has stalled.” “CSR has not fulfilled its potential. It has failed us.” Why? Because even at its best, CSR is only a partial solution with incremental changes that are not putting society and business on a strong footing to enable nine billion people to live well on the planet by 2050. Despite the efforts of the past two decades, CSR is still marginal to corporate strategy — siloed and largely irrelevant to a company and its workforce.

How Cisco Is Using Its Unique Capabilities to Drive Breakthroughs in Supply Chain Sustainability
How Cisco Is Using Its Unique Capabilities to Drive Breakthroughs in Supply Chain Sustainability

CLEANTECH - As the world’s largest designer, manufacturer and seller of networking equipment, Cisco Systems faces many supply chain sustainability issues, including energy, waste and climate change impacts, among others. To address these challenges, Cisco has worked to improve energy efficiency, implemented circular economic methods to turn waste into resources and recently announced a new goal to avoid one million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from its supply chain operations by 2020.

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Forget Incremental Improvements: 40 Companies, Cities Working to Activate New Plastics Economy
Forget Incremental Improvements: 40 Companies, Cities Working to Activate New Plastics Economy

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative kicks off today with an inaugural workshop that brings together more than 40 leading companies including Amcor, Coca-Cola, The Dow Chemical Company, DuPont, Indorama Ventures, Marks & Spencer, MARS, Natureworks, Novamont, Sealed Air, SUEZ, Unilever

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