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Trending: Levi’s, EU Project Unlock New Ways to Turn Textile Waste Into New Products
Trending: Levi’s, EU Project Unlock New Ways to Turn Textile Waste Into New Products

THE NEXT ECONOMY - With dramatically large amounts of clothing and other textiles being thrown out every year – nearly 10 million tonnes in the United States and more than 3 million tonnes in European Union (EU) countries – it is no wonder why designers and companies are increasingly looking to this waste as a potential resource.

Dow Teams Up to Advance Renewable Energy, Circular Economy Goals
Dow Teams Up to Advance Renewable Energy, Circular Economy Goals

CLEANTECH - This week, The Dow Chemical Company launched two new partnerships aimed at advancing two of its seven 2025 Sustainability Goals, launched last year.

Report: $3.5B+ Business Opportunity in Scaling Up Circular System for Plastics
Report: $3.5B+ Business Opportunity in Scaling Up Circular System for Plastics

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Plastic has many benefits ranging from reducing food waste by providing packaging to cutting transport pollution due to its light weight. However, waste plastic is undervalued by the economy due to externalization of environmental costs. In a new discussion paper, Trucost estimates that scaling up companies’ use of sustainable plastic could deliver environmental savings of $3.5 billion.

#BusinessCase: Circular Economy Helping Nike Double Its Business with Half the Impact
#BusinessCase: Circular Economy Helping Nike Double Its Business with Half the Impact

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - On Wednesday, leading apparel and footwear brand Nike released its latest sustainability report and was announced as the newest Global Partner of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Nike has made impressive progress during a period of continued growth, and recognizes that to continue as such, it must innovate on an unprecedented scale. The company has set “a vision for a low-carbon, closed-loop future as part of the company’s growth strategy.”

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WEF Report Outlines 30 Steps to a Circular Construction Industry
WEF Report Outlines 30 Steps to a Circular Construction Industry

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The construction industry has been slower than most to adopt technological innovations, which has stagnated the sector’s labor productivity in the United States and elsewhere in the last 40 years. At the same time, the construction industry is the world’s largest consumer of raw materials, yet only a fraction of its waste gets recycled. According to a new report from the World Economic Forum (WEF), these factors coupled with the industry’s size and weight make construction ripe for disruptive transformation that could have profound benefits for the world.

Why Recycling Will Be a Last Resort in a Truly Circular Economy
Why Recycling Will Be a Last Resort in a Truly Circular Economy

WASTE NOT - The circular economy represents a fundamental shift in the way resources, energy and information flow through our economy. A key characteristic of this framework is that products and components remain at their highest levels of integrity and performance. So is recycling part of the picture?

Trending: Levi Strauss, MIT Partnerships Advancing Textile Innovations
Trending: Levi Strauss, MIT Partnerships Advancing Textile Innovations

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - As Levi’s VP of Social and Environmental Sustainability, Michael Kobori, said last year in a blog post, along with a long-standing partnership with Goodwill to divert clothing from landfill and take-back programs for apparel for recycling into everything from building insulation to cushioning material, Levi Strauss’ circular economy ambitions include establishing an infrastructure that support

Walmart, SunPower, Tarkett Join Circular Economy 100 USA Network
Walmart, SunPower, Tarkett Join Circular Economy 100 USA Network

COLLABORATION - In February, the U.K.-based Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) announced the launch of a U.S. network to run in parallel with the Foundation’s successful international Circular Economy 100 (CE100) programme. Today, the CE100 USA network of business leaders, academics, innovators, policymakers and city authorities who aim to develop and act on circular economy opportunities held their launch workshop in San Francisco.

Report: The Importance of the Circular Economy to Business Expected to Double In Next Two Years
Report: The Importance of the Circular Economy to Business Expected to Double In Next Two Years

PRESS RELEASE - Logistics Are Critical to Implementing a Sustainable Circular Strategy

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Trending: New Materials, Traceability Could Help Mould Circular Economy for Plastics
Trending: New Materials, Traceability Could Help Mould Circular Economy for Plastics

THE NEXT ECONOMY - With the opportunity to curb over $80 billion in annual industry losses, a circular economy for plastics seems pretty appealing. Several projects in Europe are working to make this happen: Earlier this month, Sustainable Brands covered a collaborative effort between the cities of London, Amsterdam and Copenhagen to improve plastics capture, but companies, non-profits and research centres are also working together to improve traceability and create new materials to help facilitate the transition to a circular economy for plastics.

#PerfectlyGood Campaign Aiming to End Label Confusion, Save the UK £50M in Food Waste Costs
#PerfectlyGood Campaign Aiming to End Label Confusion, Save the UK £50M in Food Waste Costs

WASTE NOT - The UK is the epicenter of the circular economy movement, with both the public and private sectors making sweeping commitments and headway toward eliminating waste of all kinds throughout its economy.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Circular Economy 100 Program Comes Stateside, Lands in Arizona
Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Circular Economy 100 Program Comes Stateside, Lands in Arizona

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) has launched a U.S. chapter of its Circular Economy 100 (CE100) program, which brings together leading organizations with the objective of innovating, developing and implementing circular economy opportunities.

Novelis' Recycled Aluminum Builds Jaguar's Lightest, Most Aerodynamic Sedan
Novelis' Recycled Aluminum Builds Jaguar's Lightest, Most Aerodynamic Sedan

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Novelis, world leader in aluminum rolling and recycling, has partnered with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) to supply aluminum sheet for the recently launched Jaguar XE — “Jaguar’s most advanced sports saloon.”The REALCAR (REcycled ALuminium CAR) project, aimed at creating a closed-loop value chain to recycle vehicles at the end of their useful lives, was launched by JLR in 2008 and funded by Innovate UK.

Trending: Scotland Invests £70M Into Circular Economy; Report Outlines Potential for US
Trending: Scotland Invests £70M Into Circular Economy; Report Outlines Potential for US

THE NEXT ECONOMY - More and more, circular economic business models are proving ways to cut costs and increase efficiency. A new report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Center (CCC) reinforces that turning waste into resources presents economic opportunities for American businesses.

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'Peak Stuff': Why IKEA Is Shifting Towards New Business Models
'Peak Stuff': Why IKEA Is Shifting Towards New Business Models

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Last month, IKEA’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Steve Howard, raised eyebrows at a panel debate by suggesting that in some parts of the world we have reached the point of ‘peak stuff’, a comment that was interpreted by some as a warning that consumer appetite for home furnishings had reached a crucial turning point.

Trending: WRAP, Veolia Working to Optimize Recycling in UK, France
Trending: WRAP, Veolia Working to Optimize Recycling in UK, France

WASTE NOT - While waste reduction charity WRAP calls on stakeholders to do their part to help improve recycling consistency and efficiency in England, three companies in France have partnered on a circular economy initiative for small household appliances.

Unilever Achieves New Milestone, Collaborates to Fuel Global Zero-Waste Movement
Unilever Achieves New Milestone, Collaborates to Fuel Global Zero-Waste Movement

WASTE NOT - Unilever today announced a new industry-leading achievement of sending zero non-hazardous waste to landfill across more than 600 sites, in 70 countries, including factories, warehouses, distribution centers and offices. Having identified the different non-hazardous waste streams in its operations, Unilever has now found alternative routes for the waste from these sites.

Trending: How Eastern Europe Is Working to Go Circular
Trending: How Eastern Europe Is Working to Go Circular

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The prospects of linear models in Europe are slowly diminishing. European experts have concluded that the current cradle-to-grave way of life – exploiting resources, processing them, using them, and discarding them – has no future.

Report: IoT Will Usher in 'Transformational Paradigm of Growth' for Circular Economy
Report: IoT Will Usher in 'Transformational Paradigm of Growth' for Circular Economy

CLEANTECH - With up to 50 billion connected devices predicted by 2020, a pervasive digital transformation is reshaping the economy. Will this ‘fourth industrial revolution’ lead to an acceleration of the extractive, ‘linear’ economy of today, or will it enable the transition towards a society in which value creation is increasingly decoupled from finite resource consumption?

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Vote to Allocate Part of €1M Global Change Award to Your Favorite Circular Textile Innovation
Vote to Allocate Part of €1M Global Change Award to Your Favorite Circular Textile Innovation

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the US alone generates an estimated 24 billion pounds of post-consumer textile waste (PCTW), which ends up in landfills each year — the equivalent of about 70 pounds of textiles per person.

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