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EU Remanufacturing Could Represent Up to €90B Annually, 600,000 Jobs by 2030
EU Remanufacturing Could Represent Up to €90B Annually, 600,000 Jobs by 2030

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Following the adoption of the European Commission’s Circular Economy Package and the announcement of a €24B fund to support circular economy projects and businesses, several organizations have released research reports and tools to aid the transition.

Novelis, Unilever, Forum Co-Develop Tools to Help Ease Shift to Circular Products, Business Models
Novelis, Unilever, Forum Co-Develop Tools to Help Ease Shift to Circular Products, Business Models

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Following the recent announcement of a €24 billion EU Circular Economy Package, leading sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future has today launched two free tools, developed together with partners Unilever and Novelis, that empower businesses and designers to make decisions that accelerate the shift towards a more circular economy.

Trending: These Nordic Clothing Companies Are 'Relooping Fashion' for the Next Economy
Trending: These Nordic Clothing Companies Are 'Relooping Fashion' for the Next Economy

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Circular and sharing economy models are the latest trend in sustainable fashion – it seems there are new initiatives popping up all the time! Just last week, we covered startups reKindness and Hubbub, which are making clothes swapping easier in the U.S. and U.K., respectively.

Dell, Grenier Seeking Short Films Showcasing Benefits of Circular Economy
Dell, Grenier Seeking Short Films Showcasing Benefits of Circular Economy

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Dell and actor Adrian Grenier have announced the “Legacy of Good” short documentary film contest, aimed at creating compelling stories to raise awareness around the circular economy movement and the role of technology in creating a better future. As the Dell Social Good Advocate, Grenier will work directly with the winning filmmaker to develop and promote the film.

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Nestlé, Tesco, Unilever CEOs Among 'Champions 12.3,' Determined to Halve Global Food Waste
Nestlé, Tesco, Unilever CEOs Among 'Champions 12.3,' Determined to Halve Global Food Waste

WASTE NOT - On Wednesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, 30 CEOs, government ministers, global institution executives, and civil society leaders announced the launch of the latest full-scale attack on global food waste: an all-sector collaboration aimed at increasing political and social momentum to achieve Target 12.3 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

McDonough Unveils ICEhouse™, Designed to Illustrate Innovation for the Circular Economy, at Davos
McDonough Unveils ICEhouse™, Designed to Illustrate Innovation for the Circular Economy, at Davos

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Designer and sustainability visionary William McDonough will unveil ICEhouse™ (Innovation for the Circular Economy house) in Davos this week, as a place for those attending the World Economic Forum annual meeting to gather and discuss the future of innovation for the circular economy. The structure has been designed to demonstrate the positive design framework described in the seminal book, Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things; the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, and the reuse of resources implicit in the circular economy.

London, Berlin, Amsterdam: Capitals of the Next Economy?
London, Berlin, Amsterdam: Capitals of the Next Economy?

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Whether the European Commission’s Circular Economy Package is ambitious enough is still under debate, but at least it leaves some flexibility for potential partnerships, industry-led and local government-led initiatives to shape the next economy.

Shaw Executive Named Finalist in Global Sustainability Award
Shaw Executive Named Finalist in Global Sustainability Award

PRESS RELEASE - Shaw Industries (Shaw) Vice President of Sustainability and Environmental Affairs Paul Murray has been named a finalist in The Circulars, a global sustainability awards program.Paul is a pioneering sustainability leader with more than three decades of experience working toward a more circular economy. This designation recognizes his long-term commitment and the vital role he plays in fulfilling Shaw's commitment to creating a better future – with every material, every process, every action.Paul is recognized in the People's Choice Award category, which celebrates individuals, public sector programs and organization that have the most inspiring circular economy stories.

Is It Time for a New Type of CEO – the Circular Economy Officer?
Is It Time for a New Type of CEO – the Circular Economy Officer?

THE NEXT ECONOMY - As more and more companies look to adopt closed-loop business models, the question of whether to create dedicated circular economy roles internally is beginning to bite. Such roles are still thin on the ground, but it’s notable that those businesses that have already adopted them are demonstrating real leadership on this agenda.

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Trending: This Week in Upcycling – Champagne Packaging, Rice Waste, Yoga Mats
Trending: This Week in Upcycling – Champagne Packaging, Rice Waste, Yoga Mats

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Upcycling is a great way to use waste to create new products and take the world one step closer to a circular economy. These companies are some of the latest to creatively incorporate the practice to optimize products while utilizing a variety of waste streams.

How WRAP Continues to Help Make the #BusinessCase for a Circular Economy
How WRAP Continues to Help Make the #BusinessCase for a Circular Economy

THE NEXT ECONOMY - ‘If you can’t measure, you can’t manage’ - the first and golden rule of corporate improvement, and key to constructing a case for change. For the emerging practice of ‘circular economy,’ which represents a sea-change in the way we manage our physical resources, the quest for sound metrics is crucial – how do we know what good looks like?

Trucost and TruValue Labs Partner to Provide Enhanced ESG Data for Investors
Trucost and TruValue Labs Partner to Provide Enhanced ESG Data for Investors

CLEANTECH - Trucost and TruValue Labs have announced a partnership to provide investors with enhanced, real-time, environmental, social and governance (ESG) data. The market for responsible finance has grown rapidly over the past 20 years, driven by awareness of the risks and opportunities of climate change. There is a growing divestment movement among investors wanting to reduce exposure to polluting, carbon-intensive business activities. But investors need good quality, up-to-date ESG data to engage with companies and inform investment decisions.

EU Adopts Circular Economy Package, But Is It Good Enough?
EU Adopts Circular Economy Package, But Is It Good Enough?

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Stakeholders are yet again criticizing the European Commission’s new Circular Economy Package. The original policy, released in December of last year, was denounced as insufficiently ambitious, resulting in its dismissal and a review process over the course of 2015. The Commission adopted the revised package on December 2nd, but some claim the new policy is even weaker than the original.

How Circularity Indicators, Partnerships Are Accelerating Adoption of Circular Business Models
How Circularity Indicators, Partnerships Are Accelerating Adoption of Circular Business Models

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The concept of the circular economy has, at least over the last couple of years, evolved as somewhat of a holy grail for the sustainable business world. It offers the possibility of decoupling growth and resource consumption; a beacon of hope for companies currently grappling with the need to increase profit while reducing their overall footprints. Yet still many view it only as a promising aspect, somewhat confused as to how to transition standard business models from the linear to circular; how to measure these steps along the way, and what an end target might look like. Wednesday morning’s session at SB’15 London aimed to address some of these barriers.

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H&M Becomes Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Latest Global Partner
H&M Becomes Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Latest Global Partner

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The Ellen MacArthur Foundation announced today that H&M has become its latest Global Partner accelerating the transition to the circular economy.

Kingfisher, IKEA Talk Evolution Into Circular, Service, Sharing Business Models
Kingfisher, IKEA Talk Evolution Into Circular, Service, Sharing Business Models

THE NEXT ECONOMY - DIY retailer Kingfisher and Swedish housewares giant IKEA both recently told edie of the potential to incorporate elements of the sharing economy and servitization, in what they see as a "natural progression" of their business models.

Trucost Research Points to $10B #BusinessCase for Circular Economy for Electronics
Trucost Research Points to $10B #BusinessCase for Circular Economy for Electronics

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Last month, the Green Electronics Council (GEC) unveiled new research carried out by Trucost that highlights the importance of advancing best circular-economy practices throughout the electronics sector.

Zero Waste Europe: EPR Needs Redesigning to Facilitate Circular Economy
Zero Waste Europe: EPR Needs Redesigning to Facilitate Circular Economy

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - A new study commissioned by Zero Waste Europe has found that the majority of product waste is not covered by current extended producer responsibility (EPR) schemes and calls for the redesigning of producer responsibility in order to move towards a circular economy.

Report: Circular Economy Could Create Over 13,000 Jobs in Northern Ireland
Report: Circular Economy Could Create Over 13,000 Jobs in Northern Ireland

THE NEXT ECONOMY - More than 13,000 jobs could be created if Northern Ireland moved to a circular economy, according to a new report launched today in Belfast.

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Dell Advances Circular Economy Model with CE100, Industry-First Recycled Carbon Fiber
Dell Advances Circular Economy Model with CE100, Industry-First Recycled Carbon Fiber

THE NEXT ECONOMY - On Monday, Dell announced additional progress against its circular economy initiatives, including the expansion of its closed-loop recycled plastic supply chain, introduction of reclaimed carbon-fiber source materials and new industry collaborations to advance global circular practices.

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