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Tackling the Unseen Climate Costs of a Plastic Planet
Tackling the Unseen Climate Costs of a Plastic Planet

WASTE NOT - Whether it’s using the carrot of incentives or the stick of regulations, change is possible — and strongly desired. So, what can brands do? Be proactive and make the extra effort to find and choose recycled plastic whenever possible.

Can We Evolve from the Chip Shortage to Better Supply Chains and Consumption Habits?
Can We Evolve from the Chip Shortage to Better Supply Chains and Consumption Habits?

THE NEXT ECONOMY - As the global chip shortage drags on and demand for electronics exceeds supply, we hope that the market for refurbished electronic devices and a circular economy will gain more traction.

Stanley Black & Decker Commits $25M to Train Over 3M Skilled Trade Workers
Stanley Black & Decker Commits $25M to Train Over 3M Skilled Trade Workers

THE NEXT ECONOMY - As the latest company to use its size and scale to help equip the next generation of workers, SBD’s ‘Empower Makers’ grants aim to advance and accelerate vocational skills training programs in the next five years — and change misconceptions that these careers are not financially rewarding.

30-Year-Old Entrepreneur Putting Africa Front and Center in Global Circular Economy
30-Year-Old Entrepreneur Putting Africa Front and Center in Global Circular Economy

WASTE NOT - Ray Onovwigun and his startup, Romco Metals, have seized the opportunity to build the capacity and infrastructure Africa needs to become a global player in the recovery and recycling of valuable metals.

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Partnering Across the Value Chain in India: New Opportunities to Close the Loop
Partnering Across the Value Chain in India: New Opportunities to Close the Loop

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - Although progress is being made to advance a circular economy, converting difficult-to-recycle flexible plastics and films, such as plastic bags, into new products has largely been untouched by recycling innovators. Dow, Circulate Capital and Lucro Plast-e-cycle are partnering to change that.

Reducing E-Waste, Increasing Equity in Brazil by Reimagining the Smartphone Industry
Reducing E-Waste, Increasing Equity in Brazil by Reimagining the Smartphone Industry

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Brazil ranks fifth amongst countries producing the most electronic waste. The path toward a sustainable and equitable smartphone marketplace is through the sale of used and refurbished devices.

Keurig Dr Pepper Collaborates to Fuel a Recycling Evolution
Keurig Dr Pepper Collaborates to Fuel a Recycling Evolution

COLLABORATION - Through ambitious commitments and cross-sector partnerships including the Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, KDP is helping to further the shift to a circular economy.

Industry Leaders Co-Creating Groundbreaking Framework to Evolve Packaging Recyclability
Industry Leaders Co-Creating Groundbreaking Framework to Evolve Packaging Recyclability

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Designing a package to be recyclable is currently complex and ambiguous, with no transparent national framework or guidelines in place. The Pathway to Circularity Recyclability Framework will be open for comment for 30 days, beginning August 19.

How Can We End the Blame Game in Waste Diversion?
How Can We End the Blame Game in Waste Diversion?

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Global recycling rates are at a discouragingly low 13.5%. But who, or what, is to blame? Finger-pointing won’t help: Policy, consumer demand and companies must work in tandem to close the loop in a still-lacking US recycling system.

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Digital Disruption Paving the Way for More Collaborative, Transparent Waste Collection
Digital Disruption Paving the Way for More Collaborative, Transparent Waste Collection

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - In Dow's 'Looped In' series, sustainability experts across the company connect with other industry leaders to discuss circular initiatives and partnerships, and what we can learn from the results.

Q&A: Harnessing Energy, Fresh Thinking with the Next Generation of Innovators
Q&A: Harnessing Energy, Fresh Thinking with the Next Generation of Innovators

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - As climate- and waste-related issues continue to evolve, the next generation will create and deliver sustainable solutions that decision-makers haven’t yet dreamt of. That's why we must engage these rising leaders about the path to circularity and carbon neutrality.

LanzaTech, lululemon Partner to Create First Fabric Made from Recycled Carbon Emissions
LanzaTech, lululemon Partner to Create First Fabric Made from Recycled Carbon Emissions

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The carbon-capture experts and the high-end yoga pants purveyor have developed a waste-gas-based polyester with the same appearance, properties and functionality of virgin polyester — a lower-carbon potential game-changer for the apparel industry.

All Porsche Parts Will Now Be Made with Renewable Energy
All Porsche Parts Will Now Be Made with Renewable Energy

SUPPLY CHAIN - Porsche has announced it is taking further steps to achieve its sustainability goals: The high-performance car maker is calling for its roughly 1,300 series suppliers to use exclusively renewable energy in the manufacture of Porsche components, starting this month.

300 C-Suite Execs Share Insights on Overcoming Challenges to Build a Circular Economy
300 C-Suite Execs Share Insights on Overcoming Challenges to Build a Circular Economy

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - Although circularity goals have risen to the top of executives’ agendas, the path to a waste-free world remains less clear. Fortune magazine’s latest white paper, produced in partnership with Dow, aims to help sustainability leaders and practitioners understand the current challenges and collaborate on circular solutions.

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Mattel PlayBack to Give Old Toys New Life
Mattel PlayBack to Give Old Toys New Life

WASTE NOT - With new takeback program, families can now send old toys back to Mattel, which will recover and reuse materials for use in future Mattel products.

Trending: Fashion Industry Advancing Transparency, Circularity – Thread by Thread
Trending: Fashion Industry Advancing Transparency, Circularity – Thread by Thread

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Two new initiatives leveraging connected products and scaling recycled polyester aim to accelerate industry transparency and circular materials and business models.

Decoding Ocean Plastic for Brands: Small Details, Big Impacts
Decoding Ocean Plastic for Brands: Small Details, Big Impacts

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - While the terminology soup of recycled plastic sourcing is daunting, at the end of the day every ton of plastic recycled and put back into a circular economy is part of the solution. The key for brands is to be clear and honest in communications with customers.

How Able Made’s Circular Products Are Fueling Healthier Communities
How Able Made’s Circular Products Are Fueling Healthier Communities

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Able Made is a purpose-driven lifestyle brand created to help empower city youth and support nonprofits with its sustainably made apparel and accessories, and programming aimed at a creating healthier communities through the power of design and sport.

Value-Engineered Packaging: Does Your Packaging Reflect Your Brand Values?
Value-Engineered Packaging: Does Your Packaging Reflect Your Brand Values?

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Consider working with a packaging engineer the next time you release a new product or as you take steps to make your brand more sustainable. Customised packaging solutions create less waste, fewer emissions, and more savings to pass on to your customers. 

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GEON Performance Solutions Unites Vinyl Industry in COVID-19 Relief
GEON Performance Solutions Unites Vinyl Industry in COVID-19 Relief

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - In mid-2020, as companies around the country rallied and pivoted to fill demand for PPE and other vital products during the pandemic, GEON offered its expertise in logistics, supply, sourcing, technical, commercial and manufacturing operations to SMEs at no cost.

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