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Composting Consortium Aims to Advance Recovery of Compostable Packaging, Food Scraps
Composting Consortium Aims to Advance Recovery of Compostable Packaging, Food Scraps

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The new Consortium — which includes Closed Loop Partners, PepsiCo, the NextGen Consortium, the US Plastics Pact and other value chain players — aims to pilot industry-wide solutions and map tech and infrastructure investment to advance the circularity of compostable packaging in the US.

Dramatically Decarbonizing Our World: A Blueprint for Global Circularity
Dramatically Decarbonizing Our World: A Blueprint for Global Circularity

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - With specific investments, partnerships and innovations all directed at the various steps of the plastics system, Dow’s approach provides a blueprint for how industry can build a foundation for a circular economy and the reduction of emissions.

A Smoke-Free, Carbon-Neutral Future: PMI’s Plan to Accelerate Climate Goals While Transforming Its Business
A Smoke-Free, Carbon-Neutral Future: PMI’s Plan to Accelerate Climate Goals While Transforming Its Business

WALKING THE TALK - By disclosing our Low-Carbon Transition Plan, we encourage investors and other stakeholders to evaluate whether our company is on the right path, give us feedback, and have an open dialogue with us. I am confident our actions will speak louder than our words.

How Companies Are Joining Forces, Closing Loops, Optimizing Outputs in Complex Supply Chains
How Companies Are Joining Forces, Closing Loops, Optimizing Outputs in Complex Supply Chains

SUPPLY CHAIN - At SB’21 San Diego, innovators in the agriculture, electronics, food and plastics industries shared lessons learned from a variety of initiatives aimed at closing loops and optimizing value chains for a circular, regenerative future.

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Clearing the Way for Action: The Need for Coordination, Consistency to Close the Loop on Plastics
Clearing the Way for Action: The Need for Coordination, Consistency to Close the Loop on Plastics

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - Dow aims to not only provide more sustainable products, but to share our expertise to support people and our planet’s wellbeing. For that expertise to reach its highest potential, it must be backed by international cooperation at every level.

Large-Scale Study from H&M, IKEA Shows Safer Path Forward for Recycled Textiles
Large-Scale Study from H&M, IKEA Shows Safer Path Forward for Recycled Textiles

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - On completion of a two-year, collaborative industry study, the two companies will share the findings to understand potentials and challenges with recycled textiles from a chemical-contamination perspective and to impact circular economy legislation.

Circular Solutions Still Promising, But Researchers Say Framework Lacks ‘Substance’
Circular Solutions Still Promising, But Researchers Say Framework Lacks ‘Substance’

THE NEXT ECONOMY - A recent Ellen MacArthur Foundation study examines the myriad ways that scaled circular models can help restore critical biodiversity; but Swedish researchers warn that without more clarity and substance, efforts to scale a circular economy risk becoming counterproductive.

ReGrained Shares Key Ingredients for a Deliciously Sustainable Food Future
ReGrained Shares Key Ingredients for a Deliciously Sustainable Food Future

WASTE NOT - We spoke with ReGrained co-founder Dan Kurzrock to learn more about the upcycling process, the role such technology can play in helping to fix the food system, and why brand collaboration is so important when it comes to scale.

Craft Brewer Extols Benefits of Pivot to Better Packaging
Craft Brewer Extols Benefits of Pivot to Better Packaging

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Through materials innovation and technology advances, the packaging industry can be a critical component in working toward a world without waste and a truly closed-loop, circular economy.

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New Report Sees Home Furnishings Recommerce Eclipsing Traditional Retail
New Report Sees Home Furnishings Recommerce Eclipsing Traditional Retail

THE NEXT ECONOMY - As circular business models continue to increase in popularity, Chairish’s report finds the resale furniture industry projected to grow by 54% over the next five years; two-thirds of consumers surveyed think resale will play a significant role in the future of sustainability.

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.

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