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Meet the Company Infusing Circularity, Inclusivity into PPE
Meet the Company Infusing Circularity, Inclusivity into PPE

WASTE NOT - AmorSui's new line of higher-quality, inclusive, washable and recyclable garments eliminate waste and better protect medical personnel. We spoke with founder Beau Wangtrakuldee about her vision for a circular commerce model for medical supplies.

Pernod Ricard Partnership Expands Circular Spirits Distribution
Pernod Ricard Partnership Expands Circular Spirits Distribution

WASTE NOT - The spirits giant has expanded its partnership with ecoSPIRITS, whose closed-loop packaging system reduces waste and emissions from the production and transportation of bottled beverages.

Turning the Tide: A Startup’s Mission to Restore Balance to Coastal Ecosystems
Turning the Tide: A Startup’s Mission to Restore Balance to Coastal Ecosystems

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Thalasso’s technology harvests invasive sargassum seaweed, while its micro-biorefineries turn the ecosystem-disrupting material into a circular-economic revenue generator for affected communities.

New Collaborations Lay Further Groundwork for Circular Fashion Economy
New Collaborations Lay Further Groundwork for Circular Fashion Economy

THE NEXT ECONOMY - A new report from Fashion for Good’s Sorting for Circularity maps pathway to scaling fiber-to-fiber recycling within the US, while brands joining the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Fashion Remodel initiative explore ways to make money without making new clothes.

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Communicating Sustainability: Supplier-Brand Partnerships Can Make All the Difference
Communicating Sustainability: Supplier-Brand Partnerships Can Make All the Difference

MARKETING AND COMMS - The “right” messaging will always involve being clear, specific and transparent — but learning which words and claims will meet consumers’ expectations, build their trust and inspire their purchases will require research best done through collaborative partnerships.

Will a Global Plastics Treaty Effectively Curb Plastic Pollution?
Will a Global Plastics Treaty Effectively Curb Plastic Pollution?

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Not at this rate: In one corner, industry bodies and petrochemical companies call for enhanced recycling and the increased use of materials with recycled content. In the other, climate campaigners continue to push for cuts in production — an argument that won’t be resolved anytime soon.

Meet 2 Companies Upcycling Food Waste to Make Beauty More Sustainable
Meet 2 Companies Upcycling Food Waste to Make Beauty More Sustainable

WASTE NOT - Biotech startups Kaffe Bueno and The Upcycled Beauty Company are transforming food-manufacturing waste streams into high-quality ingredients for personal-care products.

Full Circle: Why Place-Making Strategies Are the Next Sustainable Innovation Frontier
Full Circle: Why Place-Making Strategies Are the Next Sustainable Innovation Frontier

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - To unlock a self-sustaining, regenerative local system, an ecosystem of co-beneficiaries invested in the place and bound by a system of co-benefits is required.

Interface Commits to Carbon Negativity, Without Offsets, by 2040
Interface Commits to Carbon Negativity, Without Offsets, by 2040

WALKING THE TALK - The sustainability leader sets out to hit its climate goals through direct carbon reduction and carbon storage — and challenges industry peers to do the same.

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Paving the Way for Resilient Transportation Infrastructure
Paving the Way for Resilient Transportation Infrastructure

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - Repairs and reconstruction are critical for improving the state of our country’s infrastructure. Advancements in elastomers and PCR plastics in asphalt can enhance road integrity, increase roads’ lifespan and pave the way for a circular economy.

Is It Time for Old Solutions to New Problems?
Is It Time for Old Solutions to New Problems?

THE NEXT ECONOMY - It’s clear we need a fundamental shift in how we perceive and manage our finite resources. But as more and more businesses shift away from profit at all costs to profit with purpose, hopefully we will all soon 'share more, waste less.'

More Beauty Retailers Embracing a Circular Economy for Packaging
More Beauty Retailers Embracing a Circular Economy for Packaging

WASTE NOT - New initiatives from Kiehl’s, Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart and Ulta lay further groundwork for reducing the beauty industry’s massive plastic footprint.

Dr. Martens, IKEA Push Circular Fashion Further Into the Mainstream
Dr. Martens, IKEA Push Circular Fashion Further Into the Mainstream

WASTE NOT - IKEA has created a collection made from recycled coworker uniforms; while Dr. Martens’ Genix Nappa collection features recycled-leather remakes of three of the iconic shoe brand’s signature styles.

ThredUp: Resale Grew 15x Faster than Retail in 2023
ThredUp: Resale Grew 15x Faster than Retail in 2023

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Online resale is expected to more than double in the next 5 years, reaching $40B by 2028; 40% of voters say they’re more likely to vote for a candidate that supports circularity in fashion.

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Paris 2024 Gives First Look at Its Circular Approach to Olympic Games
Paris 2024 Gives First Look at Its Circular Approach to Olympic Games

WALKING THE TALK - Focusing on the material footprint of the upcoming summer Games, Paris 2024 is leaning heavily into recycled materials and plans for reuse of all temporary infrastructure, furniture and equipment.

If Circularity Is Now a Megatrend, Why Does Material Extraction Continue to Rise?
If Circularity Is Now a Megatrend, Why Does Material Extraction Continue to Rise?

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Deloitte and Circle Economy Foundation identify ongoing gaps in circular policies and approaches and outlines a roadmap to unlock capital, implement policy, and unlock skills and human capital needed for a robust circular economy capable of meeting the material challenges of the Anthropocene.

3 Takeaways from Our Ongoing Journey to ‘Innovate Boldly. Package Sustainably.’
3 Takeaways from Our Ongoing Journey to ‘Innovate Boldly. Package Sustainably.’

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - We’re constantly exploring ways to achieve the functional benefits of plastic with fiber-based packaging alternatives, so that no one walking down a grocery store aisle must choose between function and sustainability.

The Forever Cost of Materials: Considerations for Conscious Designers
The Forever Cost of Materials: Considerations for Conscious Designers

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - By designing with the end in mind and considering durability, construction, recyclability and production, designers who create products with ‘lower-cost’ ingredients bring us one step closer to a circular economy.

Lululemon’s Enzymatically Recycled Nylon 6,6 Advancing Circular Fashion
Lululemon’s Enzymatically Recycled Nylon 6,6 Advancing Circular Fashion

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The brand has partnered with Samsara Eco to extract nylon 6,6 from end-of-life textiles, demonstrating the potential to create a fully circular ecosystem for apparel.

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First-of-its-Kind Fund Aims to Catalyze Equitable Access to Reuse and Refill Solutions
First-of-its-Kind Fund Aims to Catalyze Equitable Access to Reuse and Refill  Solutions

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - The $1M fund aims to finance deployment of reuse and refill infrastructure — particularly in FMCG, food service and delivery, grocery, e-commerce and retail — to combat global plastic pollution.

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