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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.

California Wineries Finding Significant Cost, Emission Savings with rPET Wine Bottles
California Wineries Finding Significant Cost, Emission Savings with rPET Wine Bottles

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Amcor is ramping up usage of an industry-standard, 750-ml version of a recycled PET bottle with technology that’s long been in use in smaller formats.

How Research & Insights Help Brands Meet Consumer Desire for More Sustainable Products
How Research & Insights Help Brands Meet Consumer Desire for More Sustainable Products

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Assessing how products resonate with consumers and using those insights to refine them is a critical part of product development — and just one way that strategic insights add value for brands.

Vivobarefoot & Balena Take Next Step Toward Regenerative Barefootwear
Vivobarefoot & Balena Take Next Step Toward Regenerative Barefootwear

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The footwear manufacturer and material-science company aim to deliver the world’s first 3D-printed, made-to-measure footwear that is fully compostable.

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Coachtopia Docuseries Explores Challenges, Opportunities of Circular Fashion
Coachtopia Docuseries Explores Challenges, Opportunities of Circular
Fashion

MARKETING AND COMMS - 'The Road to Circularity' takes a frank look at the problems facing the fashion industry and the mindset shifts required to pioneer circular solutions for the future.

Collaborative Sustainability Initiatives Driving Innovation in Manufacturing Clusters
Collaborative Sustainability Initiatives Driving Innovation in Manufacturing Clusters

COLLABORATION - Examples such as the Net-Zero Basque Industrial Super Cluster show how targeted, collaborative sustainability efforts can set new standards for environmental responsibility in manufacturing — leading the way in industrial innovation and global competition.

WWF Report Reveals Progress on Some of the World’s Biggest Brands' Plastic Footprints
WWF Report Reveals Progress on Some of the World’s Biggest Brands' Plastic Footprints

WASTE NOT - While ReSource: Plastic members are demonstrating that plastic reporting is possible, voluntary corporate action is not sufficient to address the scale and urgency of the plastic waste crisis.

An Early Adopter’s Guide to Sustainability: 5 Lessons Learned
An Early Adopter’s Guide to Sustainability: 5 Lessons Learned

WALKING THE TALK - Companies that challenge the idea of business-as-usual can set the pace of innovation for their peers despite the risk of failure. And you might just unlock a new way of doing business and see ripple effects for years to come.

What Drives Sustainability? People With Passion
What Drives Sustainability? People With Passion

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - At Dow, Danielle Chatman-Moore develops recycling programs that capture hard-to-recycle plastics. We spoke with her about what led her to a career in sustainability and what drives her work now.

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Roadmap for Europe’s Circular Plastics Transition May Be Full of Potholes
Roadmap for Europe’s Circular Plastics Transition May Be Full of Potholes

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Industry experts say Plastics Europe’s roadmap for plastics to be ‘circular and net zero by 2050’ is weakened by a focus on doing business as usual, just better.

How Supply Chain Professionals Benefit from a Circular Economy
How Supply Chain Professionals Benefit from a Circular Economy

SUPPLY CHAIN - Suppliers are critical to a circular transition as they source, move and transform 100B tonnes of materials through the global economy each year. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation highlights 9 areas for supply chain professionals to address to build circular supply chains.

Reflecting on America Recycles Day: 5 Ways Recycled Waste is Transforming Circularity
Reflecting on America Recycles Day: 5 Ways Recycled Waste is Transforming Circularity

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - Recycling is a powerful tool; but we also must recognize there is much more work to be done to achieve circularity at the scope and scale necessary.

NextGen Consortium Outlines Path Toward Circular Economy for Paper Cups in US
NextGen Consortium Outlines Path Toward Circular Economy for Paper Cups in US

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Insights include solutions for paper mills, materials-recovery facilities, brands, consumers and communities to increase recovery of paper cups and reduce waste to landfill.

Molecular Recycling Could Be Crucial to Realizing a Circular Economy
Molecular Recycling Could Be Crucial to Realizing a Circular Economy

THE NEXT ECONOMY - We caught up with Eastman’s Plastics Division President, Scott Ballard, who explained the potential of molecular recycling as the company prepares to show the world what’s possible.

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How the US’s Most Abundant Crop Is Changing the Way Plastic Is Produced
How the US’s Most Abundant Crop Is Changing the Way Plastic Is Produced

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - In a perfect example of the circular economy in action, corn stover — stalks and leaves left over from harvest — becomes a valuable cash crop for which farmers can get paid.

Venerable Japanese Company Goes Circular with Versatile, Upcycled Textile
Venerable Japanese Company Goes Circular with Versatile, Upcycled Textile

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Meet NUNOUS — a brand-new, radically versatile material made from fabric waste — developed by fabric-dyeing giant Seishoku Co., Ltd.

2 Steps Forward, 1 Step Back: LEGO Is Latest Company to Disclose Sustainability Setback
2 Steps Forward, 1 Step Back: LEGO Is Latest Company to Disclose Sustainability Setback

WALKING THE TALK - The world’s largest toymaker acknowledged the issues it encountered in pursuit of a more sustainable alternative to its oil-based plastic bricks, illustrating the still-circuitous path to sustainable solutions.

Making Something Out of Nothing: Time for a Rethink About Waste
Making Something Out of Nothing: Time for a Rethink About Waste

WASTE NOT - Excess is inevitable; and we should re-evaluate our understanding of what businesses do with it accordingly. Instead of thinking of excesses as the end of a story, recognize the potential of wastes as the start of something new.

These 3 Plant-Based Serviceware Brands Are Deliciously Diverting Plastic Waste
These 3 Plant-Based Serviceware Brands Are Deliciously Diverting Plastic Waste

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Loliware, Uuvipak and Twiice have created rapidly biodegradable (and even edible) bio-based products that completely upstage their petroleum-based, single-use plastic-polluting counterparts.

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‘We Are All Wearing Oil:’ Campaign Calls for Fair Phase-Out of Fossil Fuels from Fashion
‘We Are All Wearing Oil:’ Campaign Calls for Fair Phase-Out of Fossil Fuels from Fashion

SUPPLY CHAIN - An impressive panel of activists, climate and human rights leaders launched a campaign at Climate Week NYC calling for prompt, radical, legislative action to break the fashion industry’s intrinsic links to fossil fuels.

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