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Fashion for Good, adidas, Inditex, Target, Zalando Launch Circular Footwear Pilot
Fashion for Good, adidas, Inditex, Target, Zalando Launch Circular Footwear Pilot

COLLABORATION - Fashion for Good and its four brand partners have joined forces with footwear-recycling innovator FastFeetGrinded to support the scaling of recycled content in footwear.

Congratulations! We’ve Marked Our First Plastic Overshoot Day
Congratulations! We’ve Marked Our First Plastic Overshoot Day

WASTE NOT - July 28, 2023 marks the point when plastic produced surpasses the planet’s capacity to manage it. By tracking this date, we can more clearly understand the problem; and hold governments, businesses and individuals to account for their role in it.

Textile Additive Expedites Breakdown of Stubborn, Synthetic Fibers
Textile Additive Expedites Breakdown of Stubborn, Synthetic Fibers

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Despite its potential to address microplastic pollution on a number of fronts, the makers of CiCLO stress they don’t want to enable more unnecessary plastic consumption justified by ‘biodegradability.’

Industry of All Nations’ Undyed Cotton Initiative Shows Proof of Concept for a More Natural End Product
Industry of All Nations’ Undyed Cotton Initiative Shows Proof of Concept for a More Natural End Product

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The popularity of the company’s undyed apparel collection proves the business case and consumer demand for more consciously produced, less toxic clothing.

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NextWave Focuses on Inclusive, Equitable Strategies to Turn Plastic Pollution Into a Resource
NextWave Focuses on Inclusive, Equitable Strategies to Turn Plastic Pollution Into a Resource

WASTE NOT - The cross-industry collaborative has reached 80% of its goal of diverting 25K MT of ocean-bound plastic by 2025. Now, it is working to ensure that the plastic is sourced with high ethical standards.

Colombian Toy Company Encourages Circular, Co-Creative Model of Play
Colombian Toy Company Encourages Circular, Co-Creative Model of Play

WASTE NOT - Toynovo has created a subscription model for toys that eliminates waste, along with a co-creative approach to play that enhances creative thinking and problem-solving capacities.

Mobile Industry Eyes 5B ‘Dormant’ Phones Sitting in Desk Drawers for Reuse or Recycling
Mobile Industry Eyes 5B ‘Dormant’ Phones Sitting in Desk Drawers for Reuse or Recycling

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The GSMA estimates that if properly recycled, 5B mobile phones could recover US$8B worth of gold, palladium, silver, copper, rare earth elements and other critical minerals; and enough cobalt for 10M electric car batteries.

Concrete Has an Emissions Problem. Thankfully, Startups Are Queuing Up to Solve It
Concrete Has an Emissions Problem. Thankfully, Startups Are Queuing Up to Solve It

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - In 2021, global construction projects consumed 30B tonnes of cement to make concrete — with every tonne emitting almost a tonne of CO2. The good news is, technologies already exist to reduce the impact of concrete production.

Renewables May Be Booming; But Shifting from Fossil Fuels Is Being Hindered By …
Renewables May Be Booming; But Shifting from Fossil Fuels Is Being Hindered By …

CLEANTECH - Projects that could generate more than 1TW of renewable energy are still waiting to be constructed and connected to the grid in all parts of the world, due to delays in permitting and a lack of investment in grid infrastructure.

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Crystal Geyser Campaign Highlights Consumers’ Paramount Role in Recycling Ecosystem
Crystal Geyser Campaign Highlights Consumers’ Paramount Role in Recycling Ecosystem

MARKETING AND COMMS - A corresponding survey of US adults reveals the beverage industry has ‘more work to do when it comes to education’ around proper recycling.

Carbon Capture and Storage: Distraction, Solution or Both?
Carbon Capture and Storage: Distraction, Solution or Both?

THE NEXT ECONOMY - CCS proponents argue it can offset emissions from hard-to-abate sectors such as energy and heavy industry; while opponents fear it could further the status quo and distract from the need for real emissions reductions.

Human-Centered Design Prioritizes Health, Wellbeing and Regeneration
Human-Centered Design Prioritizes Health, Wellbeing and Regeneration

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - HOK’s design focus is not only on reducing building emissions, but also the environmental impact of materials and the health of building occupants. The firm's regenerative design studio also explores how buildings can be net positive for the environment.

Ørsted Partners to Scale Circularity of Wind, Solar Technologies
Ørsted Partners to Scale Circularity of Wind, Solar Technologies

CLEANTECH - The Danish clean-energy giant is working with Vestas to incorporate low-carbon steel towers and recycled turbine blades into its offshore wind farms, and Solarcycle to recycle its end-of-life solar panels.

Draft Treaty on Ending Plastics Pollution Inches Forward After Paris Negotiations
Draft Treaty on Ending Plastics Pollution Inches Forward After Paris Negotiations

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Despite procedural hiccups and ongoing debates on key issues, a first draft of a treaty will be ready for the next INC meeting in Nairobi later this year.

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New Vattenfall Campaign Illustrates Clean Potential of Fossil-Free Hydrogen
New Vattenfall Campaign Illustrates Clean Potential of Fossil-Free Hydrogen

CLEANTECH - The ‘Industrial Emissions Face Mist’ is made from wastewater from a factory powered by fossil-free hydrogen. The emissions are so clean, they could become part of your skincare routine.

ASICS Launches Product Carbon-Footprint Labeling
ASICS Launches Product Carbon-Footprint Labeling

MARKETING AND COMMS - By releasing its product carbon-impact data, ASICS joins a growing number of companies sharing this information to help consumers working to address their environmental impacts make more educated purchasing decisions.

Finding Potential in Peers: The Importance of Pre-Competitive Partnerships
Finding Potential in Peers: The Importance of Pre-Competitive Partnerships

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - Industry leaders are forming pre-competitive pacts and deals to build ecosystems that support a circular economy or a net-zero roadmap. Here are three areas where pre-competitive partnerships can deliver material impact.

Measuring & Improving Brand Portfolio Sustainability to Meet the Demands of a Changing Market
Measuring & Improving Brand Portfolio Sustainability to Meet the Demands of a Changing Market

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The complex issues facing business and society demand complex and collaborative solutions; disconnected, myopic management techniques are no longer effective.

First Closed-Loop Metal-Recycling Technology Offers Sustainable Future for a Battery-Powered World
First Closed-Loop Metal-Recycling Technology Offers Sustainable Future for a Battery-Powered World

CLEANTECH - Aqua Metals’ closed-loop metal-recycling process is revolutionizing metal sourcing and disposal — and eliminating the negative side effects of EV battery production.

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60+ Innovators Against Plastic Pollution Call for Pragmatic, Inclusive Global Plastics Treaty
60+ Innovators Against Plastic Pollution Call for Pragmatic, Inclusive Global Plastics Treaty

COLLABORATION - rePurpose Global, The Ocean Cleanup launch alliance of leading plastic-waste solutionists dedicated to empowering balanced and informed policymaking.

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