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A Circular Economy Will Create Millions of Good Jobs; But Study Reveals Global North Bias
A Circular Economy Will Create Millions of Good Jobs; But Study Reveals Global North Bias

THE NEXT ECONOMY - A new report finds that only a handful of studies have examined whether and how a circular economy can alleviate poverty and benefit vulnerable communities in low-income countries.

Investor Demand Propelling Corporate Plastic-Reduction Strategies
Investor Demand Propelling Corporate Plastic-Reduction Strategies

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Kraft Heinz and Church & Dwight responded to shareholder proposals with new goals to cut virgin plastic use; now, 185 investors have called on 30 other CPG brands and retailers to accelerate their action on plastic.

Supply Chains Must Be a Key Focus of ESG Strategies — Here’s How to Stay Ahead of the Risk
Supply Chains Must Be a Key Focus of ESG Strategies — Here’s How to Stay Ahead of the Risk

SUPPLY CHAIN - A recent webinar took a deep dive into building a strategy that makes both business and compliance sense.

2 Biotech Startups Are 3D Printing ‘Fish’ to Give the Ocean a Rest
2 Biotech Startups Are 3D Printing ‘Fish’ to Give the Ocean a Rest

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Mycorena and Revo Foods have combined mycelium-based protein and 3D printing to create a potential win-win for seafood fans and overexploited fish populations.

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Champagne Telmont Raises a Glass to World’s Lightest Champagne Bottle
Champagne Telmont Raises a Glass to World’s Lightest Champagne Bottle

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The bottle, 35 grams lighter than the commercial standard, could represent a significant decrease in the carbon footprint of Champagne bottling.

IKEA Has a Plan to Help All of Its Suppliers More Easily Switch to Clean Energy
IKEA Has a Plan to Help All of Its Suppliers More Easily Switch to Clean Energy

CLEANTECH - So far, the company is facilitating access to renewables for suppliers in 13 countries through PPAs and a finance mechanism for suppliers keen to invest in onsite projects.

One Company May Just Solve Some of Our Most Material Issues
One Company May Just Solve Some of Our Most Material Issues

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Bio-design tech company Modern Meadow develops circular and regenerative approaches to creating a wide range of versatile materials, with no loss of performance or quality, that can be quickly scaled and brought to market.

Apparel Giants Bringing Future-Friendly Fabrics to the Mainstream
Apparel Giants Bringing Future-Friendly Fabrics to the Mainstream

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The apparel industry is awash in launches of circular, plant-based and carbon-sequestering fabrics set to help future-proof fashion.

PFAS-Removal Solutions for Consumer Products Show Promise But Remain Costly
PFAS-Removal Solutions for Consumer Products Show Promise But Remain Costly

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - In light of new EPA guidance and increased consumer awareness, remediation strategies for the so-called ‘forever chemicals’ are coming under increased scrutiny.

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New Study Uses Norway as Test Case for Achieving Circularity, Net Zero by 2040
New Study Uses Norway as Test Case for Achieving Circularity, Net Zero by 2040

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Norway is the first country to scrutinize such a comprehensive scope of plastic sectors, making this study one of the most holistic views of a national plastic system ever presented.

Biomimicry 3.8, Interface Demystify the Path to Regenerative Business
Biomimicry 3.8, Interface Demystify the Path to Regenerative Business

WALKING THE TALK - In this first post of a series on how businesses can move beyond sustainable to regenerative, B3.8 and Interface outline an accessible, 4-step framework that is flexible enough for any organization to follow but robust enough to generate the breakthrough innovations that our planet demands.

First Liquid-Heat Engine Can Upcycle 70% of the World’s Waste Heat Into Clean Energy
First Liquid-Heat Engine Can Upcycle 70% of the World’s Waste Heat Into Clean Energy

CLEANTECH - Luminescent’s circular solution uses isothermal processes to capture and store waste heat, transforming a previously inaccessible resource into zero-waste power.

3 Material Innovators Using Algae to Paint Greener Picture for Fashion
3 Material Innovators Using Algae to Paint Greener Picture for Fashion

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Living Ink, Algaeing and Mounid are changing the game with carbon-negative, fast-to-produce alternatives to carcinogenic, petroleum-based inks, dyes and textiles.

Not Their Waste, But Still Their Problem: How Alaska Is Managing an Influx of Global Marine Debris
Not Their Waste, But Still Their Problem: How Alaska Is Managing an Influx of Global Marine Debris

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - A multi-stakeholder, community-based collaboration and an innovative model of plastic-waste recovery are helping to clean up the Gulf of Alaska.

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Truly Closing the Loop: The ‘Recyclable’ vs ‘Circular’ Distinction
Truly Closing the Loop: The ‘Recyclable’ vs ‘Circular’ Distinction

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The term 'recycling' has become ubiquitous in our daily lives, but the nuances between ‘recyclable’ and ‘circular’ are often misunderstood. Understanding the distinction between the two is crucial in achieving a sustainable future.

The Problem with Recycling, Part 1: How Can We Fix the Broken Plastic-Recycling System?
The Problem with Recycling, Part 1: How Can We Fix the Broken Plastic-Recycling System?

WASTE NOT - This is the first in a three-part series in which we break down key barriers and opportunities to turn ‘the plastic recycling problem’ into a circular plastics economy.

Sobering Report Says Auto Industry Will Spend Remaining Carbon Budget Well Ahead of Schedule
Sobering Report Says Auto Industry Will Spend Remaining Carbon Budget Well Ahead of Schedule

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Commissioned by EV makers Polestar and Rivian, the report details three levers that need to be pulled in unison and at full tilt for the industry to meet critical climate-action targets.

Tomorrow’s Circular, Low-Carbon Economy Is Being Built Today
Tomorrow’s Circular, Low-Carbon Economy Is Being Built Today

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - The supply of recycled plastics must be more robust to meet global demand. A mix of mechanical and advanced recycling technologies can provide tangible solutions, create efficiencies and increase scale.

Most Businesses Don’t Understand Scope 3 Emissions — Here’s Why
Most Businesses Don’t Understand Scope 3 Emissions — Here’s Why

SUPPLY CHAIN - Tackling Scope 3 emissions is a daunting task; companies must collaborate with their suppliers to understand their carbon literacy, and then work together to take steps towards reducing emissions.

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Apparel Brands Drive Circular Fashion Future with Recyclable, Renewable Fabrics
Apparel Brands Drive Circular Fashion Future with Recyclable, Renewable Fabrics

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Pangaia and Filippa K are the latest to unveil collaborations with circular textile innovators — fueling progress toward closing the loop on fabric waste.

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