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In Conversation with Dow: The Unexpected and Unconventional Partnerships That Launch Circular Solutions
In Conversation with Dow: The Unexpected and Unconventional Partnerships That Launch Circular Solutions

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - Dow Sustainability Director Julie Zaniewski kicks off this conversation series by sharing insights into how the chemical giant is shaking up business as usual to deliver solutions.

How Brands Can Help Turn the Tide on Plastic Pollution in the Caribbean
How Brands Can Help Turn the Tide on Plastic Pollution in the Caribbean

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Our vision is to embed effective recycling across the region’s islands and enable value-added processing of materials where it makes commercial sense — but we’ve been held back by many challenges. For businesses and brands that sell into the Caribbean, it’s an opportunity to be part of our mission and walk their talk around plastic pollution reduction and circularity.

Protecting the Collectors: A Case Study in Ensuring Safe, Sustainable Livelihoods for Workers in the ‘First Mile’
Protecting the Collectors: A Case Study in Ensuring Safe, Sustainable Livelihoods for Workers in the ‘First Mile’

SUPPLY CHAIN - Many companies still shy away from responsibility for what’s happening in the first mile of their supply chains; but First Mile, along with its nonprofit and brand partners, is actively engaging with these issues — and creating positive impacts for thousands of waste collectors around the world.

War in Ukraine Takes Toll on East Asian Economies, Prospects for Achieving SDGs
War in Ukraine Takes Toll on East Asian Economies, Prospects for Achieving SDGs

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - As ever, it is the most vulnerable people around the world who suffer greatest from slow growth, rising inflation, and the energy and food system disruptions stemming from the war in Ukraine. Bridging the finance divide, while ensuring that resources catalyze the necessary transformations, will be key for putting the SDGs back within reach.

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P&G Unveils New Strategy to Help Address Global Water Crisis
P&G Unveils New Strategy to Help Address Global Water Crisis

WALKING THE TALK - The company’s expanded commitment includes a first-of-its-kind goal to restore more water than is consumed during use of P&G products in two high-water-stressed metropolitan areas.

Groupe Rossignol CEO Offers Measured Hope About the Future of Winter Sports
Groupe Rossignol CEO Offers Measured Hope About the Future of Winter Sports

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The leading ski and snowboard maker is a case study in outdoor economy resilience amid several unknowns — including climate change. CEO Vincent Wauters is committed to working with competitors for the greater good.

LanzaTech, with Support of Danone, Discovers Breakthrough Method to Produce PET from Captured Carbon
LanzaTech, with Support of Danone, Discovers Breakthrough Method to Produce PET from Captured Carbon

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Proof of concept for direct production of monoethylene glycol (MEG), a key building block in sustainable PET manufacturing, has been completed at lab scale.

A Springboard for Circularity: Investment in NY Recycling Infrastructure to Create Ripple Effect Across the US
A Springboard for Circularity: Investment in NY Recycling Infrastructure to Create Ripple Effect Across the US

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - These investments offer proof-of-concept for scaling more investments in waste infrastructure across North America. Modernizing Sims’ recycling capabilities acts as a circularity laboratory, which can lead to better design for the whole US recycling system.

What Are Plastic Credits? A 4-Minute Explainer
What Are Plastic Credits? A 4-Minute Explainer

THE NEXT ECONOMY - As the global plastic-pollution crisis continues to deepen, key stakeholders must come together to find and fund solutions. The introduction of plastic credits has brought with it a renewed cause for optimism.

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Meet StoreDot: The Startup That Used Neuroscience to Revolutionize EV Batteries
Meet StoreDot: The Startup That Used Neuroscience to Revolutionize EV Batteries

CLEANTECH - Thanks to a unique, interdisciplinary approach to addressing ‘range anxiety’ due to limited battery life, the Israeli startup has reinvented the EV battery with a breakthrough that could finally leapfrog EVs into the mainstream.

How Brands Can Help Solve the Macro Problem of Microplastics
How Brands Can Help Solve the Macro Problem of Microplastics

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The impact of microplastics on our world is daunting; but every step we take to curb the creation of more microplastics, while also reducing how much of them continue lurking in the environment, makes a difference.

Estée Lauder Companies, Plastics for Change Partner to Support Community-Based Plastic Waste Solutions
Estée Lauder Companies, Plastics for Change Partner to Support Community-Based Plastic Waste Solutions

COLLABORATION - In an effort to combat climate change and reduce plastic waste, Estée Lauder Companies’ charitable wing, the ELC Charitable Foundation, has partnered with Plastics for Change to improve the livelihoods of waste collectors in India while diverting ocean-bound plastics.

2022 ‘World-Changing Ideas’ Tease Sustainable Models for Building, Power, Finance, Animal-Free Protein
2022 ‘World-Changing Ideas’ Tease Sustainable Models for Building, Power, Finance, Animal-Free Protein

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - It’s that time of year, again — when we pore excitedly over Fast Company’s annual list of World-Changing Ideas. Here are a few of our favorites.

Forget EPR: Researchers Outline Blueprint for ‘Ultimate Producer Responsibility’ for E-waste
Forget EPR: Researchers Outline Blueprint for ‘Ultimate Producer Responsibility’ for E-waste

WASTE NOT - Existing EPR systems limit electronics producers’ responsibility to national jurisdictions, not to the countries to which we export our electronics waste, and neither lead to multiple product use cycles nor to safe e-waste management.

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New Kia-Ocean Cleanup Partnership the Latest in Ongoing Effort to Rein in Our Global Plastic Footprint
New Kia-Ocean Cleanup Partnership the Latest in Ongoing Effort to Rein in Our Global Plastic Footprint

WASTE NOT - Through the seven-year partnership, Kia will support The Ocean Cleanup’s work and construction of new plastic-collection devices, and integrate portions of the harvested plastic into its value chain.

The Circularity Paradox: Overcoming the Problem of Scale in Achieving a Closed Loop
The Circularity Paradox: Overcoming the Problem of Scale in Achieving a Closed Loop

THE NEXT ECONOMY - In finding innovative ways to ensure new electronics are made from their recycled counterparts, one of the biggest barriers for manufacturers continues to be the supply chain.

Bridgestone, LanzaTech Partner to Explore Opportunities for Tire Circularity
Bridgestone, LanzaTech Partner to Explore Opportunities for Tire Circularity

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The exclusive partnership will leverage LanzaTech’s technology to create a pathway toward tire material circularity and the decarbonization of new tire production.

Keeping Up with Regulatory Trends, Business Opportunities in Sustainable Packaging
Keeping Up with Regulatory Trends, Business Opportunities in Sustainable Packaging

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - As we see more and more legislation aimed at improving both recyclability and safety of packaging, it is best to first understand your company’s baseline in sustainable packaging. Then, there are a growing number of tools designed to help companies keep track of and meet these evolving requirements.

Embracing Digital Tools, EPR to Achieve Sustainable Design
Embracing Digital Tools, EPR to Achieve Sustainable Design

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The future of sustainable packaging and design lies in our ability to do most of the important work in a digital space. Manufacturers will be left behind if they fail to embrace tools such as digital twins, 3D product and packaging visualization, and consumer packaging buyback.

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Bumble Bee Slips Off Plastic Film, Takes One Step Closer to Circularity
Bumble Bee Slips Off Plastic Film, Takes One Step Closer to Circularity

REDEFINING SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD FOR THE FUTURE - Since January, Bumble Bee has switched to using cardboard, instead of plastic film, to wrap all of its products. It’s just one machine, and one company; but the impact is significant — the elimination of an estimated 23M pieces of plastic waste per year.

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