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Circularity Doesn't Need to Be Overwhelming: 3 Ways Retailers Can Close Loops in eCommerce

Circularity Doesn't Need to Be Overwhelming: 3 Ways Retailers Can Close Loops in eCommerce

For retailers, the logistical challenges of returns are overwhelming. Without circularity in operations, returned items often end up in landfills. But retailers can take small, immediate steps to set themselves up for becoming more circular — and more successful.

BAND-AID® Brand's OURTONE™ Launch Kicks Off Partnerships Benefiting Black Nurses

Cross-Posted from Our Healthy Lives Mission. BAND-AID® Brand used the launch of OURTONE™, which offers bandages to match a more diverse array of skin colors, to connect more deeply with and support the work and equity of Black nurses across the US.

Tau Index Provides Glimpse Into Nations Poised to Lead in Sustainability, Thanks to ICT

The Index ranks 144 countries based on their ICT infrastructures and ecosystems, including how well they are utilizing ICT to create more sustainable economies. For Tau Institute founder Roger Strukhoff, what sets the nations that will succeed apart is “a certain willingness to think beyond their front door.”

New Report Sees Home Furnishings Recommerce Eclipsing Traditional Retail

As circular business models continue to increase in popularity, Chairish’s report finds the resale furniture industry projected to grow by 54% over the next five years; two-thirds of consumers surveyed think resale will play a significant role in the future of sustainability.

Tourism Industry’s Vision for the Future is Collaborative, Locally Focused

Many people are becoming more aware of their environmental footprint and the impact they have on people and the planet. This awareness can be harnessed by the tourism industry to shift passive sea-and-sun tourists into more conscientious, actively engaged travelers.

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A Just Transition: How Nestlé is Taking a New Approach Across Our Value Chain

Cross-Posted from Supply Chain. Whether in our personal lives or in business, doing only what is required or expected is generally unsatisfying. If your plan of action means doing the bare minimum, the status quo is the likely result.

Can We Evolve from the Chip Shortage to Better Supply Chains and Consumption Habits?

As the global chip shortage drags on and demand for electronics exceeds supply, we hope that the market for refurbished electronic devices and a circular economy will gain more traction.

Stanley Black & Decker Commits $25M to Train Over 3M Skilled Trade Workers

As the latest company to use its size and scale to help equip the next generation of workers, SBD’s ‘Empower Makers’ grants aim to advance and accelerate vocational skills training programs in the next five years — and change misconceptions that these careers are not financially rewarding.

Can the Food Sector Survive the Water Crisis?

Cross-Posted from Supply Chain. New data from the IPCC shows that more frequent, intense droughts could squeeze the food sector with too little water. This year, we are getting a glimpse of what that might look like.

30-Year-Old Entrepreneur Putting Africa Front and Center in Global Circular Economy

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. Ray Onovwigun and his startup, Romco Metals, have seized the opportunity to build the capacity and infrastructure Africa needs to become a global player in the recovery and recycling of valuable metals.

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Logitech Unveils Strategy to Reach Net Zero by 2030, Eyes Climate Positivity

The first consumer electronics company to provide detailed carbon-impact data on all of its products, Logitech says all of its products and operations will be carbon neutral by the end of 2021.

Trending: Tech Giants Laying Groundwork for More Diverse, Equitable Tech Economy in US

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. HP, HPE, Intel and Microsoft are launching the HBCU Technology Conference, to equip students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities to excel in tech careers; while Apple has expanded its Racial Equity and Justice Initiative with $30M worth of new programs.

Tractor Beverage Co. Offers Living Case Study in Linking Regenerative Ag to Large-Scale Foodservice

Cross-Posted from Supply Chain. With novel flavors and tough farming standards in tow, the Idaho startup is bringing healthier “softer” drinks to a hardy corner of the beverage market — in a way that really links the farmer to the cup.

IKEA Brings Circular Model Stateside with Pilot of Buy Back & Resell Service

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. The retailer is piloting the service, which helps customers prolong the life of their furniture, at IKEA Conshohocken for a limited time — with a goal of expanding it to all of its US stores in the future.

Getting to Net-Zero Buildings Helps the Climate — and the Bottom Line

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. Though it will involve substantive changes, the move to net zero is not something companies should dread — and they lose money to inefficient systems every day they wait.

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Reducing E-Waste, Increasing Equity in Brazil by Reimagining the Smartphone Industry

Brazil ranks fifth amongst countries producing the most electronic waste. The path toward a sustainable and equitable smartphone marketplace is through the sale of used and refurbished devices.

Better Recycling Helps Build More Sustainable, Circular Cities

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. Long-standing, effective recycling systems are right at our fingertips, waiting for their full potential to be realized. Let’s reinvest in mechanical recycling to blend tried-and-true science with enhanced systems to reimagine how sustainable cities can operate and make them a reality.

Keurig Dr Pepper Collaborates to Fuel a Recycling Evolution

Cross-Posted from Collaboration. Through ambitious commitments and cross-sector partnerships including the Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, KDP is helping to further the shift to a circular economy.

Doconomy, Parley Partner to Solve Interconnected Climate, Plastic Crises

The two will work together to quantify the unseen environmental costs of consumption decisions in ways that empower individuals, businesses and governments to align their spending with climate action and solutions — focusing initially on carbon, water and plastic.

Industry Leaders Co-Creating Groundbreaking Framework to Evolve Packaging Recyclability

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. Designing a package to be recyclable is currently complex and ambiguous, with no transparent national framework or guidelines in place. The Pathway to Circularity Recyclability Framework will be open for comment for 30 days, beginning August 19.

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