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The Next Economy

The myriad new models and processes aimed at fixing the flaws in capitalism and laying the groundwork for practical, alternative economic frameworks designed to benefit all stakeholders.

A Vindication of Packaging-Reuse Systems

How reuse models in Latin America have succeeded, and what the Global North can learn from them.

10 Reasons to Feel Good About the World as We Head into 2024

As we reflect on the impact themes that defined 2023 and distill our predictions for the new year, we offer 10 positive trends to feel good about the world heading into 2024.

Investment and Innovation: How Cities Serve as Epicenters for Circularity

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. At the recent WRLDCTY event in October, a rich panel discussion explored how a systems approach can help realize a more circular future — using cities as a backdrop.

Building Trust to Propel Regenerative Ag Forward: Key Takeaways from COP28

As we work to find common ground in addressing climate change, changemakers really need to examine what could happen if money and power weren’t a factor.

These Underutilized Grains Hold the Key to Climate-Proofing Our Food System

Sorghum and millets are versatile, fast-growing cereal crops able to produce reliable yields and high-quality nutrition amid variable climates and with low environmental impact.

Why COP Should Be More Like a Global Sport Tournament

It’s time for a new summit where citizens, not special interests, have a say. Imagine if COP29 were more like a sports match or a reality TV show …

Meet the Company Helping Brands Give Nature a Place on the Board

We caught up with Ephi Banaynal dela Cruz, co-founder and CEO of Context Nature, to learn how they are supporting companies to integrate nature into business and investment decision-making to build a nature-positive future.

The Evolution of Insurers’ Climate-Related Reporting in the US

Though these disclosures are meant to provide an overview of an insurer’s climate-management practices and are not judged by length, the limited content analysis in some findings highlights the need for more substance on the part of insurers.

As COP28 Goes Into Overtime, Hope Dwindles for Meaningful Climate Agreement

Climate groups and world leaders decry draft agreement as falling fatally short of the clarity and ambition the climate and economy demand — including a phase-out of fossil fuels.

Cities Now Have Guidance on Setting Science-Based Targets for Nature

SBTN’s new Cities program will offer a holistic, science-based target indicators framework for understanding the impact of cities on both climate and other natural systems.

Carrot and Stick: European & US Businesses Must Learn From Each Other to Become More Sustainable

As our North American operations continue to grow rapidly, we have witnessed in microcosm the sustainability benefits of marrying together US innovation and efficiency with European standards.

Alaska Airlines Empowers Guests to Reduce Emissions, Support Growth of SAF Market

This month, Alaska Mileage Plan members can earn Elite-Qualifying Miles when they support sustainable aviation fuel, contributing to their elite qualification for the new year.

New Expedia Fund Supports Nonprofits Removing Barriers to Travel

In its first year, the Made to Travel™ Fund has awarded more than $1.5M in grants to a diverse set of organizations working with underserved or underrepresented travelers.

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

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.

New Study Calls for a ‘Reuse Revolution’ in Packaging

A new Ellen MacArthur Foundation study shows that a reusable packaging economy could lower both GHGs and water use by up to 35-70% compared with single-use plastics.

Anti-Black Friday Movement Continues to Promote Repair, Reuse Over Rampant Consumption

Cross-Posted from Behavior Change. The antidote to the annual shopping frenzy promotes reuse and repair over buying new, and a more mindful approach when we do shop.

How Supply Chain Professionals Benefit from a Circular Economy

Cross-Posted from 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

Cross-Posted from 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.

Preparing for the CSRD’s Impact on US Companies

Like many recent rulings coming out of the EU, the CSRD is designed to drive the rest of the global economy — including around 3,000 US companies — towards meaningful action and ESG disclosure.

How to Ensure Better Offsets and Save the Carbon Market

Newer players Climate Vault and Covalent are banking on their unique approaches — along with the dreaded “R” word, regulation — to salvage the credibility and efficacy of carbon markets.