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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.

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An All-Solutions Approach Is Needed to Meet the Looming Demand for Carbon Offsets

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. As we race to achieve net zero, let’s ensure we aren’t making the same mistakes that got us here. Tech solutions do not deliver the same co-benefits as nature — and clearly cannot substitute for the loss of ecosystems. Nature-based solutions are cost-effective and can make an immediate difference.

How Can We End the Blame Game in Waste Diversion?

Global recycling rates are at a discouragingly low 13.5%. But who, or what, is to blame? Finger-pointing won’t help: Policy, consumer demand and companies must work in tandem to close the loop in a still-lacking US recycling system.

Trending: Could Food Waste Be the Future of Fashion?

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. A recent study analyzes agricultural waste streams in Asia and charts a roadmap for establishing alternative textile value streams at scale; while Lenzing puts this into practice with a lyocell fiber made from orange pulp and wood fibers.

Pushing Beyond Infinite: How Circular Plastics Can Help Reduce GHGs

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. As issues caused by plastic waste and climate change come to a head, finding new uses for end-of-life plastics and other materials will be vital to achieving a low-carbon future.

Beyond Burgers: Eating Insects Is Just One Small Part of Their Potential

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. Asking Westerners “Would you eat bugs to save the planet?” makes for great headlines — but it only scratches the surface of how bugs can help solve global challenges. Essentially, insects such as black soldier flies are a quintessential addition to a circular economy.

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Dole-Future Food Institute Study Identifies Key Contributors to Global Nutrition Inequality

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. ‘Nutrition Unpacked’ combines quantitative data with the input of a broad range of experts and stakeholders to uncover the underlying causes of nutrition inequality and identify actionable outcomes.

Digital Disruption Paving the Way for More Collaborative, Transparent Waste Collection

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. In Dow's 'Looped In' series, sustainability experts across the company connect with other industry leaders to discuss circular initiatives and partnerships, and what we can learn from the results.

Just Salad Poised to Take Zero-Waste Dining Nationwide

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. The fast-casual chain plans to scale both its geographic footprint and its pioneering reusable bowl program, thanks to a cash infusion from circular-economy drivers Closed Loop Partners.

Flight-Shaming Movement Evolves Into Flight-Free Travel Trend

It may have taken COVID-19 to put a hard and fast stop on flight travel; but during the pandemic pause, a more mindful approach to tourism has taken shape — as seen in a growing wave of flight-free offerings, specifically intended to keep people out of the sky.

Q&A: Harnessing Energy, Fresh Thinking with the Next Generation of Innovators

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. As climate- and waste-related issues continue to evolve, the next generation will create and deliver sustainable solutions that decision-makers haven’t yet dreamt of. That's why we must engage these rising leaders about the path to circularity and carbon neutrality.

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Consumers Are Hungry for Regenerative Food Brands

With shifting food habits, supply chains and levels of access to new information, today’s consumers recognize the urgent need to change how they eat. In order to meet the urgency of this moment, the new BBMG/GlobeScan report, “Radically Better Food,” outlines four imperatives for regenerative food brands.

Build Back Better: The 5 Key Pillars for a Purposeful Post-COVID Reset

Over the past year, we conducted an extensive research project engaging over 100 sustainability leaders from around the world to understand how they thought sustainable business would evolve after the pandemic. Here’s how they think we can build back better brands.

ChaRM: The Nonprofit on a Mission to Keep Hazardous Household Materials Out of the Environment

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. The Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM), run by Atlanta-based nonprofit Live Thrive, not only helps to safely divert a wide array of hazardous household materials from local landfills, it educates residents on the critical role of recycling in creating jobs and stimulating our economy.

Why Working Regeneratively Is (R)evolutionary

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. Regenerative practice starts and continues with personal development. It is not a tool but a practice of conscious participation and co-creation. Working regeneratively is about revealing potential, rather than disappearing down rabbit holes of solving problems in isolation.

MGM’s Mega Solar Array Now Powering 13 LV Strip Resorts

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. The new mega solar array is the hospitality industry's largest directly sourced renewable electricity project worldwide. MGM Resorts aims to source 100% renewable electricity in US and 80% globally by 2030.

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300 C-Suite Execs Share Insights on Overcoming Challenges to Build a Circular Economy

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. Although circularity goals have risen to the top of executives’ agendas, the path to a waste-free world remains less clear. Fortune magazine’s latest white paper, produced in partnership with Dow, aims to help sustainability leaders and practitioners understand the current challenges and collaborate on circular solutions.

GM Launches $60B 'Equitable Climate Action' Plan

A new, $25 billion climate-equity-focused philanthropic fund will complement GM's $35 billion investment in EV and AV programs globally through 2025.

The Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on People’s Needs, Expectations in the Office

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. The ongoing pandemic has changed fundamental patterns in our lives, accelerating existing trends and revealing new unmet needs. Since the onset of COVID, Steelcase has conducted ongoing research to help organizations understand its impact on their people and business.

Report: Circular Apparel Market Projected to Reach $77B by 2026

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. thredUP’s 2021 Resale Report estimates that the secondhand clothing market will double in the next 5 years, reaching $77 billion. Policy incentives to end fast fashion production and disposal would fuel the movement.

Forget Selling Products. Change Lives Instead.

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. The happiness of buying new shoes is a short-lived dopamine kick, whereas finding better ways of living in balance with yourself adds lifelong value. It’s time to create a new offering: Who can you help people become?

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