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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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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.

‘Back to Life’ Program Seeds Regenerative Tourism Framework in New Zealand

Taking advantage of the forced pandemic pause and building off the momentum of a less extractive tourism model already taking shape in the country’s Bay of Plenty, the online program provided a foundation for shaping thriving host communities rooted in local context and culture.

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Airbnb, UNESCO Partner to Promote Cultural Tourism — Starting in Mexico

The initiative will promote destinations and experiences outside the traditional tourist circuit — engaging local tourist communities, integrating the creative and cultural sector into local tourism value chains, and contributing to the development of responsible tourism.

It’s Arrived: Our ‘Uh-Oh’ Moment on Climate Change

The latest IPCC report can’t be ignored — and it does our species and planet a disservice to pretend the situation will miraculously reverse itself. Here’s an overview and what companies should do in response.

New Amazon Programs Aim to Curtail Rampant eCommerce Return Waste

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. With its size and scale and proper follow-through, Amazon has the potential to make a significant dent in global product waste and offer models for other retailers to follow.

Meet the Winemaker Working to Future-Proof Wine for a Climate-Challenged Future

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. The warming world is affecting all agricultural industries, with wine being no exception. New York’s Gotham Winery is banking on diversity and adaptability to strengthen the grapes and the industry, both socially and environmentally.

Why Shirakawa Village Is Considered One of the World’s ‘Top 100 Sustainable Destinations’

Japan’s idyllic Shirakawa Village has worked to mitigate overtourism and preserve the integrity of the local traditions and landscape by limiting visitors to those who respect the town’s heritage and embrace the spirit of mutual assistance that drives the local culture.

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Redfin Now Provides Climate-Risk Data for Prospective Home Purchases

The online real estate brokerage site now includes data from ClimateCheck to help home buyers and sellers understand the risk for fire, heat, drought and storms in their area over a 30-year mortgage.

Intrepid Travel Launches Global Vaccine Equity Campaign

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. The world’s largest adventure travel company and certified B Corp is advocating for the safe return of international travel and improved access to COVID-19 vaccinations in low-income countries around the world.

PayPal Joins Catalyst Fund to Explore Connections Between Digital Finance, Climate Resilience

Cross-Posted from Finance & Investment. The global inclusive tech accelerator has also announced its latest cohort of companies bringing inclusive fintech solutions to underserved communities.

What Does 'Upcycled Certified' Mean for Our Food System?

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. Upcycled Certified is a big step towards a circular economy, and a food system that acts like nature itself — a place where there is no waste — and where shoppers can participate in the best solution to climate, via the products they buy.

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.

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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.

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.

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