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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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What Fashion Can Learn from Other Industries Promoting a Circular Economy

Sustainability in fashion is growing, but several other industries have been pioneering a push towards a circular economy, as well — and the fashion community may be able to take notes.

New Alliance to Bring Circular IT Life Cycle Management Across Europe

European leaders in financing professional equipment and IT life cycle management join forces to offer circular, product-as-a-service solutions.

Knorr, WWF Suggest 50 Future Foods to Fix Our Food System

Cross-Posted from Behavior Change. From naturally pest-resistant grains to vitamin-rich flowers and drought-defying roots, they outline 50 nutritious foods that are better for our health and environment.

A Week of 'Globalization 4.0': Sustainability Lessons from the WEF 2019

The central theme of the World Economic Forum 2019 in Davos last week was “Globalization 4.0." But what is it, and what were the main sustainability lessons from the week?

SB Nordic: Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. So, what do a slave-free chocolate brand, an activist bank and a blindfolded panel of diversity experts have in common?

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EMF: Unhealthy Food Production Making Healthy Eating Impossible

Cross-Posted from Supply Chain. Hidden killers caused by food production are making healthy eating impossible for people around the world, according to a new report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

EPR in Action: TerraCycle, CPG Giants Close ‘Loop’ on Single-Use Packaging

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. First-of-its-kind, global shopping platform aims to offer zero-waste packaging options for the world’s most popular consumer products.

New Reports Highlight How AI, Circular Economy Can Save Us All

Circle Economy, Ellen MacArthur Foundation release new findings in Davos

2019 Circulars Honor 7 Disruptors Unlocking Value from $4.5T Circular Economy

5th annual awards received highest-ever number of applicants competing for circular economy recognition.

Gap, Salesforce Sign Landmark Deal for Renewable Energy Aggregation

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. Five global brands sign joint 42.5-MW energy deal, creating a new blueprint for renewable energy aggregation

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Global Alliance Commits Over $1B to End Plastic Waste

Cross-Posted from Collaboration. The global plastics value chain has banded together to advance solutions to plastic waste in the environment.

Trending: Fashion Giants Take Further Steps to Create Climate-Friendly Industry

The fashion industry has kicked December off with a bang, launching a number of game-changing initiatives and partnerships aimed at further improving its image by reducing its impacts.

Lack of US Climate Policy Putting Companies at Risk; Investors Demand Action

As a record number of global investors calls on governments to accelerate action on climate change, a new CDP analysis shows that some of the largest U.S.-based corporations view climate change as an increasing risk to their bottom line and reputation among consumers and investors.

What the Black Friday Climate Report Means for Companies

The federal government hoped its Black-Friday release of a landmark report on the regional impacts of climate change might mitigate its media attention. It hasn't really worked: The report is still in the headlines over two weeks later. It’s not just consumers that care. A recent NAEM trends report found that in boardrooms across the country, companies are committing to addressing the climate challenges of our time by setting and meeting ambitious climate goals.

10 New Getaways Turn Conscious Travelers Into Changemakers

With a recent rise in evidence of demand for sustainable travel experiences, Kind Traveler, the world’s first socially conscious hotel booking platform; and Steller — the world’s leading storytelling app and community co-founded by TV personality Richard Bangs, known as the father of modern adventure travel — have joined forces to launch new travel options that inspire travelers to vote with their dollars, benefiting local communities and ecosystems.

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Why Online Retailers Are in Danger of Losing the 'Retail Wars'

It’s a conflict which threatens to change the way we eat, shop and live. But unless you pay attention to the business pages, you may not have heard of the “retail wars.” For the uninitiated, ‘retail wars’ is the name given to the intensifying conflict between online retailers and their more traditional, physical counterparts over an increasingly crowded retail space.

McGill University's Bensadoun School to Shape Sustainable Future of Retail

On Friday, Montreal’s McGill University announced the opening of the Bensadoun School of Retail Management (BSRM) — a hub for students, researchers and practitioners to work collaboratively towards bringing retailers into the 21st century. An interdisciplinary, forward-looking school dedicated to all facets of the retail industry, its research and programming will focus on fostering sustainable consumption and healthy societies.

Scotland Charges Forward in Its Role as the World's 'Circular Economy Hotspot'

This week, circular economy experts from over 20 countries convened in Scotland as Glasgow hosted the third annual Circular Economy Hotspot. Glasgow used the occasion to announce its intention to become Scotland’s first circular city — this will involve Glasgow City Council publishing the country’s first circular economy route map with a key target to power 15 percent of the city’s homes with renewable energy by 2030.

Unilever, EU Build on Plans for Plastics Recycling, But Problems Plague UK

This week, building on news that HP, Inc and IKEA joined a global consortium working to develop the first global network of ocean-bound plastics supply chains, the public and private sector made further strides on creating a circular economy for packaging around the world.

Closed Loop Fund Launches FlexPack Recovery Challenge, Gets $10M Infusion from Amazon

Amazon today announced that it will invest $10 million in Closed Loop Fund to support recycling infrastructure in the United States. The investment will increase the availability of curbside recycling for 3 million homes in communities across the country, making it easier for customers to recycle and further develop end markets for recycled commodities. The investment will divert 1 million tons of recyclable material from landfill into the recycling stream and eliminate the equivalent of 2 million metric tons of CO2 by 2028 — equivalent to shutting down a coal-fired power plant for six months.

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