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Trending: Luxury Carmakers Accelerate Sustainability Ambitions

Two of the UK’s most iconic names in luxury cars — Aston Martin and Jaguar Land Rover — are building on their efforts to ensure they’re soon known as much for being sustainable as they are sleek and stylish.

The Humble Crab Shell Could Upend a Variety of Polluting Industries — Starting with Wastewater

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. Washington-based startup Tidal Vision upcycles discarded crab shells to produce chitosan — a positively charged biopolymer with myriad applications in sustainable water treatment, textile production, agriculture and more.

Logitech, Nestlé, PepsiCo Among Founding Members of Design for Good Alliance

Cross-Posted from Collaboration. The non-profit global alliance features nine organizations committed to dedicating the power of their design communities to addressing the UN SDGs — beginning with SDG 6: clean water and sanitation.

GAF Project Aims to Increase Quality of Life, Climate Resilience in Urban Communities

The GAF Cool Community Project will assess and mitigate the impacts of the urban heat island effect in landlocked and underserved cities — beginning with the Los Angeles neighborhood of Pacoima.

Shared Mobility, Accessibility, Electrification Among Keys to Sustainable Urban Future

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. The future of our cities is at stake, and it is our duty to find solutions that allow us to offer our users what they demand: more efficient and sustainable cities, at the service of people and not their cars.

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Embracing Digital Tools, EPR to Achieve Sustainable Design

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. The future of sustainable packaging and design lies in our ability to do most of the important work in a digital space. Manufacturers will be left behind if they fail to embrace tools such as digital twins, 3D product and packaging visualization, and consumer packaging buyback.

Why Restaurants Overusing Their Fry Oil Are ‘Fresh’ Out of Excuses

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. Who knew that overused fry oil represented such an untapped health and sustainability market opportunity? FreshFry CEO Jeremiah Chapman breaks it down.

New Tools Helping Companies Better Track, Meet Ambitious Climate Goals — with No Time to Waste

The emergence of a host of new carbon-monitoring and -tracking tools is better equipping companies with the data to achieve their climate goals — but time is running short to turn this into meaningful action.

Startups Continue to Cultivate Alternative, Animal-Free Food Offerings

Singapore-based Karana and Montreal-based Opalia both have the potential to lead the growing markets for lower-impact, cruelty-free food options.

Savvy, Circularity Driving Pangaia’s Continued Expansion Into Conscious Consumer Market

Watch out, consumer products industry: Materials-science company Pangaia could be evolving into a one-stop shopping destination for waste-conscious consumers.

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Tomorrow's Brands Are Reimagining Product Formats, Reshaping Industries

Bite has reimagined the way consumers can and should use routine personal-care products. It has disrupted the linear approach to a stale industry with a fresh, waste-free format that offers a successful, premium model of circularity.

Trending: Starbucks, A&W Advancing Coffee Cup Circularity

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. This week, Starbucks and A&W Canada unveiled their latest strategies for ending disposable-cup waste with the introduction of reusable and compostable options, respectively.

Aleph Farms Reveals Plan to Replace the Whole Cow as Alternative to Intensive Cattle Farming

Bringing to market cell-cultured collagen is the company's next step in a system-based approach to providing a sustainable alternative to complex animal agriculture.

Jaguar Land Rover Charges Ahead with Circular Model for I-PACE Batteries

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. JLR has partnered to create a zero-emissions charging unit using second-life Jaguar I-PACE batteries. Reusing its EV batteries will create new, circular business models for JLR in energy storage and beyond.

New Target Collection Answers Increased Consumer Demand for Products That Reduce Waste

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. The ‘Target Zero’ collection features products and packaging designed to be refillable, reusable or compostable; made from recycled content; or made from materials that reduce the use of plastic.

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How Can Apparel Brands Solve a Problem Like Deadstock?

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. A growing number of niche brands are finding success with apparel repurposing; but many larger apparel companies have no best practices in place for managing their enormous volumes of unsellable merchandise. Fortunately, a new sub-industry of upcycling partners is stepping in to ‘reimagine’ increasingly large volumes of deadstock.

Paleblue Is Betting Big on a Switch to Rechargeable

The startup estimates that wide-scale adoption of long-life, rechargeable batteries could save 126,350 metric tons of batteries from filling US landfills each year, with an immeasurable reduction in chemical leakage. But the industry has been slow to innovate to address its environmental impacts.

Racing to Zero, Part 3: Reimagining Construction for Circularity

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. The latent circular revolution is slow in getting off the ground in construction — but it’s time to reimagine and transform the industry. Here we explore eight key shifts to help construction actors rise to the circular challenge.

Design for Recycling: High-Tech or Back to Basics?

Maybe before companies spend millions on futuristic high-tech, they should go back to the drawing board and start sketching from a different perspective. Because there is no technology more powerful than the creative mind.

Meet Svart: The World’s First Off-Grid, Energy-Positive, Luxury Resort

The futuristic hotel is being built using a ‘360-degree, holistic circular approach.’ With a data-driven approach to next-level ecotourism, Svart’s goals include not only its guests’ relaxation, but education on environmental conservation, and changes in ‘attitude and behavior.’

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