Waste Not

The latest in the growing number of efforts directed at reducing, repurposing and ultimately eliminating waste in all its forms.

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How Companies Are Joining Forces, Closing Loops, Optimizing Outputs in Complex Supply Chains

How Companies Are Joining Forces, Closing Loops, Optimizing Outputs in Complex Supply Chains

Cross-Posted from Supply Chain. At SB’21 San Diego, innovators in the agriculture, electronics, food and plastics industries shared lessons learned from a variety of initiatives aimed at closing loops and optimizing value chains for a circular, regenerative future.

Starbucks, McDonald’s Direct $10M More to Accelerate Circularity of Foodservice Packaging

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. The NextGen Consortium and its partner brands are expanding their work to advance reusable packaging systems, strengthen recycling and composting infrastructure, and scale foodservice packaging innovation.

Clearing the Way for Action: The Need for Coordination, Consistency to Close the Loop on Plastics

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. Dow aims to not only provide more sustainable products, but to share our expertise to support people and our planet’s wellbeing. For that expertise to reach its highest potential, it must be backed by international cooperation at every level.

OPLN: Experiential Learning for the Win (or, How to Really Turn the Tide on Global Plastic Pollution)

Cross-Posted from Collaboration. 2019’s Ocean Plastics Leadership Summit transformed not only its host organization and its 165 participants — it catalyzed action around plastic waste at an unprecedented scale. We caught up with Ocean Plastic Leadership Network founder Dave Ford to learn more.

Large-Scale Study from H&M, IKEA Shows Safer Path Forward for Recycled Textiles

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. On completion of a two-year, collaborative industry study, the two companies will share the findings to understand potentials and challenges with recycled textiles from a chemical-contamination perspective and to impact circular economy legislation.

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Fairphone Forges Ahead with Longer-Lasting, E-waste-Neutral Smartphone

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. Still striving to greatly improve the sustainability of the industry, Fairphone’s new model embodies the company’s commitment to better materials, better mining practices and a longer product lifecycle.

In the Loop: Sustainable Development Models, Extending Product Lifecycles Furthering a Circular Future

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. Through Dow’s ‘Looped In’ series, sustainability experts across the company connect with industry leaders to discuss initiatives and partnerships that work toward building a more circular economy and explore what we can learn from the results.

ReGrained Shares Key Ingredients for a Deliciously Sustainable Food Future

We spoke with ReGrained co-founder Dan Kurzrock to learn more about the upcycling process, the role such technology can play in helping to fix the food system, and why brand collaboration is so important when it comes to scale.

Circularity Doesn't Need to Be Overwhelming: 3 Ways Retailers Can Close Loops in eCommerce

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. For retailers, the logistical challenges of returns are overwhelming. Without circularity in operations, returned items often end up in landfills. But retailers can take small, immediate steps to set themselves up for becoming more circular — and more successful.

Loop Expands Into Brick-and-Mortar Stores Worldwide

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. The reusable packaging platform’s transition from ecommerce to in-store marks the conclusion of its hugely successful pilot and the beginning of Loop’s next phase of growth, which will see it available in-store across five countries and on four continents.

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New Report Sees Home Furnishings Recommerce Eclipsing Traditional Retail

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. As circular business models continue to increase in popularity, Chairish’s report finds the resale furniture industry projected to grow by 54% over the next five years; two-thirds of consumers surveyed think resale will play a significant role in the future of sustainability.

Tackling the Unseen Climate Costs of a Plastic Planet

Whether it’s using the carrot of incentives or the stick of regulations, change is possible — and strongly desired. So, what can brands do? Be proactive and make the extra effort to find and choose recycled plastic whenever possible.

SC Johnson, Liverpool FC Team Up to Repurpose Fan Plastic Waste

In its latest partnership with a professional sports team, SCJ will collect empty plastic bottles from each game for recycling into new Mr Muscle® bottles; as well as promote sustainability, health and hygiene.

30-Year-Old Entrepreneur Putting Africa Front and Center in Global Circular Economy

Ray Onovwigun and his startup, Romco Metals, have seized the opportunity to build the capacity and infrastructure Africa needs to become a global player in the recovery and recycling of valuable metals.

How the Tourism Industry Can Help Fight the Plastic Pandemic

When COVID hit in 2020, tourism frantically tried to carry on, with hygiene at the crux — often by wrapping everything in plastic. As travel struggles to regain its footing, responsibility and sustainability must once again be given priority to futureproof the industry.

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First-of-Its-Kind Methodology Provides Standard for Measuring Food Waste Across Hotel Chains

Cross-Posted from New Metrics. Accor, Hilton, Hyatt, IHG Hotels & Resorts, and Marriott International collaborated with WWF and Greenview on the industry-wide waste-measurement methodology.

Partnering Across the Value Chain in India: New Opportunities to Close the Loop

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. Although progress is being made to advance a circular economy, converting difficult-to-recycle flexible plastics and films, such as plastic bags, into new products has largely been untouched by recycling innovators. Dow, Circulate Capital and Lucro Plast-e-cycle are partnering to change that.

How eCommerce Can Reduce Both Shoe Returns and Their Environmental Effects

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. Retailers and brands that view themselves as leaders in a customer's online shopping journey, and want to keep their trust in sustainability initiatives, need to solve the root of the return culture problem: Fit. Sizeable advancements in AI and machine learning have put the perfect fit in the hands of everyone.

Reducing E-Waste, Increasing Equity in Brazil by Reimagining the Smartphone Industry

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. Brazil ranks fifth amongst countries producing the most electronic waste. The path toward a sustainable and equitable smartphone marketplace is through the sale of used and refurbished devices.

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.

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