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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 to Redesign Our Food System for Resilience

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. At the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s recent Big Food Workshop, a variety of experts from throughout the food space spoke on the need to radically redesign for circularity and regionalism, to help us heal our broken global food system.

Small Fashion Brands Throw Collective Weight Behind Circular Fashion Pledge

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. Over 110 small and medium-sized apparel brands from around the world have signed on to the 2020 Circular Fashion Pledge, with actionable steps to make circular fashion an industry-wide reality.

Trending: Reports Examine Corporate Progress on Tackling Plastic Pollution

New reports from As You Sow and WWF dig into action taking place around corporate commitments to eliminate plastic waste in their operations and environment — along with ways to effectively trudge forward.

Meet the Innovators Ensuring the COVID Plastic Boom Doesn't Last Forever

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. With health concerns momentarily outweighing mindful consumption, global efforts to wean the world off of single-use plastics have ground to a halt — and suddenly, in the race to protect citizens, plastic is everywhere. Thankfully, lockdown has also triggered radical innovation and ingenuity.

Sisters’ Social Enterprise Breaking the Cycle of Limited Personal Mobility in the UAE

Meet Charicycles — the upcycled cycles that are helping improve mobility and air quality in Dubai, while improving the wellbeing and motivation of children in refugee camps.

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Pandora Commits to 100% Circular Silver, Gold by 2025

The company says it will also work with suppliers to increase the availability of recycled silver — its most used material — and improve production standards.

How Gap, MycoWorks, Thousand Fell Are Edging Fashion Closer to Circularity

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. Denim and leather have helped style some of the most iconic fashion statements throughout history — so when taking apparel full circle, it makes sense to start with these types of classic materials that never seem to go out of vogue.

Upcycled Food Industry a Nascent Leader in Sustainability, Climate Solutions

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. A recent survey of members of the Upcycled Food Association revealed several interesting findings, which I think demonstrates the scale and game-changing potential of the upcycled food opportunity. 

Trending: Public, Private Sectors Rallying to Reduce COVID-Fueled Food Waste

In the face of rampant supply chain disruptions, resulting in mounting food waste, a nationwide distributor and an agricultural powerhouse are doing what they can to cut it out of the equation.

New Concept Jacket Designed to Illustrate Viability of Fully Recyclable, Circular Garments

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. DuPont Biomaterials teamed up with Youngone to design a jacket comprised of recycled and plant-based fabrics that can be mechanically recycled at end of life — providing a glimpse into a circular future for textiles.

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Scotland’s Circular Ambitions Take (Hopefully Temporary) Back Seat During Pandemic

COVID-19 has delayed both the Scottish Climate Change Plan update and the Scottish Circular Economy Bill. While it’s unclear now whether the latter will ever see the light of day, stakeholders agree that the delay is a welcome opportunity to reassess and strengthen the Bill.

Fibersort Technology Could Be Game-Changing for Recycling Post-Consumer Textiles

The tech can separate collected textiles by fiber composition and color into precise recycling feedstocks and return them to the supply chain — but studies show consumers need to drive the garment industry to use more recycled content in their products.

WRAP’s New ‘Grower Guidance’ Helps Farms Fight Food Waste

WRAP has published new guidance expanding the reach of the UK’s Food Waste Reduction Roadmap, providing growers with advice on how best to identify the causes of food surplus and waste, and help inform where action is needed.

There's a Powerful New Use for Waste from This Incredibly Stinky Fruit

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. The inedible core of the world's stinkiest fruit — the durian — could one day be used to charge your phone, according to researchers at the University of Sydney.

Trending: In Fashion, What’s Outside Also Counts

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. New partnerships aim to tackle the fashion industry’s packaging footprint — with circular solutions for polybags and MATCHESFASHION’s new, recyclable boxes furthering the cause.

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How Partnerships Can Extend Sustainable Solutions

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. Partnerships and closer collaboration between organisations are critical if we are to build new, more sustainable ecosystems. One key to the success of any collaboration is that the partners have complementary strengths to exploit.

Anti-Plastic Regulation Risks Less Sustainable Alternatives

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. Faced with shortages of suitable recycled material, a growing consumer backlash and a hostile regulatory environment, it is no wonder that some companies are shifting away from plastics. But encouraging this shift towards material choices that do little to improve end-of-life environmental impact would be the worst possible outcome for the planet.

Trending: Inventive Solutions to Food Waste Continuing to Grow

Here, we have 3 examples of startup innovation at its finest — with stellar solutions from Ambrosia, Back to the Roots, Treasure8 and Shameless Pets promising to bite off a chunk of the US’ massive food waste issue.

Will We Get Closer to Circularity in 2020?

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. While the concept of a circular economy has made its way into the public consciousness; unfortunately, as of 2018, circularity globally is only at 9%. In order for circularity to deliver on its potential in this decade, we’ll need to see more of the following …

What Will a Circular Economy Mean for Branding?

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. While a circular economy will present huge challenges to most brands' conventional business models, there are huge opportunities for those who embrace and adapt to this change — while those who drag their heels with incremental changes will undoubtedly fall behind.

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