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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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Increasing Accessibility and Revitalizing Forgotten Devices: Shouldn’t We Be Able to Upgrade Our Laptops?

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. Those who regularly partake in upgrade programs will have access to the best possible devices, while partaking in a sustainable business practice that enhances the wellbeing of people and the planet.

Researchers Upcycling Kale, Plastic Waste Into Personal Care, Pharmaceutical Ingredients

Savvy scientists from Scotland and Singapore have developed sustainable ways to breathe new life into vegetable and plastic waste, as well as local manufacturing.

Why a Circular Dress Code Will Always Be in Style

Technology is the magic thread weaving the circular textile narrative together to ensure that fashion isn’t just a statement — but a sustainable, end-to-end lifecycle that respects our planet.

Starbucks Expands ‘100% Reusables’ Tests in Bid to Sink Disposable Cup Waste

Cross-Posted from Behavior Change. Since 2021, Starbucks has been testing the 100% reusables model across more than 25 markets. With most of its beverages enjoyed on the go, the company continues to test and learn how to best encourage customers to embrace reusables.

Free, Open-Source Recycling Ecosystem Is Making Plastic ‘Precious’

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. Precious Plastic is all about democratizing circularity. And it’s enabling a new form of craftsmanship: One in which anyone, anywhere, can start a small business recycling and making new products from plastic waste.

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Fashion for Good, adidas, Inditex, Target, Zalando Launch Circular Footwear Pilot

Cross-Posted from Collaboration. Fashion for Good and its four brand partners have joined forces with footwear-recycling innovator FastFeetGrinded to support the scaling of recycled content in footwear.

Congratulations! We’ve Marked Our First Plastic Overshoot Day

July 28, 2023 marks the point when plastic produced surpasses the planet’s capacity to manage it. By tracking this date, we can more clearly understand the problem; and hold governments, businesses and individuals to account for their role in it.

VivoBarefoot Offers Glimpse Into a Truly Waste-Free Footwear Future

Vivobarefoot’s new scan-to-print, circular design platform enables rapid prototyping — saving development and lab time, labor, and materials waste. The company is seeking 200 UK participants to test the first generation of VivoBiome footwear.

Change the Product, Not Just the Packaging: A Crucial Step Towards a Sustainable Food Future

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. A growing industry solution to plastic packaging pollution is to create food products that are more stable and compatible with more minimal and sustainable packaging materials.

NextWave Focuses on Inclusive, Equitable Strategies to Turn Plastic Pollution Into a Resource

The cross-industry collaborative has reached 80% of its goal of diverting 25K MT of ocean-bound plastic by 2025. Now, it is working to ensure that the plastic is sourced with high ethical standards.

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Colombian Toy Company Encourages Circular, Co-Creative Model of Play

Toynovo has created a subscription model for toys that eliminates waste, along with a co-creative approach to play that enhances creative thinking and problem-solving capacities.

Mobile Industry Eyes 5B ‘Dormant’ Phones Sitting in Desk Drawers for Reuse or Recycling

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. The GSMA estimates that if properly recycled, 5B mobile phones could recover US$8B worth of gold, palladium, silver, copper, rare earth elements and other critical minerals; and enough cobalt for 10M electric car batteries.

Organic-Materials Management: How Companies Can Make Better Choices

Helping people on the front lines of manufacturing and materials management understand company sustainability goals, and providing the leadership support to contribute to achieving them, empowers them to take a more conscious approach to disposal.

Crystal Geyser Campaign Highlights Consumers’ Paramount Role in Recycling Ecosystem

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. A corresponding survey of US adults reveals the beverage industry has ‘more work to do when it comes to education’ around proper recycling.

Ørsted Partners to Scale Circularity of Wind, Solar Technologies

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. The Danish clean-energy giant is working with Vestas to incorporate low-carbon steel towers and recycled turbine blades into its offshore wind farms, and Solarcycle to recycle its end-of-life solar panels.

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PepsiCo, UEFA Launch Circular Pilots During Champions League Finals

Last weekend’s Women’s event was the first Champions League Final to deploy returnable service ware, starting a long-term collaboration in reducing waste at major sports events.

Challenges in the Evolving Organic-Waste Landscape

It will take a culture change for consumers to join the food-waste recycling movement; but the good news is, it’s underway at the production and manufacturing level.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation Challenges Industry: ‘We Must Change the Way We Make Our Food’

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. The Foundation’s Big Food Redesign Challenge will bring together producers, retailers, startups and suppliers to bring circular food design into the mainstream.

First Closed-Loop Metal-Recycling Technology Offers Sustainable Future for a Battery-Powered World

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. Aqua Metals’ closed-loop metal-recycling process is revolutionizing metal sourcing and disposal — and eliminating the negative side effects of EV battery production.

Logitech Partners with iFixit to Advance Circularity Goals

Increased ease of repairability will help to reduce e-waste and extend the life of Logitech devices, components and materials.

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