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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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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.

Dow: Intent on #PullingOurWeight Around Cleaning Up Plastic Waste

Waste is a fact, but it doesn’t have to be feared. We can tackle this through collection, sorting and processing; and by understanding where and why trash is finding its way into the environment, so we can stop it.

Recyclate – A New Lease on Life for Consumer Packaging?

Consumers appreciate recycled packaging as long as it doesn’t affect the quality, functionality and price of the product. But how do brands remain competitive in view of added costs for high-quality recycling and the low price of virgin plastics?

Meet the Team Reconnecting Communities to Oceans, While Cleaning Them Up

Cross-Posted from Behavior Change. The Ocean Legacy Foundation's new EPIC Program gives communities a four-step program for dealing with plastic pollution — education, policy interventions, improved infrastructure and ongoing clean-up efforts.

Better Resource Management Is the Key to Achieving All SDGs

Whether the eradication of poverty, or the support of climate positivity, all of the SDGs are about creating a balance of resource flows. Responsible production and consumption are essential to this — and achievable through connection, community and a bit of creativity.

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Give More, and Better, This Season: The 2019 SB Holiday Gift Guide

What better way to celebrate and participate in the season of giving than with gifts that truly keep on giving? Here are just a few of our favorite discoveries this year of products we'd be thrilled to give and receive.

Trending: The Latest and Greatest Ways to Imbibe More Sustainably

Or, how to expand your conscious consumerism to include anti-waste cocktails, carbon-negative nightcaps and a hard kombucha that’s easy on the environment.

25 Years On: Lessons Learned from Interface’s Ongoing Sustainability Journey

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. Why are lessons learned by a flooring company relevant? Many of the challenges we had to solve are the same that companies are struggling with as they pursue sustainability. Our accomplishments are significant because they show it is possible to transform a business and put sustainability at the core.

The Biosphere Rules: Sustainability Is a Destination, Not a Journey

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. Envision a future where every material thing in our world is made out of a handful of materials, carefully selected to be safe, healthy and infinitely recyclable. Everything from coffee cup to countertop could be broken down and used as raw materials for a new shawl or lampshade.

New Retail Platforms Aim to Take Waste Out of Online Clothes Shopping

As we enter the season of giving — and the season of returns — two new, next-gen online retailers aim to address the rampant clothing waste inherent in e-commerce; and reward users for donating their used, unwanted clothing.

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The Plastics Industry Is Changing — Because It Has to

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. The plastics industry has become acutely self-aware. Directive targets must be met; new processes researched, developed and launched; and consumer education delivered. And looming over all of this is the spectre of sustainability, and the demonisation of plastics.

SB Oceans Showcases Solutions Aimed at Restoring Our Aquatic Abundance

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. AI, a conscientious credit card, social plastic and underwater forests are just a few of the solutions showcased at SB Oceans that can help us restore their abundance.

New Report Provides Blueprint for Circularity of PET Bottles in Southeast Asia

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. The report provides first-of-its kind, systematic and comparable baseline collection rates for PET bottles in Southeast Asia; and identifies a series of priority actions to transform the post-consumer PET landscape in the region.

Hidden: The Waste That Goes Into Making Stuff and How 2 Companies Are Tackling It

The waste we produce in our daily lives is just one small portion of the total waste stream. Public Thread and Rewilder, two winners of the recently announced Upcyclers Network Annual Product Awards, are putting non-household waste streams to creative use.

6 Lessons Learned Over a Century of Advancing a Circular Economy

International Paper is 121 years old. If we want to be relevant for the next century, we must bring others along on our trajectory toward circularity. Whether you’re just starting out or are further down the path to circularity, take comfort in knowing you are not in this alone.

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The Biosphere’s Guide to Foolproofing Sustainability, Part 4: Power Autonomy

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. Nature has discovered that if you want to sustain your value cycles for billions of years, they need to run on free flows of solar energy. Our products and processes need to do the same.

Trending: Partnerships Laying More Groundwork for Circular Plastics Economy

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. The US’ biggest beverage companies have invested into ensuring they get ‘Every Bottle Back’ for recycling; Bluewater is helping Londoners ditch single-use bottles; and SC Johnson and Plastic Bank are broadening the Social Plastic ecosystem.

Chilean Startup Eliminating Packaging Waste, ‘Poverty Tax’ in Latin American Product Market

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. Algramo’s unique, refillable packaging system allows customers to buy as much or as little of a product as they want, in reusable containers, with no difference in the price per gram — then recycles all packaging at the end of its life.

World Food Day: Celebrity Chefs, Soil SuperHeroes Out in Force to Save Our Food System

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. In honor of World Food Day (Oct 16), Green America highlights the farmers and food companies leading the regenerative ag revolution; and the World Food Program launches its global Stop the Waste campaign.

A Cleaner, ‘Greener’ World: Hilton Expands Soap Recycling for Global Handwashing Day

Hilton properties have collectively recycled four million pounds of soap, resulting in 11 million soap bars being distributed to communities in need in 127 countries. Starting today, soap recycling is now a brand standard across over 5,300 Hilton properties.

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