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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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Tattersall Distilling Offers Proof of Concept for Locally Produced, Circular Spirits at Scale

The microdistiller not only sources grains, fruit and materials from local suppliers — it repurposes as many byproducts of the distilling process as possible, in what’s likely one of the most scalable examples of circularity so far in the spirits business.

How Brands Can Help Solve the Macro Problem of Microplastics

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. The impact of microplastics on our world is daunting; but every step we take to curb the creation of more microplastics, while also reducing how much of them continue lurking in the environment, makes a difference.

Estée Lauder Companies, Plastics for Change Partner to Support Community-Based Plastic Waste Solutions

Cross-Posted from Collaboration. In an effort to combat climate change and reduce waste in its value chain, Estée Lauder Companies’ charitable wing, the ELC Charitable Foundation, has partnered with Plastics for Change to improve the livelihoods of waste collectors in India while diverting ocean-bound plastics.

Forget EPR: Researchers Outline Blueprint for ‘Ultimate Producer Responsibility’ for E-waste

Existing EPR systems limit electronics producers’ responsibility to national jurisdictions, not to the countries to which we export our electronics waste, and neither lead to multiple product use cycles nor to safe e-waste management.

eBay UK’s ‘Imperfects’ Marketplace Gives Flawed Fashion Items a Second Chance

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. The platform features items from over 100 high-street and high-end designers at up to 60% off. All items are considered new, but feature minor defects that would prevent brands from selling them in stores at full retail prices.

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New Kia-Ocean Cleanup Partnership the Latest in Ongoing Effort to Rein in Our Global Plastic Footprint

Through the seven-year partnership, Kia will support The Ocean Cleanup’s work and construction of new plastic-collection devices, and integrate portions of the harvested plastic into its value chain.

The Circularity Paradox: Overcoming the Problem of Scale in Achieving a Closed Loop

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. In finding innovative ways to ensure new electronics are made from their recycled counterparts, one of the biggest barriers for manufacturers continues to be the supply chain.

Bridgestone, LanzaTech Partner to Explore Opportunities for Tire Circularity

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. The exclusive partnership will leverage LanzaTech’s technology to create a pathway toward tire material circularity and the decarbonization of new tire production.

From Seed to Recycling Center: How Companies Can Enable a Circular Economy at Every Step

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. While not every company is equipped or positioned to follow its products through their entire lifecycle, there are a few ways companies can think about participating at individual or multiple points in the circular cycle.

Blue Apron, Too Good to Go Show Achieving Climate Goals Can Be a Piece of Cake

Well, maybe not exactly ... But this week, the two food-delivery services detailed how they’re eliminating their operational impacts and continuing to engage consumers in climate-friendlier food practices.

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

Who knew that overused fry oil represented such an untapped health and sustainability market opportunity? FreshFry CEO Jeremiah Chapman breaks it down.

Curbing Ocean Plastic Waste: Is Your Brand Missing the Boat?

Reducing plastic waste is a winning issue for consumers. With so many examples of early success and ROI, there’s no better time to join the movement by committing to reduce plastic pollution and limiting the need for virgin plastic.

Startups Continue to Cultivate Alternative, Animal-Free Food Offerings

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. Singapore-based Karana and Montreal-based Opalia both have the potential to lead the growing markets for lower-impact, cruelty-free food options.

Behavior Change Research Shows How to Spur Consumer Recycling, Reduce Contamination

Cross-Posted from Behavior Change. Even when effective collection, messages and messenger are skillfully deployed, there are still factors that complicate consumer recycling behavior.

Trending: Starbucks, A&W Advancing Coffee Cup Circularity

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.

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How Can Apparel Brands Solve a Problem Like Deadstock?

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.

Airline Industry Chips Away at Climate Impacts with Long-Term Sustainability Initiatives

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. Alaska, Delta share progress on meantime-measures, lofty goals ahead of industry net-zero targets.

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?

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. 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.

New UN Global Treaty Seeks to Break the ‘Plastic Wave’

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. We can cut annual flow of plastic into the ocean by 80% in the next 20 years. The technology and will is there, but one important piece of the puzzle is missing — and the UN is hopeful they can pull it together.

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