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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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Report: An Asset Mindset Is Needed to Make a Circular Economy a Reality

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. Latest research from Planet Tracker proposes a practical business solution to the problem of plastic waste, whereby packaging is treated as an asset to be returned, rather than a liability to be tossed.

Trending: Pangaia, Primark Expand Efforts to Turn Waste Textiles Into New Colors

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. The latest in a growing wave of circular textile innovations, the materials-science company and the global retailer have both launched collections that turn waste materials into new, colored textiles that require no dyeing.

Could This Upcycled Sugar Company Help Solve the Obesity and Biodiversity Crises?

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. Supplant breaks down typically wasted agricultural fiber into its signature product, Sugars from Fiber — an entirely new category of sugars, which performs like sugar in the kitchen while retaining the nutritional properties of fiber, and mitigating the impacts of one of the world’s most environmentally destructive crops.

The Problem with Plastic-Free July

The problems we’re facing aren’t going to be solved by forgoing plastic straws. Yes, every small action makes a difference; but these actions need to be a piece of a greater puzzle in which every council, government, company and community is building towards better waste management overall.

MiiR’s ‘Re:Claimed’ Program Gives Rejected Custom Products a Second Chance

The design-focused drinkware company used existing production channels to find a new path to market for would-be-wasted units from its B2B program.

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A New Era of Sports Sponsorship: Connecting Branded Merchandise with Circular Innovation

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. Despite more leagues and arenas introducing initiatives to curb waste from concessions and encourage recycling, the science and innovation necessary to create lasting impact across the board (or the court or field) are still missing. That's where Dow and its partners come in.

Meet the Company Turning Wine Waste into a Delectable Superfood Treat

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. Through its ongoing research and growing product offerings, WellVine aims to become the world’s premier source of plant-based nutrition and illustrate how upcycling can not only reduce food waste but demonstrate the highest and best use of a remarkable global food source.

Circularity Is ‘Izzy’: Meet the Clean Beauty Startup Creating a Blueprint for a Waste-Free Industry

New York-based startup Izzy Zero Waste Beauty is out to show the incredibly wasteful beauty industry that it can mend its wicked ways — vastly reducing its footprint through a hyper-local supply chain and 100% refillable, recyclable products.

What Is Plastic Neutrality and How Do We Get There?

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. Plastic neutrality is achieved when an individual or organization’s plastic footprint is measured and balanced by the removal and recovery of plastic waste from nature, and complemented by reductions in plastic use.

Carbios, On, Patagonia, PUMA, Salomon Team Up to Advance Circularity of Textiles

After achieving a milestone in packaging recycling, Carbios’ unique biological recycling technology stands to fundamentally change the circularity of textiles.

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How Brands Can Help Turn the Tide on Plastic Pollution in the Caribbean

Cross-Posted from Finance & Investment. Our vision is to embed effective recycling across the region’s islands and enable value-added processing of materials where it makes commercial sense — but we’ve been held back by many challenges. For businesses and brands that sell into the Caribbean, it’s an opportunity to be part of our mission and walk their talk around plastic pollution reduction and circularity.

A Sustainable Moo-vement: How the Dairy Industry Is Fighting Climate Change

Cross-Posted from Collaboration. Dairy farming has quickly evolved for sustainability. Here are just a few examples of how innovative dairy organizations and farmers are working to fight climate change by reducing their impacts, improving soil health and using regenerative agriculture.

Protecting the Collectors: A Case Study in Ensuring Safe, Sustainable Livelihoods for Workers in the ‘First Mile’

Cross-Posted from Supply Chain. Many companies still shy away from responsibility for what’s happening in the first mile of their supply chains; but First Mile, along with its nonprofit and brand partners, is actively engaging with these issues — and creating positive impacts for thousands of waste collectors around the world.

Shein Acknowledges Textile Waste with $50M EPR Commitment; But Critics Say It’s Small Change

What some are calling 'a significant step toward accountability' for fast fashion brands, others say is lip service and an inadequate approach to supporting waste-management efforts in communities deeply impacted by textile waste.

European Retailers Called Out for Cutting Corners on Curtailing Plastic Pollution

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. First-ever ranking of leading European supermarkets’ commitments to dial back their use and waste of plastic reveals lack of real action.

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A Springboard for Circularity: Investment in NY Recycling Infrastructure to Create Ripple Effect Across the US

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. These investments offer proof-of-concept for scaling more investments in waste infrastructure across North America. Modernizing Sims’ recycling capabilities acts as a circularity laboratory, which can lead to better design for the whole US recycling system.

Rhum J.M Offers How-to for Fellow Distillers Seeking Sustainability

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. The EDDEN Project highlights the Martinique distillery’s circular and sustainable efforts to date and its roadmap for improvement, as well as advocating for similar commitments from distilleries around the world.

eBay Releases Methodology for Calculating Environmental, Financial Benefits of Recommerce

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. The resale giant says the information allows consumers to make meaningful decisions about what used or refurbished products to purchase, by understanding how the positive environmental impact from purchases are calculated.

What Are Plastic Credits? A 4-Minute Explainer

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. As the global plastic-pollution crisis continues to deepen, key stakeholders must come together to find and fund solutions. The introduction of plastic credits has brought with it a renewed cause for optimism.

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.

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