The Circular Economy

The “circular economy” refers to a system in which there is no waste — only potential. In a circular economy system, materials once considered waste are instead recycled, repurposed and re-invented to create new raw materials — reducing the need for virgin resource extraction and saving money, energy and water resources.

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Ikea Says We’ve Now Hit ‘Peak Curtains’

"In the West, we have probably hit peak stuff," Ikea’s head of sustainability, Steve Howard, said at a recent Guardian conference.
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Shifting Plastics to a Circular Economy Could Generate Billions

Shifting to a circular-economy system for plastics could generate $706 billion worth of economic opportunity, according to a new report released by the…
This easy-to-disassemble subway seat is made from reusable and recyclable components and can save cities big bucks. Read on for the full list of closed-loop solutions.

These Cradle-to-Cradle Innovations Will Make You Look Twice

The Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge seeks to inspire up-and-coming designers to create products for the circular economy -- highlighting safe materials…
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Closing the Loop in Fast Fashion

Fast fashion (trendy, affordable pieces from the likes of H&M, Uniqlo and Zara) is often criticized for creating waste. But what if the…
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Our Connected, Mobile, Recycled and Green Future

As the number of connected devices we use continues to increase, it becomes increasingly critical to understand that we all have a role…
This water reclamation installation in Santa Monica, California, proves grey-water recycling can be big business.

Sustainability’s Gold Mine: Grey-Water Recycling

Grey-water recycling systems have the ability to drastically alter the way we look at our water usage, so why are they not widely…
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In Defense of Recycling and Common Sense

In his New York Times opinion piece from Oct. 3, John Tierney marginalizes the environmental benefits of recycling and waste diversion when he…
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Dell Moves Even Closer to a Closed-Loop Supply Chain

Dell will revamp 35 product lines in order to increase the recycling of what have already been 4.2 million pounds of plastics annually.…
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Best Buy’s Electronics Recycling Freeriders

Best Buy is gambling that you'll stay and shop after you drop off used electronics. But is the big-box retailer covering all the…
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Wearable Tech Goes Recycle-less

The three Rs, reduce, reuse and recycle have become the mantra for the 21st century. But wearable tech, and the invention of components…
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3-D Printing: Is it the Answer for the Pacific Garbage Patch?

Once we get the plastic out of the ocean, what do we do with it? Will today's 3-D printing industry offer an option?…
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Twitter Chat Recap: Dow Chemical Co. Hosts Circular Economy Chat at #EnergyBag

Today, 3p, Neil Hawkins, Jeff Wooster and Andrew Winston came together for a Twitter Chat about the circular economy and the innovative #EnergyBag…
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H&M To Introduce Denim Line Made Using Recycled Cotton

Next month, clothing retailer H&M will introduce new denim pieces made using recycled cotton. The company will introduce a total of 16 new…
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The Evolution of Eco-Friendly Packaging

There is no way to avoid packaging in modern society and yet, with today’s environmental concerns, reducing waste and energy usage while increasing…
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Haute Couture Fabrics from Plastic Waste

What does it take to make a shift in sustainable fashion and turn a plastic bottle into gorgeous couture dresses? Dutch entrepreneur Monique…