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.

Waste Management

Waste Management Helps Businesses Turn Waste into Opportunity

Waste Management sustainability services is proof that sustainability pays. Since 2003, the company has delivered more than 157 million in direct cost-savings to…
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EPEAT: Moving the Electronics Market Toward Green Standards

Government regulation is often the go-to answer when it comes to environmental issues, like reducing waste in landfill. But when it came to…
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Twitter Chat Recap: Green Electronics Council, #EmergingGreen

The Green Electronics Council, UL Environment, ER International & 3p came together for a Twitter Chat focused on electronics in the circular economy.
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3p Weekend: 8 Companies Going Cradle-to-Cradle

The requirements for the certification are tough to achieve, and only a select few companies have made the grade as of yet. This…
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Why We’re All a Part of the Green Electronics Conversation

If users of electronics are to be true advocates for a circular economy, it’s time to take note of those decisions and engage…
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Sharing Economy Brands That Are Good for the Environment

The co-founder of StokeShare explains how platforms that enable people to thrive, share and build communities are showing us we can live prosperously…
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Breaking the Consumer Cycle: Netting Revenue Through Waste

As the world’s population increases, so does demand – which is great for business but bad for the environment. There is not a…
What if all the goods we purchased were made from recycled or reclaimed materials? It's time to think outside the box.

Circular Economics: Thinking Outside the Box

Last month, a forum hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation focused on how organizations are bringing the concept of a circular…
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How Dell is Closing the Loop

Consider this: Less than 15 percent of electronic products are recycled each year. Dell hopes to improve these numbers with its design-for-environment-inspired OptiPlex…
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The State of Green Electronics: Where We Are Now

The electronics of tomorrow hold both great technological promise and the potential for environmental peril, says Robert Frisbee, CEO of the Green Electronics…
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Cradle-to-Cradle Tackles the Fashion Industry

Launched in 2014, Fashion Positive aims to retool the entire global fashion supply chain and help create more sustainable materials, processes and products.…
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The Tyranny of Distance: Reconciling Extended Producer Responsibility with Global Transportation

Whether driven by the business case, ethics or legislation, product take-back promotes the practice of recycling, lifecycle assessment and design for durable reuse…
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Could 3-D Printing Bring the World Closer to the Circular Economy?

3-D printing could offer a dual solution to the world's waste problem, allowing transformation of plastic waste into new plastic products.
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Brand Owners Want Sustainable Packaging: Two Key Lessons for Environmental Leaders

Elisabeth Comere from Tetra Pak explains how the company is striving to meet corporate demand for more sustainable packaging.
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The Circular Economy is (Slowly) Coming to Europe

Can the circular economy become the norm in Europe? The European Commission recently adopted a framework to ramp up waste diversion in its…