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.

Zero Waste: Ethical Investment and Innovation That Saves Money

Zero waste seems like a heady topic, but more and more companies are taking it on as a practical business strategy. How can…

Extending the Lifecycle of Our Products and Services: A Better World By Design

Technology is innovating at an exponential rate. New products and services are being rolled out on an almost daily basis. But while the…

3p Weekend: Designing for the Circular Economy

These four concepts -- from the innovative to the simplistic -- prove what's possible when today's best and brightest apply circular-economic thinking to…

Unilever Wants To Keep Plastic Packaging Out Of Landfills

Something big happened in the consumer packed goods industry over the weekend, though few may have noticed. 3p's Gina-Marie Cheeseman analyzes Unilever's decision…

The New Plastics Economy: Thriving in a Plastic World

Plastic is the “key enabler for sectors as diverse as packaging, construction, transportation, healthcare and electronics," says the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. But the…

Why Are American Recycling Rates Still Stuck At 34 Percent?

The U.S. recycling rate has remained more or less the same for the past decade. What's the deal? We spoke with an expert…

Wisconsin Startup Aims to Curb Cardboard Waste

Box Latch Products is a Wisconsin startup whose innovative but simple product aims to make cardboard more reusable by eliminating tape.

Packaging the Circular Economy: A Holistic Approach to Stuff

Much of today's circular economic thinking is stuck in the same old linear models: reuse, recycle, recover, dispose. It's time for a change,…

Excess Carbon Emissions Are a Failure of Design

William McDonough, the author of "Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things," says it's time to change the way we think…

Australia Pilots Disposable Coffee Cup Recycling Project

A company in the United Kingdom says it has a cost-effective solution to recycle disposable coffee cups. And a trial run of its…

How Close Are We To a New Plastics Economy?

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation sees much value loss as massive amounts of plastic, especially what is used for packaging, ends up in landfill.…

Renewable Hydrogen Now On the Circular Economy Menu

Researchers around the globe are looking into food waste as a renewable source for zero-emissions hydrogen fuel. And a new circular economy pilot…

Volcom’s Sustainability Initiative Turns Fishing Nets into Bikinis

Lost fishing nets are a dangerous threat to fish, marine mammals, sea turtles and other types of marine life that become entangled in…

Is Food Waste the Next Frontier for the Circular Economy?

At the corporate level, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has suggested five ways companies can reduce their food-waste footprint and close the loop.…

How the Circular Economy Greens the World of Electronics

Given the rapid pace of technology innovation, the flip side of which is obsolescence, we have created mountains of electronic waste containing a…