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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Startling Map Shows True Extent of America’s Landfill Problem

This visualization from SaveOnEnergy shows how quickly landfills have boomed across the country, particularly in the past 30 years.
This modular sneaker made from recycled and sustainable materials won top honors for best student project.

3p Weekend: These Cradle-to-Cradle Innovations Stop Waste in Its Tracks

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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From Pipedream to Product Innovation: The Rise of the Circular Economy

The circular economy was once dismissed as a pipe dream. But through the persistence of thought leaders like Ellen MacArthur and William McDonough,…
71 percent of NIKE footwear is made from recycled materials from its own manufacturing process.

Nike Closes the Loop with Shoes Made From Trash

More than 70 percent of Nike footwear is made from its own trash, the company announced this month.
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Levi’s Launches Post-Consumer Recycled Cotton Jean with Apparel Start-up Evrnu

Textile technology startup Evrnu and Levi Strauss & Co. partnered this year to create the first pair of jeans made entirely from post-consumer…
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The Circular Economy: What It Means for Healthcare

Ethicon and Intermountain Health are leading the way in producer responsibility and the promotion of circular health systems — an approach that is…
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Unilever Develops Groundbreaking Sustainable Packaging

Unilever is exploring MuCell Technology, which essentially eliminates the middle layer of a material by injecting it with air bubbles. This enables the…
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Beauty and the Beast: Our Love For Plastic Has a Dark Side

When waste is not managed properly, it becomes a lasting issue with consequences that know no bounds. Kelsey Gaude, a graduate student at…
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Re-Realizing the Treasure in Trash

The motivations for turning trash into treasure are clearly defined. The real challenge is turning waste materials into long-life products.
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GM Adds Recycled Water Bottles to Its List of Raw Materials

“Recycling is good, but viewing waste as a valuable resource that can be plugged into your operations or products is even better,” John…
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Listen Up! Recycling Can’t Support a Circular Economy Alone

Even if the recycling system was perfect, the fact still remains that we will always rely on a portion of virgin input materials.…
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H&M Unveils Conscious Collection, World Recycle Week Campaign

Last week, H&M hosted a preview at its gorgeous Fifth Avenue showroom to introduce the new Conscious Exclusive collection. The event was intended…
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The Eagle Has Landed: Ellen MacArthur Foundation Launches U.S. Chapter of CE100

Last week, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation launched the U.S. Chapter of its CE100 program in San Francisco. CE100 U.S. aims to target American…
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Turning a Tanker Ship: No More Business As Usual

Thinking short-term transitions and long-term transformations.
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How Cotton Recovery is Changing the Game for Sustainable Fashion

As an international solutions provider for clothing reuse and recycling, I:CO is tackling this issue by creating a closed-loop production cycle in which…