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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…

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…

Clinton Global Initiative and Thread Bring Dignity to Haiti’s Plastic Bottle Collectors

In partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative, Timberland, HP and the NGO Team Tassy, the social enterprise Thread plans to improve quality of…

Google’s Zero-Waste ‘Moonshot’ Could Inspire Other Tech Firms

Google says it is approaching waste diversion from both environmental and economic perspectives, and is reducing waste everywhere, from its data centers to…

Industry Study Touts Environmental Benefits of Plastic

The American Chemistry Council insists via a commissioned report that plastic has an environmental impact far smaller than alternative materials such as glass…

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…

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.

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…

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.

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.…

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…

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…

Jaguar Land Rover Cars Will Soon Include Recycled Aluminum

An aluminum alloy containing 75 percent recycled material was introduced initially in the new Jaguar XE. But it will soon be used in…

H&M Wants to Revolutionize the Apparel Industry

Last week I went to Stockholm to learn more about H&M’s sustainability program. Over my three days with the company, I found its…

Paving the Way for a Circular Economy

We must remember that as stakeholders, we have the unique ability to create the strong pull needed to incentivize our institutions and businesses…