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Twitter Chat Recap: Dow Chemical Co. Hosts Circular Economy Chat at #EnergyBag


Today TriplePundit, Neil Hawkins, Jeff Wooster and Andrew Winston came together for a special Twitter Chat about the circular economy and the innovative Energy Bag project.

During this hour-long Twitter Chat, we took an analytical look at the circular economy in America. We discussed the transition to a circular economy, where waste is designed into new products and services. We also took a deeper look at how consumers can turn plastic into energy.

The Dow Chemical Co. worked with the city and citizens of Citrus Heights, California, on the Energy Bag pilot program. Over the course of the three-month program, 7,800 households collected nearly 8,000 bags of plastic waste, which was turned into 512 gallons of synthetic crude oil. Most importantly, nearly 3 tons of plastic waste was kept out of landfills!
Prompted by TriplePundit, Hawkins, Wooster and Winston addressed the following topics, and more:

  • How The Dow Chemical Co.’s #EnergyBag pilot program is increasing excitement about the value of the circular economy,

  • How Citrus Heights residents experimented in a case study with the purple bag; what they learned,

  • How non-recycled plastic items like juice pouches and candy wrappers can be converted into energy,

  • What this project has done to increase homeowner knowledge about plastic recycling,

  • How the Energy Bag pilot helped to identify a way to keep more material out of the landfill,

  • How you can encourage neighbors in your town to start a similar program!




  • Neil Hawkins (@NeilCHawkins) – Corporate Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, The Dow Chemical Company

  • Jeff Wooster (@JeffWoosterRS– Global Sustainability Director, Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics

  • Andrew Winston (@AndrewWinston– Author of "The Big Pivot," co-author of "Green to Gold"



TriplePundit's team including:

The Energy Bag project will drive awareness of the opportunities for collaboration among experts, innovators and policymakers in plastics recycling. For more information, check out the project online.


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Marissa is the Owner of Climate Social, LLC. She holds a bachelor's degree in communications from Mizzou and a master's in environmental studies from UPenn. 

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