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.

How I Became Passionate About the Circular Economy

Graduate school completely changed this guest author's thoughts about sustainability issues, and equipped her with a toolkit for analyzing environmental challenges and implementing…

Advancing the Circular Economy via Product-Service Systems

Today, the economic models of many countries are built on the premise of ‘take-make-consume-dispose’ patterns of growth. Recent developments in the circular economy…

Blockchain – When We Are All Responsible

John Friedman discusses the promise of blockchain to potentially change governance structures, organizations and ways of working from centralized to distributed.

Starbucks Aligns with New Circular Economy Roadmap

Starbucks is one company that realizes the shift to a circular economy is inevitable, and has aligned with a roadmap suggesting a localized…

HP Turns More Than 550,000 Pounds of Ocean-Bound Plastic Into New Cartridges

Last month, HP announced that 12 million plastic bottles collected in Haiti are being upcycled into new Original HP ink cartridges. The company's…

What Is the New Plastics Economy, and Why Does It Matter to Business?

At the end of last month, more than 290 organizations came together in support of the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment. So, what…

Danone Striving for 100% Circular Packaging by 2025

Global food giant Danone has announced a range of steps to ensure its packaging becomes 100 percent circular by 2025.

Your ‘Urban Forests’ and Why They’re Important for Recycled Paper Supplies

While most pulp and paper made in the U.S. comes from the occasional trees harvested from small landowners, the evidence suggests that manufacturing…

Looking Past Linear: Making Progress Towards Circular Economy Goals

Insights from the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s Energy and Sustainability Summit

The Corporate Responsibility Summer Must-Read for the C-Suite

“All In: The Future of Business Leadership,” written by David Grayson, Chris Coulter and Mark Lee, traces the history of corporate responsibility through…

Circular Economy Strategy for Packaging Adopted by Nestlé

During the next seven years the Swiss multinational aims to cut out non-recyclable plastics, encourage the use of more plastics that are recyclable,…

Unilever’s Work on Recycling Plastic Shows CPG Companies Can Lead on Waste

Unilever has announced that it's part of a new venture seeking to develop technology that would convert food-grade PET waste into virgin plastic…

Companies Worth $1.3 Trillion Pledge a Boost for the Circular Economy

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development announced that 30 companies across 16 industries will participate in the coalition’s Factor10 project.

Coca-Cola Launches One-for-One Global Recycling Plan

Coca-Cola is attempting to harness enthusiasm for improving its waste diversion record by announcing a one-for-one recycling plan. According to the company, Coca-Cola…

All Evian Water Bottles to Be Part of a Closed Loop System by 2025

Evian, the brand that long ago made bottled water chic, announced yesterday that all of its plastic bottles will be made from 100…