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Gary Barlow apologises for confetti use at Eden Project – Now even confetti is on the radar!

The singer was criticised by environmental campaigners for using single use plastic as ticker tape.

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Kroger Will Phase Out Plastic Bags By 2025 To ‘Protect Our Planet’

The grocery chain said it has “future generations” in mind.

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Download 2018 ‘most accessible and greenest yet’

Greenpeace is hosting an “Eco Camp” and sign language interpreters have been introduced.

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We Live In A World Full Of Plastic, And People Are Sick Of It.

Movements to eliminate single-use plastics are sweeping the globe.

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Disney Announces Plan To Drop Plastic Straws And Stirrers By 2019

The company joins a wave of cities and large corporations bent on eliminating plastic straws and stirrers, which disability activists say could pose new problems for customers.

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Shedding The Straw Builds Momentum As Earth Day Draw Nears

Shedding the straw addiction is gaining momentum throughout the United States and United Kingdom as restaurants and coffee houses provide alternatives. Backlot Coffee eliminated plastic straws from its shops in Chicago and Evanston and offering customers paper or commercially-compostable straws.

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Consumer backlash over wooden cutlery (You can’t please everyone, can you…?)

Consumers are staging a backlash against disposable wooden cutlery after sandwich chains have started handing them out instead of plastic versions.

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A Paper Straw Factory Is Opening Up in Britain Before a Planned UK Single-Use Plastics Ban

I hope you like the taste of paper.

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Ikea pledges to scrap all single-use plastic products by 2020 

Ikea has announced a range of sustainability commitments that includes a pledge to remove all single-use plastic products from stores by 2020.

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Glastonbury Festival bans single-use plastic bottle sales

More than one million single-use bottles were sold at the 2017 music event, organisers say.

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How One Bag Fits Every Shopping Cart

The founders of Lotus Trolley, a reusable shopping bag system, measured shopping carts across the globe to build a product that would work for all customers.

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“Partner With Customers” (Maybe make the PCs reusable from the start?)

Dell now offers PC-as-a-service for business and enterprise customers, with full life-cycle management. Here, Jonathan Perry, EMEA environmental affairs, Dell, explains the firm’s responsibilities under the WEEE regulations

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Waste To Energy: The Next Step After Banning Single-Use Plastics

In October of this year, the European Parliament voted in favor of a ban of the ten most notorious single-use plastics that harm our planet and marine life, including straws, plastic cutlery and cotton buds.

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This is what mindful beauty looks like. Cosmetics Design editor Deanna Utroske in conversation withTiila Abbitt of Aether Beauty

At IBE LA last week, Āether Beauty founder Tiila Abbitt spoke with Cosmetics Design about environmentally sustainable beauty packaging, how international trade relationships affect recycling in the US, her brand’s approach to ingredient sourcing, and more!

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Nike strikes deal for 40MW of Spanish wind power from Iberdrola

US sports brand announces its first European corporate power purchase agreement with Spanish electricity firm…

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Investing in resource efficiency – the economics and politics of financing the resource transition

Moving towards a more responsible and efficient use of natural resources is key, not only to address resource scarcity, wastage, and the associated environmental effects, but also for incentivising innovation and modernisation towards a circular economy.

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Loop Industries expands supply agreement with Danone

Danone will purchase Loop PET from Loop’s joint venture facility with Indorama Ventures Ltd. in the U.S.

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Episode 161: The voices of 19

Inspiration from former NFL football player Ovie Mughelli, and insights from Tiffany & Co.’s chief sustainability and philanthropy officer Anisa Kamadoli Costa. Plus, Morgan Stanley’s Audrey Choi on the mainstreaming of ESG.

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UK worst offender in Europe for electronic waste exports

Electronic waste hazardous due to toxic parts was tracked to developing countries…

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Germany sketches out net zero emission law

BusinessGreen rounds up all the green business news from the world this week…

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European Suppliers of Waste-to-Energy Technology

Taxonomy: Should facts guide the EU Commission and the European Parliament? What to do after recycling with residual waste?Patrick Clerens, ESWET Secretary General discusses the issues……

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Shellworks turns discarded lobster shells into recyclable bioplastic objects – And the packaging is butter flavored!

Four designers from the Royal College of Art have developed a series of machines that turn lobster shells into recyclable Shellworks bioplastic.

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Rent the Runway and West Elm partner to rent out home goods

Rent the Runway has found that customers are willing to rent almost anything the brand makes available. Are blankets and throw pillows a step too far?…

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Scotland ‘leading the way’ in tackling marine litter, says Nicola Sturgeon

Scotland is leading the way in protecting marine environments, Nicola Sturgeon announced on Wednesday.

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Four ways investors can help fight plastic pollution

The proliferation of plastic, originally dubbed the ‘miracle material’, is wreaking havoc on the environment, as well as risking animal and human health….

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reDEW8 Jeans Debuts Zero Cotton Jeans at Outdoor Retailer –

Swedish denim company reDEW8 Jeans announced new Zero Cotton jeans made from 100 percent renewable wood fibers.

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Tokyo strikes gold, silver and bronze with e-waste Olympic medals

All medals for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be made from metal collected by recycling electronic waste, games organisers said on Friday.

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Eunomia Sets New Measures to Tackle Cost of Illegal Dumping

A new report found that illegal dumping increased by 32 percent in the last three years despite a 40 percent increase in preventive services.

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Sabic and customers launch certified circular polymers from mixed plastic waste

SABIC and customers Unilever, Vinventions and Walki Group will introduce ISCC certified circular polymers in 2019 during a market foundation stage.SABIC’s…

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COMMENT: We Are Simply Paying Lip Service to Recycling « Recycling « Waste Management World

In the run-up to Global Recycling Day, founding President of the Global Recycling Foundation, Ranjit S.Baxi, has warned that the world needs to pay more than ‘lip service’ to recycling……

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Elizabeth Gore – Author Biography

The latest articles written by Elizabeth Gore you will find only on Entrepreneur.com…

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Results of Scottish Consultation on Bottle Deposit Scheme Welcomed by TOMRA « Recycling « Waste Management World

TOMRA Collection Solutions has welcomed the results of a Scottish Government consultation which found that the public is in favour of a deposit return scheme (DRS) for Scotland.

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European innovators ready to lead change on plastic waste

The EU’s Plastics Strategy will significantly increase demand for circular business models and greener products. The EIT’s Climate KIC is working with European innovators to seize the business opportunity this creates, and support them in getting from visionary idea to profitable activity, write…

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Trade is not a weapon, schools with no dead ends and other top stories of the week

Also in this week’s round-up of top stories: fighting cybercrime and the 11 EU countries that have already met their renewable energy targets.

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Citizen-Centric Development: An Interview with Ken Dooley

Ken Dooley of Granlund discusses sustainability from a user’s point of view and how technology will help cities become more citizen-centric.

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Hulladek Recycling takes on electronic waste with a door-to-door service

Read more about Hulladek Recycling takes on electronic waste with a door-to-door service on Business Standard.As of now, however, there are merely 300 registered e-waste recyclers in the country…

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EIB Finances Ecoslops Upto EUR 18 Million For Marseille & Antwerp Projects

Such financing will be used for both Marseille and Antwerp projects as well as for corporate R&D needs, up to 50% of the investment amount, in addition to traditional bank financing.

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How a Scottish factory plans to turn plastic waste into material for roads

A NEW factory dedicated to turning plastic waste into material for roads and car parks has opened, as part of efforts to tackle ocean pollution.

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Snøhetta reveals chair made of recycled plastic from local fish farming industry | News

Snøhetta has unveiled the S-1500 chair, made from 100% recycled plastic and steel from the local fish farming industry in the North of Norway. Presented during Stockholm Design Week, the chair has one of the lowest carbon footprints in the market.

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2020 Olympic medals may be partly made from old iPhones (well, I guess that’s a start…)

The 2020 Olympic medals may be partly made from old iPhones. Tokyo’s organizing committee for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games has announced …

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REUSE (No more single use!) Why the Milkman Model Is the Future of Consumption

A cultural shift is changing how businesses operate – and interact with customers.This seismic change was on full display at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, where I pa…

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M&S Take-Back Scheme To Turn Plastic Into Playground Equipment

Marks & Spencer is launching a new initiative to enable customers to bring back non-recyclable plastic packaging. This will then be turned into playground equipment.

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Nestlé plastics target: ‘Clear’ ambition or ‘greenwashing’?

Nestlé wants to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025. The company says its ‘clear announcement’ demonstrates its commitment to ‘minimise’ the impact of packaging on the environment but critics argue a more radical approach is necessary.

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BOOSTING INDUSTRIAL SYMBIOSIS FOR CIRCULAR REGIONS

In light of transitioning towards a circular economy, companies are looking for ways to optimize their business models and processes. Industrial symbiosis, one …

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Resist disastrous planned obsolescence by making old iPhones sexy again

Fight Apple’s annual seduction dance by buying a perfectly restored iPhone from a company rallying against thoughtless consumerism and e-waste.

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What’s New Is Old Again: A Classic Norwegian Chair Produced with 100% Recycled Materials

Colossal | Art, design, and visual culture…

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Viridor Wins Total Waste Contract For Hinkley Point

Viridor will be playing a crucial role in maximising the environmental credentials of one of Europe’s largest construction projects after securing the total waste management contract at Hinkley Point C.

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ABSOLUTELY!!! Repair, refurbish, reuse: call to arms for electronics giants

Armed with screwdrivers and a zeal for change, a growing global movement is urging electronics giants to make devices that last longer and are easier to fix to cut the environmental fallout of the tech boom. From repair cafes to e-waste recyclers, social enterprises are leading a ‘right to repair’ campaign, exploring commercial models to reduce the human and environmental impact of the electronics supply chain and its ever-growing waste. 

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Applications invited for Social Innovation Tournament 2019

The EIB Institute has invited the submission of proposals from social entrepreneurs working on education, health, environment, circular economy, employment, inclusion, and aging to take part in the Social Innovation Tournament (SIT) and win six cash prizes of up to EUR 50,000 and various other…

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Meeting the Challenge of Sustainability

As the world population grows by 80 million people a year and global development continues to drive demand for goods, the subsequent sustainability crisis means we need to radically rethink the economy.

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Dsposal win Government contract to help fight waste crime

Clean tech start-up Dsposal, has announced that it has been awarded a five-figure Government contract to help combat waste crime.

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Circular roundtable: How can businesses accelerate the resource revolution?  (Easy… start by reusing rather than old-school ‘recycling’!)

Sustainability and corporate responsibility managers from a range of businesses recently gathered in London for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and EDF Energy, to discuss how organisations are stepping up efforts to accelerate a circular economy.

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Gomi portable speakers are made from non-recyclable plastic waste

Brighton-based design studio Gomi has created a portable bluetooth speaker using plastic waste that is deemed non-recyclable by local councils in the UK.

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Loneliness: Why consumers want the beauty industry to tackle the saddest trend of 2019

According to consultancy group The Akin, shoppers are urging brands to address the wellness and mental health phenomenon…

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Reusable Packaging from Big Brands: Will Consumers Buy In?

A new service is partnering with major brands to offer popular consumer products in reusable packaging – but will it convince people to go green?

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We need to start treating waste as a valuable resource

By Malcolm Todd, Waste management expert and former managing director of Shore Recycling Ltd…

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Shell will become a partner in Europe’s first advanced waste-to-chemicals facility in Rotterdam –

Royal Dutch Shell will join a consortium of world-leading companies comprising Air Liquide, Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals), Enerkem and the Port of Rotterdam as a partner in Europe’s first advanced waste-to-chemicals facility in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

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What if fashion went circular? | #LivingCircular

To face the challenge of ecological transition, fashion needs to look at the promising solutions in the circular economy.

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From the Editor: As Deadline Looms, Here’s Why Companies Need You

Sustainability and energy management issues continue to grow in importance among major corporations, and technology has consistently evolved to meet the needs of companies as they strive to improve their environmental responsibility.

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Interview: How The RealReal Leverages Circular Luxury Apparel For A Sustainable Future

Ahead of his appearance at Shoptalk, The RealReal’s head of omni-channel, Mike Groffenberger, caught up with PSFK to share his insights on the future of luxury consignment, as well as how consumers are increasingly turning to more sustainable, economic and eco-friendly options.

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Danone and Loop Industries sign supply agreement

Technology firm Loop Industries has announced that it has completed a multi-year supply agreement with food and beverage firm Danone. As part of the…

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Solve launches 2019 global challenges

MIT Solve seeks applications to address its newest set of global challenges: Circular Economy, Community-Driven Innovation, Early Childhood Development, and Healthy Cities….

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Circular economies for urban food (Used/recycled food???)

This week I’m in Scotland for book launch events, and on the train I’ve been reading the latest report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Cities and Circular Economy for Food. 80% of all food will be consumed in cities by 2050, which makes cities very influential in how food is produced and…

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Recycled E-Waste Medals : 2020 Olympic medals – “This speaks ‘Volumes’?”

2020 Olympic medals – Tokyo is aiming to make the 2020 Olympic medals entirely from recycled materials. The initiative speaks volumes of the rising awareness of planet s…

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SUNRISE, a preparatory action towards a European large-scale research initiative

The SUNRISE “Solar energy for a circular economy” project will prepare a large-scale European research initiative that provides a sustainable alternative to the fossil-based, energy-intensive production of fuels and chemicals.

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Highlights from SWANApalooza 2019

The second day of the show included the SWANA Technical Division Awards as well as keynote and education sessions.

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This Bike Path In The Netherlands Is Made From Plastic

This week the Dutch cyclists made their way down the world’s very first bike path that has been created entirely out of discarded plastic.

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Snøhetta unveils S-1500 chair made from recycled plastic and metal

Snøhetta is working towards a more circular economy with the S-1500, which is made from recycled plastic and steel taken from Norwegian fishing industries.

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EU official: ‘Actual recycling could be lower’ with new metals

When it comes to meeting the EU’s new recycling targets, metals will have a big head start. But EU member states could find it harder to reach future objectives under a new methodology being considered at the European Commission, says Maja Desgrées du Loû.

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Embracing sustainability within maritime industry: 10 key practices

Organizations develop sustainable business aiming at improving their social conscience and environmental responsibility, well beyond the financial.

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STOP BURNING OUR PLANET!

A designer’s guide for a circular economy… Growth and progress are the engines of our time. But, while the urgency for resources is rapidly growing, we’re already living in a world where raw materials are scarce.

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America Needs A War on Waste–Not A War on Trade (No, it needs a war on ‘Single Use’!)

The federal government could play a fundamental role helping restructure the nation’s industry to focus more on recycling and producing remanufactured goods.

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Angus 3D printing firm presses button on new hi-tech device – The Scotsman

A 3D printing start-up has been producing its first pieces using what is described as the world’s most advanced metal printing machine, the first such device to be commercially available in the UK.

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Are you in Arizona?  ASU and City of Phoenix Offer Experts, Introductions & Advisement to Circular Economy Projects

The circular economy incubator from the city of Phoenix and Arizona State University (ASU) is supporting a handful of new projects designed to help the city improve its processing and management of waste as a raw material.

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Finns feast for the #CircularEconomy | Innovators magazine

Christmas dinners in Finland have become a big occasion for the circular economy – really.

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SOCAP Podcast Money + Meaning 2.2, Circular Fashion: Innovations and Investment | SOCAP

The textile and apparel industry is among the world’s most extractive and environmentally damaging industries, accounting for 10% of global CO2 emissions and 20% of industrial wastewater. This episode of Money + Meaning, a live recording from SOCAP18, explores circular fashion innovations that are…

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Elena Amato creates sustainable bacteria packaging for cosmetics

Guatemalan designer Elena Amato has created sustainable cosmetics packaging with paper-like qualities from bacteria as an alternative to plastic.

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This New Bacteria-Based Thermoelectric Paper is Both Sustainable and Recyclable

The novel device is simple but highly effective making use of easily accessible bacteria.

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Jabil Drives Sustainable Solutions in Smart Packaging (But what about the products themselves?)

Plastic is foundational to modern society, as it is used in everything from medicine to transportation to consumer goods and packaging. More than 300 million metric tons of plastics were produced worldwide in 2015….

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‘Learning lab’: IKEA unveils most sustainable UK store yet

Swedish retail giant’s new 32,000sqm store places big focus on circular economy, green transport, sustainable food, and community events…

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How circular thinking could change US business models

In 2018, ING surveyed 200 US executives and found that sustainability is now a well-established feature on the US corporate agenda, with companies with more mature initiatives seeing it as a revenue driver.

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Engineering firm wins backing for plan to make renewables industry greener

A firm that aims to make the renewable energy business more environmentally friendly expects to create high skilled jobs in Argyll after winning a……

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FrieslandCampina Pledges 100% Recyclable Packaging By 2025

Dairy giant FrieslandCampina has announced that it has signed the Dutch government’s Plastic Pact and has pledged to make all its packaging 100% recyclable by 2025…

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IKEA rental furniture to be offered as part of wider sustainable push – What a concept…  REUSE (not recycle)!

IKEA rental furniture to be offered as part of a move towards a circular economy that includes refurbishing and re-selling products.

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Zero Waste Scotland to team up with construction industry

SCOTLAND’s construction sector – the largest contributor to the country’s landfill – has gone into partnership to find new ways to reduce……

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Earth’s Circular Economy: Recycling as a Law of Life (REUSE should be the Law of Life – No More Single Use!)

On every scale, from the smallest cells to the entire planet, the essential elements of life are constantly used and re-used. Biogeochemical cycles are the basis of the biosphere

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The Circular Economy Movement Around the World – Guatemalan designer creates sustainable cosmetics packaging

Packaging designer Elena Amato has created bacterial cellulose sheets using a mixture of natural and sustainable materials that are said to provide a good alternative to plastic packaging for personal care products.

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ASU, City of Phoenix Announce Circular Economy Incubator Ventures

The incubator is within RISN, which supports new-to-market ventures that focus on improvements in processing or utilization of waste for new products or energy.

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TOMRA Presents Sorting Solution to Recover 98% of Plastics Containing BFRs from E-Waste

The recent International Electronics Recycling Congress has seen TOMRA Sorting Recycling share the company’s specialised knowledge of materials-recovery from electrical and electronic waste with regard to flame retardant plastics.

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NYC Curb-To-Market Challenge Launches with $500,000 Prize

The contest aims to leverage recyclable waste for manufacturing and drive toward a more circular economy in New York City.

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EGA makes significant step forward in re-using carbon by-product as an alternative fuel

Agreement further extends EGA’s cooperation with UAE cement industry to re-use by-products, in step forward for development of a circular economy.Supplying cement industry reduces read more >…

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Interesting – Hydrogen delivery scooters and Olympic medals made from e-waste: The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.- edie news centre…

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There is just over a month until Global Recycling Day

There is just over a month until Global Recycling Day.

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Lyon hosts a summit for circular cities and territories | #LivingCircular

In 2018 Pollutec hosted the first international summit for cities and territories driving the circular economy.

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Walki to produce its first products with circular polymers this year

Walki Group will produce its first products with circular polymers, which will be delivered to customers this year, as part of a major step towards a zero-waste future.

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Eco-friendly ventures in sights of new EDGE award – The Scotsman

A funding award aimed at firms with innovative circular economy business ideas has been launched.

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SAP and Google Cloud call for tech social entrepreneurs

Calling all game-changers, innovators and social impact leaders! SAP and Google Cloud are asking for your revenue-generating ideas that use data analytics and machine learning to power circular economy businesses.

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Coolproducts, the Restart Project and repairability – THIS is the future (what a concept…  make something that can be repaired rather than trashed!)

‘Single-use’ was named the word of 2018 by Collins dictionary…

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Japan nears e-waste goal for making Tokyo 2020 Olympics medals (Well, I guess that’s a start…)

Japan has nearly hit its goal for collecting e-waste that will be used to create the 2020 Tokyo Olympics medals, officials have announced.The nation announced…