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Going circular in Greece: funding the reuse and recycling of waste – Regional Policy – European Commission

Regional Policy newsroom – information on the latest news, events, press releases, policy, funding and consultations…

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Nestlé sets goal to use 100 percent recyclable packaging by 2025

Nestlé has announced its goal to make 100 percent of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025, with the hope that none of its packaging, including plastics, ends up in landfill or as litter.

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How two Italian trade shows are taking on climate change

Ecomondo and Key Energy are two upcoming trade shows which will take place at the Rimini Expo Centre in Italy. The shows, which are organised by the Italian Exhibition Group (IEG), will be held simultaneously at the venue, and will occupy 129,000sqm of exhibit space ready…

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The North Face launches refurbished apparel program – News : Retail (#984893)

Taking its lead from Patagonia’s Worn Wear program and the growth of sustainability initiatives in the apparel industry, VF Corporation’s The North Face has launched its own refurbished clothing program called “Renewed.

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‘We are at a critical juncture’: Unilever demands industry action on plastic waste

Comments Consumer goods giant calls on wider industry to accelerate progress towards a circular economy and stem the tide of ocean and waterway plastic pollution Consumer goods giant Unilever has issued a clarion call for the wider industry to step up efforts to tackle the “mounting challenge of ocean plastic waste”, setting out four key actions it claims can help.

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TechUK: Could VAT cuts boost tech repair and re-use?

New report calls on government to use upcoming Waste and Resources Strategy to tackle eWaste and incentivise circular economy models…

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Apple Unveils New iPhone Recycling Robot

Daisy is capable of dissembling nine different versions of the iPhone.

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An interview with Marcel Lubben, Reverdia. “The bioeconomy is a long-term commitment” –

“We expect full support for the bioeconomy in close connection with the circular economy. Together they can tackle two very pressing societal issues i.e. climate change (through lowering carbon footprint) and the plastic waste problem (through collection, reuse and recycling)”.

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Nestlé to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025

Food manufacturer Nestlé has announced its commitment to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or re-usable by 2025, with the aim that none of its packaging ends up in landfill or as litter.

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Sharing Is Caring: Reykjavik’s First Tool Library To Open This August

Let’s assume you’ve just bought a new hairdryer. It works perfectly until, two weeks later, it stops working all of…

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Renewable diesel producer eyes liquid plastic waste as potential raw material

Neste plans to convert old plastics into useful fuels, chemicals and new polymers…

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C&A launches ‘world’s most sustainable jeans’

‘Cradle to cradle’ jeans are made with sustainable materials and will retail for just €29…

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Are bans the best way to inspire circular business practices?

There’s a difference between systemic change and bandwagon participation.

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Australian Eco Stylist Alex van Os: How Thrift Shopping Promotes a Circular Economy – Eco Warrior Princess

Alex van Os Australian eco-stylist shares why thrifting promotes a circular economy and shares her tips on thrift shopping. If you want to be a better op shopper, make sure to read this…!

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EEA report confirms: electric cars are better for climate and air quality —

Information on the environment for those involved in developing, adopting, implementing and evaluating environmental policy, and also the general public…

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Food packaging focuses on recyclability

Attitudes among retailers and brand-owners towards the use of recycled plastics, and particularly recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET), have shifted significantly since the troubled times for plastics recycling back in 2016, an energy and renewables consultant has claimed.

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Virgin Trains Worker Uniforms Recycled At Northumberland Prison

Virgin Trains has handed over its old uniforms to a prison in Northumberland to be recycled by its textiles team. This follows the launch of Virgin Trains’ new body-neutral uniform range designed by sustainable fashion designers Gerardine and Wayne Hemingway for every gender, size and shape across both the East and West Coast. Approximately 30m tonnes of corporate wear are sent to landfill each year in the UK.mittee

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Self-healing plastics one step closer to mainstream use

Green buildings and sustainable cities – news and views…

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Take sustainable mobility challenge | Innovators magazine

Startups are being challenged to drive the sustainable mobility revolution. Innovators Magazine reported last year the Michelin-led Movin’On conference – taking place in Montréal from 30 May to 1 June – will bring together the biggest names in the automotive industry in a bid to pull together a roadmap for achieving sustainable transport systems. 

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Jaden Smith Partners With GStar Raw on Sustainable Denim – eat, sleep, denim blog

Following on the heels of the news that G-Star Raw created the most sustainable jeans ever comes the announcement that pink-haired Jaden Smith will be joining with the brand to promote and possibly help design the fall 2018 collection, although we’re not sure on all the details of the collaboration just yet.

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Plastics Recycling And Supply Chain Must “Seize The Day”

As a widening range of initiatives to tackle the plastics challenge are unveiled, there is an increasing risk that meaningful action will become harder than ever to implement, RECOUP has warned.

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London needs to tackle household recycling rate below the national average says new report

A report published by the London Assembly Environmental Committee has said that London’s household recycling rate is below the UK average, and is urging London Mayor Sadiq Khan to take action.  The report, entitled ‘Wasting London’s Future’ examined the city’s potential for a circular economy, its household recycling record and the use of energy from waste.

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Unilever calls for industry action on packaging waste

One year after Unilever committed to ensuring 100% of its plastic packaging is fully re-usable, recyclable or compostable by 2025, CEO Paul Polman has welcomed news that 10 companies have made similar pledges. Polman has now urged more members of the consumer goods industry to step forward to accelerate the industry’s progress towards the circular economy and address plastic leakage into the world’s natural systems, including waterways and oceans.

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Mondelēz aims to make all of its packaging recyclable by 2025

Mondelēz has announced that it will make all of its packaging recyclable by 2025, as the company aims to reduce waste levels…

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Schiphol’s ambition to be the world’s most sustainable airport

An interview with Denise Pronk, Programme Manager Corporate Responsibility, Royal Schiphol Group.By Ross Falconer…

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UK reverses opposition to tough EU recycling targets | Environment

Exclusive: Ministers will now back a target of 65% by 2035, meaning ambitious rhetoric is being supported by firm action, say experts…

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At BiodiversiTerre, Veolia raised the public’s awareness about the issue of plastic pollution.

Find out about Veolia’s and its partners’ initiatives to raise public awareness about the importance of beating plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.

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EuPC Caution Over European Strategy on Single Use Plastic Waste Reduction

Following the European Parliament’s adoption of its negotiating position on the Commission proposal on the reduction of certain plastic products, EuPC has warned of the possible negative effects for health and hygiene.

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The 1st phase of LOCARBO ends in Portugal

Vila Nova de Gaia (PT) will host the 5th Steering Group and 6th TWT meeting of the LOCARBO project on 25-26 September.

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Texworld USA Gearing Up to Tackle Industry Issues and Needs

Amid uncertainty in trade circles led by issues such as the anti-free trade stance of President Trump, China’s evolving status as a sourcing center and ongoing Brexit talks with the European Union, Texworld USA returns to New York’s Jacob. K. Javits Convention Center for three days starting Jan. 22, with more than 240 exhibitors from around the globe.

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Rooftop solar costs in France fall 5%

The cost of rooftop solar power in France has fallen by 5% in the latest rooftop auction round, adding to an overall drop of 62% since 2011.

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Samsung Recognized for Sustainability Initiatives by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Samsung’s continued sustainability efforts recognized with 2017 Cutting Edge Champion Award and Gold Tier Award…

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UN General Assembly: Nations Commit To Fight Plastic Pollution Together

To build on the growing momentum around the plastics agenda, UN Environment and the European Commission jointly hosted an event at the United Nations HQ today to launch UN Environment’s Global Plastics Platform.

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Recycling experts visit The Sheehan Group plant

Construction firm The Sheehan Group hosted a group of recycling leaders as part of a two-day international conference.

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Unilever and Veolia to collaborate on sustainable packaging

Unilever has announced a three-year partnership with waste management firm Veolia to improve waste collection and recycling infrastructure to help create a circular economy for plastics waste. The duo will jointly work on emerging technologies across various geographies starting in India and…

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GHCL Launches Cirkularity Based on Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Concept

Cirkularity reinforces the company’s commitment to sustainability, traceability, innovation and giving back to society.

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Business giants join Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s global commitment to eradicate plastics pollution

Business giants, financial investors, non-profit organisations and national Governments have vowed to eradicate plastic waste and pollution, as part of a new Global Commitment spearheaded by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

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Coca-Cola India hits portfolio triple jackpot with new Minute Maid Smoothie launch

Coca-Cola India’ says its latest product launch Minute Maid Smoothie hits the buttons for three of its core initiatives: Expanding its Health and Wellness portfolio, boosting its Fruit Circular Economy concept and adhering to two-thirds product localisation.

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Wrapping your head around overpackaging – and taking action – Zero Waste Europe

In January the European Commission released a new set of initiatives as part of the Circular Economy Package. These include: The European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy A Communication on options to address the interface between chemical, product and waste legislation A Monitoring Framework on progress towards a Circular Economy A Report on Critical Raw Materials and the circular economy.

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Recycled rubber and plastic on trac… – Information Centre – Research & Innovation – European Commission

Rail Countries involved in the project described in the article Italy Add to PDF “basket” © Greenrail Group SRL, 2017 Railway sleepers across the world are commonly made of concrete. However, the EU-funded GREENRAIL project has come up with a novel, green idea for sleeper materials that will help the EU rail sector boost its environmental and circular economy credentials, as well as improving rail sleeper technology.

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Recycling: No time to waste

Rebooting Recycling – What can Aotearoa do? is a new report that responds to China no longer taking NZ’s recycling.

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Going for the Gold! Mint Innovation’s microbes and technology recover gold : Biofuels Digest

With the XXIII Olympic Winter Games starting and a record-breaking 102 gold medals up for grabs this year, it got us thinking about medals…and metals in general. With so many uses from giving them as awards for super athletes, to using them in currency, trade markets, and more recently, electronics, it seems like the demand for precious metals isn’t going anywhere, but the supply is limited, even if the U.S. Geological Survey estimates there are 52,000 tons of minable gold still in the ground.

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Benjamin Von Wong Shows Us How Photography Can Change the World

We all know that humans are destroying the earth, but we live in a time where the destruction has become too much to take lightly anymore. Will artists be the ones to bring the earth together to clean and protect it?

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Why schools need to address the issue of e-waste | The Educator Australia

The Educator looks at how students can be empowered to make sustainable decisions about technology…

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Illinois Researchers Develop Method for Recycling Plastic from E-waste

The researchers have found a non-toxic solvent that can recover clean streams of PC from polycarbonate plastic.

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The War on E-Waste and Everything in Between | PBA

With over 20 million tonnes of technology ending up in landfill each year, Cat Harding and Mardi Brown knew they had to “Pony Up” – or do their bit. Now they’re not just diverting tech from landfill, they’re changing a culture of corporate e-waste, writes Maggie Coggan in this month’s Spotlight on…

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Photographer Benjamin Von Wong Transformed 4,100 Pounds Of e-Waste Into Post-Apocalyptic Landscapes

Every single day, 142,000 computers are thrown away in the United States alone. At least, that was the case in 2010. Electronic waste is the fastest growing municipal waste stream in the world. Today, that number is far higher and the only way to alleviate the situation is getting people to talk more about it. Photographer Benjamin Von Wong uses his photography as a way to make a positive social impact.

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Researchers tap problematic e-waste surplus to recover high-quality polymers

Mixed-plastic electronics waste could be a valuable source of reusable polymers, a new study suggests. The team has developed the first energy-efficient and environmentally friendly process that separates mixed polymers so that they can be recycled into new, high-quality plastic products.

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Skurnac of Sims Metal Management Talks E-waste Technology

Steve Skurnac sat down with Waste360 to discuss the need for innovative recycling technologies and strategies for OEMs and producers.

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Lylie’s recycled e-waste Jewellery turns tech trash into treasure

Lylie’s e-waste Jewellery turns tech trash into treasure. The innovative London based brand uses recycled e-waste in its stunning jewellery…

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E-waste: Electronics goods producers, retailers to face collection targets, Government & Economy – THE BUSINESS TIMES

The Singapore government will be requiring electronic goods producers and possibly even retailers to collect the products they sell and ensure that they are recycled or disposed of properly. Under such an approach known as Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), the government will set collection targets for these companies, which if not met could attract fines, said Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli on Thursday.

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THE INFONOMIST: Apple can be greener and save the planet

Nothing is really new from recently launched Apple products this week, except for one major step towards sustainability… writes Wesley Diphoko.

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Energy Live News – Energy Made Easy – UN organisations commit to e-waste management

Organisations from the UN system most active in addressing the global electronic waste (e-waste) have pledged to bring an end to it. They have signed a Letter of Intent, paving the way for co-ordination and collaboration for the management of e-waste. The signatories include UN Environment, the International Telecommunication Union, UN University, International Labour Organisation, the Basel and Stockholm Convention and the UN Institute for Training and Research.

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House of Marley Brings Nature And Tech Together To Cut Down On E-Waste

E-waste is making headlines at the World Economic Forum in Davos, encouraging brands to start thinking about the materials they use. House of Marley, an audio brand inspired by Bob Marley, has been working on it for a decade, putting organic cotton, hemp, and recycled aluminum in their gear.

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Alfa Telecom to Ship 460 Tons of e-Waste to Sweden

As of 2017, over 47 million tons of e-waste were generated and the numbers are rising annually by 4%. Unfortunately, only 20% of e-waste is subject to recycling and 80% are dumped in landfills or burned, knowing that e-waste accounts for nearly 70% of toxic waste.

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We generate 125,000 jumbo jets worth of e-waste every year. Here’s how we can tackle the problem

The advantages of living in a connected world are many and varied. But too much of that relies on a culture of constantly upgrading gadgets. Where those unwanted devices end up, and how they are treated, is becoming a major concern.

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Extracting Metals from E-Waste

Every second, metals that form the components of our day-to-day electronics are thrown out. There are currently no efficient methods for recycling them, yet our need for these metals remains strong. Yale researchers have developed a solution that salvages metals at their “end-of-life” stage and…

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Thailand takes first step toward total ban of e-waste – CSMonitor.com

Electronic waste – while a lucrative business for processing plants – releases harmful lead, mercury, cadmium, and other toxins into the environment. E-waste is a growing problem in Southeast Asia as China cracks down on its recycling and e-waste imports, the world’s main dumping ground for…

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£1m funding pot for companies aiming to reduce food waste

£1m cash pot for companies aiming to reduce food waste. Zero Waste Scotland is working to help the Scottish Government achieve its target.

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E-waste charges drop, but will not disappear | Stuff.co.nz

Palmerston North trial delayed while the effect of lower charges is tested.

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Take action on e-waste for Earth Day

Just shy of 50 million tonnes of e-waste will be produced globally in this year. Earth Day is a global moment of civic and political action to protect our shared home.

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E-Waste Microfactory Turns Waste into 3D Printer Filament

Many people struggle with trying to be good environmental stewards – while not being hoarders at the same time. I’ve been guilty of holding on to things that I should throw away, just because I haven’t yet found a way to recycle them.

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Electronic Devices Outnumber Humans & Trigger a Surge in E-Waste

The widespread innovations in modern digital technology have a devastating downside to it: the accumulation of over 50 million tonnes of electronics waste (e-waste) globally every year. And that’s greater in weight than all of the world’s commercial airliners ever made, or enough Eiffel Towers to fill the borough of Manhattan in New York city, warns a new report released at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos,

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E-Waste Recycler Sentenced To Over A Year In Prison For Fixing Old PC’s and Selling Them

A computer technician has been sentenced to prison for selling restore disks for computers after he was targeted by Microsoft for allegedly taking away from their profits.

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Millennial Bug

Millennials are now the largest demographic in the workforce, which has led to changing trends in consumer behaviour as their spending power increases. So how will the habits of millennials shape our circular economy aspirations?

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Warnings over children’s health as recycled e-waste comes back as plastic toys | Guardian Sustainable Business

A trend towards using plastic parts in electrical and electronic goods is causing a headache for the recycling industry…

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Biogas – Meridiam Backs Evergaz Biogas Projects

This partnership is consistent with the cooperation between Evergaz and Meridiam, initiated in Germany in 2017, when the companies acquired two biogas plants with a capacity of 1,400 Nm3/h of biomethane and 950 kWel.

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Finland’s long, hard road to creating a circular economy

A visit to a state of the art rubbish dump serving Helsinki shows that even in the greenest of nations, tackling waste is a complex problem…

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Scotland Launches £1m Grants to Businesses with ‘Big Ideas’ to Cut Food Waste

In Scotland grants of up to £1 million are being made available to businesses with ‘big ideas’ about how to cut food waste and help them bring concepts to market….

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Let Europe export only the practices we are proud of – Zero Waste Europe

hen I travel outside Europe I’m happy to see the positive image that our little continent projects in terms of producing quality products and establishing progressive environmental legislation. Of course, that doesn’t mean that Europe is a perfect model, and we are well aware of our own contradictions: the way European countries export their waste to other regions without taking into account the impact it will have, or the double standards applied by certain European companies when they operate abroad, are just some of them.

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MFR18 goes Circular!

Circular Economy: The Centre of The Calls fomr Makers, Universities and Research Institute in every topics . Deadline is July 7 . Learn More!

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$1.3 trillion voice for sustainability

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is stepping up its efforts to support the circular economy. At the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, the WBCSD launched the Factor 10 initiative. Supported by 30 companies, with combined revenues of $1.3 trillion, it will strive to transform how ‘business produces, uses and disposes of the materials that make up global trade by moving away from the traditional take-make-dispose economic model to one that is regenerative by design’.

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$1.3 trillion voice for sustainability

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is stepping up its efforts to support the circular economy. At the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, the WBCSD launched the Factor 10 initiative. Supported by 30 companies, with combined revenues of $1.3 trillion, it will strive to transform how ‘business produces, uses and disposes of the materials that make up global trade by moving away from the traditional take-make-dispose economic model to one that is regenerative by design’.

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Mattress recycler bids good night to Scottish waste nightmare – The Scotsman

A new mattress recycling facility, the first of its kind in Scotland, has opened on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

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European Water Producers Make Circular Economy Pledge

The European Federation of Bottled Waters (EFBW) has announced four industry-wide pledges that aim to increase the collection of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles and the use of recycled PET. This will accelerate the shift towards a more circular economy, it says.

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Davos: Leaders urged to tackle ‘circularity gap’ in world resources

Just a fraction of global resources are re-used according to new research – but can we close the loop in time? In October a major UN report confirmed what most of the climate world already knew: that the carbon reduction pledges made by nations at the Paris Summit in 2015 are insufficient if the world is to avert dangerous global warming. 

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Ellen MacArthur’s boat takes to sea again thanks to the circular economy!

November 4, 2018, Romain Pilliard will start the Route du Rhum with a legendary trimaran and renovated using circular economy principles !

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Circular Economy Major Talking Point as Club of Rome Celebrates 50th Anniversary « Markets & Policy « Waste Management World

Resource use and the need for a move to a circular economy are key themes at the Club of Rome’s 50th anniversary conference being held today.

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Circular Economy Benefits To UK Economy Highlighted In Veolia Report

The growing success of the circular economy, and the real benefits the approach is delivering to the UK economy has been highlighted with the publication of Veolia’s latest Sustainability Report.

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Nissan revs up latest electric van

New NV300 Concept van turns electric vehicle into a mobile workshop…

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Is it fair to blame Coca-Cola and big corporations for our waste crisis? | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

Some global corporations are trying to address the environmental impact of throwaway culture, but campaigners say they remain part of the problem…

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Swept under the rug: toxics in European carpets threaten health, environment and circular economy

New report reveals toxics in European carpets threatening health, environment and circular economy 5 March 2018, Brussels. Toxic substances linked to a range of adverse health impacts can be present in carpets sold in the European Union (EU), the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) and the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) warned today following a new study by Anthesis. 

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Danone announces new commitments to drive a circular economy

Danone has announced that it is making its packaging 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025 as part of its new commitments.

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‘Is lightweight, recyclable packaging a double-edged sword?’

Flexible plastic packaging is growing because it’s lightweight, sometimes recyclable, affordable and meets an increasing demand for packaged foods in developing countries….

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Introducing a more circular economy will meet with resistance – What goes around

A SINGLE, BARE lightbulb helps illuminate part of the Livermore-Pleasanton fire department on the eastern edge of the San Francisco Bay area. It does not look out of place, if a little dim. But it is no humdrum piece of electrical equipment.

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Sardinia paves the way towards Zero Waste on islands – Zero Waste Europe

Zero Waste Europe released today its latest case study on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, showcasing a fast transition towards zero waste and a circular economy in an tourist region. The case study exposes that Sardinia was until 2003 in the rearguard of Italy and Europe in terms of waste management, with a separate collection rate of only 3.8%, with the rest sent to landfills and incinerators.

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The circular economy: what gives?

If you’ve never heard of ‘circular fashion’ then brace yourself – it’s one of those terms you’ll soon hear bandied around a lot.Happily, Peppermint’s Marketing and Partnerships Manager Roxane was part of the first ever Australian Circular Fashion Conference (ACFC) held recently in Sydney – and here’s…

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The circular economy, creating social and environmental value, by Thierry Vandevelde.|#LivingCircular

Supported by the Veolia Foundation, The Conversation France website now has a new section devoted to the circular economy. Interview with Dr. Thierry Vandevelde, who heads the Foundation.

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edie’s next 30-minute masterclass: How to implement the circular economy

Sustainability professionals seeking to drive value from the transition to a circular economy are invited to take part in a free, online masterclass taking place on Wednesday 12 September.- edie news centre…

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City-as-a-Service –

Today during the WeMakeThe.City festival, Circle Economy launched the ‘City-as-a-Service’ publication, which offers a first glimpse into the ‘circular city of the future’.This publication is an initial and practical exploration of how service models will shape the way in which societal needs can …

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Prague’s Circular Journey Begins With City Scan Announcement –

As the recognition of the circular economy continues to grow internationally, so too does Circle Economy’s reach; this time into the Czech Republic.Here, Circle Economy will lead city changemakers within Prague through a multi-phase process, from orientation to implementation aimed at creating a …

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“Cycle for Mediterranea”: a cycling tour of circular economy solutions in the Mediterranean| #LivingCircular

Discover “Cycle For Mediterranea”, the adventure of two young French people leaving for a month-long bike ride to tour circular economy solutions in the Mediterranean.

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The future of recycling lies in the circular economy | Stuff.co.nz

These Kiwi companies are trying to find solutions to the complexity of recycling.

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What I Learned from the Sustainability & Circular Economy Summit

I had the good fortune to attend the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Fourth Annual Sustainability and Circular Economy Summit.The roughly 200 attendees were from remarkably diverse organizati…

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Japan to focus on circular economy at G20

June’s G20 summit, the first ever to be hosted by Japan, will focus on circular economy, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe told leaders at the Asia-Europe meeting (Asem) in Brussels on Friday. “Circular economy is a key-word for the future of Asia and Eu…

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Scaling up the circular economy | Innovators magazine

We are continuing our build up to the 10th anniversary European Innovation Summit.

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Plastics producers gear up for shift to circular economy

Local waste management experts are confident Malaysia has the capability to design manufacturing that channel waste back into the production cycle to be reused…

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Weak policies harming circular economy path in Africa

Africa should implement strategies that do not create jobs at the expense of polluting the environment.

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Kingfisher spearheading the circular economy

Kingfisher has been one of the front runners in transforming its business into a more circular business. The focus? Smarter consumption and get ‘more from less’. Create less waste Retail Detail had an exclusive interview with Caroline Laurie, Head of Sustainability of Kingfisher plc.