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…
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….
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.
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.
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.
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.
Like most acronyms, ITAD is a bit of a mouthful. It stands for Information Technology Asset Disposition, and while it doesn’t roll off the tongue, it is increasingly essential in securing old data and managing e-waste.
“Humankind’s insatiable demand and consumption of electronic devices is creating the world’s fastest growing waste stream. Some forms are growing exponentially. The United Nations are calling it a tsunami of e-waste.” While more electronic devices are part of the problem, they also can be a big…
Research by Newsweek Vantage confirms that the concept of a circular economy has gone from relative obscurity to the corporate boardroom in just a few years. In an October 2018 survey of 317 senior executives from large corporations around the world, fully 98% were familiar with the concept.
Andrew Rubin bought FCM Recycling in 2010, converting it from a ferrous and non-ferrous recycler with a speciality in printed circuit boards, to a specialized processor of electronic waste. With headq…
Global stakeholders are gathered in Antwerp for the World Resources Forum, themed around ‘closing loops’. To achieve a more circular economy, industry and the EU need to work even closer to address the challenges, and having the right data underpins these efforts.
A group of MPs is calling on the UK Government to introduce policies which would see fashion brands pay a producer responsibility charge of 1p for every garment they produce, in addition to lower rates of tax for companies minimising the environmental footprint of their products.
Until recently, few businesses would advertise environmental principles like recycling and re-use, but now it is commonplace for them to brag about their ability to cut waste. At Tarkett, we have long believed in doing our little bit to make a difference for the planet.
In today’s age of rapid technological advancement and innovation, a greater number of electronic goods, which comprises computers, televisions, laptops, tablets, refrigerators, cell phones, fax machines, batteries, DVD sets, vacuum cleaners, microwave ovens, electric lamps, etc.
The Circular Economy Package and Plastics Strategy have set a high-level framework to improve the resource efficiency of the European economy. But to be effective, this framework must remain a policy priority for the next European Commission and Parliament, writes Nick Molho.
Unlocking the full potential of the circular economy to tackle the climate challenges is the key priority for the 750 attendees of the World Resources Forum 2019, which opened its doors today in Antwerp.
Finnish food manufacturer Fazer has announced a €40 million investment into a new factory for oat-based healthy sugar alternative xylitol, which is said to be an example of state-of-the-art circular economy innovation.
The Limburg Energy Fund (“LEF”), a regional investment fund established by the Province of Limburg, is the first of its kind to join Circle Economy’s membership community. LEF has a mandate to support sustainability in or for Limburg.
Unscrupulous sellers that are looking to make quick and easy sales are more than happy to get paid higher prices than what their products are actually worth. If the refurbished industry is to be saved, it’s going to need a big makeover – and not just a superficial one.
The European Commission has published a comprehensive report on the implementation of the Circular Economy Action Plan it adopted in December 2015.The report presents the main results of implementing the action plan and sketches out open challenges to … Continue reading →…
Around 50 million tons of electronic waste, or e-waste, is being thrown away each year, according to a new joint United Nations report – which exceeds the combined weight of all the commercial airliners ever made, or alternatively, enough Eiffel Towers to fill the whole of Manhattan
Its time to wake up to the opportunities of the circular economy. In the 12 months since we launched our first Circularity Gap Report, resource extraction and greenhouse gas emissions have continued to increase.
With the rise in consumer demand for low and no alcohol drinks, beer giant AB InBev is converting wasted alcohol from its low and no-ABV beers into biofuel, combining two major trends in the drinks industry. As demand for low alcohol drinks, beer in particular, has risen over the past 12 months, AB InBev’s European headquarters has struck a deal with a biofuel plant in Belgium in order to convert leftover alcohol from the brewing process into fuel.
Humans today produce 78 million tons of plastic packaging each year. Almost a third of that makes its way into the environment, causing enormous patches of floating refuse in our oceans, for instance, and depositing microplastics on our beaches.
The U.S. Department of Energy announced the establishment of a Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize and a research and development center for the recycling of critical materials such as cobalt and lithium from lithium-ion batteries.
New EU waste legislation adopted last year has redefined what can be considered “recycled” and resets targets for each packaging material. Gordon Shade goes through the expected changes and remaining challenges.