The renewed partnership is set to focus on “raising the ambition level in the transition towards a circular economy for plastic in the fast-moving consumer goods sector. The collaboration will also focus on building the momentum towards creating a circular economy for food as well as fashion. The extended partnership expands on the decade-long Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP), which focuses on how the company will “decouple growth from its environmental impact, while at the same time increasing its positive social impact.
The move, part of a growing trend, is expected to keep 500 million tiny bottles a year out of landfills from Marriott alone.
Here’s how a highly intensive manufacturer of insulation and related building products with a presence in 33 countries in Europe, North America and Asia has been on a journey towards the circular economy for over 20 years, and knows it still has far to go. Owens Corning’s website defines sustainability as being about meeting the needs of the present while leaving the world a better place for the future. It claims that sustainability is at “the heart of our business, from the products we make to the way we make them”. It declares that it “considers the future in the decisions we make today…working to expand our handprint while we reduce our footprint”. Its 2030 goals are “to be a net-positive company, one where the positive impacts of our people and products (our handprint) exceeds the negative impacts of our operations (our footprint)”.
The CISL Accelerator are looking for early stage start-ups, entrepreneurs and SMEs to join our Innovators for Change Accelerator programme. This free online programme will guide a select cohort of innovators through a virtual support journey, designed to accelerate innovation that builds resilience in one of three areas: business continuity; socially inclusive services; or environmental protection.
Traditional economics has faced troubling questions since the 2008 financial crash, though its “linear” version remains dominant. Now some believe circular economics could, and perhaps should, set us on a new track.