Shifting your Business Model: How to Resale

September 15, 2020 by  
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Shifting your Business Model: How to Resale How can your company implement a resale business model? The resale of used, worn or simply returned consumer products, also known as recommerce, holds tremendous promise for the retail industry. Beyond diverting substantial landfill waste, resale represents a rapidly growing revenue opportunity with a market valued at $20 billion in the apparel industry alone. But despite clear environmental benefits and new financial opportunities, only a handful of companies are implementing secondary sales models. From reverse logistics, quality control, customer expectations and revenue cannibalization concerns, companies must overcome a multitude of considerations and complexities. Join this breakout to learn how organizations at the forefront of the recommerce industry are tackling these challenges, and what it took them to build an effective, lucrative resale business model. Speakers Gwen Cunningham, Lead Circle Textiles Programme, Circle Economy Cynthia Power, Director, EILEEN FISHER Renew Holly Secon Mon, 09/14/2020 – 22:37 Featured Off

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US Plastics Pact 101

September 14, 2020 by  
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US Plastics Pact 101 What is the U.S. Plastics Pact and how are its signatories advancing a circular economy for plastics? The U.S. Plastics Pact brings together businesses, government entities, NGOs, researchers, and other collaborators as part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s network of Plastics Pacts around the world. The U.S. Pact will work collectively towards a common vision of a circular economy for plastics. By bringing together diverse stakeholders and driving collaborative action, the U.S. Pact will deliver a meaningful transition towards a circular economy for plastics, enabling U.S. companies, governments and NGOs to collectively meet impactful goals by 2025 that they could not meet on their own. Learn about the Pact’s launch, targets, and what comes next. Hear from the Pact’s NGOs and companies on why they’re spearheading a common vision for circularity, and the crucial role companies play in plastics recovery. Others in the plastics value chain are welcome to join the U.S. Plastics Pact after its launch. Speakers Erin Simon, Head, Plastic Waste and Business, World Wildlife Fund Ashley C Hall, Director of Sustainable Packaging, Walmart Natalie Betts, Circular Economy Program Manager, City of Austin Holly Secon Mon, 09/14/2020 – 10:58 Featured Off

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Algae and Mushrooms and Pineapples, Oh My! Bioutilization in Action

September 14, 2020 by  
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Algae and Mushrooms and Pineapples, Oh My! Bioutilization in Action   What opportunities exist to incorporate bio-based materials into products and packaging, how can they be sustainably sourced, and what benefits or challenges do these materials afford? From fish scales in electronics to fabrics made from milk protein, the utilization of biomaterials can often seem like a page out science fiction. Whether futuristic or highly practical, new uses of biological materials are garnering attention as a new and exciting approach to circular products. Can the use of these materials offer a sustainable pathway forward? How can bio-based materials be effectively and sustainably scaled, and when should your company take advantage of them? This discussion explores these questions. Speakers Suz Okie, Circular Economy Associate Analyst, GreenBiz Group Sea Briganti, CEO, LOLIWARE Dr. Carmen Hijosa, Founder and Chief Creative & Innovation Officer, Ananas Anam UK ltd Meghan Olson, Business Development Lead, MycoComposite, Ecovative Design Holly Secon Mon, 09/14/2020 – 10:51 Featured Off

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Is There a Role of Waste to Energy in the Circular Economy?

September 11, 2020 by  
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Is There a Role of Waste to Energy in the Circular Economy? Americans create a lot of solid waste – to the tune of 268 million tons in 2017 alone. While many localities and companies are championing zero-waste plans to divert materials that have a second life (think recycling, reusing and composting), the majority of U.S. garbage still ends up in the landfill. What’s the best use of that garbage? This discussion explores the polarizing world of waste-to-energy through incineration and gasification. Experts discuss if it ever makes sense to generate energy from trash, and break down the environmental and social pitfalls. Speakers Sarah Golden, Senior Energy Analyst & VERGE Energy Chair, GreenBiz Group  Will Thorburn, Director, Cleantech Strategy & Investments, Cox Holly Secon Thu, 09/10/2020 – 20:13 Featured Off

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Equal Recycling Access

September 11, 2020 by  
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Equal Recycling Access How can U.S. communities and industry partners collaborate to ensure access to recycling? While most Americans would agree that recycling is important, access to recycling bins, store drop-off options and other facilities can vary greatly depending on your location. Learn about the challenge of equitable access, hear about example projects to address this problem, and how government and industry stakeholders can work together to address these challenges. Speakers Dr. Shannon Bouton, Global Executive Director, Sustainable Communities, McKinsey.org  Keysha Burton, Community Program Coordinator, The Recycling Partnership Kristyn Oldendorf, Waste Reduction & Operations Coordinator, Baltimore City Department of Public Works, Bureau of Solid Waste Jennifer Ronk, Sustainability and Advocacy Manager, NA Packaging & Specialty Plastics, Dow Holly Secon Thu, 09/10/2020 – 19:36 Featured Off

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Designing Better Products with Biomimicry

September 11, 2020 by  
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Designing Better Products with Biomimicry How are four new companies using biomimicry to design more efficient, sustainable and circular products, disrupting some of the world’s biggest industries? A perfectly circular system — one without waste, non-renewable inputs or inefficiencies — already exists in nature. Of course, it’s not that simple for humans. With capital flows on top of material flows, industry on top of ecosystems, our system isn’t quite as perfectly designed. But why start a design from scratch when you can learn from the 3.8 billion years of evolution that have taken place on Earth? Biomimicry, the practice of looking to nature for inspired ideas, can speed up the circular design process by borrowing from the elegance and efficiency of nature to solve complex human problems. Four new companies are embracing biomimicry to disrupt some of the world’s biggest industries including fashion, sanitation and construction. These startups share a snapshot of their work, showing how nature-inspired design led them to create inherently more sustainable and circular products. By the end of this session, designers and non-designers alike will be Asking Nature how to accelerate the design process for circular products. Speakers Jared Yarnall-Schane, Entrepreneurship Director, Biomimicry Institute  Birgitt Boschitsch, Co-founder & CEO, spotLESS Materials Ryan Pearson, Co-Founder & COO, Cypris Materials Theanne Schiros, Co-Founder, CSO, Werewool Diana Yusef, Co-Founder and CEO, change:WATER Labs This session was held at GreenBiz Group’s Circularity 20, which took place August 25-27, 2020. View archived videos from the conference here: http://grn.bz/MWn . Watch our other must-see talks here: https://www.youtube.com/watchv=kDIkTxibMLM&list=PLyVZcHL_zmn6pie1MKrS3qJuXrLpTvgx9 Holly Secon Thu, 09/10/2020 – 19:30 Featured Off

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Centering Equity and Justice in a Circular Economy

September 9, 2020 by  
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Centering Equity and Justice in a Circular Economy High-quality jobs, affordable places to live, a thriving urban culture, and a healthy human and natural environment can all be part of circular cities. This conversation between public and private practitioners discusses how. Speakers José Manuel Moller Dominguez, CEO & Founder, Algramo Mark Chambers, Director, NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability Heather Clancy, Editorial Director, GreenBiz Group Holly Secon Tue, 09/08/2020 – 22:44 Featured Off

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Unlocking a Circular Carbon Economy

September 9, 2020 by  
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Unlocking a Circular Carbon Economy   Marcius Extavour, the Executive Director of Prize Operations in Energy & Resources with Carbon XPRIZE, discusses how to create a circular economy that will also tackle climate change. Holly Secon Tue, 09/08/2020 – 22:42 Featured Off

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Solving Food Waste and Hunger

September 9, 2020 by  
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Solving Food Waste and Hunger An estimated 1.3 billion metric tons of food is lost or wasted globally each year, according to the United Nations — about one-third of all the food produced for human consumption. Meanwhile, over 690 million people worldwide still went hungry in the last year. These two problems should seemingly solve themselves. Innovative circular economy models might be able to help.  Speakers Jasmine Crowe, CEO, Goodr Holly Secon Tue, 09/08/2020 – 22:37 Featured Off

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Episode 235: The value of informal waste collectors, reusable packaging prevails

September 4, 2020 by  
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Episode 235: The value of informal waste collectors, reusable packaging prevails Heather Clancy Fri, 09/04/2020 – 02:00 Week in Review Stories discussed this week (4:08). It’s time to value waste collectors for their pivotal role in the plastic supply chain What does “climate risk” actually mean ? 7 tips for companies developing reusable packaging Features Mainstage highlights from Circularity 20 (15:30) Last week, GreenBiz hosted Circularity 20, the largest North American conference focused on circular economy issues. We’ll be posting videos for many sessions in mid-September. Meanwhile, here are highlights from five mainstage speakers.  Circularity and equity in cities:  Mark Chambers, director of the mayor’s office of sustainability for New York, and Jose Manuel Moller Dominguez, founder and CEO of Algramo, comment on how brands can participate in motivating systemic change. The human dimension of waste collection: Bharati Chaturvedi, founder and director of the Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group in India, and Kieran Smith, co-founder and CEO of Mr. Green Africa, discuss why informal collectors of plastics and recyclables should embrace within formal supply chains — and how to do it. Creative disruption:  Design thinker TIm Brown, chair of IDEA, discusses the two major models that catalyze systems change. Thoughts on leadership (25:37) Trista Bridges and Donald Eubank, co-founders and principals of consultancy Read the Air, chat about their new book, “Leading Sustainably: The Path to Sustainable Business and how the SDGs Change Everything.” You can read an excerpt here .  The state of composting (37:38) What is so much food still sent to landfills when it could be used for energy or to fertilize crops? Nora Goldstein, editor of Biocycle, chats about the U.S. composting infrastructure.  *Music in this episode by Lee Rosevere: “As I Was Saying,” “Southside,” “And So Then,” “Here’s the Thing,” “Curiosity” and “More On That Later” *This episode was sponsored by Amazon Resources galore Greentech on the red sea. How do we innovate our way out of the climate crisis? Three professors from Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah University of Science and Technology discussing promising solutions in energy and water. Join the webcast at 1 p.m. EDT Sept. 8. Today’s carbon-negative fuel. Exploring the potential for fleet emissions reductions through renewable natural gas. Register here for the discussion at 1 p.m. EDT Sept. 10. ESG values and a sustainable future.  Why placing environment, social and governance principles at the center of COVID-19 recovery places makes sense for resilience and the bottom line. Sign up for the interactive session at 1 p.m. EDT Sept. 15. Action plus ambition. How leading companies, including Microsoft, approach audacious sustainability goals. Register for the discussion at 1 p.m. EDT Sept. 17.  Safety and performance in recycled plastics. UL and HP Inc. share strategies and insights in this conversation at 1 p.m. EDT Sept. 22. Inside The Climate Pledge. Senior executives from Amazon, Global Optimism and Verizon share insights on why collaborative corporate action on the climate crisis is more critical than ever. Join us during Climate Week at noon EDT Sept. 24. Clean air in California?  It’s easier than you think. Hear from the California Air Resources Board, the city of Oakland and Neste in this session at 1 p.m. EDT Oct. 1. State of the Profession. Our sixth report examining the evolving role of corporate sustainability leaders. Download it here . The State of Green Business 2020. Our 13th annual analysis of key metrics and trends published here . Do we have a newsletter for you! We produce six weekly newsletters: GreenBuzz by Executive Editor Joel Makower (Monday); Transport Weekly by Senior Writer and Analyst Katie Fehrenbacher (Tuesday); VERGE Weekly by Executive Director Shana Rappaport and Editorial Director Heather Clancy (Wednesday); Energy Weekly by Senior Energy Analyst Sarah Golden (Thursday); Food Weekly by Carbon and Food Analyst Jim Giles (Thursday); and Circular Weekly by Director and Senior Analyst Lauren Phipps (Friday). You must subscribe to each newsletter in order to receive it. Please visit this page to choose which you want to receive. The GreenBiz Intelligence Panel is the survey body we poll regularly throughout the year on key trends and developments in sustainability. To become part of the panel, click here . Enrolling is free and should take two minutes. Stay connected To make sure you don’t miss the newest episodes of GreenBiz 350, subscribe on iTunes . Have a question or suggestion for a future segment? 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