8 ripple effects of the circular economy in 2017

December 29, 2017 by  
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From Apple to Cremona, Italy, to Unilever, here’s how industry, agriculture and cities cleaned up their acts this year.

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The sustainability year 2017 in review, in haiku

December 29, 2017 by  
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This Year of the Rooster was stressful for those devoted to sustainability. It may help to take one syllable at a time.

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Next year, resilience will become the new normal

December 29, 2017 by  
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The riskiest 20 percent of U.S. counties are economic powerhouses. Having valuable property that is not resilient and in the path of disaster is unsustainable.

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Overheard in sustainability: The funniest moments in 2017

December 29, 2017 by  
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These stories illuminate the lighter side of a flood of bad news about record emissions levels, political inaction and lapses in corporate responsibility.

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In Denver, it took a village to build a microgrid

August 15, 2017 by  
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Fifteen contracts were involved in getting the grid-tied Pena Station off the ground.

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Waste not, want not: 5 videos about scraping value from trash

August 15, 2017 by  
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Enterprising individuals within companies are finding opportunities in the waste stream to cut costs and waste and improve operations. Watch this (circular) space.

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If all paper cannot be made from 100% recycled fiber, what should we use?

March 14, 2017 by  
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Recycling paper was one of the earliest and most important actions individuals and companies took to treat our natural world more gently.But despite great advances in paper recycling, we don’t have enough recycled paper fiber to go around.So, if we cannot make every new product from recycled paper, which products should be made from recycled and which should use sustainably grown new fiber?A new tool is being developed to help answer that question. But first, let’s explain why we need it in the first place.

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Timberland walks the extra mile to end plastic waste

February 17, 2017 by  
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The footwear giant cleans up its supply chain by partnering with a startup that promises to add financial value and empower workers in Haiti.

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Punah Project recycles industrial waste into fashion-forward accessories

September 27, 2016 by  
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It’s not often that manufacturing companies are overly concerned with the environmental impact of their excessive waste , but one of India’s largest manufacturing conglomerates, Godrej & Boyce , is shrewdly turning theirs into a fashion-forward gold mine. Under the initiative Punah Project , the company has created a circular economy by converting their industrial waste into swanky new products like metal shoes and handbags, which were recently on display at Tent London during London Design Festival . It’s estimated that Godrej & Boyce industries generate approximately 18,505 tonnes of waste materials annually, all of which have previously gone straight into landfills and incinerators. This process is not only damaging to the environment, but also a complete misuse of potential materials. Related: Glitter Without Guilt: Ethical Rings Created from Recycled Precious Metals Focusing on “re-thinking the definition of waste and the use of waste materials”, the Punah Project team has created a sustainable manufacturing process that separates waste into six categories of recyclables: oils, metals, wood, chemical, paper, and electronic materials. The potential value of each material is evaluated based on its natural properties and versatility. A variety of new products are then created using as little energy as possible. The results, which were recently on display at the London Design Festival, include fashion-forward items like kicky metal shoes and hand clutches made with leftover metal crimping pieces. Mr. Hemmant Jha, Chief Design Officer, Godrej & Boyce, said the company’s zero-waste process not only works to reduce waste in landfills, but also benefits local economies. He added: “As initiators of The Punah Project, we are focusing on developing alternative applications for non-hazardous industrial waste through material design and research. We aim to adopt a zero-waste policy across all the Godrej & Boyce manufacturing sites. We are happy to have displayed the applications that are a result of our extensive research on over 600 materials and several collaborations with different manufacturing teams at Godrej & Boyce as well as skilled craftsmen and designers across India.” + Punah Project + London Design Festival + Inhabitat coverage of London Design Festival

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13 Cradle to Cradle products for a safe and eco-conscious home

November 23, 2015 by  
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