August 2021

The Circular Economy

In 2004, TerraCycle reclaimed an industrial facility to become their global headquarters in Trenton, NJ – featuring a showroom designed with recycled “trash” and exterior walls, freely painted regularly by local, urban graffiti artists.

Welcome to our first-ever issue on the fast growing “Circular Economy.”  Read about what it is and where it’s going. We believe that it all begins in the design phase and continues through a product’s life cycle. The Circular Economy (CE) is about responsible business and, as in nature, nothing is wasted. In the Circular Economy, companies that manufacture products should be responsible for their products and all of their impacts.

This August 2021 issue features articles by long-time CE visionary Tom Szaky of TerraCycle; Lydia Miller of Dana Investment Advisors writes about CE leader Ellen MacArthur and her Foundation’s work; and we ask two important questions for today: Can everything from housing to smartphones be made without waste? And how can the CE effectively deal with the huge e-waste problem. Also, check out our informative NY Times video featuring a variety of experts discussing Net Zero and the Circular Economy.

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Purpose of Business and the Circular Economy by Tom Szaky-Terracycle

The Purpose of Business and the Circular Economy

Tom Szaky
Aligning human consumption with nature’s activities, the circular economy keeps resources in use and cycling around as long as possible, reducing the strain on the Earth’s finite cradle of resources and impacts on the environment. Recycling, reduction, and reuse are elements of a circular economy. It keeps responsibility for products and their impacts with the companies that produce them.

Next Steps Towards a Circular Economy by Lydia Miller-Dana Investment Advisors

The Next Steps Towards a Circular Economy

Lydia Miller
Dana Investment Advisors
A circular economy moves beyond our take-make-waste industrial model and works toward designing products to eliminate waste and pollution and to regenerate natural systems. It’s a tall order for our complex global economy and demands a fundamental change within and across industries and stakeholders. The Circularity Gap Report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation is a useful and informative guide.

Everything From Smartphones to Housing Can Be Built Without Waste. Here’s How.

Chris Forman and Claire Asher
Brave Green World
Our current way of living will change fundamentally in the future. Exactly how that happens is a societal decision. The materials we use to create our new world will depend on technology and science. Leading us to a hyper-efficient, innovation-driven circular economy that is equipped to address the challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss, and inequality, while bringing countless benefits.

Circular Economics and the $57B E-waste Opportunity by Heather Clancy-GreenBiz

Circular Economics and the $57B E-Waste Opportunity

Heather Clancy
The plastic waste problem gets plenty of attention, and for good reason: If we continue mismanaging this material as usual, there could be 7.7 gigatons of the stuff cluttering landfills, waterways and oceans, or being incinerated by 2040. Just as stunning: Plastic isn't the fastest growing waste stream the world needs to deal with - that ‘honor’ actually goes to various forms of electronics waste (e-waste).

12 Young Circular Economy Innovators by Deonna Anderson-Climate and Capital Media

12 Young Circular Economy Innovators

Deonna Anderson
GreenBiz / CIimate & Capital Media
Meet the Circularity21 Emerging Leaders, a group of students and early-career professionals looking to drive the transition to a circular economy. When it comes to advancing CE, innovators are working around the world with these three principles in mind - design out waste and pollution, keep products and materials in use and regenerate natural systems.

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August 2021 Additional Articles

Koehler Group Invests in Euro Circular Bioeconomy Fund

Koehler Group Invests in the European Circular Bioeconomy Fund

The Koehler Group is investing in the European Circular Bioeconomy Fund (ECBF) with the aim of actively fostering the development of sustainable innovations and technologies. The ECBF is the first growth investment fund to be dedicated exclusively to projects in the field of the bioeconomy in Europe, including the accompanying circular economy.
GSIA Releases Global Sustainable Investment Review 2020

GSIA Releases Global Sustainable Investment Review 2020

The Global Sustainable Investment Alliance, of which US SIF is a founding member, has released its biennial Global Sustainable Investment Review 2020, revealing an industry that has grown to US $35.3 trillion, up 15 percent since 2018. It now comprises 36 percent of all professionally managed assets in the US, the EU, Australia/NZ, Canada, and Japan.
Impax Asset Mgmt Engagement Report 2021

Impax Asset Management Engagement Report 2021

The new Report showcases key milestones achieved through company engagements globally. In 2020, we had 300 engagement meetings: 73 focused on climate change; 115 focused on human capital development; 60 focused on sustainability; and 88 focused on corporate governance. Helping us all to navigate the transition to a more sustainable economy.
B Lab Announces Best for the World 2021 B Corps

B Lab Announces the Best For The World 2021 B Corps

B Lab has announced the Certified B Corporations (B Corps) that have achieved the distinction of Best for the World 2021 companies. It recognizes the B Corps globally whose B Impact Assessment scores ranked in the top five percent, and across one or more of the five impact areas - community, customers, environment, governance, and workers.


Featured Video

Netting Zero: Supporting Net Zero Through a Circular Economy

Climate Hub: The NY Times’s Andrew Ross Sorkin joins Dame Ellen MacArthur and other experts to explore what it will take to transform the economy in the battle against climate change. Net zero is an ambitious target that cannot be achieved under our current economic model. To build a truly sustainable world, we need to fundamentally redesign the economy to replace our linear approach and create a circular economy promoting sustainability by design.

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