Circular Economy Business Model

 
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Who Is Taking Out Your Trash?

The stellar growth of food delivery apps in China is submerging the country with takeout containers, utensils and bags. And the country’s immature reverse logistics and recycling system isn’t ready for this growth. The bulk of this plastic ends up discarded, buried or burned with the rest of the trash, researchers and recyclers say.* Scientists estimate that the online takeout business in China was responsible for 1.6 million tons of packaging waste in 2017, nine times more than two years before. This number includes 1.2 million tons of plastic containers, 175,000 tons of chopsticks, 164,000 tons of plastic bags and 44,000 tons of plastic spoons.
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Getting Around in the Circular Economy

Sustainable mobility is one of today’s biggest challenges and the increase in introductions of electric vehicles has proven this. According to Bloomberg’s 2019 outlook on the Electric Vehicle market, it is expected that 57% of all passenger vehicle sales will be electric by 2040, and 80% of shared mobility will be electric with companies as Uber and Lyft gaining market share.
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The Key to Executing Change is Collaboration

As the launch of the new Loop partnership at the 2019 World Economic Forum suggests, today’s biggest sustainability challenges require collaborative solutions. That is why the Sustainable Development Goals include SDG 17 Partnerships for the Goals. However, the number of sustainability partnerships has remained low due to fierce competition between companies for recognition of their sustainability performance. By forging and maintaining partnerships companies can make a bigger sustainability impact while also gaining the competitive advantage they seek.
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World Resources Forum 2019: Closing Loops

The next edition of the World Resources Forum is taking place in the heart of Antwerp, Belgium from 24-27 February 2019 in collaboration with the Public Waste Agency of Flanders (OVAM). This time, business leaders, policy-makers, NGOs, researchers, entrepreneurs, the media, and students will share solutions and practices undertaken to move from a linear and fossil to a circular and low carbon economy.
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Selecting Circular Economy Strategies

The circular economy is a concept in direct opposition to the more traditional linear way of thinking, i.e. take-make-dispose. To help teams get more comfortable with the notion of developing Many Alternative Sustainable Solutions (MASS) by identifying sustainability challenges and selecting circular economy strategies, experimentation is recommendable. This Business Model Canvas team training exercise is aimed at experimenting with the development of circular economy solutions based on the value proposition of the BMW i3.
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Vale Takes Mining into the Circular Economy

A first of its kind circular project was announced in June 2018, originating from the research from an engineer and executive MBA graduate at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland (EPFL). The project aims to help Vale, the world’s largest iron-ore mining company, transform residue into resource. It does that by extracting untapped value from its mine tailings by transforming it into new products. Concurrently, sand consumption around the world is increasing faster than supplies are naturally able to replenish, making it one of the most coveted resources behind fresh water. This forms a great opportunity for Vale as its mine tailings high in quartz can be used in many sand-based products. In a conversation with Finch & Beak, project initiator and leader Emile Scheepers explains how thinking differently about the product life cycle allowed him to uncover this new opportunity.
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The Chemical Industry Has No Time to Waste

In response to the global threat imposed by resource scarcity and climate change, circular economy is highly regarded as a way to secure a sustainable future and to enable businesses and society to thrive.
Moving Away From Plastics

Inspiration and Tools to Transform Plastic Waste into Value

More than 40 years since the introduction of the universal recycling symbol, the worldwide usage of plastic has skyrocketed causing unprecedented environmental impacts on the planet. However since the start of 2018, plastic waste has been very high on the agenda. This was not only seen in the talks in Davos, but also through the increasing number of commitments made by companies such as Lego, Coca-Cola, Evian and Adidas to name a few, to reduce, reuse, recycle and recover the plastic in their supply chain.
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The Nike Circular Innovation Challenge: Design with Grind

Nike and OpenIDEO challenge you to come up with the next great circular innovation. To help Nike transform its waste into value streams, submit your idea by May 1st.
Digesting Davos: Actionable Insights

Digesting Davos: Actionable Insights

The 2018 World Economic Forum (WEF) has once again shown promising sustainability developments, with multinationals, governmental representatives and academics emphasizing rapid change is needed to meet the requirements from the Paris Agreement. However, now that everyone is back to work, the question remains how these nice words become reality and how companies will initiate change. Pricing negative impacts and designing them out through circular innovations could provide solutions.
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