Circular economy

DEFINITION: An industrial economy that promotes resource efficiency by replacing a linear ‘take, make, dispose’ model of production with one where materials function at their highest utility at all time. The circular economy model aims to extract maximum value from resources while in use, and then recover and reuse these materials at the end of each service life.

See also: Sharing economy

See also: Servitisation

See also: Access economy

See also: Circular Economy Package

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Other signatories to the commitment include Kering, Marks & Spencer, Gap and Adidas

Fashion giants 'must 'urgently accelerate circular economy action'

Of the 213 circular economy targets for 2020 set by 90 big-name fashion companies taking part in a collaborative circular economy campaign, just one-fifth (21%) have been met.

More than 300,000 tonnes of used clothing is estimated to be landfilled in the UK every year

Fashion retailers team up to trial new closed-loop business models

A coalition of fashion retailers including Ted Baker are set to pilot more resource-efficient business models, such garment repair, resale and rental, to determine whether they are economically viable solutions to the sector's waste challenges.

<p>This week has seen Farfetch launch its first resale service, Second Life, and join the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's 'Make Fashion Circular' initiative </p>

How Farfetch is uniting designers, retailers and shoppers to create a circular fashion economy

EXCLUSIVE: Digital fashion platform Farfetch has been serious about the circular economy since its foundation. But amid growing demands for more ambitious action on waste, its chief sustainability officer has told edie that the firm now views resale and repair as an "amazing commercial opportunity".

Registration for the free-to-attend show is open for sustainability, energy and environment professionals

Lucy Siegle confirmed for Sustainability Keynote at edie Live 2019

Renowned ethical living and environmental journalist Lucy Siegle completes a star-studded line-up of expert speakers appearing at the UK's largest sustainability and energy exhibition, edie Live, as it returns to the NEC Birmingham on 21-22 May.

Ikea's 'People and Planet Positive' strategy includes a 2020 target of producing more renewable power than it uses

Ikea reveals mixed progress towards 'climate-positive' and circular economy goals

The world's largest furniture retailer has revealed that 70% of the materials used to make its products during 2018 were either renewable or recycled, as it strives to reach the 100% mark by 2030.

Sustainability experts from an array of businesses came together in London to discuss the potential solutions to energy and waste issues related to the circular economy

Circular roundtable: How can businesses accelerate the resource revolution?

Sustainability and corporate responsibility managers from a range of businesses recently gathered in London for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and EDF Energy, to discuss how organisations are stepping up efforts to accelerate a circular economy.

Ikea UK claims that the store, which it hopes will gain BREEAM ‘Excellent’ accreditation, is its most sustainable to date

Living Lagom in London: Inside Ikea's new 'leading' sustainable store

edie reporter Sarah George takes a trip to Greenwich to learn how Ikea's new store - touted as its "most sustainable" UK location to date - evidences the company's shift towards circularity and 'climate-positivity'.

The fourth boat made its maiden voyage on Monday (15 July)

Hubbub launches fourth waste-cleaning boat made from recycled plastics

Environmental charity Hubbub has launched a fourth waste-cleaning boat made from recycled plastic, after partnering with beauty brand Kiehl's to fund a further expansion to its 'plastic fishing' initiative.

More than 40 companies have signed up to the new Guidelines

Fashion giants to 'transform' their jeans in circular economy drive

A coalition of big-name global fashion brands including H&M Group, Gap and Tommy Hilfiger have pledged to align their denim designs and manufacturing with a new circular economy framework.

The first 50 chargers are due to be installed within the next three months 

Mitchells & Butlers to host rapid EV charging network

Pub and restaurant chain Mitchells & Butlers is set to install up to 200 rapid electric vehicle (EV) chargers across its UK estate, as part of a partnership with BP's Chargemaster arm.

The webinar will be available to view on-demand afterwards

Tesco and AB Sugar confirmed for edie's Earth Overshoot webinar

edie's next webinar (Monday 29 July) will see sustainability experts from Tesco, AB Sugar and the Global Footprint Network discuss how business can champion the circular economy to push back Earth Overshoot Day - the day that humanity uses up all of the planet's natural resources for the year.

The reverse vending machines enable automated collecting, sorting and handling of returned or used plastic bottles for recycling or reuse

Coca-Cola and Merlin Entertainments extend on-the-go plastic recycling initiative

Coca-Cola Great Britain has announced it has extended a project to place onsite reverse vending machines for plastic bottles at major UK attractions including Alton Towers Resort, Thorpe Park, and Legoland Windsor, after a trial collected more than 26,000 bottles last year.

The analysis was conducted using Defra’s own impact assessments

Deposit return system for plastics could generate £2bn for UK economy

An "all-in" deposit return system that accounted for all types of drinks cans and bottles in the UK could generate up to £2bn for the economy over a 10-year period, compared to £250m for an "on-the-go" system that collected less.

This week's innovations could prove transformational for the fashion, consumer goods and beverage sectors

Unilever's refills and the 'world's first' 100% recycled hoodie: The best green innovations of the week

Every week, numerous eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations are being developed to help businesses and nations turn their green ambitions into actions. Here, we round up six of the best.

The index was launched today (8 July) by London Stock Exchange Group subsidiary FTSE Russell

'World's first' climate-based government bond index launched in London

Global index and analytics giant FTSE Russell has launched a new bond index which weights products on how prepared their respective governments are to mitigate and adapt to climate impacts.

Thomas noted that businesses needed to get better at providing relevant data to investors. Image: GFI

What does the Green Finance Strategy mean for business?

Following the launch of the UK Government's Green Finance Strategy, the chief executive of the Green Finance Institute has outlined how climate disclosure, policy signals and a robust business case for sustainability will transform how corporates engage with the finance community.

The webinar will be available on demand after Earth Overshoot Day

edie's Earth Overshoot webinar: How business can #MoveTheDate through a circular economy

edie's next webinar, hosted in association with Centrica Business Solutions, will focus on how businesses can champion the circular economy and low-carbon innovation to help push back Earth Overshoot Day - the day that humanity uses up all of the planet's natural resources for the year.

Eight reasons why green finance is becoming mainstream

Halfway through London Climate Action Week and it seems that sustainable finance is the hot topic. Here, edie explores the key drivers behind why green finance is growing from a niche interest to a business-critical concern.

Dr Lee noted the need for more robust carbon pricing. Image: IPCC

IPCC chair: Global transition to net-zero 'not a burden' to the economy

The chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Dr Hoesung Lee, has dismissed fears from investors and nations that reaching net-zero emissions will place too much strain on the global economy.

Here, edie rounds up seven key lessons that Hugh and Anita’s War on Plastics was willing to teach. Image: BBCBBC/KEO Films/Tom Beard 

Seven things sustainability professionals can learn from Hugh and Anita's War on Plastic

The BBC's docuseries exploring how the public, government officials and corporates are fuelling an unsustainable demand for plastics concluded on Monday (24 June). Here, edie highlights seven key lessons that the series can teach sustainability professionals.

(L-R): CWG's head of sustainability Martin Gettings; Refinitiv's head of sustainability Luke Manning; Morgan Stanley's vice president Dylan Bexley and Less Plastic's founder Amanda Keetley discuss the future of the war on plastics

Beyond 'token' items: What's next for London's war on plastics?

Some 18 months ago, Blue Planet 2 first aired, spurring an exponential growth in public action against plastics that has changed what business and policy leadership look like. But what's next on the road to an economy free from unnecessary plastics?

A key focus of the strategy is that of the built environment. Image: Google

Google's new circular economy strategy to 'maximise reuse' across its operations

Tech giant Google has launched a new circular economy initiative aimed at addressing an "inherently unsustainable" demand for resources and products by leveraging the transformational potential of technology.

3M is also a member of the Climate Group's RE100 renewable electricity initiative 

Manufacturer 3M joins Ellen MacArthur Foundation's CE100 initiative

Multinational consumer goods, healthcare and industry manufacturer 3M has pledged to champion the circular economy and make the best use of the planet's resources by joining the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's CE100 initiative.

The trade organisations behind the recommendations collectively represent the majority of the four million people employed in the UK’s food and drink industry

Food and drink giants press for long-term policies on decarbonisation and circularity

A collection of more than 30 organisations across the UK's food and drink supply chain have urged Ministers to bolster policies around long-term decarbonisation, climate resilience and resource efficiency for the sector.

This week's innovations could help boost sustainable progress in the food, road transport and energy sectors 

Tarmac's recycled asphalt and Unilever's plastic-free boxes: The best green innovations of the week

Every week, numerous eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations are being developed to help businesses and nations turn their green ambitions into actions. Here, we round up six of the best.

The company’s “inclusive capitalism” business model is described growing while creating positive value for all its key stakeholders, such as  “understanding the needs of low-income consumers in emerging markets” and providing relevant solutions

How 'inclusive capitalism' can create prosperity for people, planet and profits for Firmenich

EXCLUSIVE: Fragrance & flavour company Firmenich is using an "inclusive capitalism" business model to deliver benefits for profits, the planet and people in a way that is causing others to "rally" behind the concept of sustainability.

Image credits: Canary Wharf Group and Eden Project Communities

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Net-zero announcements and plastic-free communities

Episode 65 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast sees edie's content editor Matt Mace and reporter Sarah George discuss net-zero legislation before introducing three exclusive interviews focused on resource efficiency with Canary Wharf Group, the Eden Project and the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB).

edie explains: ISO 50001

This updated ISO 50001 guide, produced in association with edie's supporting partner Centrica Business Solutions, provides an in-depth summary of the ISO 50001 Standard which can be used by an organisation to establish and maintain a continuous level of energy performance improvements.

Communications around the airport will encourage customers to return their cups to "check-in points" across the facility before they board 

Gatwick hosts UK's first airport-based reusable coffee cup trial

The UK's first airport reusable coffee cup trial gets under way this week at Gatwick, offering passengers the opportunity to borrow and return refillable cups in a bid to help cut waste and tackle "throwaway" culture.

Other companies to have signed up to CE100 include SC Johnson, Unilever and Coty

Estée Lauder to develop refillable packaging as part of circular economy drive

US-based cosmetics giant Estée Lauder has vowed to develop reusable and refillable packaging by 2025, as part of a sweeping new set of resource efficiency commitments.

Loose items will be priced by weight during the trial 

Groceries 'Unpacked': Waitrose pilots packaging-free refill offering

Waitrose & Partners has started offering packaging-free refill options for hundreds of its own-brand lines, as part of a trial to gauge consumer appetite for container reuse and plastic-free sundries.

It does appear that we’re entering an era where a single lightning rod moment can spark global change

The Big Business Plastics Debate (Part Two): How can we create a 'ripple effect' of change?

In the second of our two-part feature from the Big Plastics Debate at edie Live 2019, we move the conversation on to explore how businesses and policymakers can harness the momentum of environmental campaigns and protests to drive a new 'social norm' around plastics.

From plastic packaging to fast-fashion, the new guide explains how businesses can accelerate the circular economy transition

Achieving a circular economy: New business guide launched by edie

Organisations looking to accelerate the transition to a circular economy now have access to a comprehensive 'edie explains' guide which breaks down everything there is to know about achieving a zero-waste world.

The pilot project will launch on 17 June and run for 11 months

Toyota to pilot blockchain-powered peer-to-peer energy trading

Carmaker Toyota is set to trial a blockchain-enabled peer-to-peer energy trading system which enables businesses, homeowners and electric vehicle (EV) drivers to exchange surplus power.

Talking single-use plastics with Lucy Siegle and Fiona Ball

edie's Mission Possible sofa chat show returns for 2019. In the second episode, edie discusses plastics with author, broadcaster and ethical living journalist Lucy Siegle and Sky's head of inspirational business Fiona Ball.

In some parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, plastic collection rates are currently stagnating at less than 10%

Governments and businesses urged to collaboratively support recycling in developing nations

Amid what Sir David Attenborough has dubbed an "unfolding catastrophe" of plastic pollution in developing nations, urgent calls have been made for governments and finance firms to make collective and "significant investment" in circular economy systems across Africa, Asia and Latin America.

There's still time to register for a FREE pass to attend Day Two

Insight, inspiration and innovation continue into final day of edie Live 2019

Members of the UK's sustainability and energy management communities have descended upon the NEC in their thousands, with sessions at full capacity throughout the first day of edie Live 2019 and the action now set continue into the second and final day (22 May).

Mission Possible: The 2019 report

This exclusive edie report showcases world-leading and potentially game-changing examples of sustainability in action across the Mission Possible campaign's five pillars: Energy, Resources, Mobility, The Built Environment and Business Leadership.

ECC claims the target is "ambitious" and that it acknowledges the existence of a "Climate Emergency"

Edinburgh commits to become 'net-zero' carbon city by 2030

Edinburgh City Council (ECC) has pledged to ensure that the city operates on a "net-zero" carbon basis by 2030 - 15 years before Scotland's national net-zero target for 2045.

Circular economy solutions, onsite renewable energy generation and storage, and ground-source heat pumps are among the low-carbon technologies Rolls Royce is investing in

Circular economies and scenario analysis: How Rolls Royce is innovating for zero-carbon operations

EXCLUSIVE: As the UK Government mulls over whether to adopt a 2050 target for net-zero carbon emissions, engineering and aerospace giant Rolls Royce is going beyond the "low-hanging fruit" as it continues on its pathway to zero-carbon operations by 2030.

<p>To date, P&G has ensured that 86% of its product packaging is either recyclable or that programmes are in place to create the ability to recycle it</p>

Inside P&G's plastics packaging strategy

EXCLUSIVE: Procter & Gamble's principal scientist and packaging technologist, Gian De Belder, has outlined the company's five-pillar approach to improving the recyclability of its packaging through science-based studies and "Holy Grail" collaborative projects.

<p>edie will continue to add valuable news articles, features and exclusive interviews to the Mission Possible Plastics Hub throughout the year</p>

edie's Mission Possible campaign evolves with launch of dedicated Plastics Hub microsite

edie's Plastics Hub a content-driven campaign that will support sustainability and resource efficiency professionals on our collective mission to eliminate single-use plastics - has a new home on the Mission Possible microsite.

There's still time to register for your free pass to edie Live

Top 10 'must-attend' sessions at edie Live 2019

With a week to go until the show doors open, the edie editorial team picks 10 standout case studies set to take the stage at the UK's largest sustainability and energy exhibition, edie Live, as it returns to the NEC Birmingham on 21-22 May.

The climate turning point: 8 sustainable business gamechangers for 2020

With the UK having just declared a climate emergency and Government advisers calling on policymakers to set a net- zero carbon target by 2050, edie's latest report explores eight potentially game-changing innovations that will help businesses lead the charge towards the so-called 'climate turning point'.

The Tracker found that 22% of businesses placed net-zero carbon as a top two priority

Environment ranks behind health and wellbeing as main business priority

Environmental issues such as the circular economy and net-zero carbon targets have been highlighted as a main priority by more than one-third of UK businesses, second only to health and wellbeing, according to a new Responsible Business Tracker.

The oil and gas, consumer goods, industrial and healthcare sectors were deemed to be at high financial risk from natural impacts such as extreme weather events and biodiversity loss

Three-quarters of UK FTSE All-Share firms 'highly dependent' on natural capital

Almost three-quarters (74%) of UK businesses listed on the FTSE All-Share Index have been dubbed "potentially highly dependent" on natural resources such as clean air, water and soil in a new study on nature-related business risks.

The ambition into action webinar is now available to watch on demand

Seven tips for turning your organisation's green ambitions into ACTION

During a sustainability leadership webinar hosted by edie last week, representatives from Tideway, Business in the Community (BITC), WSP and EDF Energy gave their advice for sustainability and energy professionals looking to turn green ambitions into tangible actions. Here, we round up their key takeaways.

edie Explains: The circular economy

This new and updated edie Explains guide breaks down everything there is to know about achieving a circular economy for your business.

The live, one-hour webinar will be available to watch on-demand for those who register

Now on demand: ambition into action webinar featuring Tideway, WSP and BITC

Listen now on demand to edie's exclusive one-hour webinar featuring sustainable business experts from Tideway, WSP, the BITC and EDF Energy, who will discuss how UK businesses can ramp up their efforts to reduce energy and resource use in 2019-20.

The coalition was founded at the Paris One Planet Summit in 2017 and is convened by Banque De France

Coalition of central banks urge finance sector to 'raise the bar' on climate action

A coalition of 36 central banks and regulators, including the Bank of England and the World Bank, have issued a rallying cry urging all stakeholders across the global sector to address climate challenges by "greening" the financial system.

Apple's Daisy recycling robot is capable of disassembling 200 iPhones per hour

Apple to launch material recovery lab after ramping up circular economy drive

Technology giant Apple is set to open a new research and development lab focused on cl osed-loop solutions this year, after diverting more than 48,000 metric tonnes of electronic waste from landfill during 2018.

In 2018, Bank of America deployed more than $50bn on projects that impacted areas outlined by the SDGs. Image: Bank of America

Bank of America commits $300bn to sustainable finance

Bank of America has issued its third commitment to sustainable finance, pledging to mobilise an additional $300bn (£230bn) in capital by 2030, with a previous commitment set to be achieved six years ahead of schedule.

Refill was initially launched in Bristol by City to Sea founder Natalie Fee, and underwent a UK-wide roll-out in 2017

Why Refill is turning to transport 'hubs' to slash plastic bottle use

EXCLUSIVE: Since its launch in 2017, City to Sea's Refill campaign has spurred dozens of independent businesses and high street chains to offer free water bottle refills. But as it strives to meet its 2021 ambition of having locations in every town and city, its key focus will now be engaging the transport sector.

BNP Paribas has created a range of targets and KPIs to put in place a sustainable finance strategy.

BNP Paribas aligns with SDGs and Paris Agreement in new sustainability strategy

French banking giant BNP Paribas has outlined its latest strategy to accelerate its commitment to sustainable development.

The pilot scheme's approach has been described as “going beyond simply aiming to minimise impact

Alpro and WWF pilot new nature-focused science-based target scheme

A pilot project has been set up to take science-based targets to the next level and "respect planetary boundaries" by WWF and food and drink firm Alpro.

IONITY's first UK chargers are currently being installeed in Gretna Green, Scotland, and Maidstone, Kent

IONITY one year on: How carmakers are delivering on Europe's 'super' EV charging network

EXCLUSIVE: Just over a year ago, a group of the world's largest carmakers launched IONITY - a joint venture with the single aim of creating a pan-European "super" network of rapid electric vehicle (EV) chargers. But with its 2020 deadlines now looming, edie explores how the firms are progressing towards this aim.

The company’s entire paper-based product packaging is currently on track to reach zero deforestation by 2020

HP pledges to make all printed pages 'forest positive'

HP will help customers transition to a low-carbon and resource-efficient future, after pledging that every page printed using an HP printer will be "forest positive".

Asda has also taken steps to make its plastic packaging more recyclable

Asda removes 6,500 tonnes of plastic from own-brand packaging

UK supermarket Asda has removed 6,500 tonnes of plastic from its own brand packaging over the last 12 months, the equivalent weight of around 600 million empty plastic bottles.

SolarVille aims to showcase how neighbourhood energy solutions could be created using blockchain

Ikea creates blockchain solution to "democratise" renewable energy

Plans have been created by furniture giant Ikea's innovation lab Space 10 to develop a blockchain-powered solar microgrid.

Creating a sustainability culture in the construction industry involves going

How to build a sustainability culture within the construction industry

Following edie's insight report on the construction industry, a one-hour webinar, sponsored by Reconomy, brought together industry experts, focusing on how they embedded sustainability cultures within their firms - and how they plan to take forward their agendas.

More than 100 outlets have joined the scheme so far

UK cafés and restaurants pilot lunchbox refill scheme to slash plastics waste

Dozens of independent cafés and fast food restaurants across the UK will allow customers to bring their own reusable lunchboxes as part of a pilot scheme aimed at reducing reliance on single-use plastic food packaging.

The scheme will fund large-scale conservation and restoration activities across Scotland's forests, lakes and coastline

'The £1bn challenge': Natural capital investment project launched in Scotland

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and the Scottish Wildlife Trust have teamed up to launch a new project aiming to attract £1bn of investment in protecting the nation's natural capital.

The bottle consists of 100% recycled material and is, in turn, 100% recyclable

SC Johnson launches industry-first 100% ocean plastic bottle

Home cleaning product manufacturer SC Johnson has developed the industry's first plastic bottle made entirely from recycled ocean plastic for its Windex cleaning brand.

Between $80bn and $120bn is lost from the global economy every year due to a non-circular system for plastic packaging

Business giants team up to combat plastic pollution 'leaks'

Adidas, Dow Chemical Company and McDonald's are among the 18 big-name businesses to have co-founded a new alliance aimed at creating frameworks to measure, map and reduce plastic and microplastic pollution across the globe.

Zipcar launched in the UK in 2003 under the name 'Streetcar'

Zipcar hits 250,000 members as new petrol and diesel car sales fall

Car-sharing firm Zipcar has revealed that more than 250,000 UK residents are now signed up to use its service, with one-third of members having joined up since last January.

Registration for free-to-attend show is now open for sustainability, energy and environment professionals

Turning ambition into action: edie Live returns for 2019 with host of new features

Collaborative workshops, a dedicated Plastics Hub and a Future Systems Hackathon are just some of the exciting new features that will be available edie Live 2019 as the UK's largest sustainability and energy exhibition returns to the NEC Birmingham on 21-22 May.

The Government is concerned that a lack of digital record keeping in the waste industry is being frequently exploited by organised criminals

Government turns to blockchain to boost waste management transparency

The UK Government has unveiled plans to invest in startups which are using digital technologies like blockchain and machine learning to solve the nation's most pressing waste management issues.

Around 300,000 tonnes of clothing is currently wasted each year in the UK, according to the EAC

Tax fashion brands to fund circular economy for garments, MPs urge

A group of MPs is calling on the UK Government to introduce policies which would see fashion brands pay a producer responsibility charge of 1p for every garment they produce, in addition to lower rates of tax for companies minimising the environmental footprint of their products.

UK recycling rates for plastic packaging have stagnated at between 38% and 45% for several years

Plastic budgets: Climate Change Act model could solve UK plastics crisis, MPs claim

Ahead of the Government's Resources and Waste Strategy (RWS) consultations, MPs are calling for the "urgent" introduction plastic waste legislation which follows the framework of the Climate Change Act, setting ever-stricter and legally binding recycling targets.

Ikea is working towards an ongoing target of becoming “a truly circular retailer”

Ikea to launch furniture rental offering as part of circular economy shift

The world's largest furniture retailer has unveiled plans to rent its products to consumers for the first time, as it strives to become a 'net-positive' business by 2030.

This week's annual summit in Davos was the 48th hosted by the World Economic Forum

Davos 2019: Circular economy opportunities and everything else you may have missed

Over the past few days, sustainability professionals have been bombarded with reports and announcements as more than 3,000 business leaders, policymakers, thought leaders and Matt Damon gathered in Davos for the World Economic Forum (WEF). This round-up highlights the key talking points that you need to know.

Loop will enable customers to buy refillable products online and have them delivered in reusable containers

Consumer goods giants team up to launch 'zero-waste' refill service

Unilever, Procter & Gamble (P&G) and PepsiCo are among the 24 corporate co-founders of a new 'waste-free' retail platform, whereby businesses will provide product refills while retaining ownership of their reusable packaging.

SC Johnson chairman Fisk Johnson recently visited Indonesia to further explore the global plastic pollution problem

SC Johnson and Ellen MacArthur Foundation partner to spur circular economy progress

US-based consumer goods firm SC Johnson has forged a new circular economy partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in a bid to scale-up closed-loop solutions to the global plastics pollution problem.

One-third of the food produced for human consumption globally is currently wasted

Circular food 'revolution' could unlock $2.7trn per year, Ellen MacArthur study finds

Embedding circular economy principles within the global agri-food sector could contribute $2.7trn (£2.1trn) to the global economy through decreased healthcare and environmental restoration costs, a new Ellen MacArthur Foundation report has concluded.

According to PwC, the global economy could see a potential contribution of $15.7trn from AI by 2030

Report: AI could offer £167bn circular opportunity for food and electronics sectors each year

Artificial Intelligence (AI) could unlock almost £170bn in value a year for the food and consumer electronics industries alone by designing out waste by 2030, according to a new report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Google.

Dhruv Boruah will be supporting edie’s Plastics Thinkathon at the Sustainability Leaders Forum on 5-6 February

Thinkathons and Hackathons: How new ways of thinking could solve the plastics problem

With awareness of plastic pollution at an all-time high, the onus is now on corporates to harness young and creative minds in innovative ways to solve the issue. Could 'Hackathons' and 'Thinkathons' hold the key?

Circle Economy estimates that 62% of global emissions (excluding those from land use and forestry) are released during the extraction, and manufacturing of goods

'A 1.5C world is circular': Nations urged to drive resource productivity to reach climate goals

A new report released today (22 January) at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos has outlined the urgent need for nations to "wake up to the potential" of the circular economy in order to push the world towards the Paris Agreement's more ambitious pathway.

HPE helps its customers understand how participation in its end-of-life programmes can address the social and environmental impacts of IT transformation

Enel and Hewlett Packard Enterprise join CE100 to accelerate closed-loop transition

Enel Group and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) have become the latest corporate members of Circular Economy 100 (CE100), the innovation platform launched by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to accelerate closed-loop ambitions.

PwC is urging finance firms to assess the financial damage trends such as deforestation, rising carbon emissions and ocean pollution could cause to their portfolios

Finance firms must adopt a natural capital approach to risk, PwC warns

In the face of climate challenges, most financial service providers are still failing to assess the extent to which environmental degradation could pose financial risks to their firms, PwC has warned.

After launching the first jointly-developed EVs in 2022, VW and Ford may co-develop autonomous vehicles

utonomous vehicles, mobility services and further EVs

VW and Ford forge partnership to spur low-carbon transport transition

Carmakers Ford and Volkswagen (VW) have forged a new low-carbon road transport partnership, which will see them work together to develop electric vehicles (EVs) and other clean technologies.

Over the two Thinkathon sessions, the group will explore how businesses can play a leading role in eliminating unnecessary single-use plastics

edie opens applications for 'Plastics Thinkathon' at Sustainability Leaders Forum

Sustainability, energy and resource efficiency professionals are being called upon to help businesses collectively solve the problem of plastics pollution by taking part in a unique 'Plastics Thinkathon' on the sidelines of edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum in London next month.

Lush launched its first plastic-free locations in Berlin and Milan (pictured) last year

Lush to open UK's first plastic-free cosmetics store in Manchester

Health and beauty brand Lush has unveiled plans to open its first plastic-free shop in the UK this week, following the success of its 'naked' stores in Germany and Italy.

The deadline for nominations is this Friday, 18 January 2019

Nominations for edie's '30 Under 30' campaign close THIS FRIDAY

Ambitious young sustainability and energy professionals have until this Friday, 18 January, to apply for 30 Under 30 - an all-new networking programme created by edie for the next generation of business leaders to share ideas and further their careers.

Karen Hamilton has served as Unilever's global VP for sustainable business for more than a decade

Why Unilever's employees are key for a new era of sustainability leadership

EXCLUSIVE: With environmental goals approaching a 2020 deadline and chief executive and the embodiment of sustainability leadership Paul Polman announcing his departure, Unilever’s decision to ask its 172,000 staff what sustainable business meant to them may well keep the firm in the vanguard of corporate responsibility.

The global livestock industry accounts for 15% of the world's carbon emissions, and uses 83% of all existing agricultural land

Veganuary: Why meat-free meals could be the key to tackling climate challenges

It may be the time of year for celebrations and resolutions, but this week also marked the start of Veganuary - a month-long campaign encouraging meat-eaters to switch to plant-based foods. With this in mind, edie explores the full environmental and social impacts of the animal protein industry, and what the global business community is doing to reduce our reliance on it.

Which resolutions will you pick?

19 New Year's resolutions for sustainability professionals in 2019

Love them or hate them, New Year's resolutions are a tool to motivate and inspire individuals to start a new calendar year with renewed focus. Here, edie has listed 19 resolutions for sustainability professionals in 2019 that will help businesses ignite a new era of leadership.

This 30-minute masterclass offered a taster of the full Sustainability Leadership Programme that has been developed by Cranfield University for edie's network of sustainability professionals

30-minute masterclass: Seven ways to adopt the circular economy across your business

During a 30-minute masterclass webinar hosted by edie last week, Cranfield University's senior lecturer in circular innovation Fiona Charnley outlined the essential skills needed to implement circular economy principles. Here, edie rounds up her key takeaways.

Optimise Prime will launch in early 2019, with the first of the new EVs set to be deployed across London, the South East and East of England in the second half of 2019

World's biggest commercial EV project set to launch in London

Several big-name businesses, including Uber and UK Power Networks, have teamed up to launch a three-year project aimed at determining how the UK's business community should be supported as it undergoes the electric vehicle (EV) transition.

The 30-minute masterclass offers a taster of the brand new Sustainability Leadership Programme, developed by Cranfield University for edie's network of sustainability professionals

Available on demand: edie's 30-minute masterclass on stakeholder engagement

Sustainability professionals seeking to develop the skills needed to understand and engage with a range of stakeholders to optimise approaches to sustainability can now access a 30-minute masterclass webinar.

ASOS's chief executive Nick Beighton was one of several brand representatives to face questioning from the EAC over sustainability challenges

ASOS boss: The circular economy is the only way forward for fashion retailers

Fashion retailers that fail to adopt circular economy principles and encourage consumers to make their clothes last longer will fail to survive in a new era of consumer awareness, ASOS's chief executive Nick Beighton has argued.

The Environmental Audit Committee estimates that UK consumers are now buying an average of 26.7kg of new clothing every year

Is the fashion industry about to have its 'plastics moment'?

With MPs urging clothing brands to disclose impacts, consumers increasingly protesting "fast fashion" and documentaries on the true cost of cheap garments emerging at a pace, edie explores whether the fashion industry is set to have its "plastics moment".

The bond will be used to finance renewables and built environment projects

How ING achieved boardroom buy-in to launch its second green bond

EXCLUSIVE: Banking giant ING was able to launch its second green bond earlier this month due to its past experience in structuring external green bonds for sustainability-conscious clients, the firm's global head of sustainable finance Leonie Schreve has claimed.

The NCFA is urging corporates in

Corporates 'set to lose $1.6trn' without action on natural capital

FTSE100 firms face collectively losing $1.6trn of market capital if they fail to adopt a natural capital approach to decision-making, by assigning a monetary value to natural resources.

edie has rounded up five ways retailers are using Black Friday to promote brand purpose beyond their products

Five ways retailers are using Black Friday to champion CSR

Today (23 November) marks Black Friday - but while the majority of companies and consumers conform to this spending spree, a select few a using the occasion to champion resource efficiency, social sustainability and environmental conservation. Here, edie outlines how five companies that are turning that trend on its head.

JLL, Interface, Burger King, Nestle, Sainsbury’s, Sodexo and European Metal Recycling have all been selected as Waste to Wealth “Champions”

UK businesses target resource productivity through 'waste to wealth' commitment

A group of more than 40 major businesses including Unilever, Sky, Iceland and PwC have signed a new "waste to wealth" commitment that aims to double the UK's resource productivity by 2030.

Tetra Pak said in a statement that the partnership's work could double the overall value of used beverage cartons

Tetra Pak partners with Veolia to improve recyclability of beverage carton components

Packaging giant Tetra Pak has partnered with global resource and waste management firm Veolia to develop technologies and infrastructure that will enable all components of beverage cartons to be recycled within the European Union (EU).

The 30-minute masterclass offers a taster of the brand new Sustainability Leadership Programme, developed by Cranfield University for edie's network of sustainability professionals

Available on demand: edie's 30-minute masterclass on implementing the circular economy

Sustainability professionals seeking to drive value from the transition to a circular economy can now watch the free 30-minute masterclass, which is available on demand.

The discussion at the V&A was the most-attended select committee hearing in UK history. Photo: UK Government/ Gabriel Sainhas

Corporate action on fashion sustainability 'insufficient', MPs warned

A group of environmentally-conscious fashion designers and academics have warned MPs that the current business models used across the fashion industry are unsustainable and that corporate efforts to embed circular economy principles into operations have proved themselves to be "insufficient".

In 2017, local authorities spent £700m on collecting and sorting recycling, compared with £73m from major businesses including leading supermarket chains and retailers

Retailers to pay up to £1bn for recycling under waste strategy

Supermarkets, retailers and major drinks brands are set to pay tens of millions of pounds more towards recycling their used packaging under the government's new waste strategy expected to be published this month, the Guardian understands.

Glasgow City Council is developing initiatives to implement closed-loop practices across the built environment, food, textiles, plastics and energy

Glasgow unveils ambition to become Scotland's first 'circular city'

Glasgow City Council has this week outlined a plan to become Scotland's first "circular city", by reducing its domestic and commercial waste footprint and implementing measures to encourage reuse and recycling.