Industrial symbiosis

DEFINITION: An association between two or more industrial facilities or companies in which the wastes
or by-products of one become the raw materials for another.

The Kalundborg eco industrial park in Denmark is widely considered the world’s first and most advanced
example of industrial symbiosis. Since launching in 1972, businesses in the region have continuously implemented symbiotic practices, and today there are more than 30 exchanges of water, energy and other by-products between Kalundborg municipality and eight private companies.

See also: Circular economy

See also: Sharing economy

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FMCG giant Henkel owns some of Europe's most recognisable brands, including Schwarzkopf and Persil. In 2018, 51% of its packaging portfolio by weight was plastic. 

Inside Henkel's plastics packaging strategy

EXCLUSIVE: Henkel's international director of packaging technology Thorsten Leopold has outlined how and why the company developed its three-pronged plastics strategy, and how the framework's targets have helped the multinational take plastic action "beyond its own four walls".

Morlet has led the Foundation's work for more than eight years, giving him a birds-eye view of the circular economy conversation 

Ellen MacArthur Foundation boss: Natural Restoration 'hardest' part of circular economy shift

EXCLUSIVE: Against a backdrop of wildfires and growing climate activism, the chief executive of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation has called on businesses to develop holistic action plans to combat the complex challenge of restoring natural systems.

The tool's launch event heard from businesses which have been trialling Circulytics, and Foundation representatives. Pictured L-R: and CHEP Europe's Michael Pooley; DS Smith's Stefano Rossi; Enel's Luca Meini and The Foundation's data and metrics lead Jarkko Havas.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation unveils 'landmark' digital tool to help businesses track circular economy progress

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has today (14 January) launched a new digital tool which enables businesses of all sizes and sectors to measure their contribution to the circular economy and identify ways in which to close the loop further.

Colgate has confirmed that the toothpaste has been certified to EcoCert and Forest Stewardship Council standards

Colgate launches recyclable plastic toothpaste tube

Colgate Palmolive has launched a new vegan-friendly toothpaste range packaged in a first-of-its-kind recyclable plastic tube, with the technology set to be shared with competitor brands.

edie looks at the trials and projects that have proved successful in combatting plastics waste

Naked products and take-back schemes: How are businesses designing their way out of single-use plastics?

To mark edie's Plastics Week of content dedicated to helping businesses design their way out of single-use plastics, this round-up features the innovative ways that business giants have started to turn the tide on plastics waste.

Starting from Monday 13 January, edie will run a series of exclusive interviews, in-depth deep dives, webinars and reports outlining approaches to eliminating single-use plastics

Plastics Week: edie launches content campaign to help business eliminate single-use plastics

Running from 13-17 January, edie's Mission Possible Plastics Week includes exclusive interviews, podcasts, reports, webinars and in-depth feature articles – all dedicated to turning the tide on single-use plastics.

The Business Leadership Inspiration Sessions are being held during edie's Mission Possible Plastics Week 2020 (13-18 January)

Single-use plastics: Two weeks left to register for free online event

Registration is now open for an afternoon of live, interactive webinar presentations and discussions from companies such as Eurostar, Nestlé and Sky on Thursday 16 January - all dedicated to helping businesses collaborate, innovate and actuate to eliminate single-use plastics.

How many of the below will you take on this year?

20 New Year's resolutions for sustainability professionals in 2020 and beyond

A new decade is upon us, and as the window to reverse and alleviate the climate crisis shortens, new long-term targets can provide sustainability professionals with the motivation and drive to transform their organisations into forces of good.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen unveiled the strategy at a special session at COP25

Europe's 'man on the moon moment': Green Deal to create world's first climate-neutral continent

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has unveiled 50 sweeping plans to enable the EU to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, claiming that the Green Deal was "more than just a vision, it is a roadmap for action".