Remanufacturing

DEFINITION: A process where an end-of-life product is rebuilt to a like-new or better performance using a mixture of old and new materials. Remanufacturing promotes waste reduction, decreasing the demand on the world’s natural resources, saves CO2 emissions in manufacturing and cuts costs for businesses.

See also: Circular economy

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Report: UK could create 450,000 jobs through circular economy transition

With better Government support to scale up the repair, reuse, recycling and remanufacturing sectors, the UK could create almost half a million new jobs by 2035.

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Elemis to launch refillable packaging formats

Skincare and beauty brand Elemis has joined a new collaborative initiative focused on reusable packaging, spearheaded by Scottish SME Beauty Kitchen and backed by firms including Asda and Unilever.

The retailer is aiming to have a scaled take-back or buy-back offer for all product categories by 2025

John Lewis Partnership launches £1m fund for circular economy innovations

Retail giant John Lewis Partnership has partnered with environmental charity Hubbub to launch a £1m fund for innovative projects that reduce waste.

EVs are just one manufacturing area that could be hit by supply issues

UK facing green industry supply chain pressures, urged to boost recycling and productivity

The UK is facing a supply chain crunch on critical components needed for green industries like electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing, with a new Green Alliance report calling for the UK to build up domestic recycling of these valuable materials as part of energy saving measures.

Customers in the US will be the first to benefit from the new repair option

Apple to support customers to repair their own phones and Mac computers

Apple is set to launch a new 'self-service' repair offering for iPhone and Mac users in 2022, whereby people will be provided with spare parts, tools and instructions to repair their own tech.

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M&S trials clothing rental as ASOS launches open-source circular economy guide

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has launched its first clothing rental trial, on the same day that ASOS published a new interactive guide to help brands and designers reduce waste across the fashion value chain.

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What makes a sustainability leader? Meet circular economy innovation champions AeroFarms

With the entry deadline for edie's 2022 Sustainability Leaders Awards on Friday (8 October), this series showcases the achievements of previous winners. Up next: Winner of our 'Circular Economy Innovation' award, AeroFarms.

The resale platform is launching in the UK first, ahead of a roll-out to the US, Germany and Hong Kong

Net-A-Porter launches fashion resale offering

Luxury fashion platform Net-A-Porter is launching what it claims is its most extensive resale scheme to date, after pledging to 'unlock recommerce' in an updated sustainability strategy.

Globally, more than 100 billion garments and 20 billion pairs of shoes are produced every year

Fashion giants urged to decrease clothing production as part of their sustainability plans

The British Fashion Council (BFC) is urging big-name companies to go beyond setting headline sustainability targets to cut emissions and waste in-house, and reduce the number of garments they are producing.

Asos will also ensure that at least 50% of leadership-level positions within the company a represented by women by 2030

Asos targets net-zero value chain by 2030 as part of sweeping new ESG strategy

Online fashion retailer Asos has launched a new sweeping sustainability strategy, outlining plans to deliver a net-zero value chain, embed circular design principles, increase human rights transparency and improve leadership-level diversity across the organisation, by 2030 at the latest.

The Climate Action Plan details how replacing raw materials, embracing the circular economy and reducing carbon through better water usage will all assist with the wider net-zero goal

Plans before pledges: How P&G has evolved its climate strategy to target a net-zero value chain by 2040

EXCLUSIVE: Procter & Gamble (P&G) has unveiled a new climate action plan to reach net-zero emissions across its value chain by 2040, with the company's vice president for global sustainability Jack Mcaneny telling edie that the "absolute priority is reducing emissions".

Recyclable wind turbines and solar-powered bus stations: The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

Pictured: The i Vision Circular concept car is made using only recycled, reused and renewable materials, but it could be some time before a vehicle with these specs hits the commercial market. Image: BMW 

'New territory for us': How BMW is embedding circular economy principles to accelerate the low-carbon transition

EXCLUSIVE: BMW's VP for sustainability and mobility Dr Thomas Becker has spoken exclusively to edie about its new climate and circular economy commitments, stating that the company "will not get on a Paris-compliant pathway" without recycling and reusing materials.

The new scheme is based on a successful trial at 14 stores over a six-week period this summer

Dixons Carphone launches nationwide polystyrene takeback scheme

Electrical and telecommunications retailer Dixons Carphone has unveiled fresh new commitments to embrace the circular economy, including making all its own-label products packaging reusable or recyclable by 2023 and introducing a nationwide rollout of an in-store takeback scheme for polystyrene.

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Samsung promises plastic-free mobile packaging by 2025

Electronics and electricals giant Samsung has pledged to remove all single-use plastics from mobile phone packaging by 2025.

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Amazon moves to reduce product waste after accusations of destroying unused goods

Amazon has introduced two new programmes aimed at helping third-party businesses selling through its platform to resell returned items and excess stock, shortly after it was accused of destroying these products from UK warehouses.

The hour-long webinar explored the practicalities of implementing circular economy models and partnerships

How can we accelerate the circular economy transition? Here are 5 top tips

With COP26 on the horizon and the economic recovery from Covid-19 continuing, much has been said in recent weeks about the climate and social benefits of the circular economy. But how can businesses and public sector organisations help accelerate the transition away from taking, making and disposing?

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Selfridges unveils circular economy offerings for weddings as SEEN launches beauty packaging recycling

Retail giant Selfridges has launched a new service enabling wedding parties to rent outfits and accessories or to buy second-hand, in the same week that beauty agency SEEN Group is debuting a new recycling scheme for beauty product packaging.

The webinar featured a Q&A segment and is available to watch on-demand 

Available to watch on-demand: edie's Earth Overshoot Day webinar

Readers interested in learning about the intersections between the green recovery, circular economy and net-zero transition are encouraged to retrospectively watch edie's Earth Overshoot Day webinar. 

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Co-op to host reverse vending machines at music festivals, turning recycled plastic bottles into uniforms

Supermarket Co-op has confirmed plans to host reverse vending machines for plastic bottles and drinks cans at five music festivals this summer, and has forged a partnership to recycle the collected materials into uniforms for staff.

There are now 76 product lines available in a refill format. Image: Asda

Asda expands plastic-free refill offering

Asda has more than doubled the number of product lines available in refillable formats at the first store to trial the offering, located in Middleton, Leeds.

Japan's new renewables targets and Leeds' Climate Innovation District: The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

The research warns that agriculture is lagging behind, with just 0.1% of its annual $8trn going into circular initiatives

Circular economy attracting $1.3trn in annual investments, but dwarfed by linear spending models

Governments, investors and corporates collectively funnel more than $1.3trn annually into circular economy initiatives, but this is just a fraction of the money that is currently spent on linear methods of consumption and resource use.

The UK consumes natural resources at more than twice the rate considered sustainable

Report: Circular economy could deliver 80% of UK's next carbon budget

By embedding circular economy principles in major policy frameworks, the UK could deliver 80% of the additional emissions cuts needed to meet its Fifth Carbon Budget, which covers 2028-2032.

Some 300,000 tonnes of electricals are binned from UK homes and businesses each year. Material Focus estimates

E-waste recycling boost 'needed to enable transition to net-zero'

The UK alone is losing at least £13.6m worth of critical raw materials for the net-zero transition, such as lithium, to the linear economy each year, due to a lack of capacity for recycling used electricals and electronics.

Pictured: Plastic waste dumped illegally in Turkey. Image: Caner Ozkan / Greenpeace

Turkey reverses ban on plastics imports for recycling

Just eight days after a ban on the import of certain kinds of plastic waste was instated by the Turkish Government in a bid to reduce plastic pollution, the mandate has been lifted for PET.

#SustyTalk: Alpkit CEO David Hanney on B-Corp certification

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with outdoor brand Alpkit's co-founder and chief executive David Hanney.

The Government claims the new rules could extend the lifespan of some products by 10 years

UK's 'right to repair' laws come into force, in bid to cut electrical waste

Manufacturers of goods including washing machines, TVs and fridges will be mandated to do more to help customers repair them for longer from this week, under new Government rules.

The sector has reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 46% since 1990

UK's waste management sector targets net-zero emissions through £10bn infrastructure overhaul

The trade body representing the UK's resource and waste management industry has unveiled a sector-wide commitment to reach net-zero emissions by 2040, through a £10bn investment into new recycling infrastructure and a focus on zero-emission vehicles.

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FMCG giants unveil world's first plastic bottles recycled using enzymes

L'Oreal, Nestle Waters, PepsiCo and Suntory Beverage & Food Europe have unveiled plastic bottles made entirely from post-consumer waste recycled using enzymatic processes, in what they describe as a world first.

#SustyTalk: Canon's Andy Tomkins on preventing e-waste and creating a circular economy for plastics

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with Canon's sustainability engagement manager for EMEA, Andy Tomkins.

Items marked "destroy" are said to be a mix of unsold and returned goods 

Amazon accused of wasting and destroying mountains of unsold products in the UK

Online retail giant Amazon has been accused of destroying millions of unsold items every year by ITV, which sent journalists to film undercover at the Dunfermline warehouse.

Up to 80% of collected flexible plastic will be recycled in the UK

Manufacturing giants unite on £1m Flexible Plastic Fund

Mars UK, Mondelēz International, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever are all supporting a new £1m initiative to improve the recyclability of "flexible" plastic bags, wrappers, films, pouches, packets and sachets.

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edie launches new business guide on the circular economy

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.

edie Explains: The circular economy

Why is adopting a circular economy so important? What does a circular economy look like in practice? How does the circular economy apply to business? Which organisations are most suited to going circular? What are the business benefits of going circular? This new explains guide answers all these questions and more.

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Circular economy: Arc'teryx launches resale, care and repair services

Outdoor clothing and equipment brant Arc'teryx has launched a new programme enabling consumers to resell, repair, upcycle and extend the life of their products.

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Made.com launches giving platform for used homewares in circular economy push

Online home and lifestyle retailer Made.com has launched a new service enabling customers to list used goods for resale or free donation, as part of its drive to become a "truly circular business'.

PLFs are found in products including paint, cosmetics, shampoos and adhesives. They are classed as 'low environmental concern' in terms of toxicity, but bear a high carbon footprint and are hard-to-recycle. 

Consumer goods giants team up for greener chemicals drive

Unilever and Crown Paints are among the members of a new task force exploring how to make the polymers commonly used in consumer products - often based on fossil fuel derivatives - more sustainable.

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Ikea launches buy-back service in all UK stores

Following a string of Covid-19-related delays, Ikea has launched its long-awaited buy-back scheme for furniture across its UK stores.

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Asda launches second-hand fashion offering in 50 UK stores

Following a successful trial in 2019, Asda is rolling out a second-hand fashion aisle to 50 of its UK stores, in a bid to encourage a more circular economy for clothing.

We round up new resource and nature commitments, as well as innovative product launches 

Shampoo bars and sustainable shoes: Rounding up the big Earth Day product announcements

A string of big-name brands, including SC Johnson and Vans, have bolstered commitments on resource use or launched products with circular economy principles to mark Earth Day 2021. Here, edie rounds up the announcements.

HP notes that focusing on the circular economy will assist with the net-zero ambition

HP targets net-zero value chain by 2040

HP has confirmed it will transform parts of its business from a transactional model to a services-based proposition, as part of a sweeping new climate strategy that will see the business's value chain reach net-zero by 2040 and embrace closed-loop materials.

Mulberry's new strategy comes ahead of Earth Day on Thursday (22 April)

Regenerative and circular net-zero transition: Inside Mulberry's new sustainability strategy

In an exclusive interview with edie, Mulberry's chief executive Thierry Andretta explains how its new ambitions to reach net-zero by 2035 and champion transparency, regeneration and circularity will be delivered.

The service is being piloted at 15 US Nike stores initially. Image: Nike 

Nike Refurbished: Shoe giant launches new service to help combat waste

Nike has launched a new service whereby shoes can be refurbished and resold, thereby extending their lifespan.

Many PC&P formats are hard-to-recycle, including black plastics and flexible films (pictured)

Report: 6 in 10 plastic packaging companies have no environmental policies

An analysis of 83 of the world's biggest publicly traded plastic packaging firms has found that almost two-thirds report no policies on sustainability-related topics like waste or carbon.

Previous Ellen MacArthur Foundation research concluded that 45% of global annual emissions are linked to resource consumption

Report: UK must halve resource consumption to tackle climate change and nature loss

If the UK set a legally binding target to halve resource consumption by 2050, it could put itself on track to meet domestic nature and climate targets while also driving progress abroad.

The award-winning edie editorial team delivers four exclusive discussions on the circular economy

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: How can the circular economy help us get to net-zero?

The new edie podcast episode is streaming now, featuring four exclusive interviews to mark Circular Economy Week.

Registrants can still access recordings of all three sessions.

Available to watch on-demand: edie's Circular Economy Inspiration sessions

Experts from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Ikea, Innovate UK and The Body Shop took part in The Circular Economy Inspiration Sessions - an afternoon of live, interactive presentations and discussions on Thursday 25 March.

Rental, repair, reuse and other services could help reduce overconsumption

Servitisation and the circular economy: How can businesses encourage shoppers to consume less?

Often, when businesses make resource efficiency commitments, they stop short of committing to shifting to business models that will see them selling fewer products. But why - and which businesses have overcome this challenge?

#SustyTalk: Kao Corporation's Dave Muenz on plastic packaging innovation

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with Kao Corporation's senior vice president for ESG, Dave Muenz, hosted as part of our Circular Economy Week.

SustyTalk: Planet Patrol's Lizzie Carr on single-use plastics and business activism

edie's #SustyTalk series continues during Circular Economy Week, with Planet Patrol's founder and activist Lizzie Carr discussing public attitudes towards single-use plastics and how businesses can become activists to help create a closed-loop future.

The Government also promised to explore the introduction of consistent recycling collections for households and businesses across England

Government launches consultations on Deposit Return Scheme and Extended Producer Responsibility

MPs have today introduced new consultations to create the largest ever overhaul to the waste and resources sector, recommending that manufacturers cover the full costs of recycling packaging waste, standardising domestic and commercial waste collection and introducing a Deposit Return Scheme for certain types of packaging in 2024.

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edie launches updated best-practice guide for businesses tackling single-use plastics

edie has today (24 March) launched an updated report that outlines the steps businesses can and should take to identify, reduce, replace and eliminate single-use plastics from their operations, supply chains and products and services as part of efforts to build back better from the coronavirus pandemic.

The pandemic also highlighted that some societies are more at risk from macro-disruption, whether that be disease-based or climate-induced

Why the circular economy is primed to improve social sustainability and value chain resiliency

EXCLUSIVE: The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the fragility of both society and the sprawling value chains that the economy relies on. Shifting nations to a circular economy could be key in delivering a green recovery that champions sustainable income and environmental stewardship.

Single-use plastics: The 2021 roadmap for sustainable business

It’s been one of the biggest sustainable business issues of the past decade: tackling the scourge of single-use plastics. But has the progress delivered in 2019 off the back of the so-called “Attenborough effect” been offset by the pandemic?

Plastic recycling is rising up the environmental agenda in the UK again, with the end of lockdown on the horizon

Recycling gap: Most Brits claim they recycle plastic at home, so why aren't rates improving?

A new survey of 5,000 adults has revealed that eight in ten UK adults recycle at least three-quarters of the plastics waste produced in their homes. So why is the UK's domestic plastics recycling rate stagnating?

How much waste does the UK produce? And how much is recycled?

In charts: How big is the UK's waste mountain - and what are we recycling?

As part of edie's Circular Economy Week campaign, we take a look at the official facts and stats regarding some of the UK's biggest waste streams, outlining how much is generated and what proportions are recycled.

#SustyTalk​​: Biffa's Jeff Rhodes on the Resources and Waste Strategy

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with Biffa's head of environment & external affairs Jeff Rhodes, hosted as part of our Circular Economy Week.

The week will provide edie readers with an array on insight as to how to embrace the circular economy

Circular Economy Week: edie kicks off week of zero-waste themed content and events

Running from 22-26 March, edie's Circular Economy Week includes exclusive interviews, podcasts, reports, webinars and in-depth feature articles - all dedicated to embracing closed-loop models.

Circular economy principles include nature restoration, as well as minimising resource use and maximising reuse and recycling

How businesses are enhancing water stewardship using circular economy principles

To mark World Water Day 2021, edie explores how businesses regarded as leaders in corporate water stewardship have put circular economy principles into practice in supply chains and operations.

The proposed policy changes are designed to reduce waste at the source while also increasing recycling capacity

Fashion brands set to cover recycling costs under new UK Government plans

The UK Government has today (18 March) begun consulting on measures to reduce waste from sectors including fashion, furniture, electricals and electronics - including new charges that would see businesses contribute to recycling costs.

Pictured: A customer using the Farfetch Donate scheme, run in partnership with Thrift+

Circular economy models reduce costs and boost sales for major fashion brands

Outerwear brand FW and fashion platform Farfetch have revealed the results of two-year pilots of circular economy models, pledging to expand them following positive financial results.

each sector faces its own challenges and opportunities in embracing the green recovery

Sector by sector: What are the key ingredients to achieve a green recovery?

Over the past 12 months edie has collected data and spoken to leading sustainability and energy experts on how key UK sectors can achieve a green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Here, edie summarises some key themes found in our detailed sector insight reports.

In 2019, the brewer confirmed that efforts to halve its direct (Scope 1) and power-related (Scope 2) greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, against a 2016 baseline, by 2025 had been approved by the SBTi

Molson Coors unveils bottles with 90% lower carbon footprint

The Molson Coors Beverage Company is rolling out new glass beer bottles that have reduced the carbon emissions associated with production by up to 90%.

The Sessions form part of a dedicated week of action inspired by edie's Mission Possible Plastics Hub

Next wave of speakers confirmed for edie's circular economy online event

Experts from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Ikea, Innovate UK and The Body Shop have been confirmed among the first wave of speakers for The Circular Economy Inspiration Sessions – an afternoon of live, interactive presentations and discussions taking place virtually on Thursday 25 March.

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P&G launches refillable shampoo bottles in the UK

Procter & Gamble (P&G) has launched a refill format that uses 60% less plastic across several of its most popular shampoo brands in the UK.

Circular models involve designing out waste and pollution and keeping products and materials in use 

Survey: Circular economy businesses outperform those that take, make and dispose

Companies using circular economy models like refill, resale and repair generate have seen sharper revenue upticks than their traditional competitors, new market research has found.

Of the 111 companies in global heavy industry surveyed, only 16 are well on track to aligning strategies with the Paris Agreement

Global heavy industry failing to align with Paris climate goals

Only 14% of publicly listed companies in the steel, cement, aluminum, paper and mining sector are on track to meet the Paris Agreement's 2°C climate target, according to a report by the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI), a global investor group supported by the UN. Still, some European companies offer hope, EURACTIV Germany reports.

The report outlines policy recommendations spanning from nature restoration to using hydrogen in heavy industry 

Green recovery: MPs call for VAT breaks for energy efficiency, electric vehicles and circular economy

MPs are urging Boris Johnson's Government to take a broader "green recovery" approach, going beyond low-carbon electricity and transport to provide policy supports for nature restoration and the circular economy.

The initiative is being supported by Reverse Resources, The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and P4G

Fashion giants collaborate on Bangladesh textile reuse scheme

A group of 30 fashion brands, manufacturers and waste management firms have launched a new collaborative scheme to capture and reuse textile waste in Bangladesh.

The circular economy is a key pillar of the company’s sustainability strategy and will also assist with efforts to reduce emissions

Absolut hits recycled materials target four years early

The Absolut Company has met a target to use 50% recycled material in its glass bottles four years ahead of schedule.

According to think-tank Circle Economy, less than 9% of the 100 billion tonnes of virgin raw materials extracted each year are reused or recycled 

Governments urged to accelerate circular economy transition through green recovery plans

As nations continue to deliver their strategies for the economic recovery from Covid-19, they must better embed measures to improve resource efficiency, recycling, reuse and nature restoration, according to a major new policy briefing.

Circle Economy has repeatedly stated that the majority of global annual emissions are released during the extraction of materials and manufacturing of goods

Circular economy can slash global emissions by 39%, says major new report

A major new report, released to coincide with the original dates for the World Economic Forum's event in Davos, has found that 39% of global annual emissions could be mitigated by changing the ways in which we use natural raw materials.

Academics and businesses will explore circular solutions for industries including textiles, plastics, construction and metals

Exeter to play host to UK's first national circular economy 'hub'

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is investing £3.5m to create a new circular economy hub at the University of Exeter, which will be used to coordinate research and development across the country.

Giraffe Innovation’s Rob Holdway and compere Julia Bradbury (right) present P&G with the award

What makes a sustainability leader? Meet circular economy innovators, P&G

With less than a month until the 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards, this feature series showcases the achievements of the 2020 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: The winners of the Circular Economy Innovation of the Year, Procter & Gamble.

#SustyTalk: London Waste and Recycling Board's Wayne Hubbard on the circular economy during Covid-19

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive interview with the London Waste and Recycling Board's chief execiutive Wayne Hubbard.

Read on for some shocking sustainability statistics about our Christmas habits

In numbers: What is the environmental impact of Christmas?

Christmas is said to be the most wonderful time of the year - but it's also the most wasteful. With less than a week left until the big day, edie rounds up some of the most shocking environmental statistics for the season.

The Roadmap will help Lendlease align with the 1.5C trajectory

Lendlease outlines roadmap to reach zero carbon emissions in Europe

International property and investments group Lendlease has launched a new roadmap which outlines how eliminating diesel use on construction sites and procuring 100% renewable electricity will help the company reach net-zero emissions by 2040.

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New report details how businesses can help achieve SDG 12: Responsible Production and Consumption

edie has launched its latest SDG Spotlight report, looking at how businesses can transform to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) post-lockdown, with the latest focusing on Goal 12: Responsible Production and Consumption.

SDG Spotlight: How Businesses Can Achieve Goal 12; Responsible Production and Consumption

edie's latest SDG Spotlight report, produced in association with Rio, looks at how businesses can transform operations, services, supply chains and strategies to help deliver Goal 12: Responsible Production and Consumption.