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The North Face Renewed: VF Corporation takes next step into 'new world' of servitisation

EXCLUSIVE: The North Face's recent launch of a refurbished garments service is acknowledgement of a "new world" of corporate business models that will see the brand's owner, VF Corporation, trial a number of closed-loop, service-based models.

C&A Foundation has provided funding for the innovative projects which it believes could bridge the gap in the implementation of circular business models

C&A Foundation commits more than £1m to circular fashion innovations

C&A Foundation, the corporate foundation affiliated with global fashion retailer C&A, will invest more than £1m (€1.29m) in a string of initiatives aimed at accelerating the industry's transition to a circular economy.

Green Alliance produced the report for a group of businesses that have formed a circular economy taskforce

Recycled plastic could supply three-quarters of UK demand, report finds

Plastic recycled in the UK could supply nearly three-quarters of domestic demand for products and packaging if the government took action to build the industry, a new report said on Thursday.

Landsec avoided £2.5m in landfill tax by sending no waste to landfill last year

Landsec achieves zero-waste-to-landfill goal

Property developer Landsec has achieved its zero-waste-to-landfill ambition and is within touching distance of its 2020 target of recycling three-quarters of its waste, having sent 74.9% to be recycled in 2017.

Dow has set a target of generating £750m ($1bn) from

Dow generates £90m from natural capital projects

The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) has continued to prove the business case for measuring impacts on nature, generating almost £90m ($120m) from putting an economic value on natural resources in 2017.

Ikea’s climate positive ambition aims to fulfil the retailer’s contribution to the Paris Agreement through an emissions reduction across the value chain that is aligned to climate science

Ikea to ban single-use plastics, targets 'climate-positive' status under new strategy

Removing all single-use plastics products from its range globally, eliminating more greenhouse gas emissions than its value chain emits, and generating more renewables than it consumes are all headline goals of Ikea's updated People and Planet Positive strategy.

The report highlights that Europe is primed to embrace a new circular economy, with EU industrial emissions potentially reduced by 56% by 2050

Report: Circular economy a 'powerful force' to meeting Paris Agreement goals

Circular business models and greater material efficiency of products in the transport and built environment sectors could reduce emissions by 3.6 billion tonnes annually - putting the globe on course to meet the targets of the Paris Agreement.

One of the strategy’s flagship goals is seeing the Group’s estate become “the world’s first SDG compliant city”

Making Sustainability Real: Inside Canary Wharf Group's bold net positive strategy

EXCLUSIVE: British property giant Canary Wharf Group (CWG) has this week unveiled a sweeping new 2030 sustainability strategy, including goals of becoming a circular economy leader, transforming its estate into the world's first 'SDG-compliant micro-city' and becoming net positive.

Globally, IKEA has already trebled the sales from its 'sustainable life at home' products

How the circular economy is fuelling sustainable growth at Ikea

EXCLUSIVE: Ikea's aim of doubling sales by 2020 are not at odds with an embedded ambition to become more circular, according to the company's UK sustainability manager Hege Sæbjørnsen, who believes closed-loop solutions will be fundamental to future growth.

Each one-hour workshop will generate a specific output, which will be sent to all participants after the show, along with notes on the session's key discussion points

Final places remaining for free Mission Possible Workshops at edie Live

Sustainability and energy professionals have just a few days left to pre-book their place for a series of free 'co-creation' workshops taking place at edie Live on 22-23 May.

H&M, a core partner of the Make Fashion Circular initiative, has pledged to become truly circular by 2030

Big-name clothing brands team up to 'Make Fashion Circular'

Gap, H&M, Nike and Burberry are among the major brands which will lead a new Ellen MacArthur Foundation initiative that aims to help drive a circular fashion industry.

The company’s first group-wide sustainability report outlines plans to share best practice in supply chains to train professionals growers

AB Sugar targets water, carbon and plastics under new sustainability commitment

Global sugar company AB Sugar has launched its first ever group-wide sustainability report, outlining bold new commitments to cut carbon emissions and water use by 30% and ensure all plastic packaging is reusable, recyclable or bio-degradable by 2030.

More than 100 expert speakers will appear across four stages to provide visitors with the insight and inspiration they need to take action across all areas of sustainable development

edie Live 2018: Show programme complete as plastics and SDGs take centre stage

The show content for edie's annual exhibition has been confirmed, with plastics waste, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), energy storage and employee engagement among the hot topics that will be debated across four theatres at the two-day show in May.

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Top 10 sustainability stories of March 2018

It was a month of plastic take back schemes, big Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) commitments and high-profile business innovations. Take a look back at March's biggest sustainability stories in this round-up.

Annually, more than 60,000 tonnes of used glass bottles and jars – which could otherwise end up in landfill or littered, will be reused and transformed

In Practice: The 'world-first' closed-loop glass recycling facility

Knauf Insulation's aim to ensure that recycled contents are embedded into the products it manufactures has seen the company strike a long-term partnership with waste specialists Veolia to create a closed-loop system for glass waste.

A NextGen Cup Challenge will offer accelerator grants to start-ups that have prototypes for compostable or recyclable cups

Starbucks pledges £7m to develop coffee cup solutions

Starbucks has declared a "moon shot for sustainability" by unveiling a £7m funding challenge to develop recyclable and compostable coffee cups, as well as agreeing to new "bean to cup" traceability technology to improve sourcing practices.

Patel suggests that packagers, retailers and waste management organisations should work holistically to develop a singular brief for packaging

Are businesses thinking about the SDGs when targeting plastics?

The recent wave of pledges against single-use plastic could lead to unintended consequences due to a lack of cross-sector alignment that is failing to examine the role of packaging in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The proximity of the new facility to Knauf Insulation’s manufacturing plant, which sits next door, means that around 375,000 miles of road journeys will be saved

Veolia opens 'world-first' closed-loop glass recycling facility

A new £10m high-tech recycling facility which turns glass into insulation has been hailed as a "real boost" for the UK's circular economy.

Lidl UK joins the likes of Tesco, Co-op, Iceland and Aldi in publicly backing a deposit return scheme for plastic containers

Lidl UK exploring deposit return scheme as part of plastic waste commitment

Lidl UK has today (9 March) unveiled a package of new commitments to reduce plastic waste, including plans to remove all single-use plastic bags, reduce the quantity of plastic packaging by one-fifth and consider a deposit return scheme for plastic containers.

Thomas believes collaborative approaches hold the key to tackling waste and embedding the circular economy as a “business as usual” approach

Plastic pledges provide gateway to circular economy, says John Lewis

The recent focus on plastic pollution has given sustainability professionals an opportunity to "reframe the narrative" on resource efficiency to move business models towards the circular economy, John Lewis's sustainability manager Ben Thomas has claimed.

edie Explains: The circular economy

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

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.

Representatives from Tetra Pak, Iceland and James Cropper met at the Museum of Brands

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Sustainable packaging and the plastics problem

edie travels to the Museum of Brands to discuss solutions to plastic waste and wider resource efficiency issues with business representatives from Iceland, Tetra Pak and James Cropper.

The upcycled garments are being donated to homeless charity, The Albert Kennedy Trust, which supports young LGBT homeless people in crisis

Virgin Trains hands over old uniforms to prison in recycling scheme

Prisoners at HMP Northumberland will take part in a recycling initiative which will see old Virgin Trains uniforms transformed into new textiles in a bid to reduce reoffending rates.

The campaign will encourage parents to donate surplus clothes to one of 42 participating Mothercare stores. Image: Hubbub

Mothercare and Hubbub expand baby clothing redistribution scheme nationwide

A pilot between environmental charity Hubbub and Mothercare to redistribute baby clothing is being expanded nationwide, after more than 20,000 items of clothing were allocated to around 2,000 families last year.

The UK recycles just 38% of its plastic packaging, while it ships more than 2.7 million tonnes of plastic waste to China every year

Plastics now a 'competitive issue' for business, CIWM chief warns

EXCLUSIVE: Eliminating unnecessary uses of plastic from production and supply chains is quickly becoming a "competitive issue" for businesses, with the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management's (CIWM) chief executive Dr Colin Church urging companies not to wait for legislation.

Polymateria specialises in producing time-controlled biodegradation technology for synthetic and bio-based plastics

Ex-BT chief Niall Dunne on a mission to create the 'Tesla of plastics'

BT's former chief sustainability officer Niall Dunne is determined to use his role as the new chief executive of plastic producers Polymateria to "redesign the rules of an entire industry" and create practical solutions that can eliminate plastic pollution.

The Forum provided valuable insight into how sustainability professionals plan to deliver a thriving low-carbon, resource-efficient future

Mission Possible: 8 charts that show how business leaders are building a sustainable future

Hundreds of sustainability professionals gathered in London for edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum this week. Throughout the two-day event, delegates were asked to reflect on their thoughts on key drivers, and the results show that a sustainable future is possible.

In Davos, Dame Ellen MacArthur has announced the winners of the New Plastics Initiative which challenges innovators and business to find solutions to the scourge of plastics waste

Circular economy takes centre stage at Davos

Plastic waste is high on the agenda in Davos this week, with a host of corporate giants including L'Oréal, Mars and Unilever making commitments on their approach to packaging.

In addition to incentivising recycling, the Commission will instead pump money into initiatives that use raw materials other than oil

EU maps out plastics vision in new strategy

The European Commission presented on Tuesday (16 January) its eagerly anticipated strategy on how the EU intends to approach plastic production and pollution over the next decade and beyond.

Rugarli said that potential rental schemes were part of VF Corporation’s move to capture new business opportunities while placing sustainability at the forefront of product design

VF Corporation exploring servitisation to champion circular economy

EXCLUSIVE: Global clothing giant VF Corporation is exploring rental and service-based business models to promote the circular economy to its consumers, as the company pushes ahead with a new corporate strategy that commits to science-based targets and 100% renewable electricity.

The 25-year Environment Plan includes pledges to eliminate avoidable waste and introduce new safeguards for wildlife

25-year Environment Plan: UK unveils long-term strategy for 'greener future'

Theresa May has today outlined a vision for a "cleaner, greener Britain", unveiling the long-awaited 25-year Environment Plan which pledges to eliminate all "avoidable" plastic waste by the end of 2042.

H&M has a goal in place to source 100% recycled or sustainable materials by 2030

H&M launches sportswear range made from recycled polyester

Clothing giant H&M has unveiled a new sportswear collection for women that is predominately made from recycled polyester, bringing the company closer to its goal of becoming truly circular by 2030.

Vyvyan noted that a successful corporate strategy relied on embedding sustainability into day-to-day situations, the same way that a company would for employee engagement and satisfaction

Circular and digital transformations 'key' to enabling business growth

A growth in circular innovation and digital transformation are the "keys to a more sustainable future" that is currently being hindered by businesses that still view sustainability as an "add on" that requires additional resources and finances.

There will need to be a 40% increase in recycling in flats if the Mayor’s recycling target is to be met, it is claimed

London urged to address 'laughable' recycling rates

The London Assembly has called on Sadiq Khan to take a lead in increasing the capital's recycling rates, as damning figures highlight the sheer scale of the problem.

The report encourages Member States to develop pricing mechanisms that support material reuse

Long-term policies can help business capture €324bn circular economy opportunity

A new report has called on European Union (EU) institutions to promote resource efficiency beyond the completion of the Circular Economy Package, by learning from best practice scenarios that could add €324bn to the EU's economy by 2030.

Starbucks is working with Pentatonic to turn post-consumer plastic waste and coffee cups into furniture

Starbucks targets a plastics circular economy to drive waste management

EXCLUSIVE: There is no "competitive leverage" to be gained by failing to work with rival brands to tackle ongoing waste issues regarding paper coffee cups and the wider use of plastics, Starbuck's vice president of corporate affairs Simon Redfern has claimed.

Companies are invited to sign up to the initiative, and in doing so will commit to reducing plastic use across operations and supply chains. Image: Dell

Dell spearheads global initiative to combat ocean plastics

Technology giant Dell is forming a collaborative initiative alongside General Motors and Interface to create the world's first commercial-scale supply chain for ocean-bound plastics, before they seep into waterways.

In 2016, China imported 7.3m tonnes of waste plastics from developed countries including the UK, the US and Japan

Chinese ban on plastic waste imports could see UK pollution rise

A ban on imports of millions of tonnes of plastic waste by the Chinese government from January could see an end to collection of some plastic in the UK and increase the risk of environmental pollution, according to key figures in the industry.

The free-to-watch webinar will take place on Thursday 7 December at 2pm and will conclude with a live audience Q&A

How to solve the plastics problem: Live edie webinar takes place AT 2PM TODAY

Interface, P&G, Surfdome and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation complete an all-star line-up of circular economy experts for edie's live, interactive webinar focused on plastic packaging sustainability - taking place today (Thursday 7 December) at 2pm.

African governments are working with the World Economic Forum and the EU to launch the African Alliance on Circular Economy

Are developing nations the ideal testing ground for circular economy practices?

As UN ministers look set to create a taskforce to eradicate the 'ocean Armageddon' of plastic waste and foster growth of closed-loop systems, a new Chatham House briefing paper suggests that the circular economy would enable developing nations to "leapfrog" to more sustainable frameworks.

The free-to-watch webinar will take place on Thursday 7 December at 2pm and will conclude with a live audience Q&A

Plastic pollution: Circular economy experts to discuss packaging solutions in live webinar TOMORROW

Representatives from Interface, P&G, Surfdome and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation complete an all-star line-up for edie's live, interactive webinar focused on plastic packaging sustainability - taking place this Thursday (7 December) at 2pm.

Ikea customers at the Greenwich store will be able to use cycle spaces and electric vehicle (EV) charging points free of charge

Ikea begins work on 'most sustainable' UK store

Global furniture retailer Ikea has started construction on a £100m new store in London which will be designed with an array of sustainable features.

The authors highlight a $500bn economic opportunity for the industry should it adopt a circular approach

Stella McCartney and Ellen MacArthur present roadmap for circular fashion industry

The sheer scale of textile waste caused by the clothing industry has been laid bare in a damning new report co-launched by Dame Ellen MacArthur and fashion designer Stella McCartney.

The plastic offset scheme works with partners such as the Plastic Disclosure Project (PDP) to calculate and certify plastic purchases and consumption

Blockchain start-up unveils plastic offset scheme

A technology start-up has launched a new initiative for companies and families to calculate and offset annual "plastic footprints" by purchasing credits that support global projects that tackle plastic pollution.

From the 12,300 products remanufactured last year, Norsk Ombruk generated benefits totalling €9.4m

Test-bed: Driving economic growth through a remanufacturing business model

Norwegian firm Norsk Ombruk has developed an innovative business model that remanufactures kitchen and bathroom equipment to offer high-performing electronic equipment at half the cost, all while driving the economy for resource-efficient practices.

It is thought that food and drink by-products alone could produce an extra £500-£800m for Scotland’s economy

Study identifies sheer scale of opportunity for Scottish bioeconomy

A new report has highlighted the "huge opportunities" for 27 million tonnes of biomaterial such as food waste, by-products and agricultural residues to add value to Scotland's economy.

Internal market protections prevent the need for national reduction quotas or national bans for certain packaging types, actions which industry figures say would create trade barriers in the EU

EU packaging single market erosion risks opening 'Pandora's Box' of national regulations

Ahead of negotiations to finalise the revision of EU packaging waste legislation, the European packaging industry is calling for the free movement of packaged goods to be safeguarded.

At present, only about 6% of plastic waste is recycled within the EU

EU rules out tax on plastic products to reduce waste

The EU has ruled out penalties on single-use plastic products, in favour of raising public awareness of the damage consumer plastics are doing to the world's oceans.

This summer, C&A became the first global retailer to launch Gold level Cradle to Cradle (C2C) certified t-shirts

Cradle to Cradle: How C&A is leading the fashion industry's circular transition

EXCLUSIVE: Fashion retailer C&A is driving circularity by selling apparel products made from sustainable cotton, and the Dutch-based firm is eager to bring the rest of the industry on its journey.

To date, 868 tonnes of coffee has been collected through the initiative to be transformed into biomass pellets

In practice: Network Rail's closed-loop partnership to recycle waste coffee grounds

Striking a partnership with coffee waste collectors Bio-Bean enabled Network Rail to make steps in reducing waste at its station, and also got retailers and staff to boost coffee collection to be used for renewable power.

The adoption of a circular model would put London “on track” to become carbon-neutral by 2050, according to the London Assembly Environment Committee

Report: London could reduce waste by 60% through circular model

A new report has claimed that London could reduce its waste by 60% by 2041 through a circular economy approach, in the same week that Google teamed up with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to highlight the business value of circular cities.

Veolia's senior executive vice-president UK & Ireland Estelle Brachlianoff reflects on the success of the company’s third national apprentice of the year awards ceremony at Westminster

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Meeting the drivers of the circular economy

Waste specialists Veolia discuss how investing in people can help drive emerging new business models, while UK start up Rype Office explains how 007 and the NHS are linked together through remanufacturing.

The relaunch comes less than a fortnight after Scotland signalled its intentions to introduce a national deposit return scheme for drinks containers

MPs to relaunch inquiry on plastic bottles and coffee cups

MPs are reopening an inquiry into the environmental impact of waste from disposable coffee cups and plastic bottles as pressure builds on the UK Government to introduce new legislation.

The report notes that all companies want EU regulations to be harmonised to create a broader understanding waste definitions and treatments

Policy must catch up with business 'ingenuity' on resource efficiency, says Corporate Leaders Group

Business "ingenuity" on resource productivity has "moved ahead of the policy agenda" and politicians need to introduce new legislation that fosters the circular economy and service-based business models, according to the director of The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group (CLG).

Veolia’s desire to harness the potential of the younger generation forms part of its overarching ambition to become a company at the forefront of a resource revolution

Investing in business means investing in people, says Veolia

Businesses must diversify their workforce to nurture the next generation of CSR leaders, according to waste management firm Veolia's senior executive vice-president UK & Ireland.

The disposable cups will be upcycled into paper that will then be converted into the yellow shopping bags

Selfridges' yellow shopping bags to be made from coffee cups

Selfridges has teamed up with waste management firm Veolia and British papermaker James Cropper to reprocess disposable coffee cup waste into yellow shopping bags in a closed-loop system.

As a result of the project expansion, resource recovery firm Axion has joined to develop the new sorting technology

Jaguar Land Rover expands its aluminium circular economy drive

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has launched the REALITY programme, an expansion on its closed-loop aluminium recycling programme that will place end-of-life materials into new high-performance JLR products.

The HP ENVY Photo Printer can be recycled at the end-of-life

HP unveils world's first in-class printer made with closed-loop recycled plastic

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has continued its drive towards a circular business model with the unveiling of the world's first in-class printer made with closed-loop recycled plastic.

More than 270 million plastic water bottles have been given a new life in Timberland footwear

A greener footprint: How Timberland's boots ignited a decade of circular economy progress

As Timberland celebrates the 10th anniversary of its EarthKeeper product range which utilises recycled plastic, edie catches up with the outdoor clothing retailer's sustainability director Colleen Vien, who explains how a decade of continual improvements has put the firm on track to achieving the circular business model.

The MetalMatters campaign aims to boost the capture rate of recyclable metal packaging in households, such as tin cans, aerosols and food containers

Tata Steel moves to champion UK kerbside metal packaging recycling

Europe's second largest steel producer Tata Steel will increase its support for a UK-based behaviour change initiative aimed at boosting the recycling rates for metal packaging collected at kerbside.

More than £300,000 worth of equipment is being be installed at Belmont’s Kilwinning site near Glasgow to enable the sorting and shredding of used batteries

Post-Brexit Britain to offer circular economy for batteries with new recycling plant

The UK will no longer need to export used batteries across Europe thanks to the development of a new plant which will allow the country to be self-sufficient in battery recycling as it prepares to leave the EU.

Nearly nine in ten Millennials surveyed (86%) are interested in sustainable investing, compared with three-quarters of individual investors overall (75%)

Millennials twice as likely to invest in green business, survey reveals

Millennials are driving global growth in sustainable investing, according to financial services firm Morgan Stanley, which has discovered that the younger generation are twice as likely to invest in companies targeting social or environmental goals.

Additional benefits of the deposit scheme were claimed to reach £1.2bn for the UK economy, according to studies

'Lack of political desire' biggest barrier to establishing UK bottle deposit scheme

EXCLUSIVE: The implementation of a deposit scheme for plastic bottles in the UK now hinges on "political desire" rather than technological barriers, the chief executive of solutions provider and reverse vending expert TOMRA has suggested.

While UPS has invested more than $750m in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, the latest announcement represents a strategic foray into the circular economy market

UPS logistics service drives resource efficiency for TerraCycle

Recycling experts TerraCycle has diverted more than 40m pounds of waste from landfills since 2012, through a partnership with global customs and logistics firm UPS that has expanded recycling programmes across the globe.

The Edinburgh Remakery encourages customers to buy refurbished computers, rent affordable workspace and tool

Scotland's circular drive reaches re-use milestone

Scotland's drive for a circular economy has reached a major milestone with today's (8 August) announcement that 100 quality-certified re-use stores are now in operation.

Sophie Walker became JLL UK's head of sustainability in 2016, joining from the firm's Upstream Sustainability Services division

Flexibility essential for post-Brexit sustainability, says JLL UK

Sustainability professionals must be flexible in their pursuit of long-term CSR goals during the current period of political and business uncertainty created by Brexit, the head of sustainability at property and investment management firm JLL UK has said.

The UK is currently working towards a 50% target for household waste by 2020, established by the Waste Framework Directive

UK waste policy: Burning away recycling ambitions or 'sleepwalking' to capacity crisis?

A report warning that UK waste treatment capacity will exceed the generation of residual waste by 2020 has been labelled as "flawed" by the Environmental Services Association (ESA), which instead claimed that the Government is "sleepwalking" towards an energy-from-waste capacity crisis.

Bailey, who was charged with introducing and integrating the sustainability department at NG Bailey in 2008, claimed that sustainability was evolving into a “business and moral crusade”

Business 'crusade' built on leadership can deliver zero-carbon buildings, says NG Bailey

EXCLUSIVE: The biggest barrier on the pathway to zero-carbon buildings is a lack of "appropriate leadership" from Governments, although this has presented the private sector with an opportunity to train and retain the next generation of sustainability leaders.

Millennials are 2.4 times as likely to shop for resale items because of the environmental impact of clothing

Carbon footprint of UK clothing on the rise, despite uptake in resales

The carbon footprint of clothing has climbed by 9% since 2012 in the UK, despite the amount of clothing in household residual waste falling by 50,000 tonnes in the same period, although changes to shopping habits could alleviate environmental pressures.

The Recycling Association contacted Pringles manufacturer Kellogg’s and was informed that developments are afoot to improve the recyclability of its product design

From villains to heroes: Are Pringles and Lucozade about to unveil more sustainable packaging?

EXCLUSIVE: Moves by Kellogg's and Lucozade to develop more sustainable packaging solutions for Pringles tubes and Lucozade Sport bottles would send out a "fantastic message" to other manufacturers, the chief executive of a recycling trade body has said.

Argos has rolled out a gadget trade-in service across the retailer's 788 UK stores

Retailers urged to seize growing consumer demand for electrical trade-ins

An overwhelming majority of British consumers have a desire to embrace circular business models when it comes to unwanted electrical and electronic products, according to new research from WRAP.

CCEP plans to double the amount of recycled plastic in each of its polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles to 50% in the next three years

Coca-Cola bottler vows to 'reform' Britain's recycling system with new packaging strategy

Bottling company Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has today (12 July) unveiled a new packaging strategy for its Great Britain operations, which establishes collaborative partnerships to reform the nation's recycling systems and boost recycled content in its products to 50%.

Around 70 delegates from companies like Sky and Unilever discussed the barriers and opportunities of the circular economy at the event

Leading businesses rally to place circular economy into the office workplace

A host of private sector organisations including Interserve, Lloyds Banking Group and JLL have all backed a new initiative aimed at reducing the estimated £15bn waste costs incurred by the private sector, by championing the circular economy in the workplace.

The transition to a circular economy has the destination mapped out, but the journey is far less clear cut

Circular trailblazers: Mapping the journey to a closed-loop business model

As waste and resource scarcity issues have an increasing impact on supply chains across the world, edie explores how two circular economy leaders - HP and Philips - are continuing to navigate a complex minefield of challenges in their mission to drive a global resource revolution.

Angela Smith MP (left) and Baroness Parminter have raised concerns about the Government's delay in publishing the 25-Year Environment Plan

Has Defra's environment plan been 'kicked into the long grass'?

Opposition party politicians have expressed concern that the green business community has been "fobbed off" over the multiple delays of the Government's proposed 25-Year Environment Plan.

Co-op environment manager Iain Ferguson spoke at the Resourcing the Future conference in London this week

Co-op urges waste sector to put pressure on retail recycling laggards

Britain's recycling system is suffering from a lack of coherence between the major players in the packaging and waste value chain, The Co-operative Food's environment manager has said.

Players of The Big Catch game are asked educational questions, teaching them key facts about our oceans and plastic pollution

We Are the Oceans: a new way to educate consumers on plastic waste

As sustainability practitioners search for new ways to drive consumer engagement, edie's Matt Mace hears from the 23-year-old founder of a new campaign group which is utilising music, video games and social media campaigns to capture the hearts and minds of millennials in tackling the issue of ocean plastic waste.

Dell recovered 177 million pounds of used electronics last year

Dell will be using 100 million pounds of recycled materials in its products by 2020

Technology giant Dell has set itself a new target after surpassing its 2020 goal to use 50 million pounds of sustainable materials in its products.

Sustainability professionals and green groups are calling for the new UK Government to step up its green policy ambition and finally release a number of key environmental frameworks

It's time for ACTION: 14 green policy priorities for the new UK Government - Part one

From environmental plans and air quality proposals through to energy efficiency schemes and low-carbon industrial strategies, edie has identified the most critical areas of green policy that Theresa May's new Government must prioritise to ensure the UK bears the fruits of a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy.

The route map outlines several cross-sector factors that must be championed in order to embed the circular economy in the capital

New route map guides London towards £2.8bn circular economy

A new route map was launched on Monday (19 June) outlining how the collective buying power of the private sector could catalyse the circular economy in London, unlocking £2.8bn annually in the process.

HP’s director of global sustainability operations Kirstie McIntyre is keen to put customers front and centre of its business model transition

Customers at the heart of sustainable business model transition, says HP

EXCLUSIVE: Hewlett-Packard's (HP) push towards a circular economy and servitisation-based business model has seen the relationship between the IT company and its customers evolve from one based purely on transactions to a point where customer demand is now helping to advance closed-loop initiatives.

Trewin Restorick is concerned that the current choppy waters of British politics means the Government isn't “part of the picture” when it comes to resource efficiency

How positive psychology can bring consumers along on the sustainability journey

EXCLUSIVE: Businesses that force their sustainability agenda upon consumers through prescriptive orders and instructions are in a "dangerous place", the founder of social enterprise Hubbub has warned.

Through a partnership with Thread and the First Mile Coalition, HP has arranged to purchase the recycled content from suppliers in Haiti

HP launches new supplier emissions target and cartridges made from plastic bottles

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has unveiled new ink cartridge prototypes made from recycled plastic bottles from Haiti, while the company's newly-released sustainability report has outlined goals to target emissions in supply chains.

The fund offers investment of £50-250,000 for “high-growth potential” sustainability businesses

Crowdfunding success for sustainability start-up fund

An investment fund for start-ups that support sustainability principles such as the circular economy has secured more than £1m after exceeding its original crowdfunding target by 22%.

Together Towards Zero sets 2030 targets for carbon, water, zero irresponsible drinking and a zero accidents culture that are “much bigger in scale and scope” than previous aims

Carlsberg targets zero-emission breweries under industry-leading sustainability strategy

EXCLUSIVE: Carlsberg has launched a new "industry-leading" sustainability strategy that aims to push beyond the company's own group strategy and exceed science-based recommendations by eliminating carbon emissions and halving water usage at breweries by 2030.

Until now, landfill or burning were the only options for disposing of MDF, but MDF Recovery has developed a novel, proprietary process to recover wood fibre from the material

Test bed: Scaling up a world-first recycling solution for MDF

edie investigates the green business potential of breakthrough technologies and innovations in this new series of 'test bed' case studies. First up: a look at a world-first solution that creates a secondary material from recycled MDF boards, generating zero waste in the process.

Two-thirds of the world’s largest companies are reporting that exposure to water-related risks could generate a “substantive change” in business operations and revenues

Oceans apart: Why businesses need to embed water efficiency across departments

With water availability declining as energy demand rises, some of the private sector's leading lights on water management believe now is the time for businesses to embed holistic water stewardship programmes that capture the interests of other departments. edie's Matt Mace investigates.

A national rollout of the scheme could commence if customer feedback from the Cardiff trial is positive. Image: Ikea

Ikea pilots UK textile take-back scheme

The world's biggest furniture retailer Ikea has launched its first UK-based textile take-back pilot, offering consumers in Cardiff the option to hand in unwanted purchases to be reused, repaired or recycled.

techUK's Susanne Baker, pictured here speaking at edie Live, noted that the regulatory frameworks would mirror current purchasing trends by consumers

Longevity or recyclability? Policy shift set to impact e-waste, says techUK

Eco-design is the "unsung" hero of climate action, and a host of new regulatory frameworks could soon create an ideal marketplace for technology businesses that are championing the circular economy.

The Foundation’s $2m innovation prize was launched last week (18 May) in collaboration with the Prince of Wales's International Sustainability Unit

Ellen MacArthur: Businesses must collaborate to make circular economy mainstream

EXCLUSIVE: Businesses need to adopt a collaborative systems approach to packaging and product design that creates value for the vast amount of plastic that has seeped into the oceans, Dame Ellen MacArthur told edie.

As much as $80-120bn of plastic packaging material value is lost to the economy due to a linear, take-make-dispose value chain

Ellen MacArthur Foundation launches $2m innovation prize for ocean plastic solutions

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the Prince of Wales's International Sustainability Unit have today (18 May) launched a $2m innovation prize, calling on companies to create new ways of designing packaging that limits the amount of plastic polluting the oceans.

We hear from those that are already making sustainability happen about the best initiatives in UK business.

Insight and inspiration - a roundup of the latest edie interviews with the experts

EXCLUSIVE: From behaviour change to smart buildings, energy security to driving efficiency at scale, we round up the latest exclusive insight and interviews with sustainability business leaders.

The Circular Fibres first report is due for publication in autumn 2017

Circular Fibres: Global brands partner to form closed-loop textile project

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) has today (11 May) launched an industry-wide initiative to build a new global textile system based on the principles of the circular economy.

Brummelhuis claimed that combining LED lighting with IoT characteristics could deliver energy savings between 50% to 80%

Philips: Smart lighting systems can champion the circular economy

EXCLUSIVE: Connected lighting systems can act as the "backbone" of the smart buildings transition to promote resource and energy efficiency, the senior director of sustainability at Philips has said.

Colin Church believes a fairer waste system that incentives responsible companies to design more resourceful packaging to improve recycling would help to boost recycling rates

CIWM: Circular economy will suffer without Government's helping hand

EXCLUSIVE: Businesses must be given the right tools from Government to take up an "incredibly powerful" role in the UK's resource and waste management system, according to the new chief executive of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM).

The former B&Q boss called on companies to introduce new business models fit a the low-carbon, resource-efficient economy

Sir Ian Cheshire: Sustainability leadership will be defined by courage

Companies that embrace new business models that push beyond 'defensive' actions to future-proof operations will be the next generation of sustainability leaders, British businessman Sir Ian Cheshire has said.

It is hoped that five million cups will be collected and recycled by the end of the year

London's Square Mile Challenge on course to recycle 500,000 coffee cups

A joint campaign coordinated by major coffee retailers and business in the London Square Mile is on course to reach its target to recycle half a million coffee cups in the capital in one month.

The Furniture Recycling Group's managing director Nick Oettinger, who is calling on British mattress manufacturers to take the lead on producer responsibility schemes

John Lewis recycles 60,000 mattresses through re-use partnership

Retail giant John Lewis has teamed up with a mattress recycling firm to help its customers responsibly dispose of their mattresses, with nearly 60,000 recycled in the past year.

The Advance London scheme will provide free practical help and advice to assist SMEs in identifying circular economy opportunities

London launches support scheme for circular economy transition

A new business support programme which aims to help SMEs in London adopt and scale-up resource-efficient business models has been launched today (25 April).


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