circular economy

Essity Commits to 100% Recyclability of Plastic Packaging by 2025

Press Release

October 31, 2018 /3BL Media/  - Essity has joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastic Economy global commitment, “A line in the sand”. Essity is therefore committed to working toward 100% recyclability of the company’s packaging by 2025.

Caterpillar's Product Stewardship

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Product stewardship covers the full lifespan of our equipment – from the supply chain to the customer’s job site to remanufacturing. This means taking active steps to reduce potential environmental, health and safety impacts, as well as optimizing operational quality and efficiency throughout the life of the product. Click here to learn more about how we accomplish this through the following:

Erb Featured Business Sustainability Case Study | Dow and the Circular Economy: Trash to Treasure?

By Sneha Rao, Chris Mills, Imani David and Nicholas Machinski. This case was written under the supervision of Andrew Hoffman, Erb Faculty Member.
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Erica Ocampo, sustainability and advocacy manager at The Dow Chemical Company, is getting ready to present her report on the pilot Energy Bag program to her boss. The waste-to-energy program has been met with success in converting plastics to energy, but Ocampo is wondering how she can take the project a step further and truly make Dow a participant and leader in the circular economy. Students are asked to identify with Ocampo and develop a plan of action for the company.

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Recycling and The Circular Economy: Turning Packaging into Products

By Lisa Ryden
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In the last two to three years I’ve witnessed a growing interest in recycling, predominantly in relation to the plastics debate, as there is increasing public awareness of the unacceptable and unsustainable effects of (plastic) waste getting into the ocean. Even though Tetra Pak packages are made mainly from paperboard (about 75%), we are part of this conversation because we use plastic for openings, closures and some of the barrier layers.

Windsor Mill’s Circular Economy Reduces Waste

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You’ve heard about ecosystems: the way all living things in a given area interact with each other and their environment. There’s a similar concept in sustainability called “industrial ecology,” which is the notion that industrial processes benefit from mimicking the closed-loop efficiency, or circular economy, of a natural ecosystem.

Global Teams Come Together to “Beat Plastic Pollution”

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Every day, General Motors employees play an important role in helping us build stronger communities as we work to achieve a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion. That is especially true on World Environment Day (WED), when our global teams rally during the month of June to amplify environmental outreach activities in their facilities or communities.

Empowering Women in the Democratic Republic of Congo

by Christine Fraser, Chief Responsibility Officer
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Being part of this year’s  Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) Summit was truly amazing.  I found myself in a room with more than 100 women entrepreneurs, from 16 countries, representing 25 industries with a combined revenue of over $4 billion – all discussing issues and opportunities women entrepreneurs face as they scale and grow their businesses across the globe.

“Closing the Loop”: A Close Look at Circular Economy

By Amir Rahdari, Circular Iran
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Circular economy has gained considerable momentum in the past couple of years. It entails a restorative and regenerative ap­proach by design and aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value at all times (The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 2015). By decoupling growth from scarce resource use, circular economy presents both a macro and micro strategy for a sustainable economy with a strong business case in its favor.

Sustainable by Design: GM’s Global Design Center Turns Waste into Works of Art

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At General Motors, we see waste as simply a resource out of place, and we strive to keep materials in use for as long as possible.

That’s true at our industry-leading 142 landfill-free sites around the world, and it is a driving force behind our goal to become a zero-waste manufacturer.

It’s also a good source of inspiration at our Global Design Center in Warren, Michigan, where more than 100 clay vehicle models are built each year.

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