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The Evolving Ton and the Circular Economy

The Evolving Ton and the Circular Economy

Five years ago, recycling took a backseat to topics such as sustainable design and life cycle analysis. A primary reason for this shift in emphasis is the growing realization of the importance of having an effective post-consumer materials recovery and recycling system, and secondly, concern over the fact that the current system in the United States is falling short of meeting this objective.

Is There an Overlooked Link Between Renewable Materials and Climate Change Mitigation?

As we sharpen our lens on climate in advance of the COP21 Summit in Paris, we all await whether or not agreements reached will result in transformative changes and ultimately in how businesses operate. But some changes in business operations are already under way as companies are recognizing how responsible … Read more »

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What Will the “New Sustainability” Look Like?

Earth Overshoot Day keeps coming earlier, and it’s not an occasion we want to celebrate. It’s the day our annual demand for ecosystem goods and services, like cropland, timber, fish stocks and carbon dioxide absorption, begin to exceed what ecosystems are able to renew in a year. Calculated by Global … Read more »

Recycling in Crisis: Is It Time for a Course Correction?

This past April, Waste Management’s CEO, David Steiner, declared that recycling in the United States is in crisis. He’s not alone. The CEOs from four of the country’s largest waste management companies have all recently called for a “dramatic overhaul” of our curb-side recycling system. These bold statements demand our … Read more »

Want to Make a Change? Don’t Forget the Human Element

There is a consensus among the top brass that sustainability delivers business value. A survey of one thousand global CEOs conducted by Accenture revealed that 76 percent of CEOs “believe that embedding sustainability into core business will drive revenue growth and new opportunities.” And yet, studies show that despite the … Read more »