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Zero Waste: Stop Throwing Money in the Trash

Companies have a major financial incentive to achieve zero waste. “Waste = Wasted Cash,” writes Eric Lombardi, executive director of Eco-Cycle International, on Waste360.com. An example: Unilever North America, which achieved 100 percent zero-waste-to-landfill at all dedicated distribution centers in North America earlier this year, said zero waste resulted in … Read more »

Catalyst Program Facilitates Sustainable Manufacturing

The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has launched the Catalyst Program, which was created for individuals in the manufacturing sector looking to advance sustainability conversations within their own companies. With the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard as a guide, the program aims to help participants make safe, regenerative … Read more »

Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge

Circular Economy Product Design Challenge Kicks Off

The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and 3D design software firm Autodesk are calling on product designers to fuel the circular economy by participating in the second Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge. The challenge kicks off today and gives designers a chance to win up to $6,000 for … Read more »

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Cradle to Cradle Product Awards Announced

Ecover, Mosa, Trigema and I:CO have won Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute awards for their products and systems encouraging recycling and reuse. Cradle to Cradle Products Innovator Awards went to Ecover, Mosa and Trigema for their closed-loop and Cradle to Cradle product design. Ecover, which makes ecological cleaning products, was … Read more »

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Tool Helps Manufacturers Use Safer Chemicals

The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute will offer a material health certificate, a tool for manufacturers across industries to avoid chemicals of high concern, shift to safer ones in their products and encourage product and supply chain transparency. The Material Health Certificate marks the first time the Institute has … Read more »

Desso Signs UN Global Compact

Desso, a global carpets and sports pitches company, has signed a letter to the United Nations’ secretary general Ban Ki-moon declaring its support for the UN Global Compact and its principles in relations to human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. The company says it will make the Global Compact and … Read more »

Report: Circular Economy Makes Economic Sense

The current linear way the UK’s economy consumes resources — where materials are extracted, made into a product, used and discarded — is not sustainable and needs to be changed to a circular economy, according to a report by the UK Environmental Audit Committee. The committee was appointed by the … Read more »

Cradle to Cradle Certified Companies See Cost, Environmental Benefits

Companies including Aveda, Ecover, Puma and Shaw Industries have cut costs, improved product value, developed new revenue streams and avoided risks using the Cradle to Cradle certified product standard, according to a report. Impacts of the Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Program, released by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation … Read more »

EOS Climate, Jaco Environmental Close the Loop on Refrigerants

EOS Climate’s Refrigerant Asset System (RAS) has been integrated across all 27 of Jaco Environmental’s appliance de-manufacturing facilities in the US. The companies say this creates the world’s first transparent, cradle-to-cradle solution for refrigerants recovered from residential appliances and vending machines. Refrigerants, which are thousands of times more potent greenhouse … Read more »

Desso Begins Healthy Seas Initiative

Carpet tiles manufacturer Desso has joined ‘Healthy Seas, a Journey from Waste to Wear’. The initiative aims to remove waste, in particular fishing nets to create healthier seas and by recycling marine litter into ECONYL yarn used for new Desso carpets. Desso has also worked with one of its key suppliers Aquafil, … Read more »