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The circular economy meets decommissioned wind turbine blades

By Sarah Golden
As the world ramps up renewable energy deployments, an uncomfortable truth is arising: The materials, manufacturing processes and disposal methods for clean technologies are creating their own issues. Case in point: wind turbine blades.

Circular economy’s role in decarbonizing heavy industry

By James Pennington & Eric Hannon
The world must reach net-zero emissions by 2050 to avoid the worst effects of climate change. This is no easy feat, but one clear solution could lie in industry emissions. Globally, industry emissions are responsible…

Aloha ‘Aina and Evolving a Circular Economy

By Noe Tanigawa Photo: Noe Tanigawa
Summer's coming and hurricane season is ahead. In just a few years, people have become more aware of heat, flooding, fires and other growing effects of climate change--and experts say any possible remedies will also…

Arc’teryx Launches ReBird, a Hub for Upcycled Outdoor Gear

By Katherine Martinko Photo: Arc'teryx/ReBird
Outdoor gear maker Arc'teryx launched a new platform this week called ReBird that houses all of its sustainability and circularity initiatives in one place. The company describes it as a hub for efforts relating to…

How the Circular Economy Can Transform Manufacturing

By Colin Elkins
In a resource-constrained world, there is a noticeable trend of companies opting into the circular economy model. For manufacturers, this shift involves a move away from the “take-make-dispose” linear economy and a step towards increased…

Does Recycled Gold Herald a Greener Future for Jewelry?

By Elizabeth Patton
With economics and industrial engineering degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford, and a decade working at Tesla, the electric-car company where her husband was a co-founder, Boryana Straubel had long set her sights…

As early renewables near end-of-life, attention turns to recycling and disposal

By Emma Penrod
Although only a handful of states have implemented rules related to the disposal of batteries, PV panels and other renewable assets, the time has come to consider their fate as early installations reach the end…

Decarbonizing cities – how to harmonize buildings, mobility and infrastructure

By Francesco Starace and Jean-Pascal Tricoire Photo by Getty Images
An integrated approach is needed to fully decarbonize cities. Digitalization across buildings, mobility and energy infrastructure is key to achieving net zero carbon. Decarbonizing cities will not just benefit the environment, but also the jobs…

How To Practice The Three R’s In Fashion: Reducing, Reusing & Recycling Clothing

By Sam Bowman
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, textiles take up about 5% of all landfill space in the United States. Much of that percentage is made up of clothing that gets thrown away. Thanks to fast…

Coronavirus-induced oil price plunge is hurting the circular economy for plastic

By Robin Hicks Photo: Robin Hicks/Eco-Business
One of the biggest oil demand falls in history may be good news for emissions-watchers. But it’s bad news for the business of plastic recycling. How will pricier post-consumer plastic affect corporate sustainable packaging commitments?