Every year, McDonald’s produces more than 62 million pounds of coffee chaff. That’s the unused dried skin that comes off of coffee beans during the roasting process. And that 62 million pounds used to go straight to landfills. But now, Ford is taking that chaff from McDonald’s and turning it into car parts.
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The key word for Vogue’s January 2020 issue is values. Interpret that as you may: monetary, ethical, sentimental. Every definition relates to the big picture: that fashion needs to reassess its value system, and quickly. We have to change the way money is invested and spent; we have to shop with brands whose values reflect our own; and we have to change the way we assign value to what we buy and wear.
Steadily permeating the sustainability conversation is circularity—extending the life of goods and recycling products at end of life so that the material resources within those goods are utilized, rather than being lost in landfill. The principles of circular design rely on keeping products in a perpetual loop, however, the current model of design, manufacturing, and consumption is ‘take, make, dispose (or waste)’, as coined by the Ellen Macarthur Foundation.
Steadily permeating the sustainability conversation is circularity—extending the life of goods and recycling products at end of life so that the material resources within those goods are utilized, rather than being lost in landfill.
Adithyaa has been winning awards for his designs and tech accomplishments since he was a boy and has devoted his considerable talents and time to solving one of the 21st century’s big challenges: plastic pollution.
Haley Lowry, global sustainability director at Dow, has big plans for plastic. Representing one of the largest plastics producers in the world, she is working to create new systems, products and technologies — such as advanced recycling and finding new uses for recycled plastics — that are intended to scale the circular life of plastics, creating new revenue streams while lifting people out of poverty.
As we approach a tipping point in the climate crisis, with scientists warning of disastrous consequences, more of us are realizing that our current economic model must change. We must stop consuming endlessly and shift to a way of operating that focuses on reducing and reusing nature’s precious resources. Here are four companies aiming to help us create a circular economy — one that eliminates waste.
Diversion of plastics from landfills into reuse is one of the fundamental approaches to a circular economy that’s sparked fresh ideas and real-world innovation over the past months as to how to make that happen.
Circular economy practices are being tested and scaled across a broad swath of industries, and more companies are sharing details about these works in progress.
Kevin Moran and Woodrow Clark highlight why they view circular economy plans as the key resilience solution for California’s climate goals, with the nation’s most highly recycled product as a model.