Sourcing

A key part of developing circular products and business models is using materials that have been sourced responsibly. Materials can be sourced from renewable resources rather than continuing to use finite resources like oil, or can be reclaimed and recycled from other products, creating a much-needed pull of recycled materials into manufacturing processes to create true circularity. Responsible sourcing also has a human element - materials produced where the health, safety, and economic development of workers contribute to a more sustainable and circular society.
ECOR Fiber Conversion, Manufacturing & Upcycling Process
The ECOR manufacturing process allows for the conversion and upcycling of low value, often problematic, waste resources into a high performance building materials.
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Southwest Upcycling Partnership

Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines and textile and accessories upcycler Looptworks, have turned Southwest airplane seats into LUV Seat weekender duffle bags, shoes, and soccer balls.
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Mattress Recycling

Hilton Worldwide

The 1,574-room Hilton Anaheim recently recycled more than 2,500 mattresses as part of the chain’s mattress recycling program, which is one of the largest in the country.
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Levi’s Waste<Less Collection

Levi Strauss & Co.

Levi’s® Waste Less collection is made of 20 percent post-consumer waste- specifically, recycled plastic bottles. To date Levi’s has used 11.9 million recycled bottles for products such as Levi’s 511 jeans and jackets.
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Patagonia Reclaimed Cotton

Patagonia

Patagonia and the TAL Group save cotton scraps by sweeping the floors of their factories in China and Malaysia—saving hundreds of tons of useable cotton in the process. This cutting-room scrap is then spun into fully functional fabrics.
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Patagonia 100% Recycled Down

Patagonia

Patagonia Recycled Down Collection is a garment collection using a mix of 600-fill-power goose and duck down reclaimed from cushions, bedding and other used items that can’t be resold.
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Aluminum Rolled Products

Novelis

Novelis is leveraging aluminum’s unique properties to meet the needs of our customers, while also providing them with solutions to reduce the risks associated with growing global carbon constraints.
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All-in-One Recycling Program

Republic Services

Republic’s industry-leading All-in-One Recycling program accepts all recyclables in one container at work or at home, and our advanced sorting equipment ensures that recyclables are processed responsibly and reliably.
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Alaska Airlines Seat Upcycling

Alaska Airlines

Partnering with Looptworks, Alaska Airlines has turned its used seats into handbags and purses.
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Aluminum Closed-Loop Manufacturing

Novelis

Novelis, the world’s largest rolled aluminum company, expressed its intention to adopt an almost entirely closed-loop manufacturing system in which 80% of the aluminum it uses in its beverage cans, automobile parts and specialty products would be recycled material.
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Sustainable Textiles

Timberland

Global retail chain Timberland has partnered with Thread, a company that hires workers in developing countries to create environmentally sustainable textiles, to release a line of shoes and bags crafted from plastic bottles.
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PureBond Plywood

Columbia Forest Products

Since 2005, Columbia Forest Products has been manufacturing its PureBond® plywood using a formaldehyde-free adhesive derived from food-grade soy flour and a wet strength resin used in printed currency and milk cartons.
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Bio-Based Caps

Tetra Pak

Tetra Pak was first to bring bio-based caps to market, launching in Brazil in 2011, and pioneering the use of bio-based plastic layers made from sugarcane.
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Circular Economy (CE) Challenge

Rabobank

As part of a company-wide effort to support clients in developing new, more sustainable, and cost-effective business lines, Rabobank invited nine companies to participate in an inaugural one-year Circular Economy (CE) Challenge.
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Compostable Alternatives to Plastics

Ecovative

Ecovative’s products are fully compostable alternatives to synthetic materials such as petroleum-based expanded plastics. They are made of mycelium grown in and around agriculture by-products, acting thereby as a glue, and can take any shape needed.
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Nike Grind

Nike

Nike Grind is a material made from recycled sneakers collected through the company’s Reuse-A-Shoe program, plastic bottles and manufacturing scraps from Nike’s factories.
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