This report by Navigant – a Guidehouse Company and its research partner, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, describes the economic and environmental benefits and winning strategies for businesses to put the circular economy into practice in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Region (GLR).
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This year marks the 22nd anniversary of America Recycles Day (ARD). On this day, Americans celebrate by renewing their pledge to recycle.
The rapid increase in consumer awareness of plastic pollution has given way to a movement to ban or replace many consumer items that are made from plastic. We are seeing this everywhere—politics, media, and consumer preference trends.
Hyper-efficient buildings, circular clothing and fashion, sustainable manufacturing, eliminating food waste, innovation in energy—the Pittsburgh business community painted a perfect picture of what a system-wide approach to sustainability and a circular economy look like in action.
By 2021, shoppers in the U.S. alone will spend up to $150 billion on sustainable products, representing a quarter of all goods sold. Looking back from 2018 to 2017, sales of sustainable products grew by almost 6%, higher than their non-sustainable competitors.
On August 15 and 16, the U.S.
A shift from the take-make-waste model to the innovative circular economy model is essential for our planet and our future. It can also serve as an opportunity for companies to create new revenue streams and address resource constraint risks. However, taking the vision of a circular economy, in which everything is reused and nothing is wasted, and translating that into tangible business best practices can be challenging.
With increased restrictions from international markets such as China, attention has turned to the state of U.S. recycling infrastructure. Business-led innovation in product and packaging has outpaced the infrastructure in place to collect it. Strengthening domestic infrastructure will contribute to job creation, end markets for recycled materials, and a more circular system. Webinar attendees will hear about the current state of U.S. infrastructure, ideas for improving local recycling infrastructure, and examples of the latest and greatest technology in recycling infrastructure.
Private-Public Partnership Will Foster Sustainable Economic Development for Businesses and Communities