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360 Library

Add some Circularity to your life

The 360 Library is a guide to companies and products that provide. . . 

Cyclicity

Products are designed to be part of technical or biological cycles. Meaning they can be broken down in a way that allows their parts to be mechanically recycled; or safely returned to a natural cycle.

Life Cycle Mgmt

Companies provide customers with the information and capacity to properly recycle their purchases when they’re done using them.

Durability

Products are made of high quality materials and superior craftsmanship, thus improving the likelihood of reuse and/or refurbishment when a product is no longer needed by its current owner.

Less Packaging

Companies provide packaging that is reusable, compostable or or fully recyclable.  Or they mitigate and eliminate the need for packaging altogether.

Waste Diversion

When possible, new products are manufactured with materials from an existing waste stream or with renewable resources. Use of virgin resources is minimized.

Re-Use Platforms

Companies offer resale, rental & sharing platforms that encourage re-circulation & maximize use rates of existing products & materials.

 
 

For the Home

The US landfills almost 150 million tons of material every year.  A lot of this waste comes from the stuff we find in our homes - like furniture, appliances, and household goods.  

Companies that embrace the circular economy are looking to change this by:

  • Designing products with the intention of reusing them

  • Distributing products with the intention of recovering them

Shades of Grey

Clothing & Gear

Fast fashion has made it easier than ever to access the latest trends at prices that most  can afford - but the convenience comes with a cost...  The global fashion industry consumes 98 million tons of resources every year, and recycles only a fraction of them. 

But applying circular principles to the fashion business shows us there's a way to have the fashion we desire, without wasting so many resources.  

 
 
Dry Reeds

Food & Beverage

You don't have to look very far to find some staggering and unsettling statistics about how much food we waste.   Perhaps most eye opening of all is the fact that we throw away enough food to feed the entire world's malnourished population twice over. 

A circular food system starts with more efficiency in the supply chain, but also includes a focus on sustainable packaging and robust composting.  

 
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Health & Beauty 

Most health and beauty products get “used up” in the process of consumption, but the same cannot be said for the packages they come in.  Health and beauty packaging is notoriously difficult to recycle because of unused product still inside it and the use of several different materials in its composition.  

The most effective way to make health and beauty products circular is to change the way they’re packaged and distributed. 

 
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Electronics

The digital revolution is playing a major roll in the circular economy by allowing media companies to deliver their content with out the need for physical objects.  But there is still room for improvement.  
There are nearly 50 million tons of e waste created worldwide each year, little of which is properly recycled.  But circular strategies help reduce ewaste by keeping functional products in the market for longer and properly recycling the ones that are no longer needed.