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Exploring the Circular Economy

The Yale University owned Journal of Industrial Ecology published a special issue – Exploring the Circular Economy: "Interest in the circular economy has grown remarkably in recent years. Viewed as a concept by some, a framework by others, the circular economy is an alternative to a traditional take-make-dispose linear economy. A circular economy aims to keep products, components, and materials at their highest utility and value at all times.

Textiles, packaging, design, and the circular economy

In 2016, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation launched the New Plastics Economy initiative to "re-think and re-design the future of plastics, starting with packaging." The New Plastics Economy Innovation Prize will award $2,000,000 in funding for "better materials, clever product designs and new, circular business models." The

Packaging waste and online shopping

California Product Stewardship Council's (CPSC) Heidi Sanborn is quoted in two June 2017 articles on the changing waste stream as more consumers shop from home and receive packages with ice packs in cardboard boxes from services such as Amazon and Blue Apron.

Electronics reuse reconsidered

In a September 2016 Recycling Today article "electronics recyclers that wouldn't have looked at reuse as an option in the past now are considering it as another revenue source."

Tax credits to repair household appliances in Oregon bill

A bill in the Oregon legislature, HB 3143, would allow appliance owners of "durable household goods" (a dishwasher, refrigerator, oven, washing machine or dryer) to deduct from their personal income taxes 50% of the cost to repair those household goods, delaying their end-of-life. The bill was introduced by the Committee on Economic Development and Trade. (–via State Recycling Laws Update of March 20, 2017)

Spain mandates reuse and repair

"Spain is the first European country to set a mandatory, national reuse target... at least 2% of furniture, textiles and electrical items must be redirected from both landfill and recycling to be sent for repair and resale" according to an April 2016 article in Resource Media.

Swedish tax breaks on repairs

In 2016, as part of efforts to create jobs and reduce carbon emissions, Sweden passed "tax breaks on repairs to everything from bicycles to washing machines so it will no longer make sense to throw out old or broken items and buy new ones," according to an article in The Guardian.

Right to repair, fair repair, and patent laws

The necessity of "Right to Repair" laws is explored in a March 2017 article in Wired by Kyle Wiens, the co-founder and CEO of iFixit, "an online repair community and parts retailer renowned for its open source repair manuals and product teardowns."

The Producer Pays - Wharton School article

An April 2017 article in the Wharton School's online business journal, The Producer Pays, covered extended producer responsibility's (EPR) history and success, in and outside the U.S.

The concept of EPR is that companies that make consumer goods are responsible for managing their products and packaging at their end of life, turning what was formerly waste "into the 'food' for industry and the next generation of products."

LightRecycle Washington awarded Green Globe

LightRecycle WA Green Globe Award 2017LightRecycle Washington, the statewide product stewardship program for mercury-containing lights, received a 2017 King County Green Globe award as a Leader in