The State of the Circular Economy in America - The First Report
Our friends from the American platform Circular CoLab are empowering and connecting Change Makers in America to challenge the status quo. The State of the Circular Economy in America delivers the first United States focused scan of the Circular Economy landscape. By providing an analysis of over 200 United States based Circular Economy initiatives, this report offers concrete examples of Circular Economy solutions, as well as demonstrates the diverse array of stakeholders and industries that are already participating in the creation of the Circular Economy in America.
The goals of this report are threefold:
1. Provide concrete examples of Circular Economy solutions to drive understanding of the Circular Economy
2. Highlight trends and opportunities in the US Circular Economy landscape
3. Catalyze further collaboration around Circular Economy solutions
Findings from the report include a summary and analysis of different initiatives grouped by their Theory of Change and Industry Sector. Specific categories include:
Design: Focusing on the design phase of products, systems, or materials to enable better reuse, repair, recycling and/or incorporate less material usage
Education and Awareness: Building awareness and interest in Circular Economy principles and activities.
Financing: Providing funds and investor support
Information Transparency: Providing greater insight and transparency into current processes and/or systems
Material Innovation: The development of new materials that are more sustainable from a production, life-cycle, and/or end-of-life standpoint than those currently in production
Product as a Service: Offering an alternative to ownership whereby the organization provides a service instead of selling a product
Product Life Extension: Creating methods to prolong the use and/or life-cycle of a given product through activities including sharing, repair, reuse, and re-manufacturing
Waste as a Resource: Utilizing what is considered waste and upcycling and/or recycling this material into another material or product.
The Full Report also includes expert interviews, case studies, and editorials featuring:
Cole Rosengren, Senior Editor, Waste Dive
ECOR & 20th Century Fox-Sustainability on Set
Thread International-Tackling Pollution and Poverty
Iris Alonzo, Co-Founder, Everybody.World
Kari Herlevi, Project Manager Circular Economy, SITRA
Cohealo-Lowering Costs and Increasing Utilization Rates for Hospitals
Ecolab & Knjaz Milos-Understanding Chemical Leasing
The goal of the report is to create greater awareness and understanding of Circular Economy solutions so that we can gain momentum for building a truly sustainable and resource independent future. It includes initiatives covering a wide range of industries and theories of change. For access to the full report and executive summary, check out https://www.circularcolab.org/us-circular-economy-report/.