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Circular economy

The circular economy is an exciting and inspiring approach to create a new economy, a new way of consuming, using and producing products. The circular economy aims to create a system without waste that keeps all resources flowing continuously between producers and users. A system with low environmental impact and high economic activity.

Are we shopping sustainably? Do we care?

Examining consumer attitudes towards the circular economy and sustainability in 2020. Last year we surveyed business leaders in the US on their interest in the circular economy. While only 16 percent of US businesses have adopted the circular economic framework, 62 percent say moving toward this is part of their business strategy. This year we surveyed 15,000 members of the general public across 11 countries in Europe, APAC and North America. Here’s what we learned.

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How Europe is accelerating circular models in electronics and fashion

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The rise of secondary markets in electronics

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Dutch company Milgro is a leading technology and outsourcing partner for managing natural capital - facilitating its clients in using their resources in a more sustainable way.

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