New members join the Foundation’s Network

January 28, 2021

We are delighted to welcome 12 new members to our Network.

These new members — including global brands and businesses from Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the US — will play a key role in leading the transition to a circular economy.

The Foundation’s Network is the world’s leading circular economy network, enabling some of the world’s most influential organisations to work together to drive systemic change.

Our new members include Coats, an industrial thread company. Working with apparel and footwear manufacturers and performance materials customers, the company also provides complementary products, services, and software solutions. Coats is developing products made from recycled materials, such as its EcoVerde thread range.

Founded in 1995, eBay connects millions of buyers and sellers around the world via its online marketplace — helping to extend the life of products through the resale of pre-owned and refurbished items. By 2025, eBay’s ambition is that sales of pre-owned electronics and apparel will save 3 million metric tons of carbon emissions.

Operating in 30 countries worldwide, Flex helps its customers design and build products — delivering technology, supply chain, and manufacturing solutions to a range of industries. It also provides circular economy solutions, helping customers reduce emissions and maximise resource efficiency through repair, refurbishment, and recycling.

Graphic Packaging International works with global brands, providing paper-based packaging for consumer goods. Its recyclable packaging is made from renewably-sourced materials and its transport packaging is reusable where possible. By 2025, the company aims to produce only recyclable packaging and reduce its use of non-renewable energy by a further 15%. It is working towards recycling 100% of fibre-based packaging.

Based in the US, Griffith Foods specialises in product development — helping companies in the food sector create products using high-quality ingredients. It is working with suppliers and customers across its value chain to develop circular economy initiatives, such as using previously discarded ingredients to create new products.

Based in the Middle East, the LuLu Group’s portfolio includes retail, manufacturing, hospitality, and real estate. Circular economy initiatives at its retail division, LuLu Hypermarket, include the recycling of packaging materials and food waste and the introduction of reusable paper bags to reduce plastic waste. Future plans include increasing the use of recyclable materials.

The world’s largest garment hanger company, with a portfolio that also includes packaging, branding, and supply chain solutions, Mainetti works with international retail and apparel brands. In the 1960s, Mainetti pioneered hanger recycling — each reclaimed hanger reduces carbon emissions by at least 80% compared with new plastic hangers. The company aims to convert 60% of hanger production, by tonnage, to recycled materials by 2025 and eliminate its use of single-use plastic bottles.

Majid Al Futtaim has the largest portfolio of shopping malls, entertainment and leisure facilities, retail, and residential communities across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. The group has pledged to embed circular economy practices at the core of its operations by 2030 and establish a net positive business model by 2040.

The Toyo Seikan Group manufactures packaging containers made from metal, plastic, paper, and glass. By 2030, the Japanese company aims to reduce its use of finite resources by 30% and ensure all its products are recyclable or reusable. It will work towards reducing and recycling, and replacing plastic containers with non-plastic containers.

Headquartered in France, the Verallia Group is the world’s third-largest producer of glass containers for food and beverages — designing, manufacturing, and recycling glass packaging. The group’s circular economy ambitions include mobilising collection and recycling systems and encouraging reuse.

The YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP is an online luxury and fashion retailer with 4.3 million customers in 180 countries. It has adopted a circular design approach to its private-label brand, provided circular economy training to its buying teams, and piloted digital passports for products — providing customers with care and repair services. The group has pledged to reduce waste and increase circularity through innovation, new services, and circular design.

Zalando is an online fashion and lifestyle platform, selling clothing, footwear, accessories, and beauty products to more than 35 million customers. Its circular economy initiatives include selling pre-owned items and collaborating with other fashion companies to develop a circular capsule collection. In 2019, its initiatives extended the life of 1 million items — its 2023 goal is 50 million items.

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