The opportunity for further collaboration has just been scaled with six new members joining the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's CE100 network. Bringing together leaders and innovators from around the world, the new members will contribute towards the transition to a circular economy through this unique multi-stakeholder platform.
Eastman’s strong history in chemical processes and polymer science sees the company resolutely driven to enhance our quality of life in a material way, with a vision to be the world’s material innovation leader.
Eastman’s carbon renewal technology is a large scale, efficient recycling technology that can take almost any material back to molecular building blocks. This includes mixed stream plastics with limited end of life options - allowing them to become the building blocks for new materials. The company works to provide unique circular recycling solutions that complement mechanical recycling and address the global issue of plastic waste. Eastman's solutions complement mechanical recycling and can help customers to achieve their waste reduction goals and commitment to using sustainable materials, including recycled content. The company has a unique platform of solutions aimed at significantly reducing plastic waste and supporting the transition to a circular economy, delivering value to stakeholders and the global community.
Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation (MCHC) conducts its business with the vision to realise the “sustainable well-being of people, society, and our planet Earth” – which they call KAITEKI. MCHC believes that initiatives taken by the Group to realise KAITEKI, is not only their contribution towards the circular economy, but their responsibility, and an opportunity for innovation to create value for society. This includes creating a recycling, circular-oriented optimal system aimed at the sustainable use of diverse energy and resources.
Presently, MCHC are developing and manufacturing sustainable polymers, such as plant-derived and biodegradable plastics which they hope will contribute towards driving forward progress to a circular economy that is regenerative and restorative for future generations.
McDonald’s has over 37,000 locations in over 100 countries, and more than 90% of McDonald’s restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local business men and women.
In 2018, McDonald’s announced its latest goals to significantly improve its packaging and reduce waste. By 2025, 100% of packaging will come from renewable, recycled or certified sources, and all McDonald’s restaurants will recycle guest packaging. McDonald's understands that recycling infrastructure, regulations, and consumer behaviour vary city to city and country to country, but the company plans to be part of the solution and help influence powerful change.
McDonald's is working to promote the circular economy where possible and knows that this will require industry-wide change at a global level, beyond what McDonald’s can do alone, so it hopes to work with the CE100 to further develop the broader circular system.
Novo Nordisk is a Danish-based global healthcare company who have contributed more than 95 years of innovation to diabetes care. Now employing approximately 43,200 people in 80 countries, the company markets its products in more than 170 countries to help people defeat obesity, haemophilia, growth disorders, and other serious chronic diseases.
Through innovation, education, and collaboration, the ambition of their environmental strategy is bold and simple: to have zero environmental impact. To get there, Novo Nordisk will embrace a circular mindset – design and produce products so they can be recovered and re-used, and reshape their business practices to minimise consumption and eliminate waste by turning it into new resources.
Circularise is a circular economy start-up based in the Netherlands that has developed a unique communications protocol. Applied to an endless range of product value chains, Circularise enables manufacturers, suppliers, and recyclers to share data in a secure way. Providing product and raw material locations, its users can also gain certification, and plan logistics, and recycling activities for specific materials.
With approximately USD 1 million raised from several EU bodies, and successful pilots behind them, this year, Circularise will be rolling out a number of new projects with partners in the textile industry to enhance the uptake of sustainably produced materials among industry representatives. Ultimately, the Circularise project addresses CO2 emissions, scarcity of raw materials, and the regenerative and ethical issues associated with production, transportation, and retail in the textile sector.
SaltX Technology is a Swedish innovation company which is using a patented nano-coated salt to store energy thermo-chemically.
SaltX’s technology allows thermal energy to be stored chemically by separating salt from water, and then that energy is released by combining them both again. It can be used hours, days, or months later for individual processes or large-scale energy storage for municipalities and cities. Whereas regular salt particles begin to grow bigger after only 50 charges, SaltX’s technology means the salt can charge and discharge energy thousands of times without losing performance. Based on all-natural materials, using salt as a storage material enables a circular and recyclable energy storage solution.