NEWS & RESOURCES
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2019 Upcyclers Network Product Award Winners
The Upcyclers Network Product Awards highlight innovative businesses that are converting “waste” into value added material and products. These innovators are integral to challenging our perception of what is waste by supporting the creation of a more sustainable production system that decreases our reliance on virgin resource use. For full product and company descriptions, please review the attached press release.
B2B: Substrate Wall Panel, Global Fiberglass Solutions
B2C: Airbag Backpack, Rewilder (pictured)
Closed Loop Solutions
B2C: Public Thread (with Steelcase)
B2B: Aluminum Can, Can Manufacturers Institute
B2C: Local Layer, Recover
Sana Ocean Tube, Sana Packaging
Closing the Material Loop-How Innovators from the Public and Private Sector are Creating Value from Waste
Closing the Material Loop features over 30 case studies, interviews, and editorials contributed by corporate, non-profit, and public sector leaders who understand the economic and environmental imperative to utilizing waste. By shining a spotlight on organizations and partnerships that have created successful programs and business models to recover and reuse materials, the report aims to inspire more communities and businesses to take a proactive role in uncovering the value within their waste.
Featured public sector and non-profit organizations included in the report are Cal Recycle, the City of Austin, the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, Kent County, the City of Phoenix, the Southeast Recycling Development Council, Lonely Whale, NextWave, the Resource Solutions Innovation Network, and the US Business Council for Sustainable Development.
Featured private sector organizations included in the report are Aquafil, the Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Best Buy, Circular Solutions Advisors, Dell, Ecoculture Manufacturing Corp, Ecologic Brands, ECOR, ERI, HP, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Oxnard Pallet Company, UNIFI, Up Cycle it Now, and The Super Bowl.
Published June 2019
Spring 2020- RSVP to be notified of the exact date
Sports and the Circular Economy: How Stadiums are Engaging with Fans and Manufacturers
Hear from stadium managers, entrepreneurs, and manufacturers that are building partnerships to recirculate recovered & discarded materials into new products within their facilities and communities! Find out how you can advance the creation of a circular economy within your own organization by not just DIVERTING materials but actually CONVERTING them into an economic and consumer awareness opportunity.
Organized in partnership with the Green Sports Alliance. The Green Sports Alliance is the environmentally-focused trade organization that convenes stakeholders from around the sporting world to promote healthy, sustainable communities where we live and play.
September 19th (10am PST/1 pm EST)
Apparel and Textiles: Designing for Re-Circulation
Christina Johnson, the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Upcycle It Now and Carmen Gama, Designer for Eileen Fisher RENEW will lead an interactive presentation and discussion on how designers can best design for end-of-life reuse, repair, and re-circulation. If your trying to extend the longevity of your products or materials in their next life, want to understand how to overcome internal hurdles to more sustainable purchasing and design, or would like to share best practices and challenges with others in your field, this webinar is for you! (We encourage the use of video for better face-to-face communication!)
Note: When you RSVP, please include the Webinar Date in the Subject Heading of the email. We will send further details via email.
October 17th (11am PST/2pm EST)
The Public Sector: Building the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem around Resource Recovery
Leaders from Austin, Colorado, and Phoenix will share their experiences incubating and attracting start-ups to help them meet their regional diversion goals. This webinar will be of particular interest to Upcycler entrepreneurs who are seeking government partnerships and support as well as cities and states who are considering the creation of similar programs.
November 20th (10am PST/1 pm EST)
Recycling and Resource Recovery as a Tool for Regional Economic Development
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries 2019 Economic Impact Study estimated that the United States scrap recycling sector contributes $110B to overall economic activity. However, this figure could be more than doubled if the full value of the U.S. recyclable waste stream was captured.
During this webinar we will hear from Steve Lautze, the past President of the CA Association of Recycling Market Development Zones, and Will Sagar, the Executive Director of the Southeast Recycling Development Council on the importance of framing resource recovery as an economic development strategy and what tools and policies are needed to best capture the full potential of the United States waste stream. Gina Lee, the Founder of the UPcyclers Network, will also discuss the mission and goals of the Upcyclers Network.
Organized in partnership with the U.S. EPA Sustainable Materials Web Academy.