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The What and How of the Circular Economy

Antea Group Senior Consultant Pamela Gordon presented at a recent Women's Environmental Network (WEN) event on what the Circular Economy is, how it impacts business and the environment, why we care, and how we can participate in the Circular Economy in our homes, in our communities, and in our organizations.

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The What and How of the Circular Economy

  1. 1. September 28, 2016 Ms. Pamela J. Gordon WEN Sustainability Event: The What and How of the Circular Economy
  2. 2.  What is the Circular Economy?  How it business and the environment  Why we care  How Can We Participate in the Circular Economy?  In our homes  In our communities  In our organizations  Your Questions Agenda THE WHAT AND HOW OF THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY 1Antea USA, Inc.
  3. 3. Circular Economy: Business and Environmental Benefits Pamela J. Gordon Senior Consultant Antea Group Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability 31 USA Offices; 3,500 EHS consultants globally
  4. 4. Earth’s Mineral Resources are Finite 3Antea USA, Inc. THE WHAT AND HOW OF THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY And society is learning how to leverage materials we’ve embedded in products…profitably and responsibly.
  5. 5. Old Linear Model 4Antea USA, Inc. THE WHAT AND HOW OF THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY Virgin Materials Comp- onents Manu- facturers Brand Owners Consumers Landfill (or down- cycling) Tough on Repurposing Materials: • Few product companies “design in” reuse and recycling • Mixtures are rarely identified • Recycling markets are rocked by unstable pricing • Transportation routes are complex
  6. 6. New Circular Model 5Antea USA, Inc. THE WHAT AND HOW OF THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY 1. Design in parts and materials from scrap and post-use 2. Deliver maximum capability with minimal virgin materials 3. Create business models with built-in returns 4. Partner with upgrade, reuse, refurbish, recycling and supply-chain entities When product companies... “Builds in” Profitable Repurposing of Materials: • Anticipate supply of identified materials • Establish business relationships • Optimize transportation
  7. 7. Prove business viability and model circular system requirements Project Partners: Chicago Project for Recycling Medical Plastics THE WHAT AND HOW OF THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY 6Antea USA, Inc. Facilitated by Antea Group USA
  8. 8. The Healthcare Plastics Product – Packaging Value Chain THE WHAT AND HOW OF THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY 7Antea USA, Inc. Design & Application Recovery & Aggregation Re-Use Design Manufacturing UseRecovery & Aggregation Product Testing Molding Formulation Densification Plastics Compounder Functional Products & Packaging Supply Value Creation Primary Output Clean Plastics
  9. 9. Data is Essential 8Antea USA, Inc. THE WHAT AND HOW OF THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY For profitable, circular business models: • Communication about identified materials (“ingredients”) • Real-time data on availability, prices, and markets • Ease of analyzing the data for profitable decisions
  10. 10. For questions, contact Pamela J. Gordon Senior Consultant, Antea Group 1-510-406-9460 Pamela.Gordon@AnteaGroup.com Thank You! 9Antea USA, Inc.

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