CHANGE YOUR BUSINESS

It is a priority to stop talking about production and logistics chain and focus the discourse on production and logistics cycle. Implementing a new transformation process and business model is not always simple, requires new skills and the use of new distribution channels. However, the gains can range from process optimization to product expansion always embracing social and environmental responsibilities.

The fundamental way to strengthen the circular economy is through active participation, adopting more sustainable behaviors and ways of living and working. Learn how to do this and adopt these behaviors in your business without changing your life.

CIRCULAR COMPANIES

CIRCULAR COMPANIES

The circular economy has gone from being a mere myth to becoming something real. By 2030 the world’s population is expected to be 9 billion and the resources currently on our planet will not be enough. The future of our planet depends on the sustainable use of the resources we still have and the reuse of those nearing extinction.
All over the world, companies have been taking environmentally friendly measures to ensure the planet’s durability.

From Timberland and Omni United’s tire-to-boot boots to Johnson Controls’ recycling of batteries, this trend has already reached Portugal and aims to revolutionize the textile industry, the world’s second largest polluter, just behind oil. Its main focus in reducing the ecological footprint is to adopt a sustainable and circular economy in its production using new materials: with the transformation of sea plastics into fabrics by LEMAR and the use of cork and textile waste to create new garments by the companies SEDACOR and PENTEADORA, respectively. These are just some examples. In addition, the textile industry has begun to implement other materials in its creations such as rose stems, egg membranes, wood pulp, peppermint or even banana silk.

CIRCULAR OPPORTUNITIES

The future of globalization and the relationship between man and the environment needs to be radically rethought. Not only with regard to sustainability and politics, but with respect to business. The circular economy is the economic model to be adopted to ensure a future Zero Waste.

Where there is a problem, there is a business opportunity.

Sectors such as retail remain in areas where the circular economy is less visible and more difficult to adopt more sustainable practices. About $500 billion is wasted each year due to unused or recycled clothing.
Change involves creating sustainable and reusable fibers and making production more efficient where waste is to be minimized by reducing the number of products available.
But it is not only in this sector that opportunities arise. Innovation in plastics and metal recycling and innovation in smart cities are increasingly an opportunity for evolution.

Where there is a problem, there is a business opportunity.

Sectors such as retail remain in areas where the circular economy is less visible and more difficult to adopt more sustainable practices. About $500 billion is wasted each year due to unused or recycled clothing.
Change involves creating sustainable and reusable fibers and making production more efficient where waste is to be minimized by reducing the number of products available.
But it is not only in this sector that opportunities arise. Innovation in plastics and metal recycling and innovation in smart cities are increasingly an opportunity for evolution.

CIRCULAR ENTREPENEURS

CIRCULAR ENTREPENEURS

Assuming the Circular Economy as recent and still in operation, there are several emerging companies and products that seek to recreate and reuse end-of-life and recycled materials or use other materials in their confections that we would never have thought possible.

Transforming sugar canes into sandals is All Birds Sweet Foam’s proposal, a material that instead of emitting carbon into the atmosphere, absorbs it. Other companies, Agraloop, are trying to use uneaten food scraps and turn them into garment fabrics, such as banana tree trunks, pineapple leaves and, like All Birds Sweet Foam, sugar cane. In other industries, Chakr, an Indian startup, picks up diesel engine particles and turns them into paint.

In Portugal there are also initiatives related to the Circular Economy and Sustainability even though they are more focused on the textile market. SOMELOS creates a sustainable and biodegradable viscose fiber fabric, a component extracted from the rose stem. Promoting a two-in-one combo, LEMAR produces its swimwear and casual wear garments from plastic collected from the oceans. Not only does it recycle this component, it cleans the beaches and ocean. With similar work, LMA, a company from Santo Tirso, uses a fiber named Sequal, recycled polyester from plastic bottles collected from the Mediterranean.

INNOVATION DRIVEN

INNOVATION DRIVEN

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NEW BUSINESS

NEW BUSINESS

Circular Economy has led not only to companies becoming more sustainable, but also to the creation of companies that promote a sustainable and environmentally friendly business model.
Meet some of these success stories and let yourself be inspired.

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