The seeds of many such partnerships came to fruition in 2016 — CE 100 came to the U.S., the Chamber of Commerce Foundation built a CE focus area for their membership, the Recycling Partnership and Sustainable Packaging Coalition launched ASTRX to drive more high quality recycled material into the manufacturing stream and several brands spearheaded their own cross-sector convenings to solve their waste challenges. All this momentum is setting high expectations for action and outputs in CE this year, proving the hype can create real value.
Looking at these four trends, it seems to us that it could be a big year in the circular economy. Above all else, these investments save money, drive financial performance and efficiency and deliver environmental and social impact. Investors will be hard-pressed to find other opportunities that meet all those requirements.