A Circular Economy is a regenerative approach that keeps resources in use for as long as possible. It represents a closed-loop system (versus a linear system of make, use, waste) where resource inputs, such as raw materials, energy, emissions, waste, etc. are minimized. This can be achieved by developing long-lasting product designs, reusing, restoring, repairing, recycling, maintaining, and upcycling products and processes so that they emphasize a sustainable life-cycle. The Circular Economy creates positive economic benefits through materials savings, employment, and innovation.
Zero waste is a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary that guides people and organizations in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use. It means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials. Implementing zero waste initiatives will help eliminate discharges to land, water or air that are a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health. This often goes hand-in-hand with sustainable sourcing and procurement policies.
Want to make a significant global impact? Focus on Sustainable Sourcing for your supply chain and procurement practices. We develop sustainable purchasing polices, conduct supply chain analyses, and help guide sustainable sourcing. Our clients find that this is one of our most valuable service areas since it helps them to create long-term sustainable business models and processes, while having a large-scale global impact. Companies find that they have healthier products and workplaces; they create positive impacts on people and planet; and they serve as a role model and advocate for their customers, competitors, and suppliers, who often change their sourcing as well.
Living and working in healthy buildings is paramount to human health. Studies show that people working in healthier buildings report less employee sickness and absenteeism. People with allergies, sensitivities, and other factors can be affected by poor indoor air quality and other indoor environmental issues. We work with our clients on the following healthy building areas:
We assess buildings for indoor environmental health and provide training and recommendations for improvements.
We develop purchasing policies that focus on sustainable and healthy materials.
We facilitate and support organizations seeking certifications for building sustainability and wellness, such LEED and the Well Certification.
A typical residential building can use hundreds of products during its construction. Commercial buildings can include thousands of different materials. Most traditional building products contain some level of potentially toxic chemicals. For example, paints and varnishes release VOCs and can contain other hazardous chemicals. We research, review, and provide recommendations for the safest and healthiest products that are red-list free, and meet the performance standards and certifications for green, living, and healthy buildings.