It’s the People’s Choice for the Circular Economy. What’s your vote?

first_imgVoting for the Dell Circular Economy People’s Choice Award is open starting January 7!Each year in January we turn our eyes to the Swiss chalet of Davos, home to the World Economic Forum. They gather the foremost political, business and societal leaders to discuss and shape solutions for positive change. Their group of Young Global Leaders (YGL) focuses on overcoming barriers that stand in the way of progress, and one of their projects has been to support the annual Circulars Awards, recognizing excellence and achievement in the Circular Economy.We believe that it takes ingenuity and collaboration to drive the changes needed for a switch to the circular economy, and the Dell Circular Economy People’s Choice Award is intended to recognize just that. Along with the YGL, we are presenting six exciting companies with innovative approaches. All are deserving, so we want the public to help choose.And that’s where you come in.Voting at The Circulars will begin January 7. Here are the six choices:DyeCoo Textile SystemsThe dyeing process for textiles can be resource intensive, but DyeCoo has a solution that is water-free and uses no process chemicals. Instead, it actually uses carbon dioxide. Their process is a highly efficient, closed-loop system. By using CO2 under high pressure, they are able to transfer dyes easily and deeply into fibers without generating waste water. They estimate that one of their dyeing machines can save 32 million liters of water (that’s like 55 million Venti coffees).EcowareThe world is waking up to the challenges created by single-use plastics, especially in food packaging. Ecoware has an innovative solution to that, converting agricultural waste into disposable food packaging that uses no plastic, is 100% compostable in home facilities and biodegrades in 90 days in soil. Their containers are also oil- and water-proof for up to an hour. In addition to avoiding the use of fossil fuels for plastics, Ecoware’s ability to source from agricultural waste gives Indian farmers an opportunity to monetize something they were previously burning, which contributed to air pollution.Geetanjali WoollensEver wonder what to do with old clothes? Discarded clothing occupies 10 percent of landfills. While donation is a great first bet, like other things, these can (and should) be recycled if they are no longer used. Geetanjali begins by taking bales of recycled clothing and sorts by type and color. They are then able to reprocess them in a highly efficient system that uses no dyes, no chemicals and little water. They even have a rainwater harvesting system that serves 35% of their production needs.GroverWhile many electronics have become indispensable to daily life, there are others that fill a niche or provide a great service that you may want, but not use all the time. Enter Grover – helping break the link between ownership and use. By providing a subscription service for electronics, they allow you to get the equipment you want for specific uses without having to buy it. Vacation of a lifetime coming up? Maybe rent a high-end camera and even a drone. Since 2015 they have recirculated more than 50,000 devices.TriciclosTriciclos believes waste is a consequence of consumer habits and bad design. More than a recycling company, they are tackling waste at the system level, providing reverse logistics, materials tracking, collection of recyclables via multiple models, design consulting and even environmental education programs. They operate the largest network of recycling stations in South America and have diverted 33,145 tons of recyclable material from landfills.ZigZag GlobalFor retailers without strong reverse logistics and returns programs, ZigZag can provide that as a service. They help retailers reduce waste and cost by facilitating exchanges, returns, resale, remanufacturing and recycling – all seamlessly integrated with their customers’ e-commerce sites. Their global reach and multiple warehouse sites enable them to leverage technology and scale to ensure those returns are handled in the most sustainable way. For example, they are able to collect and consolidate returns for batch processing.Each of these companies is bringing innovation and excitement to the circular economy. Now it’s your turn to decide which one should be named the Dell People’s Choice Circular Economy Award winner!Vote here starting January 7.Read more on how Dell and our customers are supporting a circular economy.last_img read more

Former boss backs Leicester striker Jamie Vardy to break scoring record

first_img The Leicester striker will equal Ruud van Nistelrooy’s Barclays Premier League achievement of scoring in 10 straight games if he nets at Newcastle on Saturday. Vardy is battling to be fit to have a shot at the record, set in 2003, after missing England’s defeat to Spain and Tuesday’s win over France with a hip problem. Micky Mellon has backed Jamie Vardy to keep making history as he closes in on a remarkable record. But, if he recovers, Shrewsbury boss Mellon – who managed him at Fleetwood – believes Vardy can set a new record. “I was with him three years ago, I absolutely love him. I hope he goes and gets 40 on the trot,” said Mellon. “He has got fire, he could heat a cold room. The lad is on fire, he has desire beyond belief. “I’m absolutely elated for him, I couldn’t be prouder if he was my own boy. He’s going to continue to do it because he’s brilliant. “I wish he was Scottish. He can do what he wants, he can. I’m delighted for him.” Mellon signed Vardy for Fleetwood from Halifax and he scored 34 goals as the Cod Army were promoted to the Football League for the first time in their history in 2012. It earned him a £1million move to the Foxes and Mellon was keen to impress the 28-year-old has improved dramatically since he left Fleetwood. “It won’t affect him in the slightest. It’s a fantastic story and I up to my part in it I told the tale and he’s moved on massively since he left me,” he said. “Every time something like this comes up…we carry on. He’s a fantastic kid, a brilliant kid but I want to move on with Shrewsbury and concentrate on that. “He’s a good kid and good friend of mine and I’ve spoken about him many, many times and it’s someone else’s turn to speak about him.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more