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

Trojans clinch third straight NCAA title

first_imgFor the second year in a row junior Daniel Nguyen clinched the NCAA championship for USC, as the No. 2 Trojans claimed their third consecutive title in a 4-3 win against undefeated No. 1 Virginia.This was the second time USC had won three consecutive titles.Finishing strong · In a thrilling back-and-forth third set, junior Daniel Nguyen clinched USC’s win over top-seeded and undefeated Virginia in the NCAA title match. The win gave the Trojans their third consecutive national championship. – Dieuwertje Kast | Summer Trojan USC coach Peter Smith couldn’t have been more proud.“One word: history. I mean how many teams have won three in a row,” Smith said. “These boys did it. … It’s a very proud day to be a Trojan.”Disposing of its previous opponents handily, USC looked as if they might be unchallenged en route to yet another NCAA title.Within the first hour, the Trojans had secured the doubles point and were in command on five of the six courts during the first set of the singles matches.Freshman Emilio Gomez exerted his dominance on court five, blanking Justin Shane 6-0 in the first set and moving on to take a 5-3 edge in the second. Shane tried making a comeback in the second set, taking the ninth game of the set to deuce, but Gomez never wavered and was the first Trojan to secure a victory in singles play, giving USC a 2-0 lead in the match.Junior Steve Johnson was challenged by Virgina’s Michael Shabaz on court one. Tied at six apiece, Johnson used his signature serve to take control of the tiebreak to propel himself to a 8-6 (7-2) win after a grueling back-and-forth first set.“You’ve got to bring the fire on a day like today,” Johnson said.Johnson had a 5-3 edge in the second set, in the close, scrappy deuce-filled duel against Shabaz. But Johnson never looked back, earning the Trojans another point, winning 8-6, 6-3 to give USC a commanding 3-0 lead.But the Cavaliers refused to quit.Ngyuen was blanked 0-6 in the second set against Singh, but he kept his cool.“I was bummed, but just tried to stay focused and take it one point and a time and stay composed,” Nguyen said.On court two, senior Jaak Poldma defeated Virginia’s Alex Domijan in the first set. The co-captain, however, would fall in the second set and the deciding third set 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 allowing Domijan to clinch the first point of the day for the Cavaliers.After senior Peter Lucassen battled back to knot his score with Virginia’s Julen Uriguen at one set apiece, he eventually fell in the third set 2-6, 6-1, 3-6. This cut USC’s deficit to a single point at 3-2.Freshman Ray Sarmiento also won his first set, beating Virginia’s Jarmere Jenkins 6-3.The freshman, however, faltered in the second and third sets, allowing Jenkins to tie the score at three apiece, setting the stage for Nguyen.“You can’t worry about losing in that situation,” Smith said. “You’ve got to go for it.”Nguyen broke Singh’s serve to lead 4-2 in the third set after Singh double-faulted. Nguyen took it to four deuce points in the eighth game, when he fell 3-5.Nguyen was on serve when he fell 15-40 to Singh. Nguyen brought it back to deuce, but he lost the game.Singh was on serve when Nguyen went up 30-15, two points away from the national championship title. Singh prolonged USC’s win a bit longer, winning the second point to bring the score to 40-30.In one last point of beautiful footwork and ball placement, Nguyen did it again, beating Singh to clinch yet another NCAA title.“It’s definitely a dream come true. [In] last year’s [match] I didn’t realize I clinched, but this year I realized I was last match on. I literally just pushed myself mentally and physically,” said an emotional Nguyen.  “I believed in myself and my team.”last_img read more