Data is Key to Profitable Plastics Recycling

Metals have been reused and recycled for centuries – some, arguably for millennia. Plastics, however, are much newer materials, and the reuse and recycling of plastics is newer still. For electronics OEMs, who have traditionally focused on reclaiming precious metals and components, this new push may be daunting, but soon it will be part of…

Diving into How the Electronics Supply Chain Can Thrive in the Circular Economy

This week I completed the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's six-week Executive Education Introductory Course, titled “Enterprise, Innovation and the Circular Economy,” and taught by the University of Bradford School of Management. During the course, I've shared insights with EBN readers about how the circular economy is holistically designed to be restorative and regenerative. Now, in this…

4 Ways to Improve the State of American Manufacturing

As the race to the Whitehouse marches on, the field of potential candidates continues to narrow, and the related coffee house discussions vary according to the most recent debate outcomes, one topic remains consistent in its need for more detailed attention; U.S. jobs.  Last month's article,The Data Behind the State of American High-Tech Manufacturing, highlighted…

How to Make Money in Plastics Recycling

The device on which you are reading this blog (or on which you printed it) likely contains plastic, in addition to some precious and non-precious metals. When that device reaches the end of its life, you have two types of options, I learned from the Circular Economy Executive Education Course I'm taking:  Linear product and…

Intel Commits to No More Conflict Minerals in 2016

In his CES 2016 keynote, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich cast a spotlight on Intel's goals beyond technology, particularly the achievement of attaining conflict-free  status in 2016. In an email exchange, Gary Niekerk, acting director, Intel's Office of Corporate Responsibility, answered my questions about this particular milestone, including the challenges it faced and its commitment to serving as a…