3M recently announced that it has joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Economy 100 (CE100), which brings together businesses, innovators, cities, governments, and universities committed to collaborating on the transition to a circular economic model. This concept is built on making the best use of the planet’s resources through designing for the prevention of waste, the reuse of products, and the recycling of materials.
According to 3M, sustainability is at the heart of its innovation. Joining the CE100 is part of 3M’s strategic focus on science for circular, with the ambition to design solutions that do more with less material and advance a global circular economy.
“3M is moving to more recycled and renewable materials in our product and package designs, but no one company can do it alone,” said Gayle Schueller, Ph.D., 3M vice president and chief sustainability officer. “We are excited to engage with a committed group of leaders focused on innovative approaches to driving a circular economy based on sustainable use and reuse of finite resources.”
“We are delighted to welcome 3M, another major U.S. brand taking a leadership position on circular economy,” said Joe Murphy, CE100 lead for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. “We look forward to 3M contributing to our diverse and dynamic community to achieve faster, greater success than any individual organization could alone.”
This year, 3M reports that it formally built a commitment to sustainable innovation into the pipeline that produces its thousands of products and technologies. All of 3M’s new products entering the new product commercialization process are required to describe their product’s sustainability impact and how it drives impact for the greater good.
For more information, visit www.3m.com. Details regarding the CE100 are available at www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/our-work/activities/ce100.