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Five Headline Friday (4/13/18)

It’s Friday and time for some headlines we hope you’ll find useful and inspiring.  This week we’re featuring articles on:

Countries that recycle the most and what we can learn from them

This MSN news article highlights a variety of methods used in successful recycling efforts across the globe.  Can the US learn from them?

‘Balancing Green’: What’s the Cost of Sustainability?

This article links to a podcast from MIT’s Yossi Sheffi, about factors that companies consider in choosing to be part of the “green supply chain” and ways that they can move forward on sustainability, given practical and ideological obstacles.

More than half of consumers interested in buyback programs, study says

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Most consumers are willing to sell back used fashion if retailers offer it. (Image: Oribe)

H &M and Patagonia, and others, have product buy-back programs.  This article discusses the potential of buyback to grow in the retail space.  Not discussed is the effect this may have on thrift retail.

The Brazilian villagers turning plastic pollution into profit

River Tejipio and plastic pollution in Recife, Brazil Photograph: Moisés Lopes/Tearfund

There is a great deal being written now about the crisis of plastic pollution.  This piece highlights both the heartbreaking impacts on communities, as well as the hope that people (and communities, organizations, business and governments) across the world will find ways to rise to the challenge.

ISPA hires new vice president Marie Clarke for policy and government affairs

The International Sleep Products Association hired Marie Clarke to its team as vice president of policy and government affairs. In addition, she will manage the government affairs needs of an ISPA affiliate, the Mattress Recycling Council.