General Motors partner zone: Big companies turn trash to treasure in the circular economy

To understand the circular economy, think of the old saying: “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Only imagine that idea scaled up – way up – to apply to big businesses.

When taking part in the circular economy, large companies use leftover materials and byproducts from their own manufacturing – or from other businesses, obtained in a process called “materials matching”. Thanks to a greater demand for climate change solutions spurred by the Paris agreement and the evolution of intelligent software, the need for materials matching is greater than ever, according to Andrew Mangan, executive director of the US Business Council for Sustainable Development.

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