Episode 132: Funding circular economy innovation in Asia, Live Nation's zero waste playlist
Week in Review
Tune in around 3:20 for a roundup of news.
Can a $150 million fund jumpstart circular economy innovation in Asia? (17:43)
We've got the inside scoop from Closed Loop Partners co-founder Rob Kaplan, the former sustainability executive for Walmart, and spirit maker Brown Forman, who is leading the ambitious new Circulate Capital. Its mission: catalyze the recycling infrastructure on local terms.
Charting ocean plastics (28:18)
The co-founder of an all-female group of citizen scientists, eXXpedition, talks about her organization's voyage — exploring the connection between the toxics in our bodies and the toxics in our seas. Find out what they're learning from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Live Nation's cranks up the volume on zero waste (37:12)
The world's largest producer of live music concerts is taking on single-use plastics, through plastic straw bans and a move to phase out water bottles at more than 20 of its 100-plus U.S. venues. We spoke with the company's venue sustainability manager, Lucy August-Perna, about Live Nation's new goals and how they're playing out.
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