A demystifying exploration into the phenomenon that is the "circular economy," why recycling will not get us there, how organizations around the world are unlocking upstream solutions, and why upending models across industries is a $2.3 trillion opportunity. Today’s economy is phenomenally wasteful: from clothing and food to buildings and smart devices - most of what's produced and consumed follows a ‘take, make, dispose’ model. Transitioning from a linear to a circular economy presents an economic and innovation opportunity that’s gaining traction globally, highlighted by China’s move to reject other countries’ garbage and the urgent problem of plastics in the ocean. But is the US at risk of lagging behind other global markets in embracing the full circular economy opportunity? The panel will also discuss the competitive potential for the US to embrace upstream innovation opportunities, not just those at the “end of the pipe."