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Where instead of throwing things away, we locally recycled those materials into fresh raw materials to power a thriving regional manufacturing economy.

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Where secondhand doesn’t mean second rate, but we develop subscription and reuse systems for our unwanted goods to power an equitable, thriving retail economy that everyone can afford.

Where instead of making the consumer responsible for single use goods and packaging, we pass smart legislation that reduces the amount of waste in our everyday lives.

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Where instead of accepting an unsustainable economy, we develop a resilient economy that runs on circular systems to eliminate waste in our consumption and our human potential.

That’s the promise of Circular Philadelphia.

Join us.

Circular economies don’t happen on their own.

They happen when individual actions meet collective impact, driving the systemic change that future generations so richly deserve.

They take all of us.

Which is why we’re combining our voices and actions to create a brighter, more responsible and more sustainable future than any one of us could achieve alone.

Introducing #CircleUp, a new campaign to promote the circular economy and inspire collective action towards greater circularity.

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Villanova University

Villanova practices circularity in various ways across its operations and academic programs, including initiatives focused on waste reduction, waste diversion, sustainable procurement, energy efficiency, and promoting sustainable transportation options. Through integration of circular economy principles into curriculum and research, they aim to foster a culture of environmental stewardship and sustainability awareness on campus and beyond.

They joined Circular Philadelphia to network, collaborate, and exchange knowledge with diverse stakeholders in advancing circular economy practices in the Greater Philadelphia Area. They’re hoping to participate in impactful partnerships, shared learning opportunities, and help influence regional sustainability initiatives.



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