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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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Circular Philadelphia Organizational Member New Habit


New Habit

New Habit is a handmade candle company offering funky and unique candles in a variety of shapes, colors, and scents. Run by South Philly-based artist, Jess Mihalczo, New Habit invites people to slow down and take in life through the senses.

As soon as Jess heard of CircularPHL, she knew she had to get involved. A lot of candle companies call themselves “eco-friendly” for simply working with soy wax. This is great and an important part of her business as well. But there are so many other points of opportunity during candle production to introduce sustainability, particularly in the repurposing of glass and packaging materials.

Jess hopes that by partnering with CircularPHL and the amazing zero-waste organizations within its network, she can do the opposite of “phase out” her repurposed container line and can instead move all of her products into repurposed candle vessels.



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