-Catherine Fitzgerald-

I came across this article while doing research for my group project and thought it was worth a share.

The writer of this blog post notes that currently, companies follow largely a linear structure in their supply chains, which essentially means they use a material to make a product and then distribute the product and then there is waste at the end of the supply chain.

This author explains that the world needs to, and in many cases is, shifting towards a more circular approach, meaning that the waste will then come back and be recycled or repurposed. One specific example the author gives of this is UPS and Nespresso teaming up to make sure that Nespresso capsules are properly recycled. The author notes that yes, partnerships between companies are important in order to make a large impact on the economy, but companies making these changes themselves is also important. What stuck with me the most though was the end of the article where the author calls all of us (readers/consumers) into action as well.

This was so important to me because some companies can make a shift to more environmental products but as consumers, we have to make the more environmentally conscious choice when selecting goods to buy and companies to work with. I think a lot of times people try to focus on the price of a good and not necessarily the impact it has on the environment. In a world with such a globalized economy and such large-scale production, it is vitally important to remember the carbon footprint not only that products themselves leave behind, but everything that goes into that product, including the logistics.

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