3M joins circular economy network

3M joins circular economy network

3M highlights commitment to sustainability through products made from 100 percent recycled plastics.


Maplewood, Minnesota-headquartered 3M has announced that it has joined the Cowes, United Kingdom-based Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Economy 100 (CE100).

The CE100 platform brings together businesses, cities, governments and universities to collaborate on the transition to a circular economic model built on designing for the prevention of waste, the reuse of products and the recycling of materials.

“3M is moving to more recycled and renewable materials in our product and package designs, but no one company can do it alone,” says 3M Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer Gayle Schueller. “We are excited to engage with a committed group of leaders focused on innovative approaches to driving a circular economy based on sustainable use and reuse of finite resources.”

"We are delighted to welcome 3M, another major U.S. brand taking a leadership position on circular economy," says Joe Murphy, CE100 lead for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. "We look forward to 3M contributing to our diverse and dynamic community to achieve faster, greater success than any individual organization could alone."

Beginning this year, all of 3M’s new products entering the commercialization process are required to describe their positive sustainability impact, the company says.

Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scrub Sponges, sold in the U.S., are now made with 100 percent recycled scrubbing fibers. To create an alternative to down, 3M Thinsulate Recycled Featherless Insulation is launching a new product with 100 percent recycled content from plastic bottles.

Within its supply chains, 3M says it also continually looks for ways to recover, reuse and recycle byproducts and other waste. For instance, 3M’s Health Care Business Service Group helps extend the life of about 150,000 devices each year globally, which keeps electronic waste out of the landfill.