A business pitch competition providing PNW student and business participants with mentorship, workshops, and subject matter experts to prepare final pitches for the best product, service, or idea preventing waste or creating waste solutions in WA State. Hosted in partnership with Zero Waste Washington and funded in part by the WA State Department of Ecology. Learn more and apply or get involved here!
About Our Sustainability Vision
A robust and equitable Circular Economy goes beyond closed-loop solutions for materials. It encompasses a strategy that advances innovation and best practices to support resilient communities and workforce, the built and natural environment, vibrant local economies, and connected industries.
Seattle Good Business Network and its comprehensive programming is a cluster strategy working at the intersection of industry engagement, advocacy, and community-driven initiatives.
We help businesses get access to free tools, technical assistance, and resources through partnerships and programs like the EnviroStars program. We also facilitate Circular Economy initiatives that are designed to strengthen Washington’s transition from a linear, extractive economy, to a more resilient and regenerative one through strategies that center waste prevention, reuse, and repair. Through our Circular Economy programming, we work to strengthen interagency collaboration and de-silo efforts across the region to help build closed-loop systems and material supply chains.
Circular Business Support Pilot
In 2021, Seattle Good Business Network, in partnership with Circular by Design, was awarded a Seattle Public Utilities’ Waste-Free Matching Communities Grant.
Through this work, we’ll be conducting research for our new WA Materials Marketplace initiative, and expanding upon our pilot program that provides BIPOC- and women-owned businesses 1:1 circular business support. This includes design services and other resources to start or scale a business’s transition to zero waste using circular economy design tools and tactics.
- Opportunities for emergent and regenerative circular economy models addressing:
- Equity with a focus on BIPOC-owned businesses
- Business & workforce development and innovation
- Inclusive economic development
- We need to create equitable pathways to access the opportunities presented by the circular economy for our small and overburdened business communities.
The WA Materials Marketplace
Seattle Good Business Network, in partnership with the City of Tacoma and the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development (USBCSD), officially launched the Washington Materials Marketplace in June 2021.
This online platform aims to create a closed-loop, collaborative network of businesses, organizations and entrepreneurs where hard-to-recycle waste and by-products become another organization’s raw material. This new online tool is available at NO COST to any company or organization in Washington. In addition to diverting waste from the landfill, these recovery activities will generate cost and energy savings, reduce carbon emissions and create new jobs and business opportunities in Washington.
If you’re a business or advocate, interested in exploring new opportunities to transform waste materials into new products or to secure recycled material streams and reduce use of virgin feedstock, request an invitation to create an account here!
In 2020, the Port of Seattle awarded the nonprofit organization, Seattle Good Business Network (and its program Seattle Made that supports over 700 urban manufacturers), a seed grant to develop and pilot such an online platform to facilitate business-to-business material transactions of various “waste” products that could be used as material inputs for other end markets. Over a period of nine months, working with a Steering Committee comprised of public and private-sector stakeholders,1 and facilitated by Circular by Design, we have established a beta platform, tracked and facilitated materials exchanged, and identified partners and program elements essential to larger-scale efficiencies that would offer a boon to regional economic development, solve persistent material ‘waste’ stream problems, and help meet our regional equity and climate goals.
Over the course of this development period, the Committee determined that pursuing a partnership with the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development would accelerate our progress towards a highly functional and scalable online marketplace, which would anchor an ecosystem to include wrap-around advisory services and offline materials-exchange facilitation.
In June 2021, Seattle Good Business Network in partnership with Seattle Office of Economic Development and with funding from the WA Department of Ecology, hosted our inaugural Circular Innovation Challenge, with over 230 attendees and an outstanding performance from our Challenge Finalists, guest speakers, and live musicians.
In 2022, we are partnering with Zero Waste WA, with partial funding from the WA State Department of Ecology to host the PreCycle Innovation Challenge where the competition will be open to PNW student groups and businesses. The program will include 5-weeks of coaching, mentorship, workshops, and more to help teams prepare for the live pitch event on 5/23 where the winners from each track will be selected by a panel of judges. Learn more at precyclewa.org!
The WA Circular Innovators Network
Seattle Good Business Network is excited to launch the WA Circular Innovators Network – an online convening platform for innovators, entrepreneurs, and businesses with Circular Economy principles (zero waste, environmental justice, waste prevention, etc.) at the forefront of their work.
This platform will allow you to connect with industry stakeholders, practitioners, and relevant resources and opportunities to support your goals around waste prevention (e.g., reuse, upcycling, repair, etc.).
This community was build out of our Circular Innovation Challenge participants, mentors, and others interested in circular innovation need a place to share opportunities, bounce ideas, and problem solve. This space will continue to grow with our 2022 PreCycle Innovation Challenge and continue to help facilitate interagency collaboration, resource sharing, and more.
This online communications platform is modeled after several successful, collaborative Seattle Good Business Network communities where we connect over 1,000 businesses to each other to solve problems, share infrastructure, etc., and to business, workforce, and sustainability development resources and opportunities.
Know of other individuals or businesses who would add to or benefit from being in this community? Request to join by emailing gro.doogelttaes@enimmsaj!
More on the Circular Economy
A Circular Economy aims to redefine the way we live, work, and do business. It changes our extractive “take, use, and throw away” model, to a more environmentally and socially regenerative one.