Environmental sustainability is one of the founding principles of Seattle Good Business Network. We work to support businesses and local communities get access to technical assistance through EnviroStars and circular economy initiatives designed to strengthen Seattle’s transition from a linear, extractive economy to a more regenerative one through waste prevention, reuse, and repair strategies.
Seattle Good Business Network works to build a more ‘circular Seattle’ by helping to de-silo community stakeholders and organizations by making connections where they matter, and closing the loops.
Seattle Good Business Network, in partnership with the City of Tacoma and the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development (USBCSD), is excited to officially launch the Washington Materials Marketplace. 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 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 600 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.
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 at the forefront of their work.
This platform will allow you to connect with each other and to resources to support your goals around waste prevention (e.g., reuse, upcycling, repair, etc.), and provide you with access to opportunities, tools, and tactics such as circular product design, access to capital, and more.
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 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.
This community of practice’s immediate goal is to support our inaugural cohort of Circular Innovation Challenge finalists, applicants, mentors, and others interested in circular innovation to help facilitate collaboration, resource sharing, and more – but it is open to any practitioners who want to engage.
Know of other individuals or businesses who would add to or benefit from being in this community? Request to join by emailing gro.doogelttaes@ralucric!
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.