Environmental Sustainability is one of Seattle Good Business Network’s founding principles. 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 desilo efforts across the region to help build closed-loop systems and material supply chains.

About Circular Business Design Services

In 2021, Seattle Good Business Network, in partnership with Circular by Design, was awarded a Seattle Public Utilities’ Waste-Free Communities Grant.

This year, Seattle Good was also awarded a SPU Waste-Free Communities Grant in partnership with Circular by Design. Through this funding 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 design services. This includes support to start or scale a business’s transition to zero waste using circular economy design tools and tactics.

Please stay tuned as we release updates in the new year about this work!

About the 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.

About the Circular Innovation Challenge

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, who graciously opened our Happy Hour segment.

This event was inspired by successful programs across the country, such as Austin’s [RE]verse Pitch, and New York City’s Curb to Market Competition, and also locally with  Zero Waste WA’s Hackathon and Waste Summit. We have developed our program with an eye to making it an annually recurring one, along with developing resources and a community of practice that will support circular business development and business to business materials exchange year round.

Check out the full event and participants here!

 

About 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 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!

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.

Use this interactive map to learn more and find resources!

Thank You to Our Circular Economy Sponsors and Partners