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Join the Circular Economy

The United States Materials Marketplace is the #1 national-scale platform for large companies to engage in cross-industry materials reuse. Our facilitated platform creates a closed-loop, collaborative network of businesses, organizations and entrepreneurs where one organization’s hard-to-recycle wastes and by-products become another organization’s raw material.

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About


Join the Circular Economy

The United States Materials Marketplace is the #1 national-scale platform for large companies to engage in cross-industry materials reuse. Our facilitated platform creates a closed-loop, collaborative network of businesses, organizations and entrepreneurs where one organization’s hard-to-recycle wastes and by-products become another organization’s raw material.

Circular Economy System Diagram from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

In a circular economy, all products and by-products recirculate back productively into the economy. One critical component of a circular economy is business-to- business materials reuse; matching wastes and under- valued resources across industries to find viable reuse options that retain and add value to materials above and beyond traditional waste disposal and recycling solutions. The result? A continuously evolving redesign of systems to establish higher value circular flows of materials.


Over the past 20 years, the Materials Marketplace process has broken down barriers to cross-industry collaboration and helped companies identify opportunities to minimize waste and create efficiencies. Now operating at the national-scale in the United States, the US Materials Marketplace looks to scale up these activities to the next level and create even greater environmental, economic and societal benefits for US companies.

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The Pilot


Results at Scale

The US Materials Marketplace launched as a pilot project in collaboration with the Corporate Eco Forum and World Business Council for Sustainable Development in the summer of 2015 to affirm the feasibility of a national-scale marketplace. Initial results from this pilot, which ran for only three months from June to August 2015, include:

The Pilot


Results at Scale

The US Materials Marketplace launched as a pilot project in collaboration with the Corporate Eco Forum and World Business Council for Sustainable Development in the summer of 2015 to affirm the feasibility of a national-scale marketplace. Initial results from this pilot, which ran for only three months from June to August 2015, include:

 
 

participating Companies

Materials Being Sought

US Facilities Onboard  

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Recommended Matches

million tons made available

Transactions Explored

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How it Works


How it Works

The US Materials Marketplace is hosted on the award-winning Materials Marketplace software platform from the US Business Council for Sustainable Development and Pathway21. This online tool enables participating companies and project staff to easily post materials available or desired, identify reuse opportunities, and exchange underutilized materials. Hundreds of companies - large and small - academic institutions, non-profits and entrepreneurs are using the Materials Marketplace around the world. 

How it Works


How it Works

The US Materials Marketplace is hosted on the award-winning Materials Marketplace software platform from the US Business Council for Sustainable Development and Pathway21. This online tool enables participating companies and project staff to easily post materials available or desired, identify reuse opportunities, and exchange underutilized materials. Hundreds of companies - large and small - academic institutions, non-profits and entrepreneurs are using the Materials Marketplace around the world. 

More than a passive materials exchange, through a built-in interface the project team monitors marketplace activity, identifies possible reuse opportunities and actively pushes out those opportunities to relevant companies as recommendations. If the parties involved need assistance, the project team helps facilitates transactions between companies. Additionally, the marketplace also includes:

  • Photo uploads of available resources, giving other marketplace users a more detailed and visually appealing way of browsing. 
  • Secure and unique log-ins for all users and training on software use and data entry. The project team provides immediate assistance to users, addressing any technical difficulties. The software also produces “bug reports” and performance issues for resolution by our software developers. 
  • Ongoing development - the project team is actively working on a list of software enhancements to make it more powerful, visually appealing, and user friendly. 
  • Start­up templates based on industry and facility type to expedite initial data entry and to encourage users to consider resources available creatively. 
  • Search, sort, and filter functions to quickly locate specific resources desired. The software also notifies users when a high match potential resource becomes available. 
  • Tracking and execution of all steps of the transaction. Project staff will monitor transaction progress closely to work through any difficulties. 
  • Detailed reports on cost savings and environmental benefits for specific transactions or total benefits of all transactions. 
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Materials Leadership Council


Materials Leadership Council

State Environmental Commissioners and National Business Leaders Launch Materials Leadership Council

Materials Leadership Council


Materials Leadership Council

State Environmental Commissioners and National Business Leaders Launch Materials Leadership Council

 

As interest in Sustainable Materials Management grows within both the public and private sectors, and the Materials Marketplace platform has emerged as a leading path to Sustainable Materials Management, an historic Materials Leadership Council is being established among members of the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) and of the US BCSD. 

The initial purpose of this important public-private partnership is to connect the capabilities and interests of state and business leaders to scale creative material reuse across industries and develop policy solutions that support these shared goals. ECOS Materials Leadership Council members are environmental commissioners from the states of Minnesota, Ohio, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Louisiana. US BCSD participants are senior representatives of General Motors, Lockheed Martin, Ingersoll Rand, Entergy, LafargeHolcim, and others. 

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Join-US MM


Get Involved

Get engaged to access new and innovative business opportunities to reduce your company’s waste-to-landfill and carbon footprint, collaborate with like-minded peers, and implement real strategies within a new circular economy.

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Get Involved

Get engaged to access new and innovative business opportunities to reduce your company’s waste-to-landfill and carbon footprint, collaborate with like-minded peers, and implement real strategies within a new circular economy.

Our goal is to make your company's participation in the Materials Marketplace as time-effective as possible. We've streamlined our processes down to a handful of easy steps, decreasing the time commitment needed to get involved and increasing the results. Send us an inquiry to learn more about getting involved today.


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