United States Business Council for Sustainable Development

facilitating company-to-company industrial reuse opportunities that support the culture shift to a circular, closed-loop economy

 
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About the Materials Marketplace

The Materials Marketplace is an award-winning regional and national platform to facilitate company-to-company industrial reuse. Through the cloud-based platform, traditional and non-traditional industrial waste streams are matched with new product and revenue opportunities, ultimately enabling the culture shift to a circular, closed-loop economy. In addition to diverting waste from landfills, these recovery activities generate significant cost savingsenergy savings, and create new jobs and business opportunities.

 
 

Path to Scale

Idea (1992): bring multiple industries together to find and implement By-product Synergy.

Action (1992-2015): deploy regional projects to demonstrate the feasibility and benefits of industrial materials reuse, and propel reuse in the national dialogue. Develop better tools and strengthen the work processes.

Scale (present): rapidly deploy multiple city, state, and national level reuse projects around the world. Enable the circular economy culture shift.


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why get inolved

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MATERIALS MATCHING HAS BEEN TRIED MANY TIMES BEFORE, BUT SEVERAL NEW DEVELOPMENTS MAKE NOW A BETTER TIME THAN EVER FOR MAKING THIS CONCEPT A NORMAL BUSINESS PRACTICE.

growing corporate buy-in from companies around the world

new momentum behind climate solutions

evolving sophistication of materials matching software


Benefit from significant economic savings by sourcing cheaper feedstocks from industrial by-products and recycled materials, and avoid costly landfill disposal fees.

Material production and use comprises 42% of system-wide GHG emissions in the US. Reuse of materials is a proven strategy to reduce your company's carbon footprint.

 

In addition to GHG reductions, the Materials Marketplace activities create a range of additional positive environmental impacts.

Globally, the circular economy is a trillion dollar opportunity, with the potential to create 100,000 new jobs by 2019.

get involved

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Hundreds of businesses and organizations are participating in Materials Marketplace projects around the US.

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. Marketplace projects at a variety of scales can be a fit for companies of all sizes.


For large, national-scale companies looking to engage multiple facilities across the United States, the US-wide marketplace facilitates company-to-company industrial reuse opportunities that support the culture shift to a circular, closed-loop economy.


Other national-scale projects are in development around the world, including the recently launched Turkey Materials Marketplace, through Pathway21 - a US BCSD partner organization formed to scale-up marketplace activities outside of the US.


Regional Projects

Are you with a smaller business or organization looking to get involved in one of our regional projects? Marketplace projects are underway or in development in Austin, Detroit, Ohio, Memphis, Denver, San Diego County, and a number of other regions around the country. Regional projects are also a great way for large companies with operations in these regions to engage locally and support their local communities.

 

San Diego Materials Marketplace

 

Ohio Materials Marketplace

 
 

TENNESSEE MATERIALS MARKETPLACE


The Materials Marketplace is a strong economic development driver for municipalities. It helped inspire the [Re]verse Pitch Competition, a social innovation program from the City of Austin and community partners including the US BCSD to help turn valuable raw materials that are currently leaving local businesses, non-profits, and institutions as waste into the foundation of new social enterprises. This four week program, run for the first time in November 2015, helped launch two new start-ups in the Austin area. Learn more at reversepitch.org.