DHL says supply chain must drive move to circular economy

AJ Gonzalez | January 27, 2022

Supply Chain, January 26, 2022

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  • Sustainable logistics urgently needed in fashion and electronics sectors
  • Circularity is about the 5Rs: Reduce, Repair, Resell, Refurbish and Recycle.
  • Innovative logistics key to circular supply
  • 20% of garments produced are never used, and that smartphones are often exchanged after just two or three years. The sectors combined contribute to more than 6% greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Key factors along the value chain that it says can speed the transition from supply chains to supply loops.
  • These include:
    • On-demand production
    • Smart product returns
    • Reusable packaging
    • New-use concepts
    • Asset collection and recycling.

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