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SMALL BUSINESSES

Plant Chicago is piloting the first local circular economy network for small businesses. If your small business is looking to engage in the circular economy, read on!

SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT
2022 NETWORK MEMBERS

Plant Chicago’s Circular Economy Leaders Network (CELN) brings Chicago-area small businesses together to cultivate local circular economies. A local circular economy is one that regenerates natural ecosystems, minimizes waste, and ensures that economic and social benefits are distributed equitably. 

Any small business based in the Chicago area and interested in implementing circular economy practices is welcome to join. Potential members include established small businesses, early-stage entrepreneurs, home-based businesses, and independent contractors. 

 

The CELN 2022 cohort is already in session and doing some amazing work! If you are interested in joining the 2023 cohort, please email elise@plantchicago.org to be included in the recruitment cycle later this fall.

CIRCULAR ECONOMY FOR SMALL BUSINESS TOOLKIT

Please fill out the fo​rm below to download a copy of Plant Chicago's Circular Economy Toolkit for Small Businesses.

WHAT IS A LOCAL CIRCULAR ECONOMY?

A local circular economy is a collaborative practice sustained by the local circulation of materials, nutrients, knowledge, and economic value. Values of equity, transparency, diversity, and inclusion define its success.

In a local circular economy, business activities should regenerate natural ecosystems, minimize waste, and strive to make sure that economic and social benefits are distributed equitably.

Looking for more details on how businesses can participate in a local circular economy? See a more comprehensive list of circular economy-aligned business practices here.

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