Circular Economy

The concept of a “circular economy” spans a wide variety of technologies and sectors, with the potential to significantly improve the sustainability and equity of our economy. We are focused on transforming how we make and use everything from cars, clothes, food, and other products, which can account for nearly half of global emissions. Replacing the “take-make-waste” extractive industrial model with a circular economy framework can also tackle the disproportionate pollution found in frontline communities and energize local job creation.

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Yerdle | The Recommerce Engine for a Circular Economy

We Invest In:

  • Carbon capture, utilization & storage
  • Green materials, chemicals and packaging
  • Supply Chain Transparency, responsible sourcing and data collection 
  • Waste to value solutions
  • Resource recovery and reuse
  • Solutions that create good quality, local jobs for people who live in frontline communities
  • Manufacturing startups interested in ‘Equity IN’ projects to establish diverse hiring, inclusion & retention, and responsible supply chain practices       

The circular economy is a broad umbrella — covering everything from carbon capture and utilization to innovative reuse models — but driving it all is the idea that we need to abandon the linear, extractive model and reconceptualize how we treat resources. Entrepreneurs are transforming the way we make materials, chemicals, clothing, buildings, and everything else in our daily lives to be less climate-intensive. I’m particularly excited to see how both nature-based and technological solutions can improve our existing systems and reach the scale needed to break the ‘take, make, waste’ model for good.


Danya Hakeem | Director of Innovation, Agriculture & Circular Economy

We take a systems approach to innovation

Circular Economy x Industry

‘Take-make-waste’ extractive model is driving industrial greenhouse gas emissions. We invest in companies creating a more circular model like Evrnu who is upcycling textile waste, Made of Air who is making carbon negative materials, and Novoloop who is upcycling hard-to-recycle plastic waste. 

Circular Economy x Equity and Access

Race is the single biggest factor that determines whether you live near a hazardous waste facility. We invest in companies that are helping to reverse this reality and pairing that with local job opportunities and have made community-based organizations a cornerstone of our new project deployment model

A Platform For Global Impact

We have built a platform for startups primed for commercial growth to collaborate with corporates, philanthropists, VCs, policymakers, and community organizations to achieve global impact. Meet some of our closest partners in this sector. 

GS is comprised of GS Holdings and various subsidiaries and affiliates including GS Energy, GS Caltex, GS Retail, GS SHOP, GS EPS, GS Global, GS E&R, GS Sports and GS E&C. GS is the 7th largest business group in Korea in terms of assets.

Acario is the Silicon Valley based Corporate Venture and Open Innovation arm of Tokyo Gas, the largest gas utility in Japan. Upon the deregulation of the electricity and gas markets in Japan, Acario was created to explore and invest in emerging technologies in the new energy and sustainability sectors. Their current investment focus areas include mobility solutions, renewables and energy storage, next-generation grid infrastructure and services, and sustainability.

HomeServe USA is an independent provider of home repair service solutions since 2003. HomeServe serves more than 4 million homeowners in the U.S. and Canada and offers services with more than 700 municipal, utility and association partners in the US. And Canada.

EDF is a global, integrated energy company, one of the world's largest electricity producers, with 90% of its electricity carbon free.

Kurita Group, headquartered in Japan, is a global water and environment company. Kurita provides comprehensive solutions by integrating its capabilities in water treatment chemicals, water treatment facilities, and maintenance services.

Kilroy owns and manages innovative, sustainable properties located in vibrant business epicenters.

NextEra Energy, Inc. is a Fortune 200 energy company with about 45,900 megawatts of generating capacity throughout the United States and Canada. It is the largest electric utility holding company by market capitalization, and together with its affiliated entities, it is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun.

Conservation International is working to build a healthier, more prosperous, and more productive planet through science, policy, and partnerships with countries, communities, and companies. Over the years, they have helped support 1,200 protected areas and interventions across 77 countries, protecting more than 601 million hectares of land, marine, and coastal areas.

Elemental Excelerator is partnering with HCF in looking at innovative ways to increase water efficiency, transparency, and supply.

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