Mike Newman

The Circular Economy of Innovative Packaging

Here is the Challenge: Packaging is expensive and not sustainable: billions of dollars are spent on packaging in the US alone each year- and used once.

Are there alternatives?


With 20+ years of experience in supply chain and sustainability, Mike Newman, is considered one of the leading experts in the transformation of logistics platforms from single-use to circularity. Mike has directed the Sierra Club's political operations in 20 states and built e-waste programs which saved millions of used cell phones from landfills for companies such as AT&T and Walmart.


In 2014, Mike founded Returnity and has since worked with global brands to design custom, durable reusable shipping materials that pay for themselves as you use them. Through Mike leadership at Returnity, reusable packaging has replaced the use of over 6 million cardboard boxes and poly mailer bags in 2019. 


In fact, Returnity was recently named the 2nd Place Winner in the Circular Economy Track of the Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge, which recognizes solutions that move businesses and consumers toward a circular economy partnership.


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