April 27, 2017
Take. Make. Break. Toss.
That’s how too much of our economy is currently organized. We take resources from our environment, make them into something useful, and then discard that object when it’s lost its usefulness. We’re throwing away valuable resources, and sending hundreds of thousands of pounds of garbage to landfill every day.
Building a sustainable economy requires imagining a totally different way of doing things, a world in which materials are not only reused, but products are designed to be repurposed and repaired from the beginning. This idea is known as the circular economy.
The Green Century MSCI International Index Fund invests in companies driving the transition toward a sustainable economy, including companies like Philips,* where this transition is core to the current business and the company’s vision for the future.
By 2020, Philips aims to be carbon neutral, use 100% renewable electricity, recycle 90% of its waste, send zero (yes, zero) waste to landfill, and have 15% of turnover from solutions that meet circular economy principles.
And the company’s products and services are helping others advance the transition as well. A Philips lighting solution design for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority will reduce energy use by 68% annually and prevent 11,000 tons of carbon pollution. A partnership with Buenos Aires will help the city cut energy use in half.
Moving to a truly sustainable economy involves more than just producing better products and transforming our energy supply, it requires a reshaping of our economic paradigm. Green Century investors are helping us get there by supporting the companies driving that change. If you are already a Green Century investor, thank you. Learn more about the Green Century International Fund on our website, or by giving us a call at 1-800-934-7336.
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*As of March 31, 2017, Koninklijke Philips NV comprised 1.14%, 0.00%, and 0.00% of the Green Century MSCI International Index Fund, Green Century Balanced Fund, and Green Century Equity Fund, respectively. References to specific securities, which will change due to the ongoing management of the Funds, should not be construed as a recommendation by the Funds, their administrator, or their distributor.
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