During this time of global and national crisis, companies are doing their best to help protect our vulnerable communities, especially those on the frontlines of the pandemic. An innovative company and Rheaply partner, SwipeSense, is actively helping protect the safety of healthcare workers and patients during this challenging time with their hand hygiene technology. We had some questions for SS, here are some of their answers. Thanks for your amazing work, SS!

SwipeSense manufacture and supply Caregiver Hygiene Badges, Hygiene Sensors, which serve as drip guard below a soap/sanitizer dispenser, Location Hubs, and Communication Hubs, which are both used to relay data to the SwipeSense platform.

Rheaply: With hospitals around the country currently inundated with patients due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus, are you concerned about the potential increase in the number…


In the midst of a COVID-19 induced global supply chain breakdown, scientists, suppliers, and sustainability professionals come together to discuss how we can accelerate the adoption of greener lab practices and circularity in research.

Last Tuesday, from our computer screens around the world, leaders from higher education, life sciences research, sustainability professionals, procurement managers, and manufacturers gathered to discuss recent progress as well as challenges and barriers in the green labs movement during the My Green Lab Summit.

Research laboratories are highly energy-intensive environments. In fact, labs are found to consume 4 times as much energy as regular commercial buildings, with its constant need to provide energy for large research equipment such as freezers and autoclaves. In addition, labs purchase and consume an enormous amount of plastic equipment and supplies, a large amount (see…


Rheaply is rebuilding its technology, in coordination with Northwestern University, to (1) enable medical professionals responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic to request resources and (2) provide a place for organizations to post their supplies, materials and other equipment repurposed for COVID-19.

Rheaply’s ERx platform allows organizations to post PPE, resources, and other materials from suppliers, idle research labs, vets, dentists, and makes them available to medical professionals

Our thoughts and best wishes are with you as the extent of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our state and around the nation becomes more evident, and more significant. Its spread not only continues to stress our medical facilities and supply chains, but also makes painfully obvious the need for a better way to find and disseminate valuable resources.

At Rheaply, we care deeply about our communities and we recognize that coordinated action in a moment like this can immediately change the outlook of our neighbors across the world. In an effort to do our part and help ease the strain on…


In 2020, the European Commission released a “Circular Economy Action Plan — for a cleaner and more competitive Europe”. Here’s what U.S. organizations should draw from it.

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In 2015, the European Commission adopted a Circular Economy Action Plan that outlines specific measures to help European nations transition to a circular economy, promote collaboration, and generate sustainable growth in the EU economic sphere. Since then, the Action Plan has been updated with current measures to encourage sustainable production and supply chain practices, and address issues in resource-intensive sectors with high circularity potentials such as: electronics, batteries and vehicles, packaging, plastics, textiles, construction, and food production. …


Higher education is fighting an uphill battle with surplus waste and management. The tracking, cataloging, storage, and distribution of physical assets require connectivity between teams of surplus/facilities managers & departmental stakeholders, in addition to outside vendors, charities and other third party organizations. Making matters more difficult, the systems to manage purchasing policies and surplus property, especially on campuses with lofty zero-waste to landfill goals, are proving to be extremely difficult to navigate for procurement teams and sustainability officers. This is especially true for institutions using outdated technologies or ERP systems of old that were built to track resources rather than…


Research science is at a crossroads when it comes to waste reduction. Moving toward a circular economy for research can change everything, but where do you start?

Join Rheaply at the My Green Lab Sustainability Summit on March 24 in St. Louis, MO, hosted by MilliporeSigma.

Research organizations are facing a simultaneous resource waste and funding crisis. Waste is, of course, an issue at most organizations, however the Rheaply team has seen the scale of the problem facing research organizations firsthand in support of large-scale laboratory clear-outs. What’s alarming is that nobody can fully understand the scope of the problem because of limited statistics and even fewer audits. A 2015 Nature report estimates bio scientific waste is responsible for ~2% of total global plastic production, the equivalent of 67 cruise ships worth of plastic per year. It’s safe to assume that number has likely increased.

Speaking…


Unprecedented global climate change must lead to a circular economy transition

To start off the decade, around 17 million hectares of land (42 million acres) have burned in the Australian states of New South Wales and Victoria. These devastating fires have destroyed the homes and taken the lives of 1.25 billion animals, many of which are endemic to the continent. The massive-scale Australian fires follow the 2018 Californian fires, the 2019 fires in the Amazon basin, and the burning in the Congo basin in Central Africa.

Bush fires in New South Wales, Australia, in January 2020. Image source

These massive fires across the globe, in addition to ravaging the lives and homes of animals and humans alike, also fuel global climate change by…


The academic world is embracing the concept of a circular economy. Now it’s time to brace for it and turn planning into action.

This year’s Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE 2019) conference took place in Spokane, WA and drew close to 2,000 attendees.

Fresh off of AASHE 2019 in Spokane (the largest North American higher education conference for sustainability-focused officers, students, staff and administrators) we’re taking a look back at our favorite quotes, moments, and take home messages.

This years theme — “Co-Creating a Sustainable Economy,” — took aim at our broken economic system, one that simply cannot co-exist with a decarbonized future. More importantly, this year’s conference felt like wake up call. Perhaps because it kicked off around the same time as the harrowing climate report we received that week.

Nevertheless, the time to move to a more sustainable economy (aka wellbeing…


Plus a day in the life of a Rheaply user: VERGE attendees can take a tour of the AxM platform and make offers for surplus resources while at VERGE19!🌍

2019 VERGE Accelerate Startups
2019 VERGE Accelerate Startups

This week, Rheaply is traveling to Oakland, California to participate in the 3-day VERGE Conference, sponsored by GreenBiz Group, where more than 3,000 leaders will gather and exchange ideas and explore scalable, unprecedented solutions for the creation of a clean and sustainable economy.

Rheaply’s co-founder and CEO, Garry Cooper, will speak at VERGE 19 Accelerate, a fast-pitch competition that takes place on the main stage of on October 22. Rheaply was selected as one of the 14 finalists to pitch at the event. We are excited to share how Rheaply AxM makes every used resource discoverable, easily transferable, and more…


Rheaply officially launched at the University of Chicago on August 21st, with a launch party where faculty and students were invited to a free lunch n’ learn to learn about how to make the most use out of Rheaply’s resource sharing platform. Rheaply is actively working with the university’s Office of Shared Research Facilities (OSRF) to facilitate better resource management across the university, so that those in need of resources can source from those that have it first — before a purchasing decision is made.

Faculty and students at the UChicago Endocrinology lab during the lab clean-out in September

From September 9th to 11th, Rheaply was invited to the UChicago Endocrinology lab at…

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