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Circular economy: experts share their views on opportunities and challenges

Gunter Pauli, author and initiator of The Blue Economy<p>In this era of globalisation we consume too much junk. It's time to change the rules of the game through innovations in the business model.<p>We are racing to respond to the basic needs of all. How can business ensure everyone's access to water, …

Sharing economy's rapid growth raises thorny but vital questions

The notion of a sharing economy has moved from obscurity just a few years ago to the economic cover story of 2013.<p>Standout successes – such as vacation-rental site Airbnb, ridesharing apps Lyft and Sidecar, online-teaching site Skillshare, errand-outsourcing site TaskRabbit and custom-tour-guide …

Can the economy go full circle?

A circular economy has long been a very good idea. Rather than using raw materials to make products that are then thrown away, a circular system recycles products after use back into the manufacturing process. Also known as “closed loop” or “cradle-to-cradle”, it makes good business sense: …

How Retirees Can Earn Money From The 'Sharing Economy'

You’ve most likely seen news stories about the “sharing economy,” with seemingly every blogger and op-ed columnist offering a take on its significance. What you may not realize is that getting paid to share what you own or can do is a great way to supplement your income if you’re retired.<p>In fact, …

'Sharing economy' is here to stay, so get used to it

Add these personality quirks to the qualities that mark you as a social dinosaur:<p>You're not comfortable renting out a room in your house or turning over the keys to your car for hours or days at a time to total strangers. When you travel you prefer to stay at a hotel with a predictable level of …