Circular Economy

Community repair: a pop-up alternative to the throwaway society

A not-so-quiet repair revolution is taking place in communities across Britain. Consumers, fed up with having to throw away broken phones, toasters …

Recycling

How Finland is approaching the circular economy

<b>A national circular economy roadmap was published last year by parts of the Finnish government and Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra last year,</b> …

Recycling

Plasticity Forums 2017

Two chances to participate in events focused on the circular economy<p>Plasticity Forum will be taking place twice in the upcoming weeks. The first …

Sharing Economy

Danish farmers brew beer from recycled festival guest urine

There is, of course, no actual urine in the beer. The waste product is used as fertiliser in the brewing of the pilsner – in itself, a not-uncommon …

Beer

Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge Envisions Products for the Circular Economy

Registration is open until May 14<p>In partnership with Autodesk, the fifth edition of the Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge is currently …

Product Design

ESA Calls For Planning System To Be Aligned With Circular Economy

The Environmental Services Association, the voice of the UK’s resource and waste management industry today set out a number of recommendations to …

Sharing Economy

Measuring the ROI for circularity soon may be easier

Circular economy practices are taking root inside companies all over the world. Elon Musk's SpaceX is even helping shine light on the concept: last …

Sustainability

What it takes to design products for the circular economy

A circular economy is designed to feed back into itself: A product of long-lasting quality is placed into the market; the byproducts from its …

Recycling

Turning Waste Streams into Value Streams

Remanufacturing, cascading materials through several lifecycles and rethinking the idea of ownership are more effective than recycling waste.

Sustainability

Kvadrat x Really and the Rise of the Circular Economy Mindset

At Milan Design Week, Max Lamb and Christien Meindertsma are working with a new manufactured material that brings to light design's impact on …

Product Design

Mecanoo and Gispen's Design Modular Furniture Collection for Flexible Learning Environments

Dutch firm Mecanoo has partnered with furniture manufacturer Gispen to create a new collection of modular and customizable furniture geared …

Furniture

Arup Designs Prototype Building Based on Circular Economy Principles

In a prototype developed for the 2016 London Design Festival, Arup Associates designed <i>The Circular Building</i>, one of the first buildings in the UK …

Architecture

Taking Upcycling To The Next Level

I began working as a fashion designer in 1997. The deeper I got into the industry, the more shocked I was by the amount of waste my industry was producing. It didn't seem right. To do my small part, I began incorporating upcycling principles into my design work (both for my clothing line and the …

Sustainability

Glasgow brewer turns leftover bread into beer

A Glasgow-based craft brewer has launched what is being described as Scotland’s first beer to be made from leftover bread.<p>Jaw Brew teamed up with …

Food

A new report by ING and Deltares explores the circular potential in six regions: Northern India, California, Ghana, United Arab Emirates, Bangladesh and the Netherlands. It finds that, while the circular economy is not able to fully eliminate water shortages, it has the potential to save 400 billion m3 of water yearly, which is equivalent to 11% of global water demand and almost the entire water consumption in the US.

Global fresh water demand is expected to grow by 2% yearly in the next decades. Based on the assumption that water supply will remain relatively …

Water

Regionally focussed Circular Biomaterials Economies: An Idea whose time has come!

There is a lot of talk about the circular economy these days. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has done an excellent job in taking this conversation …

Recycling

We should design businesses like circles, not straight lines

Here’s what I love about being a designer: serving people’s needs and solving complex challenges. Here’s what I don’t like much: using precious resources to create stuff that people use for a limited time and then send to the dump. As a consumer, I’m no different from the next guy: I want the …

Recycling

How Entrepreneurs Can Turn Trash Into Profit (Literally)

Embracing the circular economy can bring business success and appeal to customers -- and maybe even save the world.<p>A few weeks ago, I spent days with my toes in the Pacific Ocean watching whales breach with their babies beside them. I have had a passion for the water since I could walk, or should I …

Recycling

Meet the fixer: This clothing expert revives dead threads.

If you’re a typical American, you probably throw away too many clothes. But the companies behind those clothes have their own disposal problem, too. …

Environmentalism

Circular cities are doing it for themselves

Brexit has put a significant scare up the waste and resources industry as stakeholders wait to see what environmental regulations will survive the …

Recycling

4 Clean Technology Trends to Watch in 2017

At a first glance, it seems almost three years of low fossil fuel prices and a regime change in the U.S. would stunt the growth of sustainable and …

Sustainability

Anthill 11: waste not, want not

In this episode of The Anthill, a podcast from The Conversation, we’re bringing you stories about how one person’s waste can be another person’s …

Sharing Economy

Circle Economy Spearheading Research to Define Key Jobs and Skills for the Circular Economy

en_US<p>article<p>Creating an evidence based decision making tool to create jobs in a circular economy<p>Spearheading Research to Define Key Jobs and Skills …

Sharing Economy

mecanoo and gispen develop HUBB modular furniture

mecanoo and gispen develop customizable HUBB modular furniture<p>HUBB is a modular interior furniture concept that responds to rapidly changing …

Furniture

Against Enormous Odds, A Chinese Official Is Trying To Green Up His City

The city of Rizhao wants to go carbon neutral. It's a tough job.<p>RIZHAO, China ― Facing South Korea across the Yellow Sea and beyond that peninsula, Japan, this resort town takes its name from an old poem — ri chu xian zhao<i>,</i> or <i>“</i>first to get sunshine.” These days, three million citizens enjoy that …

China

How Netflix-ication Can Deliver A Waste-Free Circular Economy

When products turn into services, the business model isn’t about selling you the next widget. It’s about longevity, repairability, and sustainability.<p>For roughly 120 years, music lovers liked to own what they listened to. We bought vinyl records, four-track cartridges, tapes, CDs, and so on, and …

Recycling

CEOs spill their sustainability secrets

<i>The following is an excerpt from "Global Sustainability: 21 Leading CEOs Show How to Do Well by Doing Good," authored by Mark Lefko and published by</i> …

Recycling

Mine’s a pint: beer and the circular economy

Before the invention of the train and refrigeration, drovers would walk their cattle from as far as Scotland to provide beef for the hungry citizens …

Beer

In Montreal, mushrooms make the local economy go round

Montreal (AFP) - While delivering oyster mushrooms to restaurants in the heart of Montreal, Lysiane Roy Maheu stops to get a bucket filled with …

Mushrooms

7 pillars of the circular economy

The circular economy is a term that has gained a great deal of popularity amongst businesses in the last few years. And with its growth in usage, the …

Recycling