The circular economy is still a relatively new concept in the US market, but there are definite signs of business, large and small, buying into the idea and attempting to understand what it could mean for their models. A circular economy pilot, including by the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Large fashion retailer H&M recently drew attention when it pledged to become “100% circular”. At first glance, the clothing and textiles industry, where new styles emerge several times per year, appears to be one of the least suited to the circular economy, but there are a growing number of examples
Why sell bikes outright to children who will only be able to use them for a short period of time before they outgrow them? It’s the question that Isla Rowntree, owner of children’s bicycle manufacturer Islabikes asked herself. The solution, it turns out, is simple, Islabikes will now rent out
From utilising bacteria to create light, a new approach to packaging waste to apps to re-utilise food and DIY waste, six innovative European startups have been named as finalists for the third Green Alley Awards.
Around one third of all food produced is wasted across the value chain. While much of that waste occurs at an even earlier stage, there are significant issues for supermarkets and restaurants disposing of large quantities of food that goes unsold. However, there’s no questioning the potential value of this
A new innovation that enables the creation of healthier soils by retaining nutrients and preventing runoff from fields has won the first Living Product Prize in the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge. The $10,000 prize was awarded to the University of Oregon design team in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The growth of collaborative consumption (also known as the sharing economy) as a trend, is often associated with start-ups and individual entrepreneurs, and the benefits are considered from an individual user (formerly consumer) perspective. However, a new report produced by researchers in the United States and China has found that
The startup has managed to redistribute one million tonnes of unwanted items and equipment via their innovative online platform, supporting the circular economy through direct re-use.
The Swedish government is set to take policy steps to enable a different kind of behaviour in the way in which products are used and the life-cycles of goods. Tax breaks on repairs to bicycles, washing machines and just about any broken item are being brought to the parliament by the
It’s Friday again, which means that it is time for another Circulate on Fridays! Learn more about the circular food system, innovating with sea cucumbers, a trash-eating shark, why one company likes old jeans and the silicon valley of agriculture. We’ve got some great reading for you this weekend.