Energy and Material Flows
A combination of growing mining capacity and reduced trade barriers have assisted a significant drop in prices across the global metals market during the past four years, facilitating increased profitability in the European tech sector. However, a new report released by ING Bank, titled “Metals, a dangerous complacency?’, argues that
One of the biggest challenges associated with creating effective material flows, where products and components are kept at their highest value for as long as possible cycling through the economy, is the separating out of different streams. Part of the solution is to make the flows effective to the point
Ask people about environment and economy, and many feel the two are opposites. So compromise is necessary: ‘It’d be nice to have both, but…’ It’s no surprise. The last generation lived through times when the environmental movement pointed at the problem with a familiar graphic (but no solution): a set
A new deal has been announced that will see Tesla’s new battery technology used to help power 24 office buildings in California. Real estate firm the Irvine Company are investing in large battery systems (as large as five parking spaces). They expect to reduce peak grid energy consumption across their
The Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA) completes a consultation on the measures needed to implement circular economy principles this week. A survey was designed to capture the business opportunities and practical steps that furniture manufacturers and retailers can take in transitioning to circular processes and products.
Every Friday, Circulate rounds up a collection of interesting circular economy related stories and articles. This Friday, check out Zeoform, a new replacement for plastics, an article on 3D printing ecosystems and much more…
The vision for clothing in the circular economy, as in many sectors, is “in-development”. On both the technical and business side, a different model for the industry presents challenges for designers, manufacturers and retailers alike. However, that context also leaves open opportunities for innovation, new thinking and new technology. Seattle-based startup Evrnu has
In the 21st century, product and material choices hold greater importance than ever before. There is an informed and growing awareness of the problems faced by a finite supply of resources, including wood, metals and petroleum-based plastics. Furthermore, significant health concerns are being recognised related to toxic additives and VOC’s
Researchers at Stanford University have discovered a new way of dealing with plastic waste – by feeding it to mealworms.
Germany is a net waste importer. And the country has not created new landfills for the past decade. The European Environment Agency has praised Germany in particular for its municipal waste recycling. But while everyone agrees that German waste management is better than landfills, it is not always circular. Instead