Energy and Material Flows
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
A key principle identified in Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, the successful book written by Michael Braungart and William McDonough, is that waste in and of itself is not necessarily a bad thing. They use the example of the cherry tree, which produces huge amounts of
Computer technology company Dell has announced a new partnership with industry supplier SABIC, which will see the company utilise previously disused scrap carbon fibre in new products by the end of 2015.
Every Friday, Circulate rounds up a collection of interesting circular economy related stories and articles. This week: clothes, cities, sharing (or not), Iggy Pop and lots more!