Energy and Material Flows
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!
A group of Finnish organisations have launched a project to experiment with a new cellulose dissolution technique that transforms old disused cotton clothing into brand new fibres that can be utilised freshly in the textile industry.
In wastewater treatment plants in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Denmark, something unusual has been, and continues to happen. Anoxkaldnes, a subsidiary of Veolia, is running pilot prototyping for the production and recovery of Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) – an intermediate material used to produce bioplastics.
It has been reported that oil prices have recovered after hitting a more than six-year low as fears continue to grow around a mismatch between global supply and demand. Most expect prices to begin falling again after the surprise Chinese currency devaluation early this week and the continued strong
The topic of technological and market development in renewable energy has been on the agenda for a significant period of time, and the use of governmental subsidies to stimulate and support that development has been a much-discussed subject. A less well interrogated issue is fossil fuel subsidies and a recent