At one time, Ireland’s economic recession epitomised global economic decline. The country’s economic strife was well-documented both as a part of the global financial crisis and the ensuring Eurozone crisis. The Irish economy has quietly been beginning to prosper again over the last year and a half with a reported
Raz Godelnik has written an insightful piece on the sharing economy for Triple Pundit. In his article, he looks beyond popular conversations focused upon Airbnb and Uber, and analyses the under-discussed role of sharing economy platforms as “middlemen” connecting spare resource and consumers. Godelnik argues that the next challenge for sharing economy businesses
The circular economy concept is now being hotly discussed in businesses, governmental bodies and education institutions globally, not to mention entrepreneurs and the general public. One of the consequences is that it is unfortunately often misinterpreted and misrepresented. Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP, has published a piece in the Guardian Sustainable Business
Every Friday, Circulate rounds up a collection of stories and interesting articles from the week. Forbes and the Telegraph have both released insightful pieces on the impact of 3D-printing on industrial scale, it was revealed that Boeing is investing in 3D-printed aircraft parts, and Autodesk announces the open sourcing of their 3D-printer resin.
Paul Clarke writes in Wired that an “explosion of opportunities” across sectors including healthcare, entertainment, disaster management and smart cities will occur when smart machines “meet” the Internet of Things (IoT). He goes on to predict that the technological impacts will be greater than the mobile revolution.
The European Commission’s decision to withdraw the originally approved circular economy policy package has been heavily discussed in media circles. The promise has been made that the revised package will be more ambitious and better than the one that was withdrawn. The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) has now published a
Philips has re-iterated its desire to transition many of its products from a ‘boxed product’ selling business model to one where they sell a service. Henk De Bruin, Philips Global Head of Sustainability, wrote that experimenting with leasing contracts and decoupling material use and energy consumption from economic growth were
How do you cohesively link Sir David Attenborough, Bjork, biomimicry and the future of design in our global economy? Find out by reading this article written by Prasad Boradkar, Professor in Industrial Design at Arizona State University (ASU) and co-director at the institution’s new Biomimicry Center.
The case continues to build for UK companies to invest in remanufacturing. An All-Parliamentary Sustainable Resources Group paper identified a market potentially worth £5.6bn for remanufacturing in the UK. A follow up piece of analysis from a separate research group has suggested that at least £3bn of that opportunity is currently
A group of researchers at Monash University, Australia announced last week that they have 3D-printed two metal jet engines. While the engines are only proof of design concepts at this point, they have all the working parts of a functioning gas engine. It’s further evidence that 3D-printing is accelerating from