All plastic cups, cutlery and plates will need to be designed to be compostable in France, according to a new law which comes into effect in 2020. The recently passed legislation has already ignited some debate in terms of what it means within the EU context. At the very least
Edible food wrappers as a potential replacement for plastic packaging has been explored by a number of innovators in recent years. However, researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) believe they have made a significant breakthrough in terms of enhancing the performance characteristics of biodegradable alternatives creating a film using milk
Landfills are like Telephone poles: How the Circular Economy will allow low-income countries to leapfrog waste management
The vision of a global economy in which plastics never become waste is bold and has the potential to bring transformative change to the entire world. Kelsey Halling believes it will be low-income countries that lead the way.
Concerns about the range of electric vehicles (EVs) may be less relevant in today’s context, EVs are potentially already suitable for up to 90% of the trips undertaken in the United States every year, according to new research conducted by a team of researchers at MIT.
Os oceanos recebem hoje um caminhão de plásticos por minuto. Isso significa anualmente 8 milhões de toneladas que vêm acrescentar-se aos 150 milhões de toneladas ali presentes. Para cada 3 quilos de peixe, há 1 quilo de plásticos nos ambientes marinhos. A continuar nesse ritmo, em menos de 35 anos
Bio-based materials producer, Novamont, has released the latest generation of its Mater-Bi product, which is available in the production in Europe for fruit and vegetable bags. The bags are designed to be fully compostable along with other household food waste at home.
Every Friday, Circulate rounds up a collection of interesting circular economy related stories and articles. This Friday, we look at new information about the impact of microplastics on fish, the economic benefits of trash-eating jackals, a report on the future of the gig economy and another big piece on the future of
The global plastics economy produces over 300 million tonnes of material each year, a figure that has increased twenty-fold over the past 50 years and is expected to double again by 2050. Transforming this system is a daunting task. However, it may start with a simple mindset change, one where
Next week, the New Plastics Economy initiative will kick off in London. Chris Grantham of IDEO explains why it’s significant.
Estimates suggest that in the U.S. alone, over 40 billion plastics utensils are used each year, most of which are consumed and thrown away, either to landfill or crushed and down-cycled into a lower grade of plastics. Indian cutlery company, called Bakeys, believes that it might have an innovative solution