Basil, strawberries and lettuce are being grown 30-feet underwater off of the Noli coast in Italy. A team of ‘diver gardeners’ have taken advantage of a surprising opportunity and have found that actually, a least on a small scale, growing vegetables underwater can be highly successful.
Research carried out by Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) has found that the Scottish economy could generate more value from fish, beer and whisky waste by-products. In fact, the report suggests that the value for Scotland from better exploiting these waste streams more effectively is £500-£800 million per year.
What would Europe’s economy look like if it underwent a paradigm shift and transitioned to a circular economy? How would it impact growth, jobs, resource, energy use and CO2 emissions? What does it mean for ordinary households? Those questions have been addressed in a new report, “Growth Within: a circular
A new anaerobic digestion (AD) biogas demonstration plant is set to be the first of its kind in Singapore when it begins operations in September. The 2,000 sq metre Ulu Pandan Water Reclamation Plant will utilise the reaction between organic material in food waste, sludge in used water and bacteria
The idea of taking a systems view and understanding the interconnectedness of all things in the economy is taken by many as an accepted truism within the circular economy framework. It’s a macro concept with large scale implications, but those same interconnected systems can also be shaped to work effectively at a micro
Every Friday, Circulate rounds up a collection of interesting circular economy related stories and articles from the week. This Friday, we’ve got a focus on food issues – both farming and food waste – and they relate to the circular economy concept, the impact of Watson on IBM and more…
Two MIT Sloan MBA students, Ricky Ashenfelter and Emily Malina, have developed a new app that connects food that is about to be wasted with organisations and people that can use it. ‘Spoiler Alert’ is a free, downloadable app, where stores can post available surplus food (vegetables to start with),
Every Friday, Circulate rounds up a collection of stories and interesting articles from the week. This week we recommend a great read on the opportunities for Canon in remanufacturing, we look at a couple of unanticipated uses for food waste and it seems like cities around the world are jumping on the
The inefficiencies of our current economic system are hardly more pronounced than in the context of the co-existence of a global food waste problem and a world hunger problem. One third of the food produced in the world is eventually wasted, and yet more than 10% of the global population
Scientists at the City of Hong Kong University are trialling out new techniques for converting food waste into graphene and hydrogen. The research team has discovered that they can turn coffee grounds and stale bakery goods into a sugary solution that can be used to manufacture plastic.