The time when flights were cancelled, trains were delayed and elevators broke down may soon be over. Today, products are able to predict their own future. Thanks to predictive maintenance, they can forecast failures before they occur.
So has eBay become just another online retailer for new stuff, or can the tech giant still help keep products in use for longer and help accelerate the shift to a circular economy?
The idea of frugal anything is not a great attraction in a book title. The word doesn’t frame well outside of a Calvinistic or ascetic mindset. The idea of ‘de-growth’ pops up very early here as well, a word with even worse connotation. Linking frugal and de-growth concepts with business
This Friday, Pew Research finds out what people really think of the sharing economy, NASA are using gecko tech and a chance to catch up on circular economy insight on the BBC and iTunes.
Each year, the retail graphics and corrugated display markets produce 6.8-billion-square-metres of product, most of which are made from virgin paper-based products like cardboard and paperboard, or non-recyclable plastics and foam. Given the dependence on virgin materials to make these products and their high volume of turnover in stores, the
To some, open source sounds like chaos, like design by committee – it could never work. But this approach could actually accelerate the shift to a circular economy.
The complexities of material composition and the fashion industry have made initial forays into clothing challenging for circular economy models. However, over the last 12 to 18 months there has been a noticeable growth in the development of new initiatives in the clothing space. Two recent examples in the Nordic