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The Swedish government is set to take policy steps to enable a different kind of behaviour in the way in which products are used and the life-cycles of goods. Tax breaks on repairs to bicycles, washing machines and just about any broken item are being brought to the parliament by the

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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

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Every Friday, the Circulate team compiles a collection of the best circular economy videos, audio and articles for you to enjoy during the weekend! We’re doing a quick-fire “CoF” today. See if you can keep up and don’t forget to let us know what we’re missing.

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Bio-based alternatives to a number of fossil-based materials, in particular bioplastics, have been written and spoken about for a number of years, but have generally failed to reach scale. Traditional chemical methods for producing products still dominate industry, but there are signs that the potential benefits of biomaterials for a

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There is more gold per tonne in the average mobile phone than in the ores that the raw metal is extracted from. A well-known statistic, and one that is frequently quoted, but ultimately not particularly meaningful in the context where separating materials in mobile phones is expensive and where the

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The U.S. government’s military research body, “Defense Advanced Research Project Agency” (DARPA) is putting money into an idea that could radically transform the future of buildings and the work of engineers and architects. DARPA is responsible for researching and developing new technologies and have launched a new programme, which will

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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

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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.

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What if sewage could be treated at a household level in an economically feasible and energy efficient way? It’s the challenge that Boston-based Cambrian Innovation has set itself and has begun field tests on at a plant called BioVolt in Maryland. Over 2000 litres of sewage can be converted into

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Every Friday, Circulate closes out the week with a selection of some of our favourite circular economy-related news from the week that was.

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