At the 2016 CE100 Annual Summit, Cyrus Wadia of Nike explains how systems innovation will be key to revalorising the apparel industry’s giant material flows.
SeymourPowell has estimated that over 50 million litres of paint ends up going unused annually in the UK, up to 15% of the total amount of the product sold. Recycling and using old paint has typically been a laborious and costly process, but there are signs that this could change
If the producers of the new Channel 4 TV show Eden are serious about re-thinking society, then the circular economy framework should be part of the experiment.
In the current linear economy, most products and services require continuous and increasing extraction of raw materials to maintain economic and business growth. Employing circular economy principles, where technical and biological materials are cycled at their highest value and utility at all times for as long as possible, can help
The fashion and textiles industry is typically water, energy and materials intensive in terms of its production methods, with variable, but often short use cycles, and no clear path for the product utility or material recovery to maximise beyond that initial use phase. Though the industry as a whole will
Materials, energy and just about everything around us is finite. A more thorough understanding of the Earth’s limitations and commodity price volatility has made this a critical realisation for 21st century economies.
Earlier this month, Patagonia announced that it will make its next jacket out of “spider silk”, or at least a laboratory based copy. For the company behind that innovation, California’s Bolt Threads, the jacket is only the beginning and could be the start of a material transition in the fibre
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.
Material flows are becoming information flows. Here we will explore the implications for the circular economy.