Next week, the New Plastics Economy initiative will kick off in London. Chris Grantham of IDEO explains why it’s significant.
Every Friday, Circulate rounds up a collection of interesting circular economy related stories and articles. This Friday, discover a new use for eggshells, a successful circular economy investment story, how low-cost innovation can resolve many of the globe’s greatest challenges and more…
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
With 60 million of old tyres stock piled or dumped around South Africa, waste tyres have become a significant problem. The country’s waste management infrastructure is almost inexistent and recovery rate for disused tyres hardly reaches 4%. Illegal dumps filled up by 10 million of waste tyres per year are
A report released earlier this year by resources and renewable energy company Viridor, titled, “Building English Resource Networks: The Aggregated Services Models”, argues that England’s waste management and recycling systems are no longer fit for purpose and should be replaced by a new model that exploits the economic potential of
One thing the circular economy should not be confused with is some sort of perpetual gadget machine in which stuff is made and remade with nary a loss or impediment, with nothing new or unsullied: a place where eager businesses recover their products and magic them back to life for their customers with no waste.
A macro-economic study, conducted by the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC), has found that Europe’s bioeconomy is worth €2.1 trillion. It also found that bio-based chemicals, plastics, paper, textiles and biofuels contribute around €600 billion.
The world’s largest furniture retailer, Swedish-based Ikea, is reportedly investigating and trialling the opportunity to utilise biodegradable mycelium based packaging as a replacement for polystyrene, a solution provided by U.S. based start-up, Ecovative.
Trash to Treasure: Changing Waste Streams to Profit Streams, a new report launched by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, focuses on waste in American companies and industries, and argues that the circular economy represents an economic opportunity, as well as being a model that reduces waste.