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Ikea’s head of sustainability, Steve Howard made the headlines earlier this week when he suggested that consumers, at least in the ‘western world’, had reached “peak home furnishings”. It is perhaps an interesting comment considering Ikea’s ambitious target of almost doubling its sales by 2020.
Circulate on Fridays: Circular Economy & Food, Cradle to Cradle Design Challenge, the end of Bitcoin?
Every Friday, Circulate rounds up a collection of interesting circular economy related stories and articles. Here are our picks on food, Cradle to Cradle design, bitcoin and myths around the sharing economy. This week the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute announced the winners of the 2015 product design challenge. Four projects
Many of today’s electronic products contain high-quality components that are lost after the product has reached the end of its first use. Think of a smartphone, for example. Many parts like the camera, processor, speaker and microphone remain in working order throughout the lifespan of the device, and are only
Every Friday, Circulate rounds up a collection of interesting circular economy related stories and articles. Check out articles on mass 3D printing, the power of electric cars, big companies and material matchmaking, and more…
Hyper Island, a design and business agency, have identified the end of ownership, constant collaboration and the ‘social economy’ as key trends for their latest ‘Changes of Tomorrow’ report.
Before money, there was bartering. The ease of use and ubiquitousness of money has made it the more attractive and more convenient option, but a new online marketplace, called BarterSugar, believes it has identified an opportunity where sugar i.e. services, space and products, can be traded on an online platform
There is a growing momentum behind the idea that the circular economy model represents a positive way forward for the global economy. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Towards the Circular Economy reports (vol. 1-3) found a $1 trillion opportunity for businesses moving to circular models. The more recent Growth Within, found
Ask people about environment and economy, and many feel the two are opposites. So compromise is necessary: ‘It’d be nice to have both, but…’ It’s no surprise. The last generation lived through times when the environmental movement pointed at the problem with a familiar graphic (but no solution): a set
Details of the six finalists for the Green Alley Awards, a prize awarded to start-ups innovating towards circular economy models, have been announced. The inaugural prize was won last year by Helsinki-based RePack, a company that put forward a business model to reuse ecommerce packaging waste.
Bill Shorten, leader of Australia’s Labor Party, has announced the publication of six sharing economy principles in an effort to support the meaningful growth of new business models in the country.