Earlier today, the report The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the future of plastics was published; a collaboration between the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, World Economic Forum and McKinsey and Company. The new study is the first of its kind, investigating the application of the circular economy framework to global flows of plastic packaging. For
Today sees the release of The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the future of plastics, a report on the application of the circular economy framework to global flows of plastic packaging. The study offers a blueprint to design a circular future for plastics, with research conducted by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, World Economic
Plastics are high-performing, multi-application materials that have become an iconic feature of the modern industrial economy – for better, and worse. A symbol of rising living standards and domestic bliss in the 1950s, the material has gradually attracted more criticism as volumes rose and problematic waste ensued. The big question
The European Commission recently announced the second version of their circular economy policy package, which will not enter a legislative phase, before implementation at some point in 2016. The proposed package pays particular attention to plastics as a fast-growing waste stream, a material that is difficult to recycle, and costly
An edible packaging innovation, called Ooho! was among the finalists for the Carlsberg Green Ideas award. Ooho, created by Skipping Rock Labs, is an edible packaging made out of seaweed and a calcium chloride-based membrane.
Colorado State University chemists Miao Hong and Eugene Chen have successfully created a fully recyclable biopolymer, using a monomer Gamma-buytrolactone, also known as GBL.
The Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association has suggested that the UK needs to develop a legislative framework that enables the growth of a UK-based bioplastics sector. A study carried out by the Centre for Economics & Business Research (CEBR) recently found that a domestic bioplastics sector could bring significant benefits
Researchers at Stanford University have discovered a new way of dealing with plastic waste – by feeding it to mealworms.
Visit Circulate every Friday to read our weekly round up of interesting circular economy related videos, stories and articles. In this week’s piece we explore the economic opportunities for re-thinking plastics, the future of work and more!
There’s value in the materials, nutrients and products that are currently wasted by a linear global economy, there are numerous studies that provide evidence for that. However, there are still some significant barriers to overcome if that economic opportunity is to be taken advantage of.