Navigating Digital Climate Impact in CE Technology Businesses
Digital technologies are responsible for around 4% of greenhouse gas emissions, and this figure is set to double between 2020 and 2025. With this realisation, businesses that develop digital platforms are coming to grips with the necessity of factoring digital climate impact into their overall climate goals.
The Power of Software: Shaping Organizations Through Inverse Conway's Law
In the world of software development, there's a well-known adage called Conway's Law, which states that organizations design software that reflects their own structure. This principle underscores the profound influence of human interactions on the software we create. However, there's another side to this story – the intriguing concept known as Inverse Conway's Law.
A Beginner’s Guide to the Circular Economy
At HappyPorch, we talk a lot about the circular economy and how it provides a solution to so many of the problems we face as a society. But for those who are new to the term and these ideas, we wanted to take some time to define the term and dig into some of the basic concepts.
Bringing the Butterfly Diagram to Life: Social Enterprises Accelerating the Circular Transition
The circular economy diagram, or the “butterfly” diagram as it’s also called, is a key illustration that helps explain the circular economy. Divided into two halves — the biological cycle and the technical cycle — the diagram shows an ideal flow of materials and products through the economy.
Sustainable Fashion Systems and Infrastructure
Clothing is piling up faster than recycling systems can process them, with mountains of discarded textiles ending up in developing countries. But as a software and technology consultant for the circular economy, I’m most inspired and encouraged by something else — the systematic and infrastructural change we’re starting to see across the industry.
Circular Logistics: Why We Need to Break Free from Linear Thinking
Everywhere I look, I’m reminded of how much linear thinking is baked into our logistics, our supply chain, and even our business software. If we’re ever going to transition to a circular model, we need to start breaking free from this language and this kind of thinking. Circular logistics is a crucial part of the Circular Economy transition. But often our language reveals our linear assumptions.
The Circular Economy in Africa: Setting the Scene with Joanna Bingham and Deborah Nartey
Conversations around the Circular Economy are dominated by white, Western voices, businesses and organisations. Across the African continent, however, innovation is arising simultaneously across diverse countries and cultures, reminding us that so many circular practices are nothing new. The opportunities – and the challenges – lie in valorising what’s already happening informally, while addressing the power imbalances of a post-colonial world.
Series Five Round-Up: Small Parts of a Powerful Movement
Throughout season five of our podcast, we've been talking about the Circular Economy and its intersection with all things digital and software. The last couple of years have been strange and difficult for many of us, and it was inspiring to hear how so many people are dedicating their lives and their businesses to building a better world.
Loop: Bringing Zero Waste Packaging to a Supermarket Near You
Of all the plastic that’s produced every year around the world, a paltry nine percent is recycled. The rest is incinerated or put straight into landfill, causing further pollution to the environment and resulting in eye-watering amounts of waste – especially when you consider that the raw materials used to make plastic are fossil fuels. Recycling company Terracycle has been on a mission to “recycle the unrecyclable'' since its founding in 2001.