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Circular Economy

Unusual: Refurbishing an Old Business Model for a Sustainable Future

Implementing circular practices can reinvigorate a company, allowing business leaders to  truly live by their sustainability values. Tom Harper, managing director of Unusual Rigging, provides a perfect example of how this can happen, and how the positive effects ripple outward. For a recent episode of our podcast series on the Circular Economy, we spoke to Tom about how Unusual ...

Nuw: A sustainable, community-minded alternative to fast fashion

The fashion industry is responsible for more carbon emissions than international flights and maritime shipping combined. On the production side, garment manufacturing is extremely water intensive, and when it comes to waste, the problems are even worse: So-called ‘fast fashion’ and luxury brands alike burn millions of unused items every year, creating thousands of tonnes of tox ...

Topolytics

One of the key pillars of the Circular Economy is designing waste out of the system – but in order for this to happen we first need to understand the current situation. According to the World Bank, humans produce two billion tonnes of urban waste each year, with that figure set to rise to three and a half billion tonnes by 2050. Today, at least a third of this waste is mismanag ...

Enabling Circular Innovation

If we are to successfully tackle major issues such as climate change, waste crises and biodiversity loss,  the linear economy has to change. We must transform all elements of the take-make-waste system: how we manage resources, how we make and use products, and what we do with the materials afterwards.  The Circular Economy is a vital part of achieving this while creating a thr ...

Reath: Digital Infrastructure for Packaging Reuse

Single use packaging poses a huge environmental problem. The cosmetics industry alone produces 142 billion pieces of packaging every year – and less than 10 percent gets recycled. Pioneering environmental campaigners and data experts, Claire Rampen and Emily Rogers, decided to do something about it. Together, they founded Reath, a software company that helps businesses adopt ...

Circular Stories: Showcasing the Pioneers Putting Theory into Practice

As the Circular Economy emerges, storytelling plays a central role. Beyond logic and rationale, systems level change relies on the clear communication of purpose, meaning and values.  Ellekari Klaasse and Marielle van Hemert are the co-founders of Circular Stories, a digital platform that showcases and supports entrepreneurs and SMEs pioneering Circular Economy practices. We ch ...

Queen of Raw – Transforming the Fashion Industry to Protect People and the Planet

The fashion industry is deeply unsustainable. Every year, it creates almost 100 million tons of textile waste, which ends up in landfill or incinerated – emitting even more CO2, as well as toxic gases. It also consumes around 93 billion cubic metres of water, producing almost one fifth of the entire planet’s wastewater.  For the next instalment of our podcast on the Circular Ec ...

Circularity IQ: Sparking the Circularity Domino Effect With Data

At the end of 2020, the world marked an alarming milestone: Human-made materials now weigh more than all of life on Earth. In our latest episode of our podcast series on the Circular Economy, we spoke to Roy Verclouen of Circularity IQ. The company works to address the issue of runaway resource use by helping organisations develop and procure products in a more sustainable wa ...

Tech UK: The Positive Potential of Digital Technology

The technology industry has the unique capacity to not only reduce its own resource consumption, but to help others do so as well. From digital solutions to artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things (IoT), tech can be embedded into a vast range of products and sectors to boost sustainability by enabling more circular practices. In the latest episode of our podcast on t ...