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Circular Economy

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 ...

iPoint: Digitising product life cycles and supply chains to encourage circularity

As sustainability becomes a priority for regulators and consumers alike, companies are under increasing pressure to be transparent about the environmental and social effects of all kinds of products. Achieving such transparency allows companies to understand exactly how their products are made and which materials they contain. This insight facilitates a more circular approach, ...

Kaer for the World: Air Conditioning as a Service

The switch from selling products to offering product-as-a-service has transformed industries, from music to mobility. For the latest installment of our Circular Economy podcast series, Dave Mackerness from Kaer reveals how the company is disrupting the world of air conditioning, improving efficiency and folding sustainability goals into the bottom line.  After around 60 years i ...

Zeronet: Reverse logistics to solve the world’s e-waste problem

What do you do with that old laptop, kettle or toaster you no longer need? As it stands, your options are limited: throw it in the bin, take it to the tip, arrange a donation to a local charity shop, or hide it away and deal with it later. The fact is, as a consumer, it’s not clear how to best dispose of unwanted electricals. Meanwhile, the global pile of e-waste keeps growing: ...

Madaster: “Waste is material without an identity”

The Earth is a closed system: Nothing comes in and nothing goes out. Everything we have is a limited edition. Yet our economic system sees resources as infinite, and so treats certain material as waste. Pablo van den Bosch, who we spoke to for our podcast series on the circular economy, believes that “waste is material without an identity.” His company Madaster works to give ma ...