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Circular Economy

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Excess Materials Exchange: Taking Inspiration From Nature To Give “Waste” New Life

Behind the scenes at businesses large and small, a paradigm shift is quietly taking place. The very concept of waste is being redefined, with materials of all kinds being given new life, in turn saving carbon emissions, preserving natural resources and boosting companies’ bottom lines. It’s all thanks to circular economy pioneers like Maayke Damen, cofounder of the Excess Mater ...

Circularise: Sustainability Through Supply Chain Transparency

Driven by the dovetailing demands of conscious consumers, tighter regulations and internal sustainability goals, companies of all kinds are striving to make their supply chains more transparent.  Transparency is a noble goal, but there are significant business risks to sharing private data. Companies are understandably reluctant to share their secrets with third parties. As a ...

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Dsposal Is Changing How We See Waste

What happens when you throw something in the recycling bin? The fact that we don’t know, and that there’s no way to find out, renders it an act of blind faith. But what if you knew, for example, how much aluminium was collected from your street in a given week, and that six weeks later that aluminium had been used to make drinks cans in Germany? You’d also know that you’d colle ...