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Circular Economy

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 ...

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Implementing Circular Practices: It All Starts With Mindset

For the second podcast in our podcast series exploring the role of tech in driving forward the circular economy, we chatted to Lieke van Kerkhoven. Lieke is co-founder of Floow2, a dynamic asset-sharing marketplace built around the principles of circularity. The user-friendly platform lets companies and organisations of all types and sizes share equipment, services, facilities ...

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Ways Technology is Facilitating the Shift to a Circular Economy

The circular economy holds vast potential for businesses, helping them to add value, save money, connect with customers and stand out from the competition. For our first podcast in a new series exploring the role of technology in this new way of doing things, we chatted to Catherine Weetman, author of the award-winning book, A Circular Economy Handbook for Business and Supply C ...