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Remanufacturing: a vast untapped potential for circularity

In recent months, policies and initiatives at the European and global level have emphasised the potential of remanufacturing as the key model for the circular economy, useful in ex...

What We Waste: 41 billion bottles and cans are littered every year in Europe

There are over 41 billion plastic and glass bottles and beverage cans that every year, in Europe, escape the recycling circuit and end up in landfills, incinerators or, worse, in r...

Between work automation and ecological transition, data on the future of green jobs

New economy, new jobs. This is the equation that has been in vogue ever since Henry Ford produced the first mass-produced car on an assembly line in Detroit in 1908, a car that sol...

Second-hand IPOs and the Slow Down of Fast Fashion

Buying second-hand is nothing new. From thrift shops to car boot sales, the options for people looking to capitalise on turning possessions into cash are littered throughout histor...

To face complexity, we need to rediscover awareness of the limitations

Embracing complexity implies widening one's field of vision and learning to understand and consider the interconnections between phenomena, even those that seem too distant to matt...

The rise of the corporate circular economy professional

"Circular economy" was the fastest rising skill among all LinkedIn users in 2019, according to GreenBiz’s State of the Profession Report. Although the circular economy’s momentum i...

Performance as a product: the Chemical Leasing business model

How can different companies mutually benefit from each other’s success? Why is paying for the performance of the chemical better than paying for the chemical itself? And how can th...

Perspectives and Criticalities of CO2 Capture Techniques

Flexible, scalable and young. CO2 capture techniques promise great results in pollution reduction, from soil carbon storage to synthetic fuel production. But first the issue of cos...

Electrification and Digital Networks are Making the Energy Revolution Happen

The next 10 years will be crucial for the planet’s energy and climate future. They will also be decisive for our well-being and prosperity. Europe has set itself the goal of reduci...

How can we measure sustainability and circularity?

For several years, companies, organisations, and consultancies have been working to determine standards for measuring the level of circularity of products and activities. While som...

International Atomic Energy Agency: this is how nuclear decommissioning becomes circular

We’re back on the topic of nuclear power. 2021 may mark the tenth anniversary of the Fukushima disaster, which on March 11th, 2011 rekindled the fear of the risks of atomic energy ...

The Right to Repair comes into force, but only for certain products

Spring brings a lot of news for the household appliance sector in Europe. Starting from March 1st, new energy labels have been introduced and, above all, the long-awaited and much-...

Making plastic circular is an increasingly chartered field

Streams of all things plastic floating across our oceans are now common news footage. By 2040, the amount of ocean plastic globally could triple to 29 million metric tonnes. Of the...

How to recycle a nuclear power plant

From Italy’s point of view – a country that stopped the production of nuclear energy in its territory after the 1987 referendum – nuclear decommissioning is an old story that is st...

Towards Factories with no Assets

Many offices don’t buy printers, lighting systems, computers or carpets anymore. To reduce their costs, they prefer to buy copies per page from Xerox, light per lux from Philips, c...

Sustainable Outdoor: Recycling Plastics and Manufacturing Materials at Oberalp

PFC-free ski skins, equipment warranties, recycled plastic packaging. These are just some of the ways Oberalp Group and its brands – Salewa, Dynafit, Pomoca, Evolv, and Wild Countr...

Regeneration: The Next Step for Outdoor Fashion

Fashion companies have advanced from sustainability to a regenerative economy in three steps. In phase one, they focused on their products’ health impacts. Then they aimed to reduc...

PrimaLoft, Circular Insulation for Outdoor Apparel

While protecting from extreme weather conditions and offering real durability, the outdoor clothing brand PrimaLoft, first designed for the US Army, addresses issues like GHG reduc...

Repair: Hallmark of Adventures Lived

If each outdoor enthusiast kept their jacket, pants, base layer, for just one or maybe even two seasons longer, each of these garments would “offset” in that time 1/3 of the produc...

Beyond ownership: Tool Libraries on the rise

Going beyond ownership and borrowing a blender or a ladder for a limited time at a Tool Library: despite the restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 emergency, this has been one ...