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The Slum Economy: an alliance between circular and informal

According to the United Nations, today, over a billion and a half people live in informal settlements and by 2030 that figure could soar to 3 billion. So, the issue of future circu...

The Wizard and the Prophet or How to Feed 10 Billion People

The future of our planet depends on the approach we choose to solve problems. As Charles C. Mann illustrates in his latest book, The Wizard and The Prophet, there are two dominant ...

Why Every Roof in Japan Could Have Solar Panels Soon

In line with their ambitious 2030 emissions reduction goal, Japan seeks to expand its national solar power generation capacity. By doing this, the densely populated nation may soon...

Can developing countries benefit from the circular economy?

Developing countries have not benefited from the linear economy, the economy in which goods are manufactured from raw materials, sold, used, and then discarded as waste. They have ...

Rental: a New Frontier for the Great Outdoors

There are a growing number of companies providing various options for outdoor or alpine sports equipment rental, in Europe and elsewhere. They offer a new way to save money while b...

Sustainability in two dimensions: it’s time for graphene and 2D materials

The future may be two-dimensional. At least, the future of materials. Since 2004, when the two Russian physicists Gejm and Novosëlov succeeded in isolating the first monoatomic la...

Mottainai! Inside the Tokyo Olimpics’ circularity strategy

There are plenty of serious stories to cover in the run-up to the Olympics between the pandemic, record temperatures so high they’re making beach volleyball courts unplayable and, ...

How a holistic waste management system could cut CO2 emissions

The optimization of the waste management system worldwide could cut down 2.76 billion tons of CO2 per year, or 5% of total global emissions. It’d basically be as effective as groun...

Digital Tech & Sustainability Combine for Harmonious Territorial Development

Data collection, coordination between different urban infrastructures, support to decision-making processes: these are the sectors in which digital and sustainability technologies ...

USA: the introduction of the COMPOST Act is a major step forward for soil conservation

Without soil there is not agriculture and without agriculture there is not bioeconomy. The USA celebrates the introduction of the Cultivating Organic Matter through the Promotion o...

Circular cities and the informal economy: Africa is now hungry for data

The spread of circular economy practices and principles in developing countries often runs up against the obstacle of a lack of data. The problem grows even bigger when working in ...

Sustainability travels by train

The rail sector is changing and becoming ever greener, by reducing fuel consumption and emissions, introducing new technologies like hydrogen engines, and focusing on the circulari...

Urban Metabolism: the city as a living organism is circular by nature

Urban metabolism is an approach that first of all requires starting from a vision: regarding cities as a living organism. It’s not mere philosophical speculation, there are practic...

Searching for the circular car

Creating a platform for all the players in the automotive supply chain that relies on field knowledge, partnerships, funding and creativity to develop the technologies and business...

When design helps to develop an end-of-life experience

In the context of product life cycles and the circular economy, the phrase "end of life" typically refers to the point at which a product or service has reached the conclusion of i...

Biofuels and oil refineries: Biden’s turnaround?

According to the International Press Agency Reuters, President Joe Biden’s administration, under pressure from labor unions and U.S. senators including from his home state of Delaw...

Circular Cities: the Rotterdam Strategy

The Netherlands have set themselves rather challenging circular goals where cities play a key role in such transition. Rotterdam, with its port and industries, outlined a pathway u...

WEEE: illegal trade of electronic waste must be stopped to achieve EU goals

Countries in the European Union collect and recover more end-of-life electrical and electronic devices than the rest of the world. This work, however, is still not sufficient to ac...

Turkey like China: stop to the import of plastic waste

It’s Turkey’s turn to be tired of accepting plastic waste from Europe. With an amendment published on May 18th in the Official Gazette, the Turkish Ministry of Commerce has banned ...

Sustainable products for the future with version 4.0 of Cradle to Cradle Certified

Designing and manufacturing sustainable products that will nourish a healthy, equitable and circular tomorrow: that's the goal of Cradle to Cradle Certified, a global standard root...