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Avoid Collapse: Designing an Equitable Circular System That Preserves Humanity

We have the opportunity to change the course of our shared history with the amount of information we have gathered so far. By learning from scientists and experts we can propose ne...

The Europe to Come

It is a fact. The circular economy has been a pillar of the outgoing EU Commission and Parliament. “The political power of this idea is obvious,” explains Frans Timmermans – Vice-P...

The Real Value of Food

  As a EESC member, Peter Schmidt, has a first-hand view of how food can take on a leading role in reaching sustainability objectives and how it is affected by regulation, polic...

Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference

Environmental Communication Should be More Emotive   Interview with Thierry Libaert, member of the EU Social and Economic Committee by I. N. B.     As an expert in environm...

A Reflection on the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform

There is an interesting conversation to be had on stakeholder engagement. It is now common in many processes that aspire to achieve a transformation of one kind or another to incor...

Thailand: A Very Biotech Bioeconomy

Abundant natural resources, highly skilled workforce, important petrochemical industry and a government that sustains the decarbonisation process with conviction and a plan to incr...

Circular Japan

Kamikatsu, a rural municipality with 1,500 inhabitants located on the wooded island of Shikoku in the Japanese archipelago, performs a record household separate waste collection wi...

The Mixed State of the European Bio-Based Economy

Looking at the current state of the bio-based economy in Europe, one has to draw a mixed conclusion. Research and technology development continue to advance and some fields, like f...

Italy Has a New Bioeconomy Strategy

Sustainable and increasingly circular. That’s how the Italian bioeconomy should be, according to the updated version of the national strategy presented on 14th May at the Presidenc...

Itelyum: Circular Economy, Systemic Vision

A few years ago, in his book Corporation 2020, economist Pavan Sukhdev explained how companies going forward would have to behave differently to those in the so-called “brown econo...

Urban Mining: India's Billion Dollar E-Waste Market

The Brand Equity Foundation estimates that India’s electronics market will reach $400 billion by 2022. According to the telecom giant Ericsson, smart phones will lead the boom in I...

Plastics: Recycling in Hospital Wards

It is possible, through simple actions and small changes in our daily routines, to make a real difference in reducing the environmental impact of plastic. This same outcome, howeve...

There's Good in CO2 (If You Know How to Find It)

  The area of Turin known as “Innovation Mile”, between the Po and Dora Riparia rivers, is home to a large number of innovative companies and technological institutes. The newes...

Fighting Single-Use Plastics

Danimer Scientific, a biotechnology manufacturer that employs 101 people in sleepy Bainbridge, Georgia, may seem an unlikely partner for a Swiss multinational that happens to be th...

A Sustainable and Circular Ice Cream

Sammontana is Italy’s number one ice cream producer and a leader in the frozen patisserie sector, with four production plants and a turnover exceeding €380 million (2018 data). In ...

Ecological Beauty

Biomimicry and the circular bioeconomy are the two lines along which cosmetic innovation is moving fast. Globally and in Italy – which has accounted for a considerable share (60%) ...

RETRACE Project

“The transition towards a new economic model integrating all pillars of environmental sustainability should be the heart of the matter. All levels (global, European, national, regi...

Exploring Life Cycle Assessments

Photo by Pontus Johansson   “If we’re going to use a product in a circular economy, we must consider it from the design phase.” This message is becoming a k...

Innovative and Sustainable Packaging

Publicising and rewarding the most innovative and environmentally sustainable packaging. Favouring research into solutions with the smallest environmental impact. All of which whil...

From Plastics to Oil

Almost 15 years ago Agilyx opened a pyrolysis plant that specialises in processing hard-to-recycle mixed plastics into high-quality synthetic crude oil. In April 2018, the Tigard, ...