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Policy: The Circular Designer's Secret Weapon

Since its inception in 2010, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation has placed design as crucial to achieving a circular economy. In fact, the very first initiative from the Foundation was...

Recognising Resources Are Limited by Granting Them an Identity

Material Matters, The Importance of Matter – An alternative to Overexploitation by Thomas Rau and Sabine Oberhuber offers a critical and thoughtful perspective on how to take advan...

The Circular Economy Club: A "Glocal" Project

As Founder & CEO of the Circular Economy Club (CEC), Anna Tarí, has had the opportunity to develop a unique perspective on the evolution of the circular economy movement, leading h...

Sustainable Shipbreaking: A Pending Issue

In 2018 alone, 518 ships ended up on beaches in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan – amounting to over 90% of the gross end-of-life tonnage dismantled globally.(1) According to the NGO...

Keeping Track of Ice

Until recently, the very effects of climate change could be described with tables and scientific papers, but at the same time it was hard to offer a clear picture. How can a centur...

Circular Seaweed

Just over 10 years ago Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, vowed to donate over $3 billion to fight global warming by developing low carbon fuels, and in particular a...

A Full Boost Bioeconomy

Australia is the world’s sixth-largest country by surface area. Rich in natural resources, and driven by a strong and dynamic economy, the country, led by Prime Minister Scott John...

The Right to Repair

A washing machine is not forever, there’s little doubt about this. But, if buying an appliance used to be a long-term investment, nowadays this is no longer true. Whether obsolesce...

Reuse and New European Directives: Basic Guidelines

Trading in second-hand goods is one of the world’s oldest professions, but the ecological value of reuse has only recently been recognised. The circular economy package provides to...

Bio-on's Rapid Rise

  A new generation of high-performance biodegradable polyesters has arrived, made from sugar co-products or waste, derived from beetroot, potatoes, glycerol and extracts from fr...

Turning Cork Ethical

Cork is a valuable material: more than 40 years are needed to obtain a single cork. It is a noble material that embodies the history of its native land. It can be 100% recovered an...

Nà¸rrona: Outdoor Fashion Changes Clothes

For Jørgen Jørgensen, CEO of Nørrona, sustainability is a life goal. In the business world there is often talk of a “value proposition” to be made to customers through a company’s ...

We Are Still in Time

Photo Credit: MCC Thomas Koehler   In October, the IPCC – that under the auspices of the United Nations studies the effects of climate change – published a ...

Towards a Sustainable and Prosperous Europe

  2018 has been a turning point for the transformation of Europe into a more sustainable and circular society. The year started with good news for innovation frontrunners in the...

Circular Economy Academies

  “We will all become ‘circular’ because it is the right thing to do, but I don’t think it is necessary for every person to know in detail what the circular economy is: it will be...

Are Universities Ready for the Circular Economy?

University of Bradford. ©Tim Green aka atouch/Wikimedia Commons/cc-by-2.0   Looking at the numbers and expectations regarding the development of a circular economy in Eu...

Sustainable and Circular: This is How Brussels Envisions the Bioeconomy

Phil Hogan   Carlos Moedas   “A turning point, a milestone.” This is how Carlos Moedas and Phil Hogan – respectively European Commis...

Regenerating Local Territories with the Bioeconomy

The new European Strategy for the bioeconomy places emphasis on the territorial dimension: rapidly developing local “bioeconomies” throughout the continent. The geographical focal ...

A Way Out of the Crisis

Greece’s rescue package amounts to €290 billion over the last eight years. However, for Athens it mainly boils down to blood and tears. According to the Organisation for Economic C...

The Chemical Industry Says Goodbye to Fossil Fuels

Michael Carus, in his latest paper on the process of industrial change from a fossil-fuel-based system to one founded on renewable energy, cites the concept of “creative destructio...