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Let’s re...play! Ideas for a circular economy of toys

How short is the life of a toy? From The Steadfast Tin Soldier to Toy Story, many storytellers have sung the tale of the ephemeral, however shiny, existence of dolls, puppets and s...

Ten years of European bioeconomy: Chris Patermann talks about the goals and challenges

Chris Patermann is considered the father of the European bioeconomy and is still a central figure in the global bioeconomy community. In this exclusive interview, 10 years after th...

Ratti: Circular and Digital Innovation for the Great Textile Tradition

Ratti, a company listed on the Milan stock exchange, produces textiles and accessories for luxury and fashion brands. A leader in the realms of design and print technology, with le...

Covid? It Can Act as a Booster towards Fashion Circularity

For fashion companies, whether large or small; the switch to the circular economy is inevitable. And the Covid pandemic has sped up the whole process.We’ve read, in its every possi...

A system to be rethought in style

As well as being a country with great designers and couture, Italy has always been the homeland of artisans and companies that can bring to life the ideas and visions of the most p...

Circular Fashion: How Is the Revolution Coming Along?

Eliminating hazardous substances, reducing raw material consumption and radically changing recycling and also thanks to changes in consumption patterns, fashion brands are making p...

Europe: Digital Product Passport is Coming Soon

The Sustainable Products Initiative, included in the new Circular Economy Action Plan and one of the goals of the Green Deal, plans to establish a digital product passport (DPP) th...

Recycling Covid masks: here are those who attempt it around the world

Sanitary masks have been keeping us company for almost two years now. Every day we buy them, we wear them to protect us from the virus, and finally we throw them away when they exh...

Circularity Gap Report 2022: only 8.6% of the global economy is circular

Five hundred billion tons. That's the amount of resources consumed globally over the past six years, between COP21 in Paris in 2015 and COP26 in Glasgow. The sum was calculated by ...

Cement: the Most Destructive Material in the World or a Driver of Progress?

We use over 4 billion tonnes of cement each year, and almost 3 billion tonnes of CO2 are emitted to manufacture it. And yet, we cannot do without this material. This is how compani...

Will battery swapping be the next revolution in the electrical vehicle scene?

One of the biggest challenges to electrifying a fleet of vehicles — aside from adjusting to the range and limitations of the vehicles themselves — is building up the expensive char...

A (green) steel deal between US and EU. And what about Italy? “Taranto can be a protagonist”

The road to the green economy is paved with geopolitics. A resource like steel makes this even clearer. Inaugurating a new era in transatlantic cooperation, on the sidelines of the...

Europe: a crackdown on waste exports is on the way

“Our waste is our responsibility. Letting waste pollute the environment, end up in illegal dumpsites or in our oceans is a real loss of resources, which are precious for the EU’s t...

Architects of Ecosystems: Will Fungi Shape Our Sustainable Future?

Using fungi and their extraordinary characteristics to “grow” construction materials and degrade pollutants: this is the vision underpinning many studies that soon may lead to real...

Climate: will plastic be the new coal?

“If plastic were a country, it would be the world’s fifth largest greenhouse gas emitter." Thus begins Judith Enck, president of the American NGO Beyond Plastics, in presenting a r...

Ellen MacArthur Foundation: the climate needs the circular economy

Climate action needs the circular economy. Jocelyn “Joss” Blériot, director of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the most active think tank dealing with reducing the use of raw mater...

Plastic waste from Covid-19: over 8 million tons generated worldwide

The fight against single-use plastic consumption has never been harder than in the past two years. With the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, the (human) world's hunger for plastic ...

Measuring the impacts of companies on the ocean, for a sustainable Blue Economy

The ocean is the largest carbon sink on the planet, and if managed sustainably it can aid in climate change mitigation and adaptation. But its ability to regulate climate is weaken...

Built by Nature: Accelerating Europe’s Timber Building Transformation

In the coming years, widespread use of wood in construction could radically change the appearance of our cities. This is the hope of Laudes Foundation, founder of Built by Nature, ...

Rockwool: Circular and Fireproof Insulation

The construction sector, also thanks to recent regulatory provisions, is decisively directing its efforts toward circularity. Rockwool products can provide an important contributio...