Articles

An Uphill Struggle

Covers illustrating this dossier are successful prototypes of an unprecedented and unique communication model the world over. Great trendsetter and conveyor of taste ...

United by a Desk

In the beginning it was the loft, communicative yet impersonal. Then the digital revolution wave brought about home teleworking: working hours tailored to family needs, ecological ...

How to Preserve Value in Waste Management

This article was published in Ecoscienza 5/2015; www.arpa.emr.it/ecoscienza/rivista.asp?id=49   Can we comprehend that waste management is a “wicked” problem: a really complex pr...

Aluminium letters

Cans and calligraphy: this sounds really like an odd combination. But if you search online for cola pen everything becomes clear and you discover a collection of tools which buffs ...

Water Boundaries

Water is the best example of circularity in nature. Everybody remembers clearly the charts showing the water cycle on biology textbooks in high schools. Snow, rain, tributaries, la...

Pulses are Circular

It is a fact that the circular economy is in search of a clear definition. This process will hardly stop at the aspect, albeit crucial, of matter recovery, by restoring a role and ...

Earthworms vs. Ecomafia

In Rosarno, situated in the previously lush Gioia Tauro Plain, in the Reggio Calabria province, earthworms are about to start their titanic clash against ecomafia. David vs. Goliat...

Circulab, the Circular Economy Business Game

Circular economy is not just about rethinking waste management, it is a whole new economical and philosophical approach to business. It is complex, diversified and therefore hard t...

Who Said Flies are Useless?

Disposing of waste thanks to a fly and producing feeds out of it. This is the objective of the “Insect Bioconversion” project, a study on the use of a fly – Hermetia illucens – for...

Follow that Waste!

It’s easy to talk about the circular economy. The moment waste is recycled, we start talking about the circular economy. Such statement, to be fair, can be defined as superficial. ...

How Brexit Will Penalize the Bioeconomy

Media is full of news and analyses on Brexit. All European households are talking about it, whereas politicians, investors, entrepreneurs and foreign citizens living in the Unite...

In Italy, 90% of Waste is Still off the Radar

This is the snapshot of the “dark half” of the circular economy. The flows coming into the urban, agricultural and industrial circuits are under the spotlight and they are carefull...

Connett: Creative Communities to Win the Waste Challenge

  Paul Connett is considered the “father” of the Zero Waste Strategy, which regrettably often has become a slogan with no real meaning. We asked him to tell us what the state of...

The Revival of Eco-Local Materials

The innovative use of poor materials (wood, straw and other vegetable materials, earth and stone) is becoming more and more popular in residential buildings, both in public works a...

Children of a Lesser God

According to the calculations of the European Commission each of the 28 member countries produces, on average, a mountain of about 173 million tons of waste from C&D (Construction ...

Houses in Hot Pursuitof Cars

If 30 years ago a mid-range car would run at ten litres of petrol per 100 kilometres, today, a hybrid model only needs a little over three. That’s an incredible evolution for the ...

Rwanda's War on Plastic

This article was published on Works That Work, No. 7, worksthatwork.com/7   Translation from Kinyarwanda: “The use of non-biodegradable plastic bags is forbidden” ...

Flowers from Africa

We Europeans often think we are at the forefront with regard to environmental protection. We can show the world how to look after nature and how to reduce waste. More importantly, ...

When Loans Go Social

Hands up those who are surprised to know that Italians’ confidence in the banking system has reached a historical low, which collapsed from 30% in 2005 to 10% at the end of 2015. A...

Biomass is the Engine of the Canadian Bioeconomy

Jeff Passmore   If biomass is the essential element for the development of the bioeconomy, Justin Trudeau-led country can rightly claim a leadership role in...