– from our partners –   The current financial crisis has inevitably impeached the old mode of economic thought. On the one hand, the failures of the market mechanisms boosted the area of Keynesian economics associated with a strong criticism of distributive inequalities; on the other hand, they also opened the doors to new concepts of scarcity of resources, defence of the natural ecosystems and renewable energy (see, e.g., Agliardi, Spanjers, 2016) to provide potential solutions to the current environmental challenges. One concept that has been developed to resolve some crucial market failures is the circular economy. Then three case studies at firm-level will be presented. They are also interesting because they are related to different industrial sectors and geograph...