Carlo Pesso

Business Models Reaching For a Circular Slot

When they created the Product Life Institute in Geneva in 1982, Orio Giarini and Walter Stahel stood as lonesome cowboys exploring the newfound land of the circular economy. Indeed...

Kickstarting the Circular Economy in China

The task is daunting considering the pressing need to provide a growing population of 1.3 billion with a greater standard of living, while income disparities have reached a thirty-...

The Facebook Generation Will Lead Dematerialization

  The fifth issue of Renewable Matter includes an interview with economist Mariana Mazzucato that reviews the current engines of innovation. She describes how public and private...

A New Frontier for Start-Ups

“Giaura stems from the ancient Greek words for earth and air” says Max Beaumont, the 30-year-old founder of the company, “because it turns the Earth’s biggest waste stream, namely ...

EPR - A Building Block of the Circular Economy

In Germany, reaching such a conclusion is a serious business. When Töpfer stepped in – an economist by training – he was determined to apply the polluter pays principle, i.e. the p...

Circulating Ideas and Know-How

The story of the Landbell Group begins in 1995 with the advent of “take-back” policies: the set of measures that introduced the obligation for producers to recycle the packaging ma...

Towards a Crackdown on Food Waste

“The problem at this point is that there is a problem.”  – Captain Obvious(1)   2012 stands as a turning point. The Zero Hunger Challenge launched by the Secretary-General of th...