Irene Baños Ruiz

Irene Baños Ruiz is a freelance journalist who focuses on environmental topics. She is currently based in Bonn, Germany, where she regularly collaborates with Deutsche Welle

A Circular Economy Must be a Social Economy

Back in 2015, the refugee crisis uncovered Europe’s ugliest face: thousands of people drowning in the Mediterranean, dying in the attempt to reach safe borders, just as the world’s...

Exploring Life Cycle Assessments

Photo by Pontus Johansson   “If we’re going to use a product in a circular economy, we must consider it from the design phase.” This message is becoming a k...

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...

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...

The Life of Mines After Mining

Mining is an increasingly hot topic in the global community. Germany, a country traditionally considered to be a green leader, is just one example of the struggles faced when enact...

Fighting Cholera with Waste

Yemen is suffering from a devastating humanitarian crisis. In the midst of civil war, most people no longer have access to energy and organic waste piles up in the streets. This al...

New Jobs: How Many and of What Kind

Transitions are never easy, especially for those whose livelihoods are rooted in the models left behind. Drastic societal and economic changes have always caused fear of job losses...

Development Agencies in the Circular Economy

In many industrialised countries recycling is part of the daily routine and waste treatment is not a major problem. At least not at first sight. However, this is not the case in al...