Number # 29-30

Renewable Matter

2019 September-December

Dossier: rethinking the Chinese economy, with interviews with Hao Tan, a green mining investigation, and the circular revolution of the Chinese industry. From the world: Malaysian bioeconomy, Colombian plans for a green economy, Algeria's difficult path towards sustainability.

The Merchants of Doubt

Credit Kayana Szymczak  2020 will mark the tenth anniversary of the publication of Merchants of Doubt, a book that in Europe and the USA has had an impact due to its capaci...

Biofuels: Aiming for a Greener and Cleaner India

With wind, solar and biomass gaining prominence and replacing age old sources such as coal, oil and even nuclear energy, there is space for virtuous companies to enter new markets ...

How GPP Works in Lombardy

With the approval of the new Public Contracts Code in 2016, Italy is the only European country that has made Green Public Procurement mandatory. This means that all public authorit...

Excess Materials Exchange: A Website for Material Dating

Name: Excess Materials Exchange Sector: Digital Platform Pros: Matching supply and demand of materials and offering better reuse opportunities Characteristics: Online marketplace ...

Nairoby: Personalised and Recyclable Snowboard

Name: Nairoby Sector: Sports Equipment Pros: Snowboards made with a thermoplastic composite that at their end of life can be recycled and/or partly reused in new equipment Charact...

Lingrove: From Flax Waste to Ekoa Biomaterial

Name: Lingrove Sector: New materials Pros: CO2 negative biomaterial obtained from flax fibre and vegetable-based resins 10 times more resistant than wood Characteristics: Bio-ther...

Lablaco: A Platform for Transparent, Circular and Digital Fashion

Name: Lablaco Sector: Circular Fashion Pros: Online platform that aims to make fashion more sustainable and accessible through clothes exchange and awareness campaigns Characteris...

Fighting the Climate Emergency: One of the European Commission's Main Priorities

Von der Leyen, on 10 September 2019, introduced the team of 26 designated European Commissioners (12 women and 14 men) who will officially be in office once the list has been appro...

The Return to a Green-Thinking Italy

Within the first 100 days, Timmermans will have to present the first European law on climate. Additionally, he will have to follow the existing circular economy pathway, continuing...

Is it Always Circular to Turn a Product into a Service?

As more companies begin to explore alternatives to the linear “sell it and forget it” business model, Product as a Service (PaaS) is gaining traction. One of the five core busines...

Rethinking the Chinese Economy

  When was the circular economy idea first introduced in China? “As far as I know the idea of circular economy (CE) was first introduced in China in the late 1990s, by research...

The Circular Republic of China

In Shanghai, the city’s administration excels in its commitment to electronic waste recycling, an ongoing ordeal that emerged from China’s digital boom. Urban mining potential is b...

The Great Trade Challenge

A shock with worldwide repercussions: China’s ban on plastic waste imports, introduced at the beginning of 2018, has left the global recycling market reeling. The loss of the large...

How Green is Your Mine?

Western public opinion currently perceives China as a country whose prodigious economic growth has come at the price of unsustainable levels of environmental pollution. Although th...

Palm Oil Bioeconomy

Malaysia has an abundance of natural resources – especially, and controversially, of palm oil – and a public sector that favours innovation and attracts investments. These are the ...

Short-Term Profits for the Few: Populism and Agribusiness in Brazil

The Amazon is on fire. We can do something. Although these are both truthful messages, they must be put into context.  Indeed, scientific data about fires has often been reported ...

Regeneration: Planting Trees is the Secret Weapon for Reversing the Climate Emergency

“When I think that a man alone, reduced to his own simple physical and moral resources, was enough to cause this land of Canaan to spring out of the desert, I do find that, after a...

The Fight Against Climate Crisis Starts From the Bottom

According to data from the FAO, land conversion and organic soil drainage are responsible for approximately 10% of greenhouse gas emissions. It is precisely because of drainage tha...

Colombia Chooses the Circular Economy

Last November, Colombia’s Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development announced that it would launch the country’s first National Circular Economy Strategy. This initia...

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...

Algeria's Hard Path Towards a Circular Economy

2019 has been a complex year of transition for Algeria: street protests lasting over eight months led to the resignation of long-governing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, and the i...

Reconnecting With the Original Value of Food Through Fermentation

  We waste a third of the food we produce, and this is also because we forget where it comes from and what its real value in environmental terms is. At Noma in Copenhagen, the s...

The Doughnut Comes to Amsterdam: How to Create a Thriving City for a Thriving Planet

Applying principles from Kate Raworth’s Doughnut Economics, more than 40 officials from the city are collaborating with circular economy experts to re-imagine the future for cities...

In-House Training

It is a well-known fact that enacting industrial transformation processes is no easy feat. CEOs, CTOs and Sustainability Directors understand that they need to accelerate the trans...

A New Focus for Canon

  The Japanese corporation Canon is striving to become a leading force in the circular economy. To ensure a more efficient use of limited resources and reduce waste, Canon is ma...

From Incinerator to Bioplatform

Converting a large industrial plant is never simple, both in economic and environmental terms. The challenge is made all the more difficult when the structure in question is an inc...

Circular Seating

Supporting your favourite team with an eye to sustainability and recycling. This has now become a reality for the fans of US Pontedera, a team that plays in Lega Pro, the third tie...

A Long-Running Challenge

Success is never the result of the efforts of a single individual. Even great solo sailors like Ellen MacArthur and Giovanni Soldini require the contribution of planners and expert...

Advanced Learning is the Key to Green Jobs

For over thirty years, the “European Capital of Culture” initiative has aimed to promote the contribution of culture to urban development. Matera, the capital of Italy’s Basilicata...

Integration: A Winning Formula

Itelyum, an industrial hub officially created at the beginning of 2019 by Stirling Square’s private equity fund, is the result of an integration of 16 companies around two Viscolub...