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The Age of Plastic

The media is full of Chris Jordan’s famous pictures of seagull carcasses with their stomachs full of bottle caps, tubes and other plastic paraphernalia. Documentaries denouncing ...

A Fiscal Update: The Winning Strategy

The latest study by The Ex’tax Project, New era. New Plan. Europe., shows that by implementing the tax shift, the European Union and EU member states would benefit from higher econ...

A New Renewable Matter

In fact, “economy” derives from oikosnomos (οἶκοςνÏ�μος), meaning the management of a household, its resources (which are limited), and in synergy with all actors on the global...

The World is only 9% Circular

Over decades, even centuries, since the boom of the Industrial Revolution, it has delivered tremendous living standards, wealth and comfortable lives to some people, in some parts ...

Sustainability Is Fashionable

So, one of the defining characteristics of Italy’s brand has established itself as a driving force carrying with it the revival of local products, organic and biodynamic produce. N...

The Future Despite Trump

What will the world be like in 30 years time, in 2049? The Blade Runner sequel is well described in Roberto Giovannini’s column. But in reality what will the situation be like? For...

Circular Cities

So, we are not faced with choosing between two industrial models, but between a self-destructive system, already unable to avoid the counterblows caused by the build-up of environm...

Diving into Circularity

The sea is obviously connected to circularity because it is an essential element of certain fundamental cycles, from that of water to that of coal. However, this is a technical asp...

2016: Rm Renews Itself Along With Matter

On Twitter, @MRinnovabile profile reached 1,000 and now it gets 2 new followers every day: on a sample of 100 tweets, between 10th and 17th December 2015, the number of accounts po...

Throwaway Culture

Giuseppe Picone (Rome, 1926-2008), ceramic plate, Young Priests   Each of these themes deserve careful attention. First of all, the courage the Pope has sho...

Europe's Recovery Depends on Green Fuel

The curb put by Jean-Claude Junker – President of the European Commission – stopping the directive on circular economy prohibiting the dumping into landfills of recyclables and imp...

The Mirror of Waste

These macro themes – from the financialization of the economy to eco mafias – have generated a heated debate that in this Renewable Matter’s issue it is not possible to tackle. But...

Renewability across the Board

In the case of the Kyoto Protocol, it took over 7 years for the European diplomacy, at the time very insular, to make the agreement enter into force. Now the situation is totall...

Fairtrade Carrier Bags

The articles we publish in this issue of Renewable Matter on the problem of carrier bags help look at the link between environmental and social issues with a fresh pair of eyes. T...

Two Tests for Europe

First theory: doom-mongers. The Paris Agreement is the umpteenth farce by the circus that for over twenty years has gravitated around the UN to produce conferences leading to no pr...

Towards Renewable Matter

This magazine is intended as a virtual roundtable. Our objective is to represent the share of society and of the international economy – which is far more significant than the medi...

Undesiderable Recycling

Quite rightly so The Times devoted its Person of the Year cover to Trump: “The President of the Divided States of America.” The grounds for this decision read, “With this real esta...

The Novel Players of the Recovering Economy Seek a New Balance between Regulations and the Market

Although the topic is unlikely to crop up in day-to-day conversation, the ongoing energy transition is commonplace. From an economic and ecological point of view, another, equally ...

Putting Madrid and Barcellona back into Circulation

I believe it is worth talking about it for several reasons. First of all, what is striking is the level of maturity of the societies we are talking about. Catalonia is the histori...

Fighting Starvation, Beyond Food

The issue of fighting starvation is still at the forefront, pushed by the quantitative rationale that caused the problem. We have often heard the old refrain that we need to produc...