Circular Economy

Can Waste Solve The Waste Problem?

Tim Plenderleith | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Tech
Tim Plenderleith

Could we halt the downward spiral by using waste to solve the waste crisis? With McKinsey rolling out projections as high as $1 trillion to gain from a closed-loop economy, circularity seems to have our 'thumbs up' in principle. The truth is however, we are a far cry from adopting its practical reality in our design-distribution streams.

Copenhagen Fashion Summit Sets The Tone For Global Sustainability Agenda

Brooke Roberts-Islam | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Style
Brooke Roberts-Islam

Marco cited one of the biggest challenges for the sustainability agenda currently as being consumer attitudes towards 'sustainable garments' and the false impression that sustainability means a compromise on design and/or quality. He is calling for a drive to help convince customers of the superiority of sustainable fashion and make it a major purchasing driver for consumers.

Prince's Charity In Kind Direct Celebrates 20 Years

Robin Boles | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK
Robin Boles

It all began in 1996. HRH The Prince of Wales immediately had one of his brilliant ideas when he learned of the enormous amount of surplus stock clogg...

#GETYOURSHITTOGETHER: Education Calls For A Fashion Revolution

Gwen Cunningham | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Style
Gwen Cunningham

Although it is yet unclear what these current industry players will do to make the changes necessary, one thing is certain, the next generation of fashion professionals understand the urgency for change and we, as educators, must prime them to act.

Millennials - The Generation Of Waste

Sam Williams | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Williams

Growing up, I remember faulty appliances being fixed by either my grandad or at a local repair shop - where a man with a never-ending array of tools would get the job done. We bought when we needed, not when we wanted. We wasted nothing. And I'm not talking about the middle of the 20th Century; I grew up in the late 90's.

Waste Less, Warm Less: Building A 'Circular' Economy Would Take Us A Long Way Towards Achieving The Paris Climate Agreement

Richard Gower | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Richard Gower

All of these examples have two things in common: they are happening now, and the potential for scale-up is exciting. What's more, most of these 'circular economy' strategies do not feature in countries' existing climate plans. Rolling them out more widely could take us a big step closer towards meeting the Paris Agreement's 1.5 degree target.

What Is Sustainability?

Kylie Barton | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Tech
Kylie Barton

As The buzzword of the moment, one has to ask oneself what is the true meaning of sustainability? In a nutshell, it is a systemic shift in culture towards the triple bottom line; that is, putting planet and people on a level playing field with profit when it comes to innovation.

Energy Crisis? Put A Flake In It!

Estelle Brachlianoff | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK
Estelle Brachlianoff

Innovation has propelled the human race forward since the dawn of time - from the wheel, to the horse and cart, steam and internal combustion. Yet as our natural resources wane, what's next? It's time to innovate.

Reuse, Recycle: Now Is The Time To Repair

Kitty Ussher | Posted 05.10.2016 | UK
Kitty Ussher

In fact this might be a solution for us nostalgic late adopters. If I branch out into finding a way to use technology to fix other people's old-fashioned pre-loved goods as well as selling my own I can relinquish my late-adopter status and be the beginning of something that is just beginning to grow. Refurbished rolodex anyone?

Waste Mountain Could Be Golden Opportunity For The World's Poorest

Richard Gower | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK
Richard Gower

Our present economic model, which could be described as 'take, make, dispose', has generated significant improvements in our standard of living, but is also harming us. According to the World Health Organisation, each year twenty times more people die of diseases linked to mismanagement of waste and pollutants than die from malaria.

'A Business That Makes Nothing but Money Is a Poor Business' - Henry Ford

Estelle Brachlianoff | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK
Estelle Brachlianoff

Henry Ford never said anything more impactful to business than this famous quote and I believe his business mindset continues to ring true to this day - being responsible in business is not just the right thing to do, but the best thing to do.

Thought Leadership

Estelle Brachlianoff | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK
Estelle Brachlianoff

I can think of 29 billion reasons why the UK needs to adopt the circular economy, and urge businesses to realise this is our Galileo moment. The world is round and the circular economy is no longer just a theory, it's happening here and now, and it should be top of the agenda in every boardroom in the country.

Celebrating Champions of the Circular Economy

Andy Wales | Posted 21.01.2017 | UK
Andy Wales

There was broad consensus that the climate targets agreed in Paris were a historic success and a huge step forward in the move to cut emissions and limit global warming. But after the euphoria comes the inevitable questions: how will this actually be delivered? Who is responsible? How much will it cost? And, for the private sector, can we continue to grow?

When Going in Circles Makes Sense

Dr Mark Esposito | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK
Dr Mark Esposito

The way we have been achieving economic success has too long been like a 100-meter dash. It is time for us to adopt a circular economy, one that resembles more precision bike rides in the velodrome.

As Companies Embrace the Circular Economy, Are They Missing a Trick?

Robin Boles | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Robin Boles

Our approach to using natural resources has changed dramatically over the last 10 years, with companies becoming more aware of the need to shift from ...

End of Life vs. End of Use: Circular Economy, Getting More From the Clothes That We Wear

Leslie Johnston | Posted 18.09.2016 | UK Style
Leslie Johnston

What happens when a piece of clothing is too worn to be, well, worn again? Has it reached its end of life? Judging by the millions of tons of clothing ending up in landfills across the world, one would think so. But it doesn't have to be.

The Rise of the Circular Marketer

Nick Liddell | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK
Nick Liddell

Twenty years from now, people involved in marketing will look back on the early 21st Century and smile at how straightforward marketing used to be; a time when all we had to worry about was how to persuade people to want something enough to buy it. There are very good reasons to believe that the nature of marketing is going to change radically over the coming decades... and that it will change for good.

Sustainable Gardening - An Easy Step Towards the Circular Economy

Estelle Brachlianoff | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
Estelle Brachlianoff

The Government aims to eliminate peat from the amateur garden market by 2030. We support them in this goal. We are confident that gardeners will also support them, so their gardens can blossom and bloom both for their enjoyment and for many generations to come.

Circular Economy: Integrating 'Life' into Businesses Responsible for 'Tomorrow'

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK
Preetam Kaushik

The current economy with linear production where only products are built to be discarded at the end seems to be a game where everyone is out to lose.

Why Don't Economists Care More About Rising Resource Prices?

Julian Morgan | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK
Julian Morgan

Economists need to pay more attention to resources as there is a clear and pressing need to develop greater resilience to commodity price shocks. While this will not solve all our economic problems, it can make an important contribution to many of them. For this reason, the careful management of resources should be right at the heart of economic policy.

We Must Get Real About Sustainability Now to Ensure the Lifestyle We Want in 2050

Estelle Brachlianoff | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK
Estelle Brachlianoff

Whilst still a little way off, these technologies are already becoming a reality: challenging the prevailing perception that an environmentally friendly lifestyle can't go hand in hand with comfort and convenience.

What Alice in Wonderland Can Teach Us About Resource Scarcity

Dustin Benton | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Dustin Benton

Raising resource productivity will require a refocusing of industrial effort, capital allocation and innovation. Given time, this may happen on its own, but system change is hard, and there is plenty of inertia which keeps the economy linear.

Tim Worstall's Take on Conflict Minerals: Good Economics but Bad Politics

Dustin Benton | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Politics
Dustin Benton

A version of this article previously appeared on the New Statesman business blog. Earlier this week, Global Witness, the organisation behind restrict...

Mindfulness: The Key to Long-term Business Success?

Michael Townsend | Posted 02.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Michael Townsend

Mindfulness has its roots in the Buddhist approach to increasing awareness of oneself and one's surroundings. Thich Nhat Hanh describes, mindfulness is at the heart of awakening, of enlightenment, and is achieved through the practice of breathing and meditation; to be here, in the present moment, so we can recognise what is happening around us, and make conscious choices, so we can act in sustainable ways.

Which Raw Materials Pose the Biggest Business Risks?

Dustin Benton | Posted 17.03.2013 | UK Politics
Dustin Benton

Chatham House produced an excellent report on resource futures last month, which provides a detailed and comprehensive look at how underlying environmental stress contributes to material insecurity. Its diagnosis, that declaring that "the spectre of resource insecurity has come back with a vengeance" is stark.