How Companies Can Benefit from the Circular Economy

The circular economy represents a viable alternative to this detrimental “linear” model. Rather than going from “cradle to grave,” this new development pathway promotes ‘cradle to cradle‘. 

In this type of economy, company growth is no longer reliant on the use of scarce resources.

Instead, it is achieved through the use of disruptive technology and business models that are based on longevity, renewability, reuse, repair, upgrade, refurbishment, capacity sharing, and dematerialization. Read More

Make Ecocide equal to torture or genocide

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Baltasar Garzón and Polly Higgins are proclaiming that a fifth international crime should be added to these very serious violations of international law: Ecocide

Should destruction of the earth be recognized as a crime against humanity? Polly Higgins thinks so, and presents herself as a lawyer of the earth.

Polly Higgens leads the global campaign for making Ecocide the 5th Crime Against Peace at the United Nations’ International Criminal Court. Why? It will put eco-criminal CEOs, politicians an investors into jail. That’s big!

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The circular, green, future in 2050

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The approach of circular economy is: make – use – maintain/ reuse/ remanufacture/ recycle. Waste should be seen as source of valuable resources. Products should be repaired, remanufactured and reused.
A genius idea in times when resources get scarce – be it oil, water or different metals and when the world has to face a growing population. It is estimated that 9.2 billion people will live on earth in 2050 (UN).

The world in 2050: That world is a fair, high-tech and sustainable one – with advances that mean food for all, a reformed capitalism, and a circular economy.

But the road getting there will not be easy.

The more I look at the two sides – the environment and the economy – the more convinced I become that the way forward is to fully integrate resource efficiency into the way we live and do business in the world.

We know why a circular economy is a good idea. At the moment the world is still locked into a linear production chain that is resource intensive. We obtain resources and then discard them as waste.

In a circular economy, almost nothing is wasted. Read More

This is why we should clean up our debris

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You find a trace of cans, bottles, packs, plastic carrier bags and packaging for fast food along popular hiking paths and even in the middle of the forest.

A safe and harmonious society is a clean society, says Sander van Walsum. Every day he picks up litter and cleans roads and parks for the society! A self made volunteer that can’t stand the increasing mess in the community.

Along the way I pick all sorts of rubbish. Most of it are packaging materials and plastic bags.

Why do we have to clean up our rubbish

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CSR trends 2015

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Giving opportunities to everyone: regardless of age, health or limitations. That is CSR. Strategic entrepreneurs give every talent a chance. They are working towards an inclusive society

Do you want to capitalize on corporate social responsibility trends (CRS)?

BetterWorldSolutions has made an overview of the seven CSR trends of 2015.

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Roadmap to a Circular Economy in Europe

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Step by step the economy is changing from a linear to a circular process

We are running out of our resources: fossils, precious metals and even water. Our demand for resources keeps on growing. We are reaching the planet exceeds.

And now the good news: We know what the problems are. And we know how to solve it… Resource efficiency!

Let’s go circular. Read More

How can we make our economy circular and resource efficient?

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Circular Economy: reduce, remanufacture, repair, reuse, recycle your waste

Guided by diverse policies, European countries have improved waste management.
The manufacturing and service sector waste declined by about a quarter in 2004– 2012, while municipal waste generation fell 2 %.
Along with increased recycling, these trends helped reduce landfilling

Nevertheless, progress to EU waste targets is mixed. Achieving the EU’s long-term objective of establishing a circular economy will require far-reaching technological, behavioral and organizational changes.
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European Circular Economy Is Growing Fast

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Resource productivity in the EU grew by 20% between 2000 and 2011. And another 30% is expected by 2030, resulting in an additional 2 million jobs.

The circular economy in Europe is growing fast. Products are remanufactured, reused, repaired and recycled.

Closing the Loop – from waste to raw materials.

It’s great to see how many materials are saved and how many jobs this circular economy is creating. Both the Netherlands and the UK are leading in the continent.

The benefits are clear: more jobs and a healthier environment.

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Clean, phosphate-free water and recovering valuable nutrients

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Alex Veltman with the result of the pilot production for struvite

Since the eighties, clean water plants in the Netherlands, remove phosphate and nitrogen from wastewater.

It’s a win-win situation.

  1. the nutrients can be used in fertilizers and bring money in
  2. it’s cleaner, phosphate-free water
  3. and it’s important to recover useful materials

The phosphate is found in the human (and animal) urine. Read More

Unilever needs no landfills anymore

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It was not only a matter of saving money, there were also created hundreds of jobs with this approach.

Since 2015, Unilever is reusing all regular waste from more than 240 factories in 67 countries worldwide. This saves the company 200 million USD. 

Unilever- multinational food and non-food – reports that they are the first industrial group of this size, avoiding landfill on this scale. It was not only a matter of saving money, there were also created hundreds of jobs with this approach. Read More

Ellen MacArthur: We need to switch to the circular economy

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To reuse or recycle a material, we need to know where materials are located.

During her world tour sailing Ellen became aware how important good material management was.

At sea, good materials are the difference between life and death.

Ellen started to think about the use of raw materials in our world economy. 

Her circular economy based on the principles of cradle-to-cradlewas born.

 

 

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