Raw materials | Chinese companies dominate the world

Let's transform to a Circular Economy becoming less independent of Chinese industries

Let’s transform to a Circular Economy becoming less independent of Chinese industries

Chinese companies dominate the supply chain on raw materials.

For instance, the Chines control the cobalt supply chain that begins at mines in Congo. But not only cobalt is getting scarce.
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Polysilicon Shortage: Production Solar panels in Danger

Polysilicon Shortage: Production Solar panels in Danger

Prices drove from $14 to $19 a kilogram

A Polysilicon shortage probably is causing problems for the solar panel industry. Producers of solar panels expect high costs and lower margins due to an unexpected shortage of raw materials.

Last months, the price of pure metallurgical  silicon, the most important raw material for solar cells, rose by 35%. According to news agency Bloomberg, the price rose after officials in China closed several factories. Read More

Crucial minerals are running out fast

Crucial minerals are running out fast

Miners use their bare hands to filter out precious minerals using a sluice. These countries can be compensated of we agree on international quotas for minerals

Critical minerals are running out too fast: there should be quotas

Last week, Theo Henckens has been promoted on this worrying thesis. “We need a kind of international agreement on minerals.”

Molybdenum is a mineral that is essential in the production of high-grade stainless steels. But within 80 years Earth will be running out of molybdenum, like many other major minerals. By the end of this century there will be a shortage, unless the reuse of molybdenum will be drastically increased. Read More

25% emissions from coal

25% global emissions from coal

Burning coal is the most polluting form of energy production: 25% of all greenhouse gases is from coal. Within the built environment a large share of emissions is because of coal combustion.

Coal is the main cause of global greenhouse gas emissions. A quarter of the emissions is because of the worldwide coal combustion.

World Resources Institute concluded this out of their latest calculation. Read More

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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Ellen MacArthur: We need to switch to the circular economy

Recycle, Reuse, circular economy, raw materials, sustainable infra, electronics, cradle to cradle, green city, remanufacturing

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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E-waste as Art

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Michael Jordan’s art is famous. All from e-waste

Waste is a lack of imagination. We can win raw materials from electronic waste, but you can also recycle and upgrade it into art.

These artists show you there art from electronic waste in order for your awareness. Most of our electronics are replaced because there the market offers new stuff that’s better, more beautiful and faster.

As a consumer, you do have to ask yourself: is this product of no use any more for me? Read More

Plastic Recycling to top quality final products

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With every kilogram of recycled plastics, we save 2.5 kilogram in CO2 emissions

When plastics are recycled and reused, the world saves oil and energy (CO2 footprint).

99% of the annual 850,000 collected tonnes of plastics are successfully reprocessed in the Netherlands.  Read More

Involved in a BetterWorld and business success? Try this

Climate change, engineers, sea level rising, innovation

Without engineers the world would be in big trouble

Scientists expect the world population to grow up to 9 billion people in 2030. The demand for food and energy will increase by 50%. Water usage with 30%. And we are challenging climate change and less raw materials.

The world doesn’t need companies who react as a dinosaur. We need antelopes like you: Small cooperative innovators with beautiful solutions that improve the old and the new world. Why not give your creative mind a try?  Read More