Category Archives: Circular Economy

Sub-category to Resource Stewardship

What the Green Investment Bank’s first project tells us about funding green infrastructure

‘On time and on budget’ are five words any project promoter loves to be able to boast, especially for a first project. One year and five months after the Green Investment Bank (GIB) was set up, its first project has … Continue reading

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How retailers can help the UK get more circular – and profit from it

This post first appeared on BusinessGreen. What comes to mind when you think of the British economy? A land of supermarkets and call centres? If so, you wouldn’t be far wrong, as retail business accounts for one fifth of our … Continue reading

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Why targets alone won’t build a green economy

This post first appeared on Business Green. With all the debate over whether non-binding EU 2030 energy and carbon targets are a statement of ambitious intent or resigned defeat, you could be forgiven for thinking that setting a target is … Continue reading

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Why collaboration is the key to a circular economy

A version of this post first appeared on BusinessGreen. “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” These wise words, borrowed from Johannesburg airport via Richard Branson’s blog, reflect a frequently heard … Continue reading

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What Alice in Wonderland can teach us about resource scarcity

This post originally appeared on The Guardian. Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass contains a famous passage describing Alice’s attempts to run alongside the Red Queen in a topsy-turvy nonsense world, where cause and effect are reversed:

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How better appliance reuse systems could net a £260 million prize

This post is by Jonny Hazell, policy assistant on the Resource Stewardship theme at Green Alliance. Wouldn’t it be nice if every time you ordered a new product, the person who delivered it offered to take away one of your … Continue reading

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Tim Worstall on conflict minerals: good economics but bad politics

Earlier this week, Global Witness, the organisation behind restrictions on blood diamonds, called for an EU law to restrict the use of conflict minerals. This would match a US law, called the Dodd-Frank Act, which requires companies to trace the … Continue reading

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Design guru says it’s not enough to do less harm, products must do more good

This post is by US journalist Jim Witkin, based on an interview with William McDonough, co-author of a seminal book on the circular economy, Cradle to cradle: remaking the way we make things. Green Alliance hosted its UK launch in 2009. … Continue reading

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What can green innovators learn from ‘frugal’ innovation in India?

This post is by Ian Thornton, deputy director at the UK Collaborative on Development Sciences. He is former research associate at Nesta, where he researched and wrote Our frugal future: lessons from India’s innovation system with Kirsten Bound. India is developing … Continue reading

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Do we need new products or new systems for a circular economy?

Last week, I attended ‘Redesigning the future‘, an RSA Great Recovery debate on the role of design in a circular economy. Redesign certainly makes circular systems cheaper and more effective. In the case of end-of-life vehicles, design for recycling will … Continue reading

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