Tag Archives: circular economy

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 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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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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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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The circular economy: big in Japan

This post is by Jonny Hazell, policy assistant on our Resource Stewardship theme. When it comes to the ways in which stuff is made, consumed, and disposed of, there’s a lot the UK could learn from Japan. Japanese recycling rates are … Continue reading

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Which raw materials pose the biggest business risk?

I wrote about Chatham House’s report on resource futures last month, which provides a detailed and comprehensive look at how underlying environmental stress contributes to material insecurity. Green Alliance’s contention is that addressing material insecurity means tackling the underlying environmental … Continue reading

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Chatham House on resource futures: right diagnosis but uncertain prognosis

Dustin Benton is a senior policy adviser at Green Alliance, leading the Resource Stewardship theme. Last week, Chatham House added to the drumbeat of concern about resources, declaring that ‘the spectre of resource insecurity has come back with a vengeance.’ … Continue reading

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What’s the difference between a circular and a linear economy? 1 mm

This post is by Dustin Benton, who leads Green Alliance’s Resource Stewardship theme. Our economy has a basic structure: we dig things out of the ground, turn them into products that last from minutes to a few years at most, … Continue reading

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Making the circular economy a reality

This post is by Green Alliance associate Julie Hill. We held the final meeting of our Designing Out Waste business consortium last week.  In the words of one of the companies, with this work we ‘led the debate from designing … Continue reading

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