Tag Archives: circular economy

Building a circular economy, one smartphone at a time

Smartphones, tablets and laptops are ubiquitous in the wealthy world, and the makers of these devices have their eyes set on selling to the next five billion consumers in emerging markets. And why not? Access to the internet is a … Continue reading

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Scotland could use the oil price crash to kick-start CCS

This post first appeared on Guardian Sustainable Business. Such was the shock of the oil price’s precipitous decline in recent months that tongues were set swiftly wagging about what the explanation could be. Killing off electric vehicles, US shale producers, or … Continue reading

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Lessons from Easter Island about why we need a circular economy

This post is by Liz Goodwin, CEO of WRAP. It first appeared on Guardian Sustainable Business. We hear a lot about how we are running out of resources but, for many people, it is hard to visualise. Sometimes I’m asked: … Continue reading

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What’s the role of the environment in business success?

This post first appeared on the CBI’s The Great Business Debate. The environment has been the bank that keeps on giving for business:  it is the source of materials, and the sink for waste products. The sheer size of our oceans … Continue reading

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What Wales and Scotland can teach us about the circular economy

A version of this post was first published on BusinessGreen. With memories of the world cup fading fast, something that has stayed with me are the many scenes of jubilant fans, perhaps because these reminded me of happy times spent … Continue reading

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The huge wasted economic opportunity of inconsistent recycling

Our new report, Wasted opportunities, marks the end of the second year for the Circular Economy Task Force of leading businesses. It reveals that outdated recycling systems are losing the UK economy £1.7 billion in wasted plastics, electronics and food. The report comes at a … Continue reading

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Are new eco technologies fit for a circular economy?

Brighton’s Eco Technology Show is fast rising up the list of ‘must go to’ events for anyone in the resource stewardship arena. Aimed particularly at local authority thinkers, doers and buyers, it showcases green transport solutions, all the latest building … 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 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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