Circular mind candy
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The topics to think about (and discuss in your company) are fast tech, biodegradability, blockchain, smart glass, Nokia, circular manufacturing, rethinking capitalism, Dutch lessons in circularity, recycling poop, circular funds (13 billion) and sustainable construction.
‘Fast tech’ is unsustainable: The circular economy is the smart answer for growth
Designing durable, reusable, and recyclable products helps tech companies challenge the reign of ”fast tech”
Print, recycle, repeat: Scientists demonstrate a biodegradable printed circuit
According to the United Nations, less than a quarter of all U.S. electronic waste gets recycled. In 2021 alone, global e-waste surged at 57.5 million tons, and only 17.4% of that was recycled.
Blockchain can facilitate the transition to a circular economy — but scaling its use is a work in progress
Blockchain has been exciting circular economy experts for years with its promising function of material tracing. But the significant systems-level benefits it offers require a greater level of collaborative work
“Smart glass” is coming to a building near you
Smart glass, also called “dynamic glass” or “electrochromic glass,” differs from regular glass in that its tint level can be adjusted on demand — think Transitions glasses, but for buildings.
Nokia’s new Circular phone subscription is built with sustainability in mind
Nokia Circular is a new service designed to cut down on e-waste by leasing you a handset for a period of time and recycling the product at the end of its lifecycle.
Some Carmakers Say Recycling Car Parts Is the Future. But Is It Realistic?
“Circular manufacturing” has the promise to reduce waste by reusing parts to make new cars. There are glimmers of hope, but they are currently outweighed by challenges.
Will the Circular Economy Disrupt Capitalism?
What the circular economy does is it provides a very compelling framework to rethink an economy which is restorative by design
Dutch lessons in circular sustainability
The UK can learn from the Dutch approach to circular sustainability.
No pooh-poohing poo: Researchers envision an extreme circular economy
Poop has power: as medicine, fertilizer, biomethane gas and reclaimed water, among other proven applications. But that’s just scratching the surface.
Circular economy fund investments rocket in 2021 – new report
Capital committed to circular economy impact funds worldwide launched in 2021 reached a record €12.7bn, nearly four times 2020 figures
How is construction becoming more sustainable?
Sustainable construction is evolving at a fast pace, requiring companies to stay up to date with the latest practices, materials and technologies.