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How waste can save lives and create jobs

On Tuesday I dropped in on the launch event for the Virtuous Circle report, hosted by Tearfund and the Institute for Development Studies. The report is all about how the circular economy can deliver economic growth, create quality jobs, and save lives in developing countries, while improving the environment at the same time. It’s one […]

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The world’s first mall for recycled goods

Last week I wrote about the Edinburgh Remakery, and how they are trying to foster a culture of repair. It’s one of the most shared posts I’ve ever written, and there’s clearly a real interest in this whole idea. Lots of you have been in touch to share similar projects, including this one from Sweden. […]

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Every town needs a remakery

The Edinburgh Remakery is a social enterprise that teaches repair. The shop sells refurbished computers and furniture, and hosts workshops where people can come along and learn how to repair their own things. There’s a big vision behind it: “we want to generate a repair revolution. This means changing the way people use and dispose […]

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Let’s keep talking about the Circular Economy

I’ve written a lot about the Circular Economy over the last few years, so regular readers will most likely have a pretty good grasp of what it is. But for most people it’s an unfamiliar term and I often find myself explaining it. I was doing it again this weekend. We had a house full […]

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A creative use for Britain’s bread waste mountain

Despite the best efforts of campaigners over the past few years, food waste remains deeply entrenched in our food system. Reducing or eliminating waste is still the priority, but there will always be wastage in the system somewhere. That’s where we need to put our circular economy hats on and work out how to put […]

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The importance of green gas

If we take a look at where energy is used in the home, the biggest slice of the pie goes to heating. The second is hot water. Renewable sources of electricity may be proliferating, but renewable heat is the next big challenge. Until we can decarbonise heating, we won’t be able to reduce household emissions […]

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Visualising a city’s recycling

Real World Visuals have been doing some work with the Bristol Waste Company, which is responsible for the city’s recycling and rubbish disposal. They’ve created a couple of videos that show the scale of the task, how much recycling is collected and how much more there could be. One thing I like about this is […]

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How Islabikes are embracing the circular economy

Islabikes is a British company that specialises in children’s bikes. Their USP is that they go the extra mile in designing bikes for the particular needs of smaller riders. Their bikes are notably lighter than their competitors, and every part has been appropriately scaled down – no regular sized brake levers or chains used to […]

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The ReSOLVE framework for a Circular Economy

In reading Tearfund’s report on the circular economy in developing countries last week, I was reminded of a useful summary of what the circular economy entails: the ReSOLVE framework. Developed by McKinsey, the framework takes the core principles of circularity and applies them to six actions: Regenerate, Share, Optimise, Loop, Virtualise, and Exchange. Here’s a […]

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The circular economy in the developing world

The circular economy is usually described as a strategy for industrialised countries, often as a response to over-consumption of energy and resources. The name itself distinguishes it from the ‘linear economy’ that it replaces, re-using materials rather than consuming them. But what if you haven’t got a linear economy to replace? What relevance does the […]

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