The Circular Economy is a term that is much used right now but not necessarily well understood. We currently live in a linear world. We take resources from the planet, make products and packaging, and then dispose of those resources. A circular economy envisages a world where all resources are kept circulating at their highest.
The technology start-up scene is thriving. I think this is partly because the advances in IT capability and capacity have meant that we can do so much more now than ever before, but mainly because the support scene for tech start-ups is so vibrant. As someone with a foot in both camps (as a founder.
Just a quick survey in the link below about Hellmans products. Hellman have actually done a lot over the years to change their packaging to help you get the last bits of mayonnaise out. Interestingly, this hasn’t meant that they sell less mayonnaise, because we all find it easier to get more out of a.
I wrote an article back in early December for the CIWM Journal, my professional association’s magazine. I wrote about what I think will be the future of waste management, looking forward to 2030 and what the sector will look like. Interestingly I don’t think I came up with a title for the piece, so when.
I was lucky enough to end the year on a high as I was asked by the University of Exeter’s Business School to support the MBA students during their circular economy corporate challenge, set this year by Unilever. The students were given the challenge on Monday morning which was around Unilever’s extensive hair care products.
Want to know more about what the circular economy is? Want to understand some of the opportunities for the water sector? Then watch this video that I recorded recently for the Future Water Association in my role as Head of Circular Economy for WRc. Thanks to the FWA for the opportunity, and do check out the rest.
It’s interesting when you start to think about waste in terms of the actual products and packaging themselves. A huge amount of time and effort is spent in R&D at the front- end of a product or piece of packaging. From researching the product itself, through to marketing, through to the investment in the physical.
Now that I live near the sea I find myself increasingly frustrated by the amount of litter, especially on the beaches. It is amazing how much it has increased since the holiday season has started as well. I started out wanting to be an environmentalist because of a Leatherback sea turtle project I worked on.
The sun shone at the start of WRc’s Innovation Day, and even though it snowed later, over 350 people turned out for the annual day of thought-provacation and networking. I was lucky enough to be running the second WRc Circular Economy workshop. This time we focused on building a place; an urban centre, a seaside.
Had a great day yesterday running the Shaping the Future event at WRc. We focused on a strategic, place-based approach to the circular economy and explored how utilities and infrastructure could be delivered in a future city. The general consensus was that there is much more innovation taking place, and many more case studies available,.