Gerrard Street: Circular electronics startup creating modular headphones and rethinking ownership

Anyone who has owned a pair of headphones are probably familiar with how fast they can wear, which is why Gerrard Street, an Amsterdam-based startup, have designed modular headphones that can easily be recycled or their parts reused. Gerrard Street, which rethinks ownership by focusing its business on circular consumer electronics, offer the headphones through a subscription model, where customers pay either a monthly or … Continue reading Gerrard Street: Circular electronics startup creating modular headphones and rethinking ownership

PHOENX: Modular carry-on suitcase features parts that can be easily replaced or repaired

London-based startup PHOENX has created a suitable carry-on suitcase, made from 95% recycled and regenerated materials, which is modular – so parts can be eaily repaired and replaced. The signature modular design allows each component to be sent in for replacement, enabling the PHOENX team to properly recycle each part. This benefits both the consumer and the planet by decreasing unnecessary waste and extending the … Continue reading PHOENX: Modular carry-on suitcase features parts that can be easily replaced or repaired

Young Peruvians design biodegradable plates from banana leaf

A group of young Peruvians have created biodegradable plates from banana leaves under a project known as Bio Plant. The banana leaf plates are also made with paper and cardboard cellulose, and can decompose by itself within 60 days. The disposable plates, which are designed to be an alternative to single-use plastics, are also resistant to various temperatures, liquids and any type of food. According to … Continue reading Young Peruvians design biodegradable plates from banana leaf

Circular economy “Learning Hub” launched

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has launched a new Learning Hub where people can discover more about the circular economy and implement it into their businesses. The Learning Hub tackles questions such as: What is the circular economy? What can I do within my business? How do I describe what the circular economy is to my colleagues, friends, and family? Using interactive multimedia content, Ellen MacArthur … Continue reading Circular economy “Learning Hub” launched

PermaFungi: Cultivating mushrooms from used coffee grounds and other products in a Brussels basement

PermaFungi is recycling used coffee grounds to produce mushrooms, natural fertiliser and even a biodegradable design material, while creating sustainable jobs for low skilled people. The Brussels-based social enterprise was born in 2013 based on two observations – the abundance of urban waste and the relatively high unemployment rate among young people. PermaFungi, which aims to contribute to urban resilience and fosters a circular economy … Continue reading PermaFungi: Cultivating mushrooms from used coffee grounds and other products in a Brussels basement

Corona Fit Packs: Smart stackable can solution does away with six-pack rings

Mexican beer brand Corona has created a screwable, stackable can in an innovative approach to tackle the problem and impact of plastic waste on the environment. The new Fit Packs involve screwable, stackable cans with screw threads at the top and bottom of each can, allowing up to ten cans to be stacked on top of each other with a simple twist without additional materials. This … Continue reading Corona Fit Packs: Smart stackable can solution does away with six-pack rings

Biopack: Egg carton that can be planted to sprout legumes, instead of recycling

An egg carton made out of cleared paper pulp, flour, starch and biological seeds has been developed so that instead of being recycled after use, consumers can plant and water it so the seeds that are part of the box itself can grow. The container, known as Biopack, was developed by Greek designer George Bosnas as an alternative to recycling. The Biopack, which holds up to four … Continue reading Biopack: Egg carton that can be planted to sprout legumes, instead of recycling

Circular Economy Academy: Ireland launches free mentoring programme to assist social enterprises

Ireland has launched its first Circular Economy Academy to assist social enterprises to develop successful businesses using circular economy models. The circular economy model is a perfect fit for Irish social enterprises and community organisations looking to establish a new project or expand operations whilst supporting climate action and environmental protection. It enables products to stay in circulation for longer through reuse, repair and innovation, … Continue reading Circular Economy Academy: Ireland launches free mentoring programme to assist social enterprises

Repurpose Schoolbags: Upcycled, solar-powered bags enabling school children in South Africa to study after dark

Repurpose Schoolbags are upcycled plastic bags featuring integrated solar technology which is enabling school children in South Africa to study after dark. Millions of school children in South Africa walk long distances to and from school on a daily basis. Once they return home, many of them are unable to study at night due to the absence of secure light sources. Repurpose Schoolbags brings together … Continue reading Repurpose Schoolbags: Upcycled, solar-powered bags enabling school children in South Africa to study after dark

FastFeetGrinded turning used sneakers into new products

The recycling and reuse of every product is possible and is imminent – right down to those used sneakers it appears. FastFeetGrinded collects used shoes, pulverises and separates them in a Netherlands-based factory and supplies the granulate as raw material to producers of playgrounds, outdoor sports fields, athletics tracks and sports shoes. The Netherlands-based business, along with local retailers, collects old shoes – running shoes … Continue reading FastFeetGrinded turning used sneakers into new products