Green Alley Award: Europe’s annual startup prize for the circular economy opens for entries

Europe’s first startup prize for the Circular Economy – Green Alley Award – is seeking businesses that are creating innovative new technologies and solutions for tackling Europe’s waste to apply in this year’s award. Entries are now open for the 2020 Green Alley Award, which is dedicated to three specific categories in relation to the circular economy – recycling, waste prevention, and digital solutions. The Green … Continue reading Green Alley Award: Europe’s annual startup prize for the circular economy opens for entries

Local council and plastics packaging manufacturer create UK’s first local circular economy for plastic

Huntingdonshire has created the UK’s first local circular economy for plastic – whereby discarded plastics are collected, cleaned, reprocessed and reused all within the region. The initiative is being led by Huntingdonshire District Council in collaboration with a local plastics packaging manufacturer, Charpak Ltd. Under the scheme, packaging is removed from bins in the street, cleaned and processed and then recycled back into plastic to … Continue reading Local council and plastics packaging manufacturer create UK’s first local circular economy for plastic

Plant Chicago: Developing local circular economies

The Plant – a collaborative community of small food businesses in Chicago – is showing what sustainable food production and economic development looks like by growing and producing food inside an repurposed industrial building. Founded on a model of closing waste, resource, and energy loops, The Plant currently houses over a dozen small businesses, including indoor and outdoor farms, kombucha and beer breweries, a bakery, a … Continue reading Plant Chicago: Developing local circular economies

Ecobirdy: Kids furniture collection made from recycled plastic toys

Recycled children’s plastic toys have found a new lease of life as colourful kids furniture thanks to Ecobirdy. The Antwerp-based brand Ecobirdy has created a collection which includes a lightweight chair, named Charlie, with rounded legs and edges, and an accompanying table named Luisa. In addition, a bird-shaped storage container with a removable beak is designed to raise awareness of the endangered Kiwi bird, while … Continue reading Ecobirdy: Kids furniture collection made from recycled plastic toys

What is a Circular Economy?

A circular economy is an alternative to a traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose) in which we keep resources in use for as long as possible, get the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life. This circular approach is a potential solution to the drain on resources on the planet. The circular … Continue reading What is a Circular Economy?