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
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
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
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?