Consistent procurement critical to achieve circular construction, report claims
A collective, industry-led approach to procurement in the development of major infrastructure projects across the UK would help achieve a circular economy in the construction sector, a new report from a cross-sector group has found.
Businesses will play 'crucial role' in the UK's transition to low-carbon cities
The creation of low-carbon, sustainable British cities can only be addressed through collaboration between the public sector and innovative green businesses.
Furniture manufacturers urged to solve circular economy conundrum
Britain's mattress manufacturers must become advocates of the circular economy by taking the lead on producer responsibility schemes which could significantly reduce the sector's vast waste-to-landfill rates.
The litter levy: Should brands take more responsibility for the UK's waste woes?
Brands such as McDonald's, Coca Cola, Costa Coffee and Wrigley should strive to become a "big part of the solution" to the amount of litter plaguing UK streets, by working with the Government to implement an Extended Produce Responsibility (EPR) scheme.
Scotland opens up 'circular regions' funding to drive SME resource revolution
Scotland's Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change, Environment and Land Reform Roseanna Cunningham has this week announced a targeted funding call to better support the nation's SMEs in embrace the shift to a circular economy.
Disruptive technology: The 'great hope' for widespread business model shake-ups
EXCLUSIVE: The unstoppable rise of "disruptive" technology such as cloud storage and the Internet of Things (IoT) will inevitably pave way for new and more sustainable business models, but entire industries will have to embrace this transitional period in different ways to accelerate the shift towards a circular and sharing-based economy.
Tetra Pak cuts emissions during period of growth
Despite the number of packages sold rising by 16% over the last 12 months, Swedish food processing and packaging company Tetra Pak has revealed that emissions have tumbled as it closes in on its 2020 climate goals.
The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 11 (Parts 1&2) - Circular economy dreams and responsible retail
What are the next steps that need to be taken to make the circular economy a reality? And are current retail business models fit for purpose if we are to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon, resource-efficient future? Part two...
Plastic Soup Foundation: UK microbeads ban first step to implementing plastic circular economy
EXCLUSIVE: The UK Government's decision to introduce a national ban on microbeads can act as an "important step" that mobilises countries to look beyond microbeads in the ocean and focus on creating a plastic circular economy "without leakage".
The story of Roermond: How Smurfit Kappa is making the circular economy a reality
Packaging giant Smurfit Kappa invites edie on a behind-the-scenes tour of its pioneering zero-waste paper mill in the Netherlands, which stands as an exemplar of the firm's global circular economy ambitions.
Ecosurety adopts 'network creator' mantle to launch Circularety waste investment platform
Resource efficiency specialist Ecosurety has today (28 September) introduced a new "revolutionary" platform that uses money generated from issuing waste recycling compliance documents to fund transparent projects that aid the waste and recycling industry.
AkzoNobel unveils new paint remanufacturing centre
The world's largest paint and coatings manufacturer has unveiled an innovative not-for-profit paint remanufacturing facility in North West England, as part of the company's ambition to produce 100,000 litres of remanufactured paint by the end of 2017.
Scotch whisky makers set 'challenging' green goals
The Scottish whisky industry has this week unveiled four new "challenging" sustainability targets in an effort to reduce carbon, drive water efficiency and embrace circular economy models in the supply chain.
The best retailers for the world: Driving responsible retail and one-planet prosperity
Low-carbon, resource-efficient retail is the only way forward, but we might also need to dig deeper if we are to find one-planet prosperity. Ahead of Wednesday's Responsible Retail Conference, Mike Townsend explores the real challenges and opportunities - along with evidence of an innovative shift - taking place in Sweden.
Germany wants to scrap EU recycling targets
Germany, the EU's most influential country and its leading recycler, has called for recycling targets in the European Commission's Circular Economy package of green laws to be scrapped.
Google steps up circular economy ambitions with zero-waste data centre pledge
Multinational tech giant Google has made a commitment to achieve zero waste to landfill status across all of its global data centres, accelerating its efforts to transition to a closed-loop business model.
Could this new industry framework reinvigorate England's recycling rates?
England would see a much-needed increase in recycling, an improvement in the quality of recycled materials and a more comprehensive waste management service for households if a new, collaborative industry framework is adopted, WRAP has claimed.
Why BEIS should put the circular economy at the heart of its new industrial strategy
More than £9bn could be added to the UK economy if the Government's newly-formed Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) effectively integrates circular economy principles into the country's emerging industrial strategy, waste management firm Suez has claimed
Greening the Apple: How sustainable is the new iPhone 7?
It features a longer battery life, is more energy-efficient, and a waterproof design will prevent damaged products going straight to landfill. But the ditching of the headphone jack could itself open up an e-waste black hole. So just how sustainable is Apple's new iPhone 7?
Polystyrene packaging debate hots up as industry rejects chefs' claims
A recent call from a group of top chefs for policymakers to ban the use of polystyrene packaging in London has been condemned by the Food Packaging Association (FPA) and other waste management experts.
Should Britain introduce a 5p charge on disposable coffee cups?
The Liberal Democrats have stepped into the war on waste, calling for a 5p charge on disposable coffee cups to cut usage. But is this the best solution to the issue?
Packaging industry urges EU to reinforce circular economy proposals
The European Union (EU) has been urged to establish a long-term ambitious policy framework to ensure that the circular economy package preserves sustainable growth and enshrines a full life-cycle approach, in a list of policy recommendations set by 36 packaging value chain industry associations.
Army of chefs wage war on polystyrene waste in London
Britain's 'war on waste' has seemingly taken a turn from paper to polystyrene cups as a selection of top chefs - including Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall - have sent a letter to London Mayor Sadiq Khan calling for a city-wide ban on non-biodegradable polystyrene packaging.
Recycling contamination levels are on the rise: what happens next?
The waste and resource management industry is calling for a long-term, coherent regulatory framework to increase recycling and re-use rates in England after a Freedom of Information (FoI) request revealed that the quantity of rejected recyclable waste has increased by 84% over the past four years.
Circular economy provides golden opportunity to save lives in Rio and beyond, report claims
As the curtains draw on the 2016 Olympics, a new report has claimed that toxic waste polluting the environment in the Olympics Host City of Rio de Janeiro and other cities across the world could actually be used to alleviate poverty and save lives through a circular-economy approach to waste management.
Could a '100% recyclable' polymer drive the new plastics economy?
The developers of a packaging polymer that is both 100% recyclable and 100% biodegradable in standard waste management facilities claim the new material could help to create a much-needed circular economy for plastic packaging.
Mobile phone manufacturers urged to explore circular economy
Mobile phone manufacturers have been urged to implement a new business model that accounts for longer-lasting batteries and greater recyclability options as customers become disillusioned with the frequency of model upgrades.
Coming of age: The heroes and villains of the circular economy
The circular economy is growing up; moving beyond simple radical resource efficiency, towards an authentic triple-bottom-line. As with any transition, not everything is great. Business model innovation is the battleground for success - and while there are heroes, there are also villains holding back the real transformation that is needed.
London organisations urged to feed the vulnerable through food donation schemes
National charity FoodCycle is calling on London-based charities, community projects and faith centres to join them in the fight to tackle both food waste and poverty in the capital.
Chemicals giant launches new circular economy packaging using recycled waste
Refinery and chemicals giant Total has launched a new range of recyclable polymer packaging made from at least 25% recycled household waste from Western Europe, as part of the companies pledge to embed closed-loop models in its production phase.
Candidates sought for Scotland's third 'Zero Waste Town'
Zero Waste Scotland are seeking candidates to apply for the title of Scotland's third 'Zero Waste Town' by demonstrating a commitment to circular economy principles.
ING raises €27bn in funding for growth of sustainable clientele
Dutch multinational banking group ING has revealed the efforts it has implemented to finance the shift to a low-carbon economy, which has seen the company fund more than €27bn to clients aiming to solve environmental challenges.
Hugh's War on Waste: The battle continues with coffee cup recycling in the spotlight
Celebrity chef-turned-eco-warrior Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is reigniting his 'War on Waste' TV series this week, with attention shifting from food waste to coffee cup recycling.
London boroughs urged to promote circular economy through food waste reduction
London boroughs need to develop the "circular economy of food" by separating food waste collection from general waste in order to rejuvenate plateauing recycling rates and boost activity in surrounding anaerobic digestion (AD) plants.
General Motors turns to resource efficiency to alleviate regulatory 'perfect storm'
EXCLUSIVE: Amidst all of the political uncertainty surrounding the UK's pending departure from the European Union, General Motors' (GM) regulatory affairs and CSR manager has said that embedding closed-loop processes is enabling the company to thrive amidst an ongoing "regulatory storm".
Post-Brexit Britain must embrace circular economy to trade with EU, says Green Alliance
EXCLUSIVE: The legislation established as part of the European Union's nascent Circular Economy Package will still shape how a post-Brexit Britain develops new resource-efficient products and closed-loop business models, regardless of whether we stay in the single market or not.
Building Revolutions: Designing a circular economy for the built environment
The circular economy makes complete sense for short-lived consumer products, but can it really work for something as enduring and complex as a building? David Cheshire, sustainability director at engineering firm AECOM, provides an answer.
Shell launches new digital tool to springboard low-carbon start-ups into green markets
A new digital tool has been launched by Shell's business development platform to create a route to market for innovative, low-carbon small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through a variety of sources totalling £157m in value.
What resource efficiency innovations are needed today for the circular economy of the future?
The development of offsite construction solutions, the Internet of Things, and robotics and automation will prove crucial in utilising the untapped potential of waste-to-resource innovations and addressing the challenges involved in recovering valuable materials, according to a new report from the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN).
Brexit could 'weaken' business standards for recycling and air quality
The UK's impending decision to leave the European Union (EU) could lead to a "weakening of domestic standards" that fails to incentivise businesses to improve recycling rates and tackle air quality issues, a new report has found.
Beyond borders: 10 amazing European sustainability success stories
With the UK nervously awaiting the results of a defining European Union (EU) referendum, edie has rounded up some of the ways other Member States have been rolling out their own ambitious green initiatives to drive the low-carbon transition outside of the collaborative clutches of the EU.
DHL unveils competitions aimed at unearthing circular economy innovations
Delivery services company Deutsche Post DHL has called on innovators and visionaries from across the globe to generate new ideas covering the concept of sustainable logistics and robotics, as the firm launches two new challenge competitions to incentivise the circular economy movement.
The demands of supply: How BT's customer-focused carbon commitments rest in the hands of suppliers
edie's Matt Mace talks to BT's head of sustainable business policy Gabrielle Giner on how the company's customer-centric carbon reduction commitment is influenced by a flexible and highly innovative supply chain.
Marcus Gover to replace Liz Goodwin as WRAP chief executive
Marcus Gover will replace Liz Goodwin as the new chief executive of the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), the charity has announced today (13 June).
Businesses, suppliers and governments must collaborate to tackle food waste, says William Jackson
All of the major players in the food industry must work closer together to ensure greater harmonisation throughout the supply chain when it comes to tackling food waste, William Jackson Food Group's sustainability director has said.
Most European countries see construction as circular economy priority, report reveals
The majority of European countries have identified plastic and packaging, construction and demolition waste and food waste as key priority materials that need to be focused on in the transition to a circular economy, according to a new assessment from the European Environment Agency (EEA).
Sustainability professionals rue ignorance of green issues in EU debates
With just two weeks to go before Britain's crucial European Union (EU) referendum, a new survey has revealed that an overwhelming majority of sustainability professionals believe voters have insufficient information to take environment and sustainability issues into account when they cast their vote.
'Ahead of the curve': Why M&S wants to collaborate to innovate on sustainable packaging
EXCLUSIVE: Marks & Spencer (M&S) wants to be 'ahead of the curve' when it comes to applying circular economy principles to plastic packaging and therefore developing more sustainable, collaborative supply chains within the retail industry.
Sustainability professionals must adopt 'courageous leadership' skills, says P&G
EXCLUSIVE: Integrating sustainability as a business strategy requires "courageous leadership" in a world with limited resources and environmental challenges, according to Procter & Gamble's (P&G) global sustainability director.
ING joins Circular Economy 100 to unlock business opportunities
Dutch multinational banking group ING has become the latest global institution to join the Circular Economy 100 (CE100), the innovation platform launched by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to accelerate circular economy ambitions.
Nike unveils 'supply chain of the future' with new campus expansion
Global sportswear giant Nike has reiterated its commitment to promoting a closed-loop business model by unveiling the latest expansion of its 100% renewable European Logistics Campus, which aims to "maximise performance while minimising footprints".
Will the Pact of Amsterdam strengthen the UK's air quality regulations?
With Britain's crucial European Union (EU) referendum just weeks away, a major new EU-wide initiative has been launched to introduce more ambitious measures to improve air quality and implement closed-loop business processes, in an effort to create smarter, greener cities within EU Member States.
Construction industry needs a collaborative 'evolutionary jump' towards a circular economy
Collaboration within the construction industry is crucial to ensuring that businesses can embed best practice and overcome barriers to applying circular economy principles to the built environment, the UK Green Building Council's (UKGBC) sustainability officer has claimed.
Edinburgh launches 'Remakery' to ignite re-use and repair revolution
An Edinburgh social enterprise has set up a unique re-use and repair superstore to encourage second-hand shopping and enable more people to learn key repair skills in the Scottish capital, as a way of driving a circular economy.
Getting over peak delusion: Four strategies for sustainable prosperity within planetary boundaries
Our aspirations for sustainable growth and prosperity have little chance of being realised, if we don't manage within all our planetary boundaries. Mike Townsend explores how we need to get over our delusions, and find a new course for business success.
Remanufacturing no longer a 'niche' business model, says Innovate UK
EXCLUSIVE: Remanufacturing has a "crucial role" to play in every large-scale heavy industry business approach, the lead technologist resource efficiency at Innovate UK told an audience of sustainability professionals at edie Live.
Internet of Things 'can unlock huge range of circular economy opportunities'
EXCLUSIVE: The Internet of Things (IoT) phenomenon will play a "critical role" in creating efficient reverse logistics within supply chains, with big players such as Samsung, eBay and UPS already recognising its potential, the UK trade association for the technology sector has said.
Servitisation is the 'posterchild' for the circular economy, says Veolia
EXCLUSIVE: Companies looking to accelerate the transition to a resource-efficient future by adopting closed-loop principles should take advantage of servitisation - dubbed the "posterchild" of the circular economy by Veolia's head of circular economy at edie Live today (17 May).
Convenience and customisation will shape electric cars of the future, says Tesla's UK director
Car clubs will soon be a thing of the past, driven out of the market by customisable electric vehicles (EVs) that can autonomously drive directly to their owners within minutes and take them to destinations cheaper than any other form of transport.
How the 'spirit' of internal collaboration is reducing waste at Whitbread
EXCLUSIVE: Communication and innovation regarding waste reduction methods has become the "heart of corporate culture" at Whitbread, due to "extremely well aligned" managerial departments which collaborate internally, the company's procurement manager has claimed.
Nike says 'just do it' to the circular economy
Sportswear giant Nike aims to build on progress made in its latest sustainability report by integrating the circular economy into its business strategy, after becoming the latest major brand to join the Ellen MacArthur Foundation as a global partner.
Waste industry calls for 'urgent Government intervention' to drive UK circular economy
Whilst UK recycling rates continue to creep upwards, "urgent Government intervention" is needed to create a more resilient waste collection system that transforms the nation into a world-leader when it comes to waste and resource management.
Veolia: energy and heat are the missing pieces of the circular economy jigsaw
EXCLUSIVE: Businesses are missing out on the benefits of taking a closed-loop approach to energy and heat consumption due to being too "hung-up" on waste-driven models, the head of circular economy at Veolia has claimed.
Could Defra paint a circular economy picture for the coatings industry?
EXCLUSIVE: The UK Government has been urged to procure paint for building renovations from recycled waste streams to accelerate a circular economy in the coatings industry, which is attempting to address "challenging issues" of paint disposal.
Why the new world of sustainability leadership lies in products
EXCLUSIVE: Companies that are tackling key environmental and societal issues through they way they design, make and sell products will become the leaders of the low-carbon economy, as customer-facing begin to diversify their services in favour of sustainable business.
Could the circular economy salvage Britain's struggling steel industry?
The ongoing debate over the UK's escalating steel crisis has failed to consider the circular economy as a potential solution, with Tata Steel's Port Talbot production plant well-positioned to become a national remanufacturing hub as a way of securing a more sustainable future.
DHL unveils new reverse logistics model to deliver circular supply chains
Delivery services company Deutsche Post DHL has collaborated with Cranfield University and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to develop a new 'reverse logistics' business model that will allow organisations to map out and develop closed-loop product supply chains.
Scotland 'well-prepared' to embrace disruptive circular economy business models
EXCLUSIVE: The willingness of Scotland's universities, councils and health services to embrace new initiatives based on circular economy principles has allowed disruptive innovators to gain a foothold in the UK market and expand their business.
Tetra Pak's bio-based carton hits new milestones
Swedish food processing and packaging company Tetra Pak has announced the launch of a new bio-based version of its Tetra Top package which will have a plant-based renewable content of more than 80%.
Beyond carbon confusion: strategies for real business impact
Carbon dioxide emissions appear to be stalling - have we reached the holy grail of economic decoupling? Caution is needed to avoid complacency and to find strategies that deliver a real impact.
EU vows tough enforcement of circular economy package
The circular economy package of waste and recycling laws will be backed by tougher European Commission enforcement than seen under previous administrations, an official yesterday (5 April) told plastic industry delegates.
Tetra Pak joins Circular Economy 100 to accelerate closed-loop transition
Food processing and packaging company Tetra Pak has announced that it has become a corporate member of the Circular Economy 100 (CE100), the innovation platform launched by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to accelerate circular economy ambitions.
Defra relaxes plastic packaging targets 'to reduce burden on businesses'
The Government has announced plans to relax statutory plastic packaging recycling targets in an apparent attempt to 'reduce the burden' on business, with research showing that, despite 'significant increases' in recycling, the industry could struggle to hit 2020 targets.
Starbucks responds to War on Waste with 'bring your own cup' discount
Following a wave of intense criticism about its lack of action on the circular economy, coffee shop chain Starbucks will trial a 50p discount on its drinks if consumers bring their own cup, in an attempt to curb the rising issue of coffee cup recycling.
Coca-Cola Enterprises reveals five-step pathway to 'factory of the future'
Collaboration, effective data management and bridging the skills gap form key parts of a new five-step pathway to creating a sustainable 'factory of the future' in the UK food and drink industry, drawn up by soft-drinks bottler Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE).
Scotland's SMEs urged to 'seize opportunity' of resource revolution
Scotland's circular economy body Zero Waste Scotland has today (18 March) launched an £18m fund to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) explore and pioneer ways to develop a circular economy.
Interface builds boat from 7,000 plastic bottles to tackle ocean pollution
The world's largest carpet tile manufacturer has joined forces with a 'plastic fishing' company to design and create a unique boat made from more than 7,000 plastic bottles fished from the canals of Amsterdam.
Businesses 'dared' to embrace circular economy as ING prepares for new era of green finance
EXCLUSIVE: Companies should be ready and willing to shake up their business models in favour of the circular economy, with Dutch multinational banking group ING indicating a strong desire to provide more financial support for the low-carbon movement.
Coca-Cola calls on policymakers to take circular economy 'leap of faith'
Soft drinks giant Coca-Cola has called on global governments and regulators to ignite a 'cultural shift' towards closed-loop business models - a transition that will only be possible if policymakers take a 'leap of faith' to back the circular economy.
WRAP calls on UK SMEs to take 'circular leap of faith'
Liz Goodwin, the soon-to-depart chief executive of the Government's Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), has today (8 March) provided new evidence of how the circular economy is beginning to make a big difference for small businesses across the UK.
World's first circular economy Master's launched by Cranfield
Cranfield University has today (8 March) announced it will be running the world's first Master's degree in the circular economy for the next generation of sustainability and resource efficiency professionals.
Lord Barker: Transform London's West End into 'Silicon Valley' of green innovation
Ex-Energy Minister Lord Greg Barker has called on the next London Mayor to deliver a greener capital by transforming the city's West End into the 'Silicon Valley' of low-carbon technology and innovation.
London builds 'circular economy hierarchy' into public procurement
The Greater London Authority (GLA) is redefining its public procurement policies in a bid to position London as a global circular economy hub.
#GreenerLondon: 7 ways the next Mayor can deliver a sustainable capital
The National Trust, WWF, RSPB and Greenpeace are among a coalition of the UK's most prominent environmental organisations challenging the next London Mayor to transform the capital into a world-leading sustainable city.
Could invisible markers hold the key to enabling a plastics circular economy?
An innovative new project that acts as an 'invisible barcode for plastics recycling' could streamline the way that food-based polymers are recycled after it received a two year funding guarantee from Innovate UK.
Are confusing food labels putting Scotland's new circular economy strategy at risk?
The Scottish Government has been warned that its ambitious new circular economy strategy could unravel due confusing food labels that cause more than 50% of the UK's residents to throw away perfectly edible food.
Scotland pledges 33% food waste reduction by 2025
The Scottish Government has pledged to reduce the nation's food waste by one third over the next nine years - a plan that would save businesses and households across the country more than £500m if successful.
Shorter and shorter electronics product-life is 'unacceptable'
Broken, out of fashion, replaced by a shinier version - electronic devices are being used for a decreasing amount of time before being disposed of, according to a new study.
Circular economy boon for Scotland with £70m Investment Fund
A new centre of excellence and an innovative new strategy for manufacturing form part of a major new investment aimed at revolutionising Scotland's circular economy.
WRAP unveils phase two of England recycling plans
The Government's Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has kick-started phase two of its collaborative, cross-industry plan to bring greater consistency to household waste and recycling collections in England.
Jaguar Land Rover drives circular value chain with REALCAR project
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will incorporate a sustainable aluminium alloy that contains up to 75% recycled content into the manufacturing of all of its vehicles, thanks to a successful collaborative project between the British carmaker and US aluminium can recycler Novelis.
Q&A with WRAP's outgoing chief executive Liz Goodwin
As the Government's Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) prepares for the next chapter of its resource revolution quest under a new leader, edie speaks with outgoing chief executive Liz Goodwin about the charity's success story so far, and her own plans for the future.
How many jobs could the circular economy create in your town?
Resource efficiency charity WRAP has unveiled new research and an interactive map which shows the job-creation potential of the circular economy all the way down to a constituency level.
Green procurement offers 'quick win' for circular economy
The systematic adoption of green procurement (GP) policies will provide the UK with its single biggest 'quick win' in its transition to a circular economy, a new report from the All-Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group (APSRG) has found.
Internet of Things could unlock circular economy transition, says Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Combining circular economy principles with the explosion of smart and connected devices could dramatically boost resource efficiency and lead to 'broad social benefits', a new report has found.
Liz Goodwin to step down as WRAP chief executive
Liz Goodwin will step down as chief executive of the UK Government's Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) later this year, after nine years in the role.
Circular dreams: Tetra Pak's quest for a resource revolution
With recent reports revealing the enormity of the plastic waste challenge, the need for business-led action has never been clearer. Here, edie reporter Matt Mace pays a visit to Tetra Pak's headquarters in Sweden, where the packaging company is embarking on an ambitious mission to drive a global circular economy.
Jaguar Land Rover makes £36m emissions reduction pledge
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will invest £36m over the next three years in renewable energy, energy efficiency and process improvements, according to the British carmaker's latest sustainability report.
Unilever and Novelis collaborate to educate on circular economy
Sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future has launched two new online tools designed to help businesses embrace the circular economy, following partnerships with consumer goods firm Unilever and the world's biggest aluminium can recycler Novelis.
More plastic than fish in oceans by 2050, Ellen MacArthur study warns
With environmental issues featuring high on the agenda at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos this week, a new report has revealed that applying circular economy principles to plastic packaging could save up to $120bn for the global economy.