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.
WRAP reports Resource Revolution progress in latest Annual Review
The launch of the Courtauld Commitment 2025, the development of a series of robust resource efficiency campaigns and the brokering of voluntary agreements across various sectors represent some of the key highlights in WRAP's Annual Review.
Starbucks tests (genuinely) recyclable coffee cup
Starbucks is "very interested" in the potential outcome of a new collaborative partnership with sustainable packaging company FrugalPac, which will see the coffee shop chain trial a recyclable coffee cup made from 100% paper.
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.
Liz Goodwin to join WRI as senior fellow in the fight against food waste
Former chief executive of the UK Government's Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) Liz Goodwin has revealed that she will join the World Resources Institute (WRI) as a senior fellow and director in September this year.
Mars and Ford hit big zero-waste-to-landfill milestones
Multinational corporations Mars and Ford have announced zero-waste-to-landfill achievements across their respective factories in their latest sustainability reports.
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).
Could this new material resolve the UK's great coffee cup recycling debate?
With big coffee chains including Starbuck and Costa facing increased public scrutiny over the recyclability of paper coffee cups, could a unique recycled resin provide an answer to the war on waste?
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).
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).
REA calls for 'urgent' collaboration between food waste industry and local authorities
Increased collaboration and action is needed between the food waste industry and local authorities to boost recycling and food waste capture rates, according to the Renewable Energy Association (REA) and the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC).
'The world never stands still': M&S continues green business evolution with Plan A update
Nearly three-quarters of products now have an 'eco' or ethical quality; retail food waste has significantly declined, and energy and water efficiency have greatly improved, capping off another hugely successful year of progress for Marks & Spencer's (M&S) Plan A sustainability programme.
Aggressive innovation needed as tipping point looms for cement industry
Global cement companies have been urged to innovate as a means to "future-proof" the sector, after a new report from climate change research provider CDP warned that the majority of emission reduction targets in the industry look set to expire.
'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.
England should 'hang its head in shame' over static recycling efforts
With new figures released on Thursday (2 June) revealing that recycling figures for Wales had edged towards 60%, charity Keep Britain Tidy (KBT) has claimed that the lack of progress on recycling in England "reflects very badly on the situation".
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.
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.
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.
WRAP targets textile waste reductions across Europe
A new initiative launched has been launched by WRAP to reduce the carbon, water and waste footprints of the textiles industries across 11 European countries.
WRAP funding slashed despite five-fold return on investment
Recent Government spending cuts led to a 38% drop in income for the Waste & Resources Action Plan (WRAP) in 2014/15, despite the organisation delivering a five-fold return on its funding.
Bin sizes and food waste collections pose recycling challenge, says WRAP
Factors under the control of local authorities account for the largest variation in recycling rates across the UK, new research from WRAP has revealed.
WRAP calls for 'Resource Revolution' with new 5-year plan
The UK Government's resource efficiency body has unveiled details of its strategic plan for the next five years, with an aim to "create the step-change needed to meet the demands of future generations".
FCC Environmental US division sold for €70m
Leading waste management firm FCC Environmental has today (17 October) announced it is selling its division in the US to cleaning and waste management firm Heritage-Crystal Clean.
Electronics repair charity powers up 'citizen-led' circular economy
Social enterprise The Restart Project will scale up its electronic repair activities by becoming a people-led platform for circular economy innovation.
Fixers and hackers poised to trigger circular economy 'disruption'
The rise of global repair cafes and hackerspaces may result in the creation of a widespread disruptive circular economy movement, new research reveals.
Green skills 'vital' to make circular economy profitable, says IEMA
Employing skilled sustainability professionals is essential if companies want to align better resource management with profitability, the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA) has said.
EU circular economy framework proposals lack teeth, critics say
EXCLUSIVE: Disappointment has been expressed over the European Commission's forthcoming circular economy framework, with some experts believing the proposals don't go far enough.
Five business models singled out as being 'circular economy ready'
Five business models which organisations can adopt to attain circular economy 'first mover advantage' have been identified as demand grows for practical application in this field.
Commercial Group launches London's first hydrogen-hybrid van fleet
Office supplies and IT services firm Commercial Group has today (15 May) announced the launch of the first London-based fleet of hydrogen hybrid delivery vans.
Growth - the real elephant in the room?
EXCLUSIVE Is the pursuit of continuous growth the single biggest issue for our businesses and our economies? Will the circular economy provide the silver bullet, or do we need to go further? Michael Townsend investigates.
Is sustainability getting too clever for its own good?
Every month there appears to be a new buzzword on the block, seeking to define the trends shaping green business. But as the language evolves, could it be in danger of becoming too self-serving and elitist? Maxine Perella reports
Has the waste hierarchy had its day?
Given the phenomenal rise of circular economy thinking in recent years, the waste hierarchy as it stands may no longer be a valid starting point for business. Maxine Perella reports
EXCLUSIVE: WRAP to apply for charitable status to safeguard its future
WRAP is set to overhaul its structure and apply for charitable status in a bid to diversify its funding base and secure its long-term future.
Ellen MacArthur Foundation to build first circular economy metric for business
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has announced plans to develop a metric tool that can measure how effective a product or company is in making a transitional shift towards a circular economy.
EXCLUSIVE: Circular economy confidence lies in 'boosting the bottom line'
There needs to be a concrete business case if companies are to collaborate and innovate on circular economy models in order to scale up activity within this space.
EEA to focus on resource efficiency in 2014
The European Environment Agency's (EEA) focus for 2014 will be on staying within the limits of the planet's natural resources.
Tiny firms could leapfrog ahead in circular economy race
The smallest companies - those with fewer than 10 employees - see themselves as circular economy front-runners, according to exclusive research from edie.net.
China sends strongest signal yet on circular economy leadership
China has set up a government-backed association to promote circular economy growth as latest figures reveal that its value is starting to outpace that of the nation's linear economy.
EXCLUSIVE: Resource Revolution launches circular economy blueprint for action
Edie has published an exclusive blueprint for businesses seeking to join the circular economy, offering them practical guidance on how to engage with the ideology and deliver on it.
EU Environment Commissioner calls for a resource 'revolution'
Global pressures on materials demand and the environmental impact of material use call for a revolution in "our mind-sets and behaviour" towards a resource efficient circular economy, says the EU Commissioner for Environment.
Resource efficiency expertise bolstered by new appointment
edie is delighted to welcome Liz Gyekye to the Water & Environment division team as editor of Local Authority Waste & Recycling (LAWR).
Tesco cuts promotions to reduce food waste
With over two thirds of bagged salads ending up in the bin, Tesco has decided that enough is enough.
Support for Scottish SMEs to increase resource efficiency
Small businesses in Scotland can access loans of up to £100k to help them become more resource efficient.
New resource plan could save businesses billions
A new action plan aiming to cut all waste in Scotland by 7% by 2017 and 15% by 2025 will improve competitiveness and could save businesses billions of pounds.
Resource Revolution to provide practical blueprint for business
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WRAP confirms circular economy will remain central theme of its work
WRAP has underlined its long-term commitment to the circular economy, labelling it "exciting territory" that needs further support if it is to be mainstreamed.
How is your business making sense of the circular economy?
We are inviting sustainability professionals to take part in an exclusive survey to gauge what practical steps businesses need to take in order to move waste up the hierarchy and ultimately design it out.
Circular economy contest set to reward 'radical rethinks' in design
Funding of up to 1.5 million pounds is up for grabs for companies who can demonstrate how they are rethinking product and service design for a circular economy.
Supply chains must be incentivised to quantify resource risk
The UK's manufacturing industry is at threat unless the Government intervenes to help businesses mitigate against resource risk, the Circular Economy Taskforce has warned.
So, what exactly is holding back the circular economy?
It's challenging, it's ambitious - but the appetite is certainly there to make circularity happen within big business. In practice however, an array of stumbling blocks remain as Maxine Perella finds out
EXCLUSIVE: Supply chain alliances crucial to redefining waste as a resource
Waste management firms will need to collaborate with and advise entire supply chains if they are to exploit resource-rich opportunities in the future, a leading contractor has said.
Google's Eric Schmidt: 'Circular economy ideas still not good enough'
Not enough innovation is being applied to scale up regenerative strategies that could power the circular economy on a global level, Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt has stressed.
Ellen MacArthur hosts first circular economy business summit
The world's leading circular economy experts are convening in London today for the first annual Circular Economy 100 Summit, led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
Cradle-to-cradle guru launches collaborative to tackle waste through design
William McDonough, co-founder of the cradle-to-cradle movement, has joined forces with a leading US waste contractor to address the wasteful impact of consumer goods.
Waste-manufacturing alliances crucial to delivering a circular economy
The waste sector has a pivotal role to play in creating a circular economy by helping manufacturers "design for recovery", according to a report from the Environmental Services Association (ESA).
RSA: Radical action on waste hinges on challenging the design brief
New dialogues need to be brokered between designers, suppliers and waste management companies to facilitate the level of collaboration required to transform thinking around end-of-life materials.
Resource Revolution marches on to spread best practice
Following a highly successful six-month campaign, the Resource Revolution will build on its momentum with more exclusive research and debate.
Bradford University launches world's first circular economy masters degree
Bradford University has launched the world's first circular economy professional business degree in partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and leading firms including B&Q, BT, Cisco, Renault and National Grid.
In conversation: Talking Resource Revolution with the creatives
Two leading systems thinkers discussed how best businesses can break out of their linear mindset and work towards greater lifecycle thinking at a recent Sustainable Business resource scarcity conference. Maxine Perella chaired the session
ANALYSIS: Are designers waking up to lifecycle thinking?
There is growing evidence that resource scarcity issues are now spilling into the creative design industry, forcing designers to ask pertinent questions around product lifecycle analysis.
Circular re-entry: are you ready to go beyond recycling?
At ground level, the circular economy means a lot more than just sending your waste to be recycled. It's about tapping into those materials once they re-enter the economy. Mike Taylor explains
EXCLUSIVE: Government will not fund UK's journey to circular economy
A senior Defra official, Dr Colin Church, has said that the Government is not in a position to provide financial stimulus to help the UK move towards a circular economy.
Resource Revolution Awards 2013 winners unveiled
There were scenes of celebration earlier today as the winners of the Resource Revolution Awards were unveiled at a gala lunchtime ceremony in central London.
VIDEO: Family businesses could be circular economy frontrunners
Family-run companies have a head start in working towards circularity due to their survival mentality, according to a leading SME sustainability champion in the last of our Resource Revolution leader interview series.
VIDEO: Designing out waste holds ultimate value for Unilever
A revealing insight into how Unilever is targeting waste reduction as a value creation model across its manufacturing operations is offered in the latest of our Resource Revolution leader interview series.
Resource Revolution wall creates 'manifesto for action'
Sustainability professionals queued up to leave their mark on a special Resource Revolution wall in a united call for action to accelerate circular economy thinking.
VIDEO: FCC Environment - "Circular economy will build huge value into waste"
The circular economy could inject new levels of sophistication into the waste industry according to leading contractor FCC Environment, in the latest of our Resource Revolution leader interview series.
Eco designer Oliver Heath to host the Resource Revolution Awards
TV presenter and sustainability champion Oliver Heath will host and compere next month's Resource Revolution Awards, taking place in central London on 10 May.
We are just three steps away from a circular economy
It's that simple, yet the case for incremental change remains stuck in a mindset groove. So how do we design ourselves out of this one, ponders James Greyson.
VIDEO: RSA design chief: 'Waste has to redefine itself for circular world'
A leading circular economy expert has challenged the waste industry to reinvent itself, claiming it is in a powerful position to take advantage of changing resource dynamics in the latest of our Resource Revolution leader interviews.
EfW under the spotlight at circular economy debate
The role of energy-from-waste (EfW) in an emerging circular economy will be debated at a special Resource Revolution session held at Sustainability Live next week.
Save the date: 10 May - our live Resource Revolution debate
The findings of our exclusive research highlighting the opportunities and challenges of circular economy realisation will be debated in front of a live audience next month as the Resource Revolution campaign nears the end of its first phase.
VIDEO: Councils stand to gain by adopting 'Plan A' style partnerships
Somerset Waste Partnership's pioneering venture with Marks & Spencer to build greater transparency into producer responsibility is examined in the latest of our Resource Revolution thought leader video interview series.
Lessons from Germany: securing supply of critical metals
German efficiency is being deployed to harvest rare earth metals from various waste streams in a manner that should make us envious, says Susanne Baker
VIDEO: Closing the loop now 'business critical' says Coca Cola
Coca Cola Enterprises talks about how closed loop models for packaging materials is raising the bar for brand reputation in the third of our Resource Revolution thought leader video interview series.
Ellen MacArthur: demand for circular economy has 'taken off'
Businesses across the world are increasingly expressing an interest in unlocking economic opportunities around the circular economy, Dame Ellen MacArthur has said.
VIDEO: John Lewis predicts: 'Waste won't exist in 20 years'
John Lewis Partnership offers a compelling retail perspective on how corporate resource efficiency is reshaping the waste supply chain in the second of our Resource Revolution thought leader video interview series.
EXCLUSIVE: Rising competition over waste sparks feedstock fears
Concerns over feedstock security are heightening among waste management companies as the resource efficiency agenda gathers pace.
Carbon Trust announces sponsorship of Resource Revolution Awards
After an incredible response to this week's publication of the Resource Revolution White Paper, edie and sister title LAWR are delighted to announce Carbon Trust as sponsor of the Resource Revolution Awards.
VIDEO: Resource Revolution leader interview series kicks off
A fascinating insight into how the waste landscape might look in the future as resource scarcity pressures heighten is offered in the first of our Resource Revolution thought leader video interview series.
EXCLUSIVE: Resource Revolution White Paper examines risks and rewards of circular economy
Edie has published an exclusive White Paper highlighting the opportunities and challenges of circular economy realisation, for both businesses and the waste management industry.
Resource Revolution Awards 2013 finalists revealed
The shortlisted contenders for the Resource Revolution Awards 2013 have been announced, the winners of which will be unveiled at a prestigious ceremony in central London on May 10.
IT strategist to lead circular economy business forum
A leading computer science expert is to head up the Circular Economy 100, a network of 100 global companies committed to developing and implementing circular economy initiatives.
FCC Environment backs the Resource Revolution
FCC Environment, one of the UK's leading waste management companies, has thrown its weight behind the Resource Revolution.
Circular economy ambition hinges on business appetite
A lack of market demand for secondary materials within the UK is starting to raise concerns among circular economy experts, especially as policy drivers appear to be on the wane.
Waste sector to invest £7bn to become circular economy 'enabler'
Significant investment in infrastructure will be the focus of the waste industry for the next five years, as demand for resource-led treatment solutions grows.
Pressure grows to legislate for circular economy to achieve scale
A circular economy cannot be achieved by business collaboration alone - strong intervention is also required from world governments, a leading commentator has warned.
Circular economy not 'silver bullet' for resource crunch
Industrial systems based on circular economy models will be constrained by end-of-life material availability, limiting future improvements in process efficiency, scientists claim.
WRAP's 2020 vision for a circular economy
Writing from the World Economic Forum event in Davos, Liz Goodwin sets out WRAP's new blueprint for a UK circular economy to 2020
Brand leaders sign up to accelerate circular economy innovation
A new global alliance will launch next month to accelerate business innovation towards a circular economy as new research identifies a $700bn economic opportunity for the consumer goods sector in this transition.
Ellen MacArthur calls for greater urgency on circular economy
The business case for a circular economy heightened today as Dame Ellen MacArthur joined scores of business leaders at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos in a united call to action.
John Lewis to close the loop on plastics waste in retail first
John Lewis Partnership is set to develop a pioneering closed loop business model for its plastics waste, in a move believed to be a first for any UK retailer.
Leading industry bodies join the Resource Revolution
Support for the Resource Revolution is gathering pace a month after its launch as some of the most influential think tanks and policy-shapers officially endorse the campaign and its aims.
Interface nets material gains by closing the loop
Leading carpet tile manufacturer Interface is recovering discarded fishing nets and transforming them into new yarn, ticking social inclusion aims along the way. Conor McGlone finds out more
M&S sustainability chief takes circular economy learning global
Businesses need a "big tent" in which they can share experiences and solutions to advance sustainable best practice, Mike Barry has said in his inaugural speech as chair of the World Environment Center (WEC).
Help form opinion on the future of resource efficiency
Business attitudes towards the increasing importance of smarter resource management are being sought as part of an exclusive research project being undertaken by edie and sister title LAWR magazine.
NASA lifts off with closed loop project for space waste
Space detris could be recycled and made into radiation shields for spacecraft exploration if research from NASA scientists bears fruit.
Seasons greetings as edie reflects on an eventful year
As 2012 draws to a close - and the world hasn't ended - edie looks back on what has been a mixed 12 months for the sustainability sector and asks what might be in store for our community in 2013.
Euro leaders call for wasteful goods to be 'taken off market'
The European Commission is calling for a cull of resource-inefficient consumer goods across Europe to stimulate markets for products and services that have lower lifecycle impacts.