The practical guide Making circular relevant: a business blueprint, published in association with sponsor FCC Environment and sister title Local Authority Waste & Recycling magazine, outlines step-by-step how any organisation, regardless of size or business activity, can start incorporating closed loop thinking into its operations in a realistic way.


The blueprint has been informed by extensive research within the business community and collaboration with a panel of 25 circular economy experts to identify the top-level barriers that are preventing companies from going more circular.

The research found that despite a strong business appetite for the circular economy agenda, several obstacles are preventing the principles being applied in practice. These barriers are predominantly centred on engagement, procurement and access to supply chain data.

The blueprint not only sets out to explore these challenges in more depth, but suggests strategic ways in which businesses can overcome them by implementing a series of guiding principles. Various tools are also included within the report, such as checklists for action and case study examples.

The advice given within the blueprint has drawn on the combined expertise of our circular economy exemplar panel, who are currently leading work in this field – representatives from organisations such as the Green Alliance and WRAP to business pioneers such as Marks & Spencer and Kingfisher Group.

In January edie will host a special Resource Revolution webinar on the blueprint to discuss the main challenges that businesses face in terms of putting the principles of a circular economy into practice.

The blueprint follows on from the Resource Revolution White Paper published last year Closing the loop: risk or reward? which investigated thinking around the emerging circular economy, among businesses and their waste supply chains.

Download the full blueprint guide Making circular relevant: a business blueprint and register for the webinar here.

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