circular economy update

A few interesting pieces relating to developing a Circular Economy: Philips hosted a expert panel debate in Brussels: In the past century, the developed world has followed a linear model of production and consumption. Goods were manufactured, sold, used and disposed. It has created immense wealth, but this model is starting to reach its limits. The circular economy aims to decouple economy growth from the use of natural resources by using resources more effectively and repeatedly, thus eliminating waste. It provides multiple benefits, including: innovation, new business models, creation of more value, reduce waste landfill and emissions, and better quality … Continue reading circular economy update

how to build a circular economy

Nice article in Fast Company introducing the principles of Circular Economy strategies, mostly taken from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. A circular economy is one where goods are restored and regenerated more widely, moving from a system of virgin inputs and piles of waste to one that returns used products to a useful state. It is also an economy that minimizes resource use by moving away from individual ownership towards more leasing, renting, and sharing. The aim is to cut environmental damage and allow companies to keep control of the value in their products. Continue reading how to build a circular economy

buildings as nutrient banks

Here’s a fantastic presentation on Greenbiz.com from Coert Zachariasse of Delta Development Group. Coert discusses some of the economic drivers for including Cradle-to-Cradle thinking in building projects. Everyone in the lighting industry should take note…how will you accommodate these changing demands from the building development community? I couldn’t embed directly, but here is the direct link: http://play.vidyard.com/zbbXF9C8Zjh52aCFyb7Upg Continue reading buildings as nutrient banks