It is a paradox that the excess of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere can endanger lives and even the civilization that has been founded on carbon. Human addiction to carbon is persistent and therefore we need novel chemistry for the efficient conversion of CO2 to harmless or useful products.
The French automobile business has just signed the French government’s Circular Economy Roadmap, which focuses on moving towards a 100% plastic recycling rate in France by 2025.
Conscious consumers are championing the resale of goods to reduce waste and extend the active life of garments and other products, and innovators in the retail sector are responding. The transient ownership of goods is an emerging trend that has been on the radar of Flux Trends since 2012. “The growth of sustainable consumption seems to be reaching its tipping point and accelerating as more people understand the environmental impact of waste and strive to support the circular economy,” says founder Dion Chang. “For the fashion industry, 2020 is going to be like a cleaver, dividing it into before and after. Some environmentally conscious consumers who feel concerned about so much waste and throw-away culture are now looking for an alternative to the traditional fashion retailers. The drive to lengthen the lifespan of a garment, in turn, has accelerated slow fashion, the circular economy, and sustainability,” adds Chang.
Heathrow Airport has announced its intention to become a zero-carbon airport by the mid-2030s, after reaching carbon-neutral status for its buildings and infrastructure today (21 February).
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is stepping up its efforts to support the circular economy. At the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, the WBCSD launched the Factor 10 initiative. Supported by 30 companies, with combined revenues of $1.3 trillion, it will strive to transform how ‘business produces, uses and disposes of the materials that make up global trade by moving away from the traditional take-make-dispose economic model to one that is regenerative by design’.