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Our expert panel, drawn from different consumer engagement perspectives, discusses if localism will drive local success, how we can effectively support consumers to make the right choices and what has worked to reduce contamination and drive better acceptance of circular economy solutions through…
The UK government has an opportunity to create new jobs and drive economic growth through expanding the circular economy. This sees products and resources kept in use for as long as possible through reuse, recovery, remanufacturing and recycling. The UK’s current approach is unsustainable. Too many products and materials are cast aside without a structure in place to reclaim them or prolong their use. Too much value is lost through destruction and disposal. A reused iPhone, for example, retains around 48 per cent of its original value, whereas as recyclate it retains just 0.24 per cent. Here Green Alliance shows that greater government ambition for an effective and expanded circular economy by 2035 would create hundreds of thousands of new jobs across the country. Just a few new policies focused on improving the use of valuable resources, led by the Treasury, would help to drive economic growth and the government’s own levelling up agenda, while supporting environmental aspirations.
The Polestar Precept concept showcases the firm’s future design direction as well as its commitment to using more sustainable materials.
Travel accounts for 10% of the world’s economy, with a record 1.4 billion overseas trips being made in 2019 – a growth of 5% on the previous year.
Scientists from Hiroshima University and AIST in Japan engineered the bacterium Moorella thermoacetica to produce a volatile chemical from gaseous substrates at high temperature. It will realize economical thermophilic syngas fermentation process to produce bulk chemical from organic matters and wastes.
Acetone, a volatile solvent used for everything from removing nail polish and cleaning textiles to manufacturing plastics, could get a sustainability boost from a new strain of bacteria engineered by a research team based in Japan.