TheCircularEconomy

The Circular Economy Team August 17, 2019

Daily Coffee News by Roast magazine provides essential only news and resources for specialty coffee professionals. Daily Coffee News covers coffee news from seed to cup, including stories on coffee origin, imports, exports, logistics, supply chains, sustainability, retail, baristas, roasting and…

The Circular Economy Team August 16, 2019

The Specialty Coffee Association’s new Coffee Sustainability Program is founded on the principle that sustainability must be embraced by all actors in the coffee supply chain if the specialty coffee industry is to survive and thrive. As expectations for greater transparency and corporate responsibility grow in the industry, companies are rapidly increasing the size of their sustainability teams and seeking knowledgeable, experienced leaders to forge their path forward.

The Circular Economy Team August 15, 2019

IPAT, why? This article is among a series revisiting the IPAT equation.Briefly, Paul Ehrlich [1] and colleagues in the 1970s [2] formulated this relation, that states that impact of a society is based on three main components – the number of people (Population), their level of consumption or income…

The Circular Economy Team August 15, 2019

Port producer Symington Family Estates has joined companies such as Patagonia, Innocent Drinks and Kickstarter in becoming a ‘B Corporation’ as well as announcing a new sustainability strategy. The B Corporation certification process not only assess a company’s existing, social, environmental and ethical business practices, it also obliges directors to make social and environmental goals an equal priority alongside financial ones. 

The Circular Economy Team August 14, 2019

via CNS: After current supplies run out, Vatican City State will no longer be selling any single-use plastic items on its tiny territory.While the European Union pledged in May to ban single-use plastic starting in 2021, the Vatican had already begun limiting its use and soon “it will no longer be…

The Circular Economy Team August 14, 2019

Daily Coffee News by Roast magazine provides essential only news and resources for specialty coffee professionals. Daily Coffee News covers coffee news from seed to cup, including stories on coffee origin, imports, exports, logistics, supply chains, sustainability, retail, baristas, roasting and…

The Circular Economy Team August 14, 2019

At Mayapple Farms, situated in the middle of the forest in Dresden, just a few steps can lead from cherry trees to dill to catnip to raspberries to ginseng to apple trees and practically anything in between. If you can name it, it’s likely owners Rick and Jan Felumlee have grown it. But Rick’s favorite plant, and the farm’s most popular one, is mushrooms…

The Circular Economy Team August 14, 2019

Photo: Houston Chronicle, Samantha Lopez Sustainability has become an increasingly hot topic on the streets of Houston. Instead of avoiding purchases altogether, one way that locals are beating the buyer-blues is by repurposing and reselling vintage items. Every first Saturday of the month, EaDo Vintage hosts “Swap Meets” to do just that. 

The Circular Economy Team August 13, 2019

A new era of sustainability is upon us, based on a growing awareness of our personal wellbeing and the impacts of pollution on our planet. The digital landscape facilitates constant and instant access to information (fact and fiction), empowering consumers to demand more transparency; which in…

The Circular Economy Team July 17, 2019

A positive transition to circularity for work and workers. Circular economy provides wellbeing for all within planetary boundaries. Jobs enhance this wellbeing by contributing to thriving societies and the equal distribution of wealth. The Jobs & Skills Programme defines and identifies circular jobs, analyses the environment needed to create them and maximise their societal benefits, and examines how best technology can play a positive part.

The Circular Economy Team July 7, 2019

Abstract Understanding how a circular economy (CE) can reduce environmental pressures from economic activities is crucial for policy and practice. Science provides a range of indicators to monitor and assess CE activities. However, common CE activities, such as recycling and eco‐design, are contested in terms of their contribution to environmental sustainability. This article assesses whether and to what extent current approaches to assess CE activities sufficiently capture environmental pressures to monitor progress toward environmental sustainability. Based on a material flow perspective, we show that most indicators do not capture environmental pressures related to the CE activities they address. Many focus on a single CE activity or process, which does not necessarily contribute to increased environmental sustainability overall. Based on these results, we suggest complementing CE management indicators with indicators capturing basic environmental pressures related to the respective CE activity. Given the conceptual linkage between CE activities, resource extraction, and waste flows, we suggest that a resource‐based footprint approach accounting for major environmental inputs and outputs is necessary—while not sufficient—to assess the environmental sustainability of CE activities. As footprint approaches can be used across scales, they could aid the challenging process of developing indicators for monitoring progress toward an environmentally…

The Circular Economy Team July 1, 2019

The computer science, robotics and engineering classroom is one of three classrooms made from recycled shipping containers in the new Beck Family Research Center on the Maclay School campus Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Tori Schneider/Tallahassee Democrat Maclay School’s push to enhance student research opportunities in a sustainable, eco-friendly way made its debut Wednesday with the unveiling of the new Beck Family Research Center.

The Circular Economy Team July 1, 2019

The Bahamas: hardly anyone who hasn’t heard about this legendary tourist destination and mecca for cruise worshipers. Vikneswaran (Vik) Nair, Dean of Graduate Studies & Research and Professor (Sustainable Tourism) at the University of The Bahamas, in this interview gives us a behind the scenes tour around the archipelago: the sustainability challenges, inspiring projects and trends impacting the popular tourist destination.

The Circular Economy Team June 27, 2019

If you haven’t heard of Allbirds yet, you will soon. Kiwi, Tim Brown, together with engineer Joey Swillinger created Allbirds, a footwear company creating a range to suit your everyday needs, from loungers to runners. What is special about the brand is the materials they use and the sustainable nature of their process.