55 episodes

In these podcasts, Catherine Weetman of RethinkGlobal.info will be chatting with those inspiring people who are making the circular economy happen: rethinking how we design, make and use everything. We’ll talk to entrepreneurs & business owners, social enterprises, and leading thinkers. We’ll find out how they are using circular principles to create value, increase resilience and reduce risk: to make a competitive, sustainable organisation. You’ll find the show notes, links and transcripts at www.circulareconomypodcast.com, where you can subscribe to updates and useful resources.

Circular Economy Podcast Catherine Weetman

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In these podcasts, Catherine Weetman of RethinkGlobal.info will be chatting with those inspiring people who are making the circular economy happen: rethinking how we design, make and use everything. We’ll talk to entrepreneurs & business owners, social enterprises, and leading thinkers. We’ll find out how they are using circular principles to create value, increase resilience and reduce risk: to make a competitive, sustainable organisation. You’ll find the show notes, links and transcripts at www.circulareconomypodcast.com, where you can subscribe to updates and useful resources.

    Episode 55 Anthony Burns – ACS

    Episode 55 Anthony Burns – ACS

    Catherine Weetman talks to Anthony Burns, Chief Operating Officer of ACS in Scotland. ACS started out as a formal-wear hire business, and is now an internationally recognised and award-winning circular fashion enterprise with clothes rental offerings for woman, men, children and babies. It is now working with a wide range of fashion brands, acting as their Circular Service Provider.We find out how the business has evolved, its progress towards B- Corp status, and about some of its innovations in packaging and garment cleaning.Anthony explains how he has focused the business on a social responsibility agenda, by becoming an accredited Living Wage provider, being a disability-confident employer, signing the ‘race at work’ charter and being a ‘good neighbour’ in the local community.













    Podcast host Catherine Weetman is a circular economy business advisor, workshop facilitator, speaker and writer.  Her award-winning book: A Circular Economy Handbook: How to Build a More Resilient, Competitive and Sustainable Business includes lots of practical examples and tips on getting started.  Catherine founded Rethink Global in 2013, to help businesses use circular, sustainable approaches to build a better business (and a better world).Stay in touch for free insights and updates...







    Read on for a summary of the podcast and links to the people, organisations and other resources we mention.

    You can subscribe to the podcast series on iTunes, Google Podcasts, PlayerFM, Spotify, TuneIn, or search for "circular economy" in your favourite podcast app.  Stay in touch to get free insights and updates, direct to your inbox...

    Don’t forget, you can use our interactive, searchable podcast index to find episodes by sector, by region or by circular strategy. Plus, there is now a regular Circular Economy Podcast newsletter, so you get the latest episode show notes, links and transcript delivered to your inbox on Sunday morning, each fortnight. The newsletter includes a link to the episode page on our website, with an audio player. You can subscribe by clicking this link to update your preferences.





















    Links we mention in the episode:





































    * https://www.linkedin.com/in/anthony-burns-7a017215/

    * https://www.acsclothing.co.uk/

    * https://www.linkedin.com/company/acs-clothing-limited/

    * https://twitter.com/ACSClothingLtd

    * Recommended Guest - Isabella West, Founder and CEO of HireStreet Limited hirestreetuk.

    • 37 min
    Episode 54 Louise Bijleveld – LONO

    Episode 54 Louise Bijleveld – LONO

    Catherine Weetman talks to Louise Bijleveld, Co-Founder of LONO in Côte d’Ivoire. Lono helps agro-industrial companies and farmer cooperative to create value from waste, by converting it into biofertilizers and biogas. Its overall aim is to help value reach rural areas and reduce the inequalities in agricultural supply chains.Côte d’Ivoire is an important global producer of cocoa beans, cashew nuts, natural rubber and tropical fruits – all of these produce huge amounts of agricultural waste when harvested. The farms are often in remote areas, so it’s a big challenge to find ways to combine compatible feedstocks and make the logistics cost-effective.













    Podcast host Catherine Weetman is a circular economy business advisor, workshop facilitator, speaker and writer.  Her award-winning book: A Circular Economy Handbook: How to Build a More Resilient, Competitive and Sustainable Business includes lots of practical examples and tips on getting started.  Catherine founded Rethink Global in 2013, to help businesses use circular, sustainable approaches to build a better business (and a better world).Stay in touch for free insights and updates...







    Read on for a summary of the podcast and links to the people, organisations and other resources we mention.

    You can subscribe to the podcast series on iTunes, Google Podcasts, PlayerFM, Spotify, TuneIn, or search for "circular economy" in your favourite podcast app.  Stay in touch to get free insights and updates, direct to your inbox...

    Don’t forget, you can use our interactive, searchable podcast index to find episodes by sector, by region or by circular strategy. Plus, there is now a regular Circular Economy Podcast newsletter, so you get the latest episode show notes, links and transcript delivered to your inbox on Sunday morning, each fortnight. The newsletter includes a link to the episode page on our website, with an audio player. You can subscribe by clicking this link to update your preferences.





















    Links we mention in the episode:





































    * A Circular Economy Handbook: How to Build a More Resilient, Competitive and Sustainable Business - buy from any good bookseller, or direct from the publisher Kogan Page, which ships worldwide (free shipping to UK and US) and you can use discount code CIRCL20 to get 20% off: https://www.koganpage.com/CircEcon2 It's available in paperback, ebook and on Kindle. If you buy it from online sources, make sure you choose the new edition with an orange cover!

    * Search for episodes by sector, circular economy strategy, person or organisation, using the interactive episode index...

    • 43 min
    Episode 53 Mick Payne – Techbuyer

    Episode 53 Mick Payne – Techbuyer

    In this episode, Catherine Weetman talks to Mick Payne, Managing Director of the UK operations at Techbuyer.Founded in 2005, Techbuyer has grown from a company run by just two people to a global organisation with multiple operations around the world. Techbuyer has many years of experience in buying used enterprise IT equipment and selling new and certified refurbished IT parts. Every year it configures over 3000 IT servers and data-erases over 10,000 hard drives each month. It’s worked with thousands of organisations worldwide and has partnerships with leading manufacturers including HPE, Dell and Lenovo.Mick Payne believes the company flourishes through its hard working and determined staff, and we talk about Techbuyer’s refurbishment and remanufacturing services, how data is securely removed, and Techbuyer’s warranty and support.Mick tells us about Techbuyer’s software, allowing customers to compare different servers in terms of performance and power requirements, which helps them assess their needs and costs over the product lifecycle. We also find out how things have changed since the Covid-19 pandemic, and how Mick sees the refurbished IT market evolving into the future.













    Podcast host Catherine Weetman is a circular economy business advisor, workshop facilitator, speaker and writer.  Her award-winning book: A Circular Economy Handbook: How to Build a More Resilient, Competitive and Sustainable Business includes lots of practical examples and tips on getting started.  Catherine founded Rethink Global in 2013, to help businesses use circular, sustainable approaches to build a better business (and a better world).Stay in touch for free insights and updates...







    Read on for a summary of the podcast and links to the people, organisations and other resources we mention.

    You can subscribe to the podcast series on iTunes, Google Podcasts, PlayerFM, Spotify, TuneIn, or search for "circular economy" in your favourite podcast app.  Stay in touch to get free insights and updates, direct to your inbox...





















    Links we mention in the episode:





































    * Techbuyer’s website Techbuyer.com

    * Techbuyer news https://www.yorkshiretimes.co.uk/article/Techbuyer-Partners-Digital-Access-For-All-Charity-Launch

    * https://www.techbuyer.com/blog/techbuyer-launches-new-business-interact-for-low-carbon-energy-efficient-data-centres-uk

    * https://www.techbuyer.com/blog/Finding-Answers-Techbuyer-Associate-Partner-CEDaCI

    * a href="https://www.techbuyer.com/blog/why-businesses-should-sign-up-to-the-un-global-goals%E2%80%93the-em...

    • 37 min
    Episode 52 Elizabeth Knight – Repair Revolution

    Episode 52 Elizabeth Knight – Repair Revolution

    Elizabeth Knight is an author, sustainability activist and founder of the first Repair Café in Orange County, NY, and is the co-author (with John Wackman) of Repair Revolution: How Fixers Are Transforming Our Throwaway Culture.

    In the book, John and Elizabeth explore repairing in the broadest sense of the word. They focus on the community repair experience, the wisdom of repair, the sustainable aspects of repairing, the adventure of opening a device and seeing what’s inside, the right to repair that is gaining attention worldwide – and much more!

    We hear how repair cafes can bridge across social divides, and how they help people of all ages and backgrounds build new connections and develop their social confidence levels. We find out that you don’t need to be a repair geek, and hear about the wide range of volunteer roles available. Elizabeth explains what visible mending is, tells us inspiring stories about the rewards of being involved in a Repair Café, and how you can find one, or start your own.

    Podcast host Catherine Weetman is a circular economy business advisor, workshop facilitator, speaker and writer.  Her award-winning book: A Circular Economy Handbook: How to Build a More Resilient, Competitive and Sustainable Business includes lots of practical examples and tips on getting started.  Catherine founded Rethink Global in 2013, to help businesses use circular, sustainable approaches to build a better business (and a better world).

    Stay in touch for free insights and updates...

    Read on for a summary of the podcast and links to the people, organisations and other resources we mention.

    You can subscribe to the podcast series on iTunes, Google Podcasts, PlayerFM, Spotify, TuneIn, or search for "circular economy" in your favourite podcast app.  Stay in touch to get free insights and updates, direct to your inbox...Links we mention in the episode:* Sign up to get the podcast player and shownotes for each new episode emailed to your inbox* A Circular Economy Handbook: How to Build a More Resilient, Competitive and Sustainable Business - buy from any good bookseller, or direct from the publisher Kogan Page, which ships worldwide (free shipping to UK and US) and you can use discount code CIRCL20 to get 20% off: https://www.koganpage.com/CircEcon2 It's available in paperback, ebook and on Kindle. If you buy it from online sources, make sure you choose the new edition with an orange cover!* The book, by John Wackman and Elizabeth Knight Repair Revolution: How Fixers Are Transforming Our Throwaway Culture https://www.repaircafeusa.org/repair-revolution-book* https://www.repaircafeusa.org/* The website John and Elizabeth developed, and want to promote to strengthen connections between people who want to start a repair café, already have one, and are looking for a location near them a href="https://www.

    • 42 min
    Episode 51 – Jamie Butterworth of Circularity Capital

    Episode 51 – Jamie Butterworth of Circularity Capital

    Catherine Weetman talks to Jamie Butterworth, a founder partner at Circularity Capital. Jamie and the Circularity Capital team help large investors, including financial institutions, global corporations and family offices, to invest in circular businesses which can gain competitive advantage by breaking the link between resource use and business success



    Circularity Capital invests in circular businesses and startups, like Winnow, ZigZag, Shark Solutions and Grover. Jamie tells us why there is a need for specialist investment in circular businesses and what specific financial challenges those businesses have, how investors evaluate circular business models, and what is happening as more investors become aware that we’re in a race to solve the climate and biodiversity crises.



    Jamie also explains Circularity Capital’s approach to working out what to invest in – through an ‘unintended consequences’ paper.



    Podcast host Catherine Weetman is a circular economy business advisor, workshop facilitator, speaker and writer.  Her award-winning book: A Circular Economy Handbook: How to Build a More Resilient, Competitive and Sustainable Business includes lots of practical examples and tips on getting started.  Catherine founded Rethink Global in 2013, to help businesses use circular, sustainable approaches to build a better business (and a better world).



    Stay in touch for free insights and updates...





    Read on for a summary of the podcast and links to the people, organisations and other resources we mention.

    You can subscribe to the podcast series on iTunes, Google Podcasts, PlayerFM, Spotify, TuneIn, or search for "circular economy" in your favourite podcast app.  Stay in touch to get free insights and updates, direct to your inbox...











    Links we mention in the episode:





















    * A Circular Economy Handbook: How to Build a More Resilient, Competitive and Sustainable Business - buy from any good bookseller, or direct from the publisher Kogan Page, which ships worldwide (free shipping to UK and US) and you can use discount code CIRCL20 to get 20% off: https://www.koganpage.com/CircEcon2 It's available in paperback, ebook and on Kindle. If you buy it from online sources, make sure you choose the new edition with an orange cover!

    * Jamie Butterworth https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamie-butterworth-a0a48b13/

    * Circularity Capital https://circularitycapital.com/



    About Jamie Butterworth

    Jamie Butterworth is a member of the Investment Committee and part of the Investment Team at Circularity Capital, a specialist private equity firm targeting growth stage investments in business enabling the circular economy. Jamie leads Circularity Capital's work in connecting investee management teams to new business development opportunities in the circular economy and is also head of Investor Relations.



    Jamie is the former CEO and part of the founding te...

    • 40 min
    Episode 50 – Thinking differently

    Episode 50 – Thinking differently

    In this season, we’ve featured another 9 amazing, talented people, helping to make the circular economy happen. Our guests have been from the USA, Chile, Ghana, Spain and the UK.



    We’ve heard valuable insights, shared by people working in startups, in well-established companies, and working to support those with new ideas, or to make existing businesses more circular. And yet again, I’m struggling to fit all the brilliant tips and lessons learned into this round-up episode.



    A recurring theme was the advice to use different ways of thinking. You can link up with people from outside your organisation, you can use different design perspectives, like biomimicry, lean innovation or systems thinking, and you can develop your own process to help you think about the complete cycle, as we’ll hear later.



    We’ve chosen highlights on how thinking differently can help you succeed with circular from:



    * Sandra Goldmark, author of Fixation: how to have stuff without breaking the planet,

    * Brian Bauer of Algramo,

    * Richard James MacCowan of Biomimicry Innovation Lab,

    * Tamsin Chislett of Onloan,

    * Peter Desmond of the African Circular Economy Network,

    * Gary Giles of OGEL, Joanna Bingham of Footprints Africa,

    * Paraskevi Fotoglou from Camira Fabrics,

    * Ryan Edwards of Naked Innovations.



    Read on for a summary of the podcast and links to the people, organisations and other resources we mention.

    You can subscribe to the podcast series on iTunes, Google Podcasts, PlayerFM, Spotify, TuneIn, or search for "circular economy" in your favourite podcast app.  Stay in touch to get free insights and updates, direct to your inbox...



    Links we mention in the episode:



    * A Circular Economy Handbook: How to Build a More Resilient, Competitive and Sustainable Business - buy from any good bookseller, or direct from the publisher Kogan Page, which ships worldwide (free shipping to UK and US) and you can use discount code CIRCL20 to get 20% off: https://www.koganpage.com/CircEcon2 It's available in paperback, ebook and on Kindle. If you buy it from online sources, make sure you choose the new edition with an orange cover!

    * Catherine’s Blog: Through the lens of this pandemic, is your business providing what the world needs? Use ikigai principles to align your business purpose for people, planet & profit. https://www.rethinkglobal.info/ikigai-business-purpose/

    * Dr Edward de Bono’s 6 Thinking Hats https://www.edwddebono.com/six-thinking-hats

    * Ep 5 - Katie Beverley – Ecodesign https://www.rethinkglobal.info/episode-5-katie-beverley-ecodesign/

    * Ep 6 - Adam Fairweather - reimagine waste https://www.rethinkglobal.info/adam-fairweather-reimagine-waste/

    * Episode 16 - Sophie Thomas of Thomas Matthews https://www.rethinkglobal.info/episode-16-sophie-thomas-of-thomas-matthews-ltd/



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Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

Lou Wiles ,

A great way to challenge our thinking

Love that this podcast pushes me to think differently about my business and in particular those I choose to support. We should all be learning. challenging and applying this stuff!

Adrienne Aslan ,

The base for my new project

I have just finished listening to all 29 episodes and taking notes to help me on the building of my new business model, we have just introduced eco and ethical practices to our 10 years old convenience store and now we found new premises where we want to try to apply the circular economy concept from the start. This show has fed me with information, contacts, inspiration and above all gave me self-belief, thank you!!!

Danhalffrog ,

No brainers!!

I’m constantly blown away by some of the ideas and businesses included on this podcast. How are there not more businesses doing these things? Question is which one can I copy with pride to bring to a new market using some of my existing skills!! 🤔

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