47 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

    • Management
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

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 47 Joanna Bingham of Footprints Africa

    Episode 47 Joanna Bingham of Footprints Africa

    Joanna Bingham, the founding CEO of Footprints Africa, is focussed on using the circular economy to support sustainable, scalable and inclusive approaches to the development of local African economies.Joanna is also a founding partner of the CE360 Alliance, and leads the Ghana chapter for the African Circular Economy Network. She studied at Bradford University, the first degree-level circular economy course, supported by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Through Footprints Africa, Joanna runs a 6-month B-Corp programme to support SMEs who are positive about improving their environmental and social impact. Having worked in the investment industry for 9yrs, Joanna says “she is schooled in critical analysis and scepticism and is passionate about embedding social purpose in everyday activity.”We talk about how the circular economy has huge potential to uplift people from poverty and to create meaning, how there are two ways of engaging with the circular economy – out of necessity, and to innovate – and how Footprints Africa’s B Corp programme supports entrepreneurs.













    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

    * Save our Soil online conference 24-26 Feb 2021 https://www.save-our-soil.org/

    * Circular Conversations – Catherine and Peter contribute to the conversation on how the circular economy can create social value https://www.circularconversations.com/expert-series/how-can-the-circular-economy-create-social-value

    * Joanna on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.

    • 41 min
    Episode 46 Gary Giles – OGEL

    Episode 46 Gary Giles – OGEL

    Today, we’re talking to yet another entrepreneur inspired by the circular economy. Gary Giles set up his company, OGEL, to use a material that is quite difficult to recycle, and very bulky, so transporting it to be recycled is expensive. We’ll hear how Gary was inspired by the modular design of Lego, and how he’s developed a way of constructing durable, well-insulated buildings that use only 3 shapes, are easy to assemble and need very few tools.



















    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:











































    * The new Circle Lab database from Circle Economy https://knowledge-hub.circle-lab.com/

    * Save our Soil online conference 24-26 February http://save-our-soil.org/

    * Gary Giles on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/gary-giles-56751014/

    * OGEL https://ogel.world/

    * The 2-minute video showing how the OGEL building system works is on the OGEL website, or here https://youtu.be/SDua6D4QBPQ

    * Project SPECIFIC and the ‘building as a power station’ concept: https://www.specific.eu.com/about-us/

    * https://epsrc.ukri.org/newsevents/casestudies/buildings-as-power-stations/

    * https://www-2018.swansea.ac.uk/press-office/news-archive/2019/turninghomesintopowerstationscouldcuthouseholdfuelbillsby600ormore-report.php

    * Richard Parker of E3 Design Ltd https://www.e3design.co.uk/



    About person

    Gary is Founder of OGEL, which is a rapid construction system that turns waste plastic into walls,

    • 31 min
    Episode 45 Peter Desmond African Circular Economy Network

    Episode 45 Peter Desmond African Circular Economy Network

    Peter Desmond is a circular economy coach, workshop facilitator and strategic advisor, and I’m delighted that he is also my colleague at Rethink Global. He has done lots of work in Africa, and is cofounder of the African Circular Economy Network. He helps businesses find circular opportunities, create a compelling business case, and broaden their networks. Peter is keen to work with SME’s and start-ups, helping them use the circular economy to succeed and prosper.

















    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:







































    * Peter Desmond https://www.rethinkglobal.info/peter-desmond-circular-economy-advisor/

    * Superlooper (https://www.superlooperlife.com/

    * CircuClarity carbonated drinks https://circuclarity.com/

    * The Vigga clothing brand, available at Circos https://circos.co/

    * Sterling Joinery - http://sterlingjoinerylondon.co.uk/

    * African Circular Economy Network https://www.acen.africa

    * Fairer World Lindfield https://www.facebook.com/fairerworldlindfield

    * Circular Design Nairobi: https://www.circulardesignnairobi.com/

    * Hello Tractor https://hellotractor.com/

    * Circularity Capital https://circularitycapital.com/

    * AgriProtein https://www.agriprotein.com

    * Safi Organics https://safiorganics.co.ke/

    * Advance London: https://advancelondon.org/

    * Clean Growth UK: https://www.clean-growth.uk/

    • 33 min
    Episode 44 Tamsin Chislett of Onloan

    Episode 44 Tamsin Chislett of Onloan

    Catherine Weetman talks to Tamsin Chislett, cofounder of fashion subscription startup Onloan, which has grown strongly this year despite lockdown, and is now working with 25 fashion brands.We find out why fashion subscription works so well for the customer and the brands, why Onloan’s customer base doesn’t fit typical demographics, and how Tamsin convinced those first few brands to come on board.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:* Onloan’s website: https://onloan.co/* Onloan's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/onloan.co/* Tamsin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TamsinChislett* Episode 18 Eve Kekeh of Bundlee https://www.rethinkglobal.info/episode-18-eve-kekeh-of-bundlee/* The modular shoe I mentioned was Ze o Ze by Daniela Bekerman http://design-milk.com/ze-o-ze-modular-shoes-by-daniela-bekerman/* Episode 33 Greg Lavery of Rype Office https://www.rethinkglobal.info/episode-33-greg-lavery-of-rype-office/* RePack, returnable e-commerce packaging available in Europe & N America https://repack.com* Charlotte Morley of The Little Loop - The UK's first rental marketplace for children https://thelittleloop.com

    About Tamsin Chislett

    Tamsin is co-founder of Onloan, a fashion rental subscription service. Onloan is the only UK rental company to partner directly with top contemporary fashion brands, focus on 'elevated daywear' (not primarily occasionwear), and do all garment care and logistics in-house. 

    For customers, Onloan offers a way to enjoy all the newness and variety of fast fashion, but without the waste, and with much better clothes.

    Before Onloan, Tamsin worked in strategy consulting, investment, and for a Ugandan cotton factory which secured the first Fairtrade cotton certificate in East Africa.Interview Transcript

    Provided by AI - add ~1:45 mins for the finished episode

    Catherine Weetman  00:00

    In today's episode we talk to Tamsin Chislett and find out how she started Onloan, a fashion rental subscription service. Onloan is a bit different to other UK fashion rental options because it partners directl...

    • 39 min
    Episode 43 Richard James MacCowan of Biomimicry Innovation Lab

    Episode 43 Richard James MacCowan of Biomimicry Innovation Lab

    Catherine Weetman talks to Richard James MacCowan, who helps people use biomimicry to design better materials, products, buildings, and cities.Richard is the Founder and Creative Director of the Biomimicry Innovation Lab, with a mission to inspire and share how the natural world can deliver unique solutions by radically reducing the need for resources. Richard kindly wrote a brilliant piece on Biomimicry for the 2nd edition of Catherine’s Circular Economy Handbook.We talk about different aspects of biomimicry and how it can inform the design of objects, systems and much more, including Structure and materials, Swarm behaviour, 3D Printing & termites, Self-repairing and ‘exotic’ materials - and why origami is useful!  Richard explains how nature uses structure for colour, which leads me to ask whether some of these developments are actually encouraging consumption.













    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

    * Biomimicry Innovation Lab https://biomimicryinnovationlab.com/

    * Social Media - @biomimicryUK

    * https://biologydictionary.net/biomimicry/ with a few examples and quick quiz

    * More about the Logoplaste plastic bottle https://www.logoplaste.com/media/2282/logoplaste_case_study_vitalis_2018.pdf

    * 3D printing and termites Termites and 3D printing  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1LbWgePCgo&t=123s

    * https://biomimicry.org/zygote-quarterly/

    * Dr Rupert Soar at Nottingham Trent University http...

    • 40 min
    Episode 42 – Brian Bauer of Algramo

    Episode 42 – Brian Bauer of Algramo

    Catherine Weetman talks to Brian Bauer, who leads Circular Economy and Alliances at Algramo, a Chilean startup that refills consumer products by the gram from vending machines.Algramo’s founder, Jose Manuel Moller noticed a problem he calls the ‘poverty tax’ (when lower-income consumers buy products in very small, supposedly more “affordable” formats, but end up paying up to 40 percent more for the product, compared to a larger pack size). Algramo’s refill system helps solve this problem, allowing customers to purchase the quantity of products they need at ‘bulk’ prices — making the sustainable option more affordable, equitable and convenient.The service already operates in thousands of family-owned stores that reach over 300,000 end-customers in Santiago, Chile, and now has a mobile option using electric trikes. Algramo has recently expanded to the US with refill vending machines in New York City, partnering with Colgate-Palmolive and Clorox.We hear how Algramo is integrating technology too, including RFID tags to monitor usage. During lockdown, Algramo has developed an app, so customers can take their empty container to the store, and use their smartphone to control the refill machine, meaning they don’t need to touch anything they haven’t brought into the store.













    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:





































    * Rethink Global’s coaching services https://www.rethinkglobal.info/coaching-and-advice/

    * Algramo - https://algramo.com/en/home/

    * Instagram Algramo - https://www.instagram.com/algramo/?hl=en

    * Brian Bauer on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/brian-bauer-chile/

    * Doughnut Economics for Ireland https://doughnuteconomics.org/news/14

    * Outrage and Optimism podcast, episode 64 with Alan Jope, the CEO of Unilever a href="https://globaloptimism.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

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!! 🤔

Top Podcasts In Management

Listeners Also Subscribed To