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The Ellen MacArthur Foundation welcomes you to Explore the Circular Economy, a podcast about a new way to design, make, and use things, and how we can build an economy that's fit for the 21st century,

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The Ellen MacArthur Foundation welcomes you to Explore the Circular Economy, a podcast about a new way to design, make, and use things, and how we can build an economy that's fit for the 21st century,

    Why it's time to invest in the circular economy

    Why it's time to invest in the circular economy

    Increasingly adopted as a powerful framework to address the world’s most pressing challenges, the transition towards the circular economy is well underway. However, a key ingredient is still very much in the early stages of exploring the topic - the world of finance.

    Luigi Riccardo is an industrial engineer. In early 2016 he joined the Innovation Center in Intesa Sanpaolo as innovation specialist and project manager. He is part of the team that developed the bank’s strategy on Circular Economy as a force for good, with the delivery of a dedicated plafond to finance circular projects and the launch of the Circular Economy Lab in Milan. Luigi is also a PhD student in the “Innovation for the Circular Economy” programme at the University of Turin, member of the local Global Shapers Community by WEF and manager in TEDxTorino conferences organisation. His aim is to shape a better world starting with local actions.

    In this session, hear how Intesa Sanpaolo has made the topic of circular economy central to their strategy, and how they aim to support businesses, especially SMEs, in making the transition.

    • 28 min
    DS Smith and Costa: A reverse cycle for coffee cups

    DS Smith and Costa: A reverse cycle for coffee cups

    The wastefulness of takeaway paper coffee cups and issues of recyclability have regularly featured in the headlines in recent years as topics like ocean plastics become increasingly prominent. Better design and reuse are clearly on top of the agenda, but there's demands for better recycling are also firmly on the agenda of governments, organisations and consumers.

    Listen to this podcast to hear the story of how DS Smith has aimed to tackle this issue, starting by finding a solution to recycling coffee cups at scale in a standard paper mill, and then moving on to consider the system that sits around that technology with the launch of their Coffee Drop Box solution. We'll also be joined in the studio by the Head of Environment from one of the UK's largest coffee retailers, who will talk about the challenge of single use takeaway cups and the respective roles that reuse and recycling can play in changing a consumer's relationship with those products.

    • 26 min
    The power of information and data in our cities

    The power of information and data in our cities

    An all too familiar story is told about our data and how various organisations are capturing it, harvesting it, and using it in ways to influence us - some positive, but many perceived as negative. What does a more hopeful vision of a data dominated world look like?

    Mara Balestrini is an expert on this topic. She works as a Human-Computer-Interaction researcher, and founded an organisation devoted to the issue called Ideas for Change. Watch this conversation to hear about some of the examples of citizens taking hold of and being empowered by their data to create positive impacts for their everyday lives in their cities.

    • 18 min
    The Role of Learning in the Transition to a Circular Economy

    The Role of Learning in the Transition to a Circular Economy

    How we think shapes the world around us, and our ways of thinking are formed through our learning. If we are to adopt a new economic model like the circular economy, we all need to go through a learning journey to explore, understand and ultimately apply a concept that requires new practices and a significant mindset shift.

    At the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, we have spent a lot of time supporting people to shift their mindsets. Our Learning Team's work covers schools, universities, businesses and informal learning. Listen to this podcast to find out more about what we do and why we do it.

    • 39 min
    How the circular economy and Industrial Revolution can drive prosperity in Latin America

    How the circular economy and Industrial Revolution can drive prosperity in Latin America

    Latin America didn't get much chance to participate in the first three Industrial Revolutions, besides being a supplier and exporter of valuable resources. Petar Ostojic argues that the combination of the circular economy and the Fourth Industrial Revolution provides a unique moment in history for Latin America to enter a new era of prosperity.

    Petar Ostojic is co-Founder and CEO of Neptuno Pumps, Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Innovation and Circular Economy - CIEC. He is recognised as the first promoter of the circular economy in Latin America by the World Economic Forum and selected Highly Commended for Circular Economy Leadership by The Circulars 2017 in Davos.

    • 21 min
    Flies: The unexpected answer to the food crisis

    Flies: The unexpected answer to the food crisis

    Can insect farming reduce the stress on fish stocks across the Southern Hemisphere? How do you even get 8.4 billion flies to live together and operate in a way that makes it easy to capture their larvae?

    Described by Forbes magazine as 'Lord of the Flies’, Jason Drew is an innovator and serial entrepreneur. Before becoming CEO of AgriProtein – a company he co-founded in 2009 – Jason held leadership roles in several international businesses, including General Electric, BUPA and Egg.

    In this conversation, he and the Foundation's Joe Iles explore how Agriprotein's plant replicate a natural process, replace the need for much of the fishing that happens today, and create a product that can help to regenerate our soils.

    • 37 min

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