33 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 33 – Greg Lavery of Rype Office

    Episode 33 – Greg Lavery of Rype Office

    In this episode, Catherine talks to Greg Lavery of Rype Office, which remanufactures high quality office furniture. We hear why Greg decided that office furniture is ideal for a circular business, how Rype’s customer base is evolving and why people are switching to remade furniture.A civil engineer by training, Greg has focused his career on improving the sustainability of the built environment. He began by working for Arup and Greg was awarded a PhD in sustainable building design in the 1990s.He built, from startup, what is now Australia’s largest solar business, Origin Solar, and as a consultant, assisted organisations with innovative sustainable business models, including Masdar City, Interface, Shell and ClimateWorks Australia.













    Podcast host Catherine Weetman is a circular economy business advisor, workshop facilitator, speaker and writer.  Her award-winning book, 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...





















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    * Blog: Start your circular economy journey: #1 The Stationery Cupboard https://www.rethinkglobal.info/get-started-with-circular-economy-1-office/* Remanufacturing podcast: Ep 24 - Steve Haskew of Circular Computing https://www.rethinkglobal.info/episode-24-steve-haskew-of-circular-computing/* Greg Lavery on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/drgreglavery/* Rype Office rypeoffice.com* Nick Rawlins of Reconomy https://www.reconomy.com/* Kresse Wresling of Elvis and Kresse https://www.elvisandkresse.com/





















    About Greg Lavery

    A civil engineer by training, Greg has focused his career on improving the sustainability of the built environment.

    Beginning his career with Arup, Greg was awarded a PhD in sustainable building design in the 1990s.

    He built from startup what is now Australia’s largest solar business, Origin Solar, and as a consultant assisted organisations with innovative sustainable business models, including Masdar City, Interface, Shell and ClimateWorks Australia.

    Greg founded and is now rapidly growing Rype Office, a vertically integrated circular economy office furniture remanufacturing business.



    Transcript

    • 35 min
    Episode 32- Christian van Maaren of Excess Materials Exchange

    Episode 32- Christian van Maaren of Excess Materials Exchange

    In this episode, Catherine Weetman talks to Christian van Maaren, co-founder of Excess Materials Exchange, based in the Netherlands. Excess Materials Exchange is saving the planet by running a dating site, which at first sounds improbable, and then sounds intriguing!Christian describes himself as a chronic optimist, always looking at possibilities to achieve the seemingly unattainable. He is driven by making the world inclusive and circular and is convinced that the Circular Economy plays a paramount role in the energy-climate challenge whilst delivering sound business results.We talk about Christian’s background working for Shell, and how he’s switched from corporate life to being an entrepreneur.Christian believes the circular economy is one of the fastest and cheapest ways to achieve the Paris climate goals, and we hear how Excess Materials Exchange helps customers measure the value of their exchange options, in financial, environmental and social impacts.Their analysis shows exchange is better for your profits as well as our planet, with material flows typically increasing by 110 per cent in financial value, and ecological footprints reducing by an average of 60 per cent.Christian tells us about the kinds of companies and materials they match up, using a combination of blockchain and AI, and how they actively match supply & demand for materials to ensure high value re-use. 











    Podcast host Catherine Weetman is a circular economy business advisor, workshop facilitator, speaker and writer.  Her award-winning book, 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...



















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    * Excess Materials Exchange website: excessmaterialsexchange.com* On LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/excess-materials-exchange/* Christian van Maaren on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cvanmaaren/* Excess Materials Exchange Co-Founder, Maayke Aimee Damen’s TEDx talk from 2020 https://youtu.be/7A8x_cIjG1o* PRé consultants - https://www.pre-sustainability.com/* Copper8 (circular procurement) https://www.copper8.com/ Other podcast episodes about materials exchange:* Episode 8 Elaine Kerr - industrial symbiosis a href="https://www.

    • 39 min
    Episode 31 – Tom Fecarotta of Rheaply

    Episode 31 – Tom Fecarotta of Rheaply

    In this episode, Catherine Weetman talks to Tom Fecarotta of Rheaply, a company based in the US. Rheaply helps organisations share physical assets and other resources either within, or outside the organisation. Rheaply works across a number of sectors, bio-pharma to retail, helping clients get more use out of idle assets including equipment, materials and chemicals. They can choose to donate, or to sell those un-used assets.We hear about Rheaply’s core technology, its Asset Exchange Manager, and how this allows people to highlight those unused assets. We hear about the focus on Zero Waste in the US, and how Rheaply uses gamification to help people become Zero Waste Heroes in their organisation. We also find out why assets that still have value get discarded, and why looking at your internal operations first can pay dividends for resource efficiency and sustainability.











    Podcast host Catherine Weetman is a circular economy business advisor, workshop facilitator, speaker and writer.  Her award-winning book, 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:* Tom Fecarotta on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomas-fecarotta/* Rheaply’s Website* Rheaply’s LinkedIn* Rheaply’s Twitter - @RheaplyInc* Rheaply’s Instagram - @rheaply* Schedule a Demo: https://www.rheaply.com/schedule-a-demo* Rheaply at MIT Solve: (2019 Circular Economy Solver class)* Rheaply Promotional Video: https://vimeo.com/rheaply/happy-assets































    Tom Fecarotta (VP, External Affairs)

    Tom Fecarotta is the Vice President of External Affairs at Rheaply, providing user engagement strategies and cross-channel marketing initiatives for Rheaply clients and partners. Tom’s primary leadership responsibilities at Rheaply include marketing/brand strategy development, sales enablement content, corporate communications, customer success, event marketing and sponsorships, and content creation.

    Prior to joining Rheaply,

    • 31 min
    Episode 30 – What have we learned?

    Episode 30 – What have we learned?

    It’s EPISODE 30, and we're reflecting on the last nine episodes, drawing out some themes we can learn from. Plus, there is a further conversation with Geoff van Sonsbeeck of womenswear brand Baukjen, in which we discuss packaging.

    The wonders of online communication mean we’ve been to the United States, Jordan, Uganda, Canada and Ghana in the last nine episodes. We’ve talked to a start-up looking for funding, two social enterprises, two charities, a community cooperative, and several businesses that have been growing for 15-20 years.

    If we look at the circular economy strategies of these organisations: five are helping to ‘Close the Loop and Regenerate’, two are ‘Slowing the Flow’ of materials through more durable, circular designs, and two are ‘Intensifying the Flow’ through sharing services.

    To read a summary of those circular economy strategies with a simple diagram, go to the Resources section of the Rethink Global website and read our article: What is the circular economy

    We’ll also look at how these different organisations are creating value for different groups – for their customers, suppliers, employees, communities -  and for our planet.







    Podcast host Catherine Weetman is a circular economy business advisor, workshop facilitator, speaker and writer.  Her award-winning book, 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:* Book: https://www.rethinkglobal.info/circular-economy-handbook/* Article: What is the circular economy https://www.rethinkglobal.info/what-is-the-circular-economy/* Catherine’s blog: Why ‘semi-circular’ strategies are a sustainable step forward      https://www.rethinkglobal.info/semi-circular-strategies/* Catherine’s blog: Fashion: from fast and forgettable to slow and sustainable - why purpose-driven brands like Baukjen and Isabella Oliver are choosing circular strategies https://www.rethinkglobal.info/fast-forgettable-to-slow-sustainable-circular-fashion/* Catherine’s blog on social entrepreneurs in Africa - Transforming plastic waste into social value https://www.rethinkglobal.info/plastic-waste-social-value-africa/* Close the Loop a href="http://www.closetheloopusa.

    • 27 min
    Episode 29 – Mabel Suglo of Dignified Wear

    Episode 29 – Mabel Suglo of Dignified Wear

    We talk to Mabel Suglo, the founder of Dignified Wear, a social enterprise in Ghana. It aims to economically empower people with disabilities and rural women through decent jobs. It trains and then employs them to handcraft durable, versatile and fashionable shoes, handbags, locally woven fabrics, clothing and traditional jewellery.Podcast host Catherine Weetman is a circular economy business advisor, workshop facilitator, speaker and writer.  Her award-winning book, 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:* Catherine’s blog on social entrepreneurs in Africa - Transforming plastic waste into social value https://www.rethinkglobal.info/plastic-waste-social-value-africa/* Podcast Episode 23 features a circular social enterprise in Uganda: Andy Bownds of EcoBrixs: creating social value by recycling waste plastic into construction materials https://www.rethinkglobal.info/episode-23-andy-bownds-eco-brixs/* You can find Mabel Suglo on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn with Mabel Suglo.* Also on twitter @SugloMabel1* Dignified Wear on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/dignifiedwear/* Dignified Wear on Facebook https://web.facebook.com/DignifiedWear/* Dignified Wear on Twitter https://twitter.com/dignifiedwear* Dignified Wear on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/dignifiedwear* Dignified Wear website dignifiedwear.com* Books and other companies* Prince Agbata of Coliba in Ghana coliba.com.gh* Chineyenwa Okoro Onu of Waste or Create in Ghana www.wasteorcreate.comAbout Mabel Suglo

    Mabel Suglo, through the inspiration from her late grandma, who had leprosy and with barely a thumb defied the odds of single motherhood, stigmatization and marginalization to cultivate food crops on a piece of land to feed her children and grandchildren proving that disability is not inability inspires her to economically empower persons with disabilities and rural women in Ghana through decent jobs through her social enterprise Dignified Wear.

    An enterprise based in Sunyani, the Bono Region of Ghana,

    • 32 min
    Episode 28 (revised) Chris Diplock – The Thingery

    Episode 28 (revised) Chris Diplock – The Thingery

    [* updated 28 May with correct audio file and amended intro - and our apologies. If your podcast app has auto downloaded and you have Episode 27 audio, please delete the audio and refresh.  Sorry!]

    In this episode, Catherine Weetman talks to Chris Diplock, in Canada. Chris is the Founder and CEO of The Thingery, the parent organization of neighbourhood Thingery branches, and a leader in Vancouver’s collaborative economy

    The Thingery focuses on the development of community-owned lending libraries of things (in other words, a Thingery).

    Chris has extensive experience in Vancouver’s Sharing Economy, having co-founded The Vancouver Tool Library and led a city-wide research project called The Sharing Project.

    You could describe the Thingery as a ‘library in a box’ – the box being a shipping container! The containers are solar-powered and so can be sited in disused spaces near the communities that will use them. Technology allows people to access the container and then use the built-in systems to easily log what they are borrowing or returning.  That means it is less reliant on volunteers and can be open 24/7 if needed. Chris wants to make it easy for any community, worldwide, to set up their own Library of Things. We hear about the concept, the funding model, and the practicalities.



















    Podcast host Catherine Weetman is a circular economy business advisor, workshop facilitator, speaker and writer.  Her award-winning book, 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:* Catherine’s webinar for Economia Circular Brasil https://www.rethinkglobal.info/webinar-for-economia-circular-brasil/   * Contact Chris: Info@thethingery.com* The Thingery http://thethingery.com/* Social media* Books and other companies* Right to Repair in the EU https://repair.eu/* Global repair moving iFixit – article about the right to repair https://www.ifixit.com/Right-to-Repair/Intro* Read more about The Thingery and other Libraries of Things in this article https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/apr/24/library-of-things-borrowing-scheme-conquer-...

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

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6 Ratings

6 Ratings

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!! 🤔

arian ystyrlon cymru ,

An excellent addition

A very good new podcast specialising in the circular economy space. Starting with a good primer on what the circular economy is, moves on through the linear economy and on to specific interviews. I’m looking forward to the journey as this podcast and the circular economy evolves. If you’re in this space it’s worth a slot on your podcast roster - it’s no light touch - and easier than a lot of reading - a great prime. Finally sound quality is very good something that can’t be said of all podcasts.

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