70 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 70 – Customer Pain Points

    Episode 70 – Customer Pain Points

    Catherine Weetman says: "Today’s episode is one of my regular round ups of the last 9 conversations. Today, I’ve chosen the theme of customer Pain Points. We’ll look at this from the perspective of both businesses, and citizens – you and me. I think some of those pain points are being overlooked by companies – that could be because they have a one-size-fits-all approach that might create value for one customer group, but doesn’t deliver, or could actually destroy value for another group.I also think new pain points are cropping up – maybe even evolving. More of us are realising that our choices aren’t contributing to a fairer, healthier and more sustainable world, and that’s making us uncomfortable, at a conscious or a sub-conscious level. Knowing that we’re going to discard something because there isn’t a convenient way to help it be reused is also uncomfortable – and we’re finding that some of our assumptions are wrong.For example, in Episode 69, Jo Godden of RubyMoon explained that in the UK, hardly any textiles are recycled. A small proportion is downcycled into wadding and seat fillings, some are exported for hand-sorting in low-income countries (much of which probably ends up as landfill, creating pollution and damaging local ecosystems).The inspiration for this episode came from Dr Megan O’Connor, the founder and CEO of Nth Cycle, back in ep 67. I was struck by how clearly Megan described all the different pain points she’d identified for both the electronics sector, and for those involved in the materials for the electronics sector – both the mining companies and the recyclers."













    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 preferenc...

    • 24 min
    Episode 69 Jo Godden of RubyMoon – circular fibres for activewear

    Episode 69 Jo Godden of RubyMoon – circular fibres for activewear

    IT’S EPISODE 69, and I’m talking to Jo Godden of RubyMoon. Jo was one of my first podcast guests, and now she is back to tell us about an exciting new project to create properly recycled textiles to close the loop on active wear.RubyMoon, based in Brighton in the UK, is already using recycled fibres from Ocean Plastics to make its active wear products, and now wants to go further through research projects that overcome the technical challenges of recovering and recycling the kind of textiles commonly used in swimwear.Jo explains that this project focuses on two key fabric elements, Nylon 6 – a strong, durable polyamide, and Elastane, that makes the fabric stretchy so it fits well and supports activites like swimming and other sports.The challenge is how to find mechanical and chemical methods of breaking down polyamide elastane, that are both cost-effective and environmentally sound.There’s a second ambitious project too, developing a nano trace to embed into the material so that it can be identified and recovered, to make sure it goes back into the closed loop system.













    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 y...

    • 40 min
    Episode 68 Kresse Wesling – Elvis & Kresse – luxury products from discarded materials

    Episode 68 Kresse Wesling – Elvis & Kresse – luxury products from discarded materials

    I’m in conversation with one of my first circular economy heroes, Kresse Wesling, CBE. Kresse is co-founder of Elvis & Kresse, which rescues and transforms discarded materials into innovative lifestyle products.

    Kresse was one of the first circular economy entrepreneurs I met, when (in 2015) I heard her tell the story of how she started Elvis &  Kresse back in 2005, to rescue and transform decommissioned fire hose, from the London Fire Brigade, into bags, wallets, belts and other high-quality products. I loved it so much that I bought my husband one of the wallets for Christmas.

    I’d not yet dared to invite Kresse onto the podcast… so I was very impressed when Nicole Rudolf, who joined our team earlier this year, got in touch with Elvis & Kresse after researching it for one of our case studies for the Circle Lab Knowledge Hub. Thanks Nicole!

    We hear about the ‘why’ of Elvis & Kresse, and how the company has evolved, now collecting 12 different waste materials to transform into high-quality, durable, beautiful and engaging lifestyle products. It’s a B Corp, and donates 50% of the profits from its collections to charities related to those rescued materials.

    Kresse explains the company ethos, plus its belief in collaboration and why it’s important to design a system, not just a product.



















    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:

    • 54 min
    Episode 67 Megan O’Connor Of Nth Cycle – a big leap forward for metal & mineral recovery

    Episode 67 Megan O’Connor Of Nth Cycle – a big leap forward for metal & mineral recovery

    Dr Megan O’Connor is the co-founder and CEO of Nth Cycle, a metal processing company that has developed technology to enable a clean, local, and streamlined supply of critical minerals for the clean energy transition.We hear how Dr. O’Connor begged her professors at Yale to let her attend the Green Electronics Summit, where she heard big tech brands and manufacturers talk about all the risks and pain points they were up against as they tried to respond to increasing demand for tech, whilst reducing their footprints and improving sustainability.The quantities of materials we need are mindblowing –for cobalt alone, Megan quotes figures of a 50% supply shortage by 2030.Basically, we’ve found, and mined, all the easy-to-access sources of many materials, so we’re getting less of each metal or mineral from the same amount of base material.  In the shownotes, I’ve included a link to a report from the United Nations Int’l Resource Panel - Decoupling II - which highlighted these issues back in 2014. The report shows that for many minerals, to get the same quantity of metal extraction as a century ago, we now have to process about three times as much material. And of course, that brings associated increases in fossil fuel energy use, land disruption, chemical release and impacts on groundwater and freshwater.Megan tells us how she came up with the idea for using electro-extraction, a technology developed by her co-founder for a completely different application, and how she then pivoted the entire focus of her PhD to develop this.We hear about the different challenges in recovering metals from waste, and how the Nth Cycle technology solves these challenges in a more efficient and sustainable way than other recycling methods, such as hydro and pyrometallurgy.Megan talks us through the range of applications, from e-waste to mining, and how the Nth Cycle technology is developed to be suitable for smaller-scale applications.













    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 o...

    • 36 min
    Episode 66 Alyssa Couture – Healthy Fashion is better for all of us, and our planet

    Episode 66 Alyssa Couture – Healthy Fashion is better for all of us, and our planet

    Catherine Weetman talks to Alyssa Couture, the author of Healthy Fashion: The Deeper Truths (published this month). Alyssa’s book is all about fashion for mental health, physical health, spiritual health, and energetic health. Alyssa brings a radical new perspective to fashion, looking at everything from the textiles and dyes we use, to how our clothes can improve our mental and physical health. Alyssa’s work shows how all of this is connected to our environment and improving sustainability.We’ll start by asking Alyssa to share some of her research on textiles and dyes, and then discuss a few of the insights from her book, including what ‘unhealthy fashion’ is, and how fashion can evolve to be circular and healthier for us, and our living planet.











    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 on our website* a href="https://mailchi.

    • 43 min
    Episode 65 Charlotte Morley – thelittleloop – the UK’s first shared wardrobe for kids

    Episode 65 Charlotte Morley – thelittleloop – the UK’s first shared wardrobe for kids

    The UK’s first shared wardrobe for kids... Charlotte Morley founded thelittleloop to offer a solution to clothing waste with convenience, choice, quality and value. Charlotte grew up being an advocate for sustainability, and found becoming a parent was a watershed moment. The fear of an uncertain future drove Charlotte to make big changes in the way she lived.But, when it came to dressing her children she couldn't find a satisfactory solution to the waste that rapidly-growing mini-humans create. Hand-me-downs were haphazard and offered no choice. Buying new then trying peer-to-peer resale was incredibly time consuming and didn’t recover much of the original cost. Charlotte was intrigued by how to incentivise children's clothing brands to create garments that would last.Shocked by the problems of under-used clothing and frustrated by the lack of convenient solutions, she decided to solve the problem by working with children’s clothing brands to create a rental service, thelittleloop.Charlotte drew on her background in retail and technology, and set out to build a solution offering maximum convenience, choice, quality and value, at the same ensuring each garment lives its full potential life.Charlotte founded her business while working as Head of Digital Product at Notonthehighstreet – and now runs thelittleloop full time.  She describes it as both the biggest risk she's ever taken, and the best thing she could imagine doing for her children's future. Thelittleloop works hand in hand with brands, who take a share of the rental revenue, sharing responsibility for the lifespan of the garments, and receiving data to help improve their production standards.  Charlotte’s business is already winning awards, including from Marie Claire and Junior magazine, and was featured in the Guardian last month.











    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.

    • 57 min

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