4 episodes

Every year, large amounts of resources—from plastics and food to clothing and building materials—are produced then thrown away. As global populations grow and become richer, there will be an increased pressure on these already strained resources that underpin our society’s needs. What will a system that eliminates waste, circulates resources, and innovates within the confines of our planet look like? What kinds of technologies, policies, collaborations and human ingenuity will be needed to get us there?

Inside the Circle Economist Impact

    • Business

Every year, large amounts of resources—from plastics and food to clothing and building materials—are produced then thrown away. As global populations grow and become richer, there will be an increased pressure on these already strained resources that underpin our society’s needs. What will a system that eliminates waste, circulates resources, and innovates within the confines of our planet look like? What kinds of technologies, policies, collaborations and human ingenuity will be needed to get us there?

    Circular Cities

    Circular Cities

    According to data from the World Bank, cities are home to 56% of the global population. However, the United Nations Environment Programme estimates that cities also contribute to 75% of global carbon emissions. Local and municipal governments play an important role in putting the circular economy into action. But what would a circular city look like, and how can city governments design, promote and support circular systems?


    Featuring: Liz Goodwin, chair at ReLondon and senior fellow and director of food loss and waste at the World Resources Institute; Kate Raworth, author of Doughnut Economics and co-founder of the Doughnut Economics Lab; Marta Suplicy, municipal secretary of international relations of the City of São Paulo; and Shiva Susarla, founder of Circular Cities Asia and founder and CEO of RENERGii.
     
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    • 35 min
    Circular Fashion

    Circular Fashion

    Though the fashion industry has doubled its production of clothing over the past 15 years, 75% of the clothes we purchase end up in landfills and less than 1% are being recycled into new clothing, according to research by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. How can clothes be designed to last longer, be reused, and be recycled into new clothes at their end of life? What are the shifts in business models, technologies and regulations needed to design the fashion industry in a more circular way? How can we empower brands, designers, policymakers and customers alike?


    Featuring: Laura Coppen, head of circularity at Zalando; Eliana Kuo, founder and co-CEO of Lablaco; and Justine Porterie, global head of sustainability at Depop.
     
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    • 31 min
    Circular Food

    Circular Food

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates that the global food system accounts for about 30% of global carbon emissions. However, data from the United Nations Environment Programme suggest that a third of food continues to be lost or wasted every year. Policymakers, producers, processors, vendors and consumers all have a role to play—from devising policies that support greater stakeholder collaboration and encouraging more regenerative food production, to using produce that would otherwise be lost and reducing the amount of food being wasted in retail, restaurants and households. How can we redesign food products and food systems in ways that help us to meet biodiversity targets and address the climate crisis?


    Featuring: Rob Cameron, global head of public affairs and ESG engagement at Nestlé; Philippe Schuler, global impact manager at Too Good to Go; Turner Wyatt, founder and CEO of the Upcycled Food Association; and Winnie Yegon, food systems analyst at the FAO and African food systems leadership fellow.
     
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    • 33 min
    Circular Plastics

    Circular Plastics

    So much plastic is designed to be single-use. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, over 300 million tonnes of plastic waste is produced every year. Moreover, a study by Pew Charitable Trusts highlights that plastic-related greenhouse-gas emissions are projected to account for around 19% of the global carbon budget by 2040. How can we develop innovative upstream solutions and design products and packaging that promote circular models of production, consumption and waste management? To what extent have policymakers created a conducive environment for progress? How can business solutions engage policymakers and consumers alike?
     
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    • 33 min

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