The Ellen MacArthur Foundation welcomes you to The Circular Economy Show, 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,
How important is communication in promoting circular design?
Design is at the forefront of the transition from a linear economy to a circular one. But how can communication assist this change?
In this episode Laura Franco Henao hears from two guests working in this space, looking at the business opportunities available as a result of circular design and also the power of social media in catalysing change.
Rebecca Garner is Circularity Partner at ASOS, who talks us through the circular journey of ASOS, including their Circular Design Guidebook. Laura's also joined by Marina Testino, Creative Director and Artivist at Point Off View, Inc, taking a look at some of Marina's iconic campaigns, such as #OneDressToImpress and #YellowLikeALemon.
Our two guests are both contributors to the Circular Design for Fashion book, launched by The Ellen MacArthur Foundation towards the end of 2021. Find out more about the book at https://ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/the-circular-design-for-fashion-book.
Please note that this episode contains explicit language.
How can we eliminate waste and encourage regeneration in the fashion industry?
In this episode, Laura Franco Henao explores the intersections between fashion, regenerative design, the importance of context and the power of storytelling.
She’s joined by Josie Warden, the Head of Regenerative Design at the RSA and Rudo Nondo, the Creative Design Practitioner at The African Rack and Country Co-Ordinator of Fashion Revolution Zimbabwe, who also feature in the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s new book, Circular Design for Fashion
How are businesses linking the circular economy and climate change?
In this episode, we take a look back at some of the conversations we had at COP26. We’ll be discussing how businesses are making the important link between the circular economy and climate change.
These conversations are from November 2021, when Seb Egerton-Read went to the climate change conference in Glasgow to meet some of the leading individuals in the climate space.
First, we'll hear from Johan Rockström, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, about where we are with the Planetary Boundaries, how optimistic he is and the role he thinks the circular economy can play in tackling climate change.
We’ll also hear from Wouter van Tol, Head of Government, Community Affairs and Sustainability at DS Smith, and Stephen Jamieson, Global Head of Circular Economy Solutions at SAP.
How are key actors making nature-positive food the norm?
In this episode, we discuss the role of nature-positive food in providing a solution to global challenges such as biodiversity loss and climate change.
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation recently published The Big Food Redesign, highlighting the critical role that food manufacturers and retailers can play in catalysing the shift to a regenerative food production system.
We will be joined by Garbriela Hernandez-Galindo, Global Sustainability Director for Essential Dairy & Plant Based at Danone and Karen Cooper, R&D Program Manager for Climate Change at Nestle. They both share how their work is catalysing this shift to regenerative food production through redesigning product portfolios, developing iconic products and creating a new dynamic with farmers.
How are innovators helping to develop a circular economy?
In this episode, we’ll hear how innovation is key to transitioning from a take, make, waste linear economy, to a circular economy where, through design, we can eliminate waste and pollution, circulate products and materials, and regenerate nature.
During the recent COP26 UN Climate Change Conference, the Foundation’s Emerging Innovators Manager, Ella Hedley, hosted an innovation session showing how disruptive start-ups around the world are demonstrating viable circular economy business models.
Ella spoke with Josephine Philips, Founder and CEO of clothing alterations and repair app Sojo, and John Atcheson, Founder and CEO of Sellalong, which works with retailers to keep products and materials in use.
We’ll also hear from Morgan Stanley’s Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Sustainability Officer, Audrey Choi, Infinited Fiber Company’s CEO, Petri Alava, and Zalando’s Head of Circularity, Laura Coppen.
How the circular economy can help to tackle biodiversity loss
More than 90% of biodiversity loss is due to the extraction and processing of natural resources. Can a shift to the circular economy help to reverse biodiversity loss altogether?
In this episode, we’re joined by The Nature Conservancy’s Robert Jones to discuss the potential role of restorative aquaculture can play in rebuilding the health of our oceans.
We’ll hear how aquaculture is effectively the regenerative agriculture of our oceans, with the potential to eliminate greenhouse gases and help to restore ocean biodiversity.
It also has the potential to be a long-term source of healthy food, and can help create jobs in vulnerable fishing communities around the world.
We’ll also hear from Soukeyna Gueye, lead author of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s latest biodiversity report, The Nature Imperative: How the circular economy tackles biodiversity loss, to explore how the way we extract and process resources can impact biodiversity.
I listened to the episode about waste in the linear economy. The guests explain why this isn’t sustainable and why it’s so advantageous for society to move to a more circular economy.
I enjoyed listening a lot. I’d highly recommend this show.
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What about being a citizen)
Good podcast, but terribly disappointed that Ellen refers to people as consumers with the right to choice and says there is not much more we can do to change the system except consume mindfully. I believe we can also use our vote, voice, March for change and exercise our rights as citizens and members of civil society to bring change and create a global circular economy!