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How circular approaches make a better business (and a better world): for you, your partners, and your customers. Catherine Weetman, of Rethink Global 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 and links at www.circulareconomypodcast.com, where you can subscribe to updates and useful resources.

How circular approaches make a better business (and a better world): for you, your partners, and your customers. Catherine Weetman, of Rethink Global 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 and links at www.circulareconomypodcast.com, where you can subscribe to updates and useful resources.

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United Kingdom

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How circular approaches make a better business (and a better world): for you, your partners, and your customers. Catherine Weetman, of Rethink Global 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 and links at www.circulareconomypodcast.com, where you can subscribe to updates and useful resources.

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English


Episodes

78 Colin Church – complex challenges for materials

5/7/2022
Colin Church, Chief Executive of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, the global network for the materials cycle – also known as IOM3, guides us through topics including critical materials, the complexities of modern supply chains, transparency and Life Cycle Analysis, the challenges of how we ensure fair shares of finite resources and much more.

Duration:00:48:29

77 Steve Haskew – the world’s first Kitemark for remanufactured laptops

4/23/2022
Steve Haskew of Circular Computing, is back to tell us about how Circular Computing was awarded the world’s first BSI Kitemark™ for Remanufactured Laptops from the British Standards Institute. Steve explains what a Kitemark is, and why it’s important. Steve also tells us how the Kitemark has opened up conversations with new customers and partners, and why it’s important to realise that a zero carbon future can only happen if we go all-in for a circular economy.

Duration:00:27:05

76 Isolde de Ridder – Circular Jewellery

4/9/2022
Isolde de Ridder is a circular jeweller and goldsmith. She founded her business - Isolde de Ridder Sieraden, in 2017, to create high-end jewellery with the greatest care for both people and planet. Isolde gives discarded metals and other materials a second life, contributing to a better world for future generations. Isolde began her education to become a goldsmith in 2006, to combine her passion for gemstones, creativity and working with her hands. She’s inspired by Nature, gemstones,...

Duration:00:46:48

75 Helena Norberg-Hodge – the future is local

3/26/2022
HELENA NORBERG-HODGE is a pioneer of the new economy movement and recipient of Right Livelihood Award (aka the "Alternative Nobel Prize"), the Arthur Morgan Award and the Goi Peace Prize for contributing to “the revitalization of cultural and biological diversity, and the strengthening of local communities and economies worldwide.” Helena Norberg-Hodge is also an author, and her most recent book is Local is Our Future. This book connects the dots between our social, economic, ecological and...

Duration:00:46:57

74 Charles Ross on Outdoor Clothing

3/12/2022
Charles Ross is a specialist in Performance Sportswear Design & sustainable matters, focusing on issues like Forever Chemicals (highlighted by the movie Dark Waters), the Plastics-in-the-Ocean, ReGenerative Agriculture. We discuss a range of sustainability issues related to Outdoor Clothing designs and materials, including the issue of over-consumption

Duration:00:52:49

73 Tom Szaky – Loop – the convenience of prefill

2/26/2022
Tom Szaky, founder of TerraCycle, tells us how the Loop reusable packaging platform is bringing the convenience of prefill to high streets everywhere. TerraCycle and Loop are tackling the root causes of waste, including single use and disposable items. We hear why they chose prefill, and why reuse needs to ‘feel disposable’. Tom explains how they are helping big brands and retailers to make the business case, feel confident about moving forward, and scale up from pilots to in-store roll-outs.

Duration:00:49:08

Episode 72 Gavin Fernie-Jones is repurposing outdoor gear, One Tree at a Time

2/12/2022
Gavin Fernie-Jones founded One Tree at a Time, an amazing circular social enterprise for outdoor gear and ski-wear, sharing value with the community and nature. Living in the Alps, Gavin has seen for himself the impact global warming has had in the mountains he calls home. He’s always loved the outdoors, having grown up living in an outdoor centre, but it was while running his bootfitting business The Boot Lab that he realised the impact his business was having on the environment. Gavin...

Duration:00:41:33

Episode 71 Rob Thompson – scaling up circular marine plastic solutions

1/29/2022
Odyssey Innovation collects and recycles marine plastic into kayaks and other products. In 2020, we heard about the UK south-west coast operations – now it is expanding, with the Net Generation Scheme - helping the fishing industry, local government and lots of other stakeholders to create a scalable circular solution to reduce marine plastics. This is something that could expand around the world!

Duration:00:29:22

Episode 70 – Customer Pain Points

1/15/2022
Solving customer problems is at the heart of a successful product or service – but what if you’ve misunderstood your customer’s pain points? Today’s episode is one of my regular round ups of the last 9 conversations, exploring the theme of customer Pain Points. We’ll look at this from the perspective of businesses, and citizens – you and me. 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...

Duration:00:24:36

Episode 69 Jo Godden of RubyMoon – circular fibres for activewear

1/1/2022
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...

Duration:00:40:57

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

12/11/2021
Kresse Wesling, CBE, is a multi-award winning environmental entrepreneur. After first meeting the London Fire Brigade in 2005, Kresse launched Elvis & Kresse, which rescues and transforms decommissioned fire hose into innovative lifestyle products and returns 50% of profits to the Fire Fighters Charity.The company now collects 12 different waste streams and has several charitable partnerships and collaborations across a number of industry sectors.

Duration:00:54:40

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

11/27/2021
Megan O’Connor is co-founder and CEO of Nth Cycle, a metal processing company that has developed technology to enable a clean, domestic, and streamlined supply of critical minerals for the clean energy transition. 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.

Duration:00:36:43

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

11/13/2021
Alyssa Couture is the author of Healthy Fashion: The Deeper Truths. 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...

Duration:00:43:13

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

10/30/2021
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. 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...

Duration:00:57:29

Ep64 Pierre-Emmanuel Saint-Esprit of ZACK

10/16/2021
Pierre-Emmanuel Saint-Esprit is the co-founder of ZACK, France’s leading company enabling the second life of electronic products, through recycling, repair, resale and donation. Last year, the TECH FOR GOOD report by the Presidency of the French Republic named ZACK as one of the top 3 French circular companies. Pierre-Emmanuel explains how his MBA in entrepreneurship at Berkeley, California, helped him create a business to fight climate change, and reduce our pressure on natural resources....

Duration:00:52:47

Episode 63 Hede Razoky – The Upcyclecentrum

10/2/2021
As the account manager for the Upcyclecentrum in Almere, in the Netherlands, Hede Razoky has a strong focus on creative entrepreneurship and making connections, for a shared goal of a 'world without waste'. The Upcyclecentrum has three elements: [1] it’s a recycling centre for local citizens, [2] it has an ‘experience room’ made from upcycled materials, for use by local businesses and community groups, and [thirdly] it has a brilliant entrepreneur incubation programme… providing facilities,...

Duration:02:20:00

Episode 62 Malin Orebäck – Circular Design at McKinsey

9/18/2021
Malin Orebäck is leading McKinsey Design’s work in sustainability and circular economy. McKinsey Design is one of the world’s leading design agencies, and Malin shares a wide range of insights and gives us a masterclass introduction to circular design for products and services. Malin explains how she helps her clients get started with circular, and overcome linear ‘lock-in’.

Duration:03:29:15

Episode 61 Astrid Wynne – IT Sustainability expert

9/4/2021
Astrid Wynne is the Sustainability Lead at Techbuyer, a global sustainable IT solutions provider, which specialises in product life extension. She is also head of partnerships at Interact, a software tool that optimises energy and carbon usage of servers. Astrid has co-authored a number of academic papers including ‘Optimizing server refresh cycles: The case for circular economy with an aging Moore's Law’, which looked at how past generations of IT can provide a net positive on use-phase...

Duration:00:40:18

Episode 60 Turning off the tap

8/21/2021
Every 10th episode, Catherine Weetman looks back at recent conversations and round up some of the insights we’ve heard: The theme for this episode is turning off the tap. What do I mean by that? One of my favourite metaphors for the linear economy - our system of taking materials, making stuff, using it and then throwing it away. We’re pushing lots of resources in at one end of the pipe - but it gushes out at the end, and there are leaks all the way along the pipe with pollution going into...

Duration:02:02:48

Episode 59 – Rae Stanton of Lush

8/7/2021
Rae Stanton is the Earthcare Retail Lead for Lush Cosmetics UK and Ireland, using Permaculture principles to provide environmental best practice insight and guidance on packaging, sourcing regenerative ingredients and much more. We find out how Lush embeds Permaculture and regenerative agriculture approaches into its business practices, and why Lush realised it needed to ‘own the packaging solution’ instead of relying on municipal recycling collections. Rae explains how Lush engaged its...

Duration:02:22:31