It’s time for wide-open creativity as we work our way of the pandemic crisis. What about more local manufacturing and production – and a big eye on circular economy as we go? New research that just received grant funding might help lead the way.
The tourism industry is in trouble but what if a new, more sustainable narrative for tourism rises from the ashes?
Recovering treasure from trash and other green business opportunities.
Once we’ve recalibrated our lives, with a heightened awareness of health and our environment, the low carbon economy will be the practical option writes Mark Thomson from Eco Effective Solutions.
Village living might sound quaint, even dull to some, but according to Beautility Developments, networks of zero waste, small regenerative settlements don’t mean a pre-industrial lifestyles.
The Queensland town of Yarrabilba is expected to be the first circular economy community in the country but you wouldn’t guess it from walking down the street.
Earlier this year, some Beijing residents found that in order to throw away their rubbish they would have to have their faces scanned by the rubbish bin. Big Brother in a bin? Even George Orwell wouldn’t have thought of that one.
It might sound like an adult version of Hansel and Gretel, but houses made out of coffee grinds could become a reality in the future.
A proven “wonder material” – thin sheets of graphene could be used as inexpensive filters in water treatment and lead to methane-fuelled public transport, among other things.
The Victorian government is developing a circular economy policy and action plan for the state that will be released later, this year. But critics say the strategy is missing a key component – logistics – and it’s one that is often missing when people think about a circular economy. RMIT Professor Scott Valentine tells The […]
The Victorian government’s circular economy discussion paper rings alarm bells that a major opportunity to redesign our economy will be missed.
In Sweden you get a tax deduction for fixing the TV instead of throwing it out and Victoria now has 25 repair cafes and there are more springing up around the country. Beware this subversive movement is sweeping Australia too, fighting waste, excess consumerism and built-in obsolescence.
Targets for procurement of products with recycled content by governments could be the game-changer the Australian recycling sector desperately needs.
HY William Chan has done some inspiring work in the built environment and beyond that hasn’t gone unnoticed. So what drives this young urbanist?
A group of 13 councils in Western Australia’s south west have joined forces to accelerate their transitions to a circular economy.
There’s a new match-making service that started in Victoria that pairs up waste generators with remanufacturers, purchasers or recyclers that can repurpose the waste, and it’s got national ambitions.
As the global economy prepares for 9.8 billion people by 2050, it’s clear our linear economy is reaching the end of its life.
In February last year China stopped importing many recyclables from overseas. It left Australia without an export market for its waste – as much as 1.25 million tonnes of material.
Benjamin Young’s business producing reusable coffee cups is staggering: it’s grown 600 per cent last year and the signs are still good for growth and innovation, with new products such as reusable shopping bags and straws on the way.
“if it wanted to, the AFL could stop climate change”. Big call, but this CEO was referring to the power of the AFL to educate and drive positive change.
Aside from the few tyres that are turned into park swings or are ground up for soccer ground surfaces, most tyres from Australian cars and trucks go to waste or are exported overseas to be turned into fuel.
The circular economy presents an enormous opportunity for Australian businesses but only the most forward-thinking companies have caught on.
There are encouraging signs from the New Zealand government that will push adoption of circular economy thinking, according to James Griffin, general manager projects and advisory for the NZ Sustainable Business Network.
The Fifth Estate caught up with sustainable plastics expert Dr John Williams at the Australasian Waste & Recycling Expo in Sydney a year after he first flagged his company’s recyclable, biodegradable and non-toxic plastic in a Spinifex column.
While councils across the country come to grips with China’s decision to stop importing recycled waste, South Australia has released a 30-year plan it says could make it a circular economy world leader.
Non-recyclable plastics could soon be a thing of the past if these award-winning solutions honoured at the World Economic Forum get off the ground.
Researchers, circular economy businesses, producers, community advocates, local councils and federal and state environment minister will hopefully join to eliminate highly polluting and non biodegradable plastics from our environment.
Research by the University of Technology in Sydney in collaboration the CSIRO and other universities found that up to 70 per cent of Australia’s metal consumption could be provided by recovering the five million tonnes of metals in landfills or discarded products. What this points to is an above ground revolution that’s making some innovative […]