Circulate on Fridays: Going “coco-nuts” for the circular economy

Publication Date: 

Friday, 9 June 2017 - 7:56pm

Author: 

Seb Egerton-Read

Every week, our staff pick out of a selection of their favourite circular economy related content and package it together in our Circulate on Fridays piece. 

Architect Norman Foster, who spent the past eight years working with Apple to construct their impressive headquarters in Cupertino, California, has argued that flexibility in office design will be crucial for the future of construction. It’s an interesting insight, and the direction he takes his thoughts in are well worth reading, especially in the context of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Growth Within research, which found that the average European office space is unoccupied 35-50% of the time, even during working hours.

Dutch company Cocopallet are going “coco-nuts” for the circular economy, presenting on stage at this week’s World Circular Economy Forum, hosted in Helsinki by Sitra, they argued that circular economy products and services need to be price-competitive if they are to tip the market in their favour. Get the full story on the Daily Planet.

A circular economy inspired and bioeconomy focused approach to textile production is necessary and could have significant positive impacts according to the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Think spiderweb floors, denser skyscrapers and ultra-thin bridges, The Economist writes about how 3D printing and clever computers is and could continue to revolutionise the construction sector.

A new report published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) has emphasised smart product design, related support services and infrastructure as critical in supporting emerging circular economy business models.

Want to know about some of the low-carbon solutions that are out there across various industries around the world. This website, Drawdown maps, measures, models, and describes 100 of the most substantive solutions, their history, the carbon impact, relative costs and savings, and path to adoption.

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