Circulate on Fridays: Circular economy catalysts around the world

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Friday, 4 August 2017 - 7:31pm

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Seb Egerton-Read

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for your weekly dose of circular economy reading, viewing and listening! We’ve pulled together five pieces this week exploring mobile money in Africa, scientific thinking on the future of cities, investment in vertical farming and much more.

Could the growth of mobile finance support circular economy leapfrog opportunities in low to middle income countries? This piece on Quartz hints at some of the possibilities, analysing the impacts that mobile money is just beginning to have in some of Africa’s markets.

A new €12.3M circular economy project focused on developing a large scale demonstration effort of “closing the loop” of composite products in the bulky products and internal car parts sector has been announced. The scope includes promotion of re-use, upgrade, refurbishment and the recycling of products, parts and materials. The pan-European project will run from 2017 to 2021 as part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 funding pool.

We’ve covered the topic of vertical farming extensively on Circulate, and Business Insider UK has also picked up on the significance of this emerging trend. Hundreds of millions worth of investment is being poured into startups operating new hydroponic and aeroponic technology with the potential to transform food supply chains and the way we eat.

More trees can save energy and reduce the impacts of local weather. Fast Company’s Katherine Schwab explains why scientists believe they have found another reason that cities need more trees.

This week’s highlight big picture piece was written by Martin Kirk in The Guardian. A thoughtful piece, it considers the need for a more balanced logic and approach to economic prosperity, while the societal implications of a circular economy remain relatively unexplored, the ideas described in this piece would resonate with most.

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