Looking for an episode of the Circular Economy Podcast on a specific sector, or for a particular circular economy strategy? On this page, we’ve included a spreadsheet so you can sort, filter and search for relevant episodes. We’ll try to keep it up to date… if you want to find out more about the podcast, click here. The circular economy strategies feature in the updated chapter on circular business models in the 2nd edition of Catherine’s Circular Economy Handbook. Catherine built on the work of leading thinkers including Walter R. Stahel, William McDonough and Michael Braungart, Nancy Bocken and team, Martin Geissdoerfer and team, John Mulrow and Victoria Santos, to summarise three key circular strategies, underpinned by a fourth strategy: resource efficiency.
  • Slow the flow – use the product and materials for a longer period of time (eg design for durability and repair) thus getting more life from the materials and reducing consumption.
  • Intensify the loop – enabling more users to access products/resources, so we get more from less. This helps improve resource utilisation and reduce idle time, eg through sharing, renting, pay-per-use, reuse and subscriptions.
  • Recover and regenerate – we need to ‘close the loop’, by recovering products, components and materials and regenerating new resources to use in the next batch of products.
  • Narrow the loop – reduce material, energy, water and any other resources used, at a system level. This means using fewer and simpler materials

In the summary spreadsheet, we’ve  included the location of the person/organisation’s base and the industry sector related to their work. There’s also a link to the episode page on our website, which has a player, shownotes, links we mention and a transcript.
Ep 46 Gary Giles OGEL

Episode 46 Gary Giles – OGEL

Gary Giles is another entrepreneur inspired by the circular economy. Gary set up his company, OGEL, to use a material that is quite difficult to recycle and very bulky, so…
Ep45 Peter Desmond African Circular Economy Network

Episode 45 Peter Desmond African Circular Economy Network

Peter is a circular economy coach, workshop facilitator and strategic advisor, and cofounder of the African Circular Economy Network. He helps businesses find circular opportunities, create a compelling business case,…
Ep 44 Tamsin Chislett of Onloan

Episode 44 Tamsin Chislett of Onloan

Catherine Weetman talks to Tamsin Chislett, cofounder of fashion subscription startup Onloan, which has grown strongly this year despite lockdown. Onloan is a bit different to other UK fashion rental…
Ep 42 Brian Bauer – Algramo

Episode 42 – Brian Bauer of Algramo

Brian Bauer explores how we can use circular approaches for plastic packaging, so we get the benefits of plastic, without the impacts of mismanaged plastic waste. Brian works with Algramo,…
Ep 40 Sharing data and values

Episode 40 – Sharing data and values

We round up themes from the last nine episodes, exploring how data is the key to solving problems of waste and underused assets, and why aligning values with your customers…
Ep 39 Rob Thompson of Odyssey Innovation

Episode 39 – Rob Thompson of Odyssey Innovation

Rob Thompson, of Odyssey Innovation in the UK, is an Multi-award winning Innovator, a Marine Conservationist, and a Social Entrepreneur. Rob started Odyssey Innovation to find a way to create…
Ep 38 – Zaqiya Cajee of Swop It Up

Episode 38 – Zaqiya Cajee of SwopItup

Zaqiya Cajee is a young entrepreneur in the UK who has set up a not-for-profit scheme. SwopItUp helps young people to swap their fashionable clothes, so they can experiment with…