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 10 Series 1 highlights

Episode 10 – Highlights from Series 1

Episode 10 is our first circular economy highlights compilation! Perfect listening to spark your ideas for building a better business in 2020. This would be a GREAT episode to share…
Ep 9 Lucy Antal

Episode 9 Lucy Antal – transforming our food systems

We explore the food circular economy, with Lucy Antal of food campaigning charity Feedback Global. Lucy explains Feedback’s aim to regenerate nature by transforming our food system. Feedback promotes a…
Ep 8 Elaine Kerr

Episode 8 Elaine Kerr – industrial symbiosis

Elaine Kerr, Deputy Director of International Synergies Northern Ireland talks about industrial symbiosis and how it ‘oils the wheels’ of the circular economy. Elaine explains what industrial symbiosis is, and…
Ep 6 Adam Fairweather photo

Episode 6 Adam Fairweather – reimagine waste

Adam Fairweather and his partner Rosalie McMillan run Smile Plastics, a circular economy business that reimagines local waste streams to make beautiful materials for the built environment. We talk about…
Ep 5 Katie Beverley with photo

Episode 5 Katie Beverley – Ecodesign

Ecodesign expert Katie Beverley describes herself as a ‘critical friend’ of the circular economy. We dig into Ecodesign principles to find out more, and explore how Ecodesign could add value…
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Episode 4 Jo Godden – recycled ocean plastics

In Episode 4, Jo Godden talks to Catherine Weetman about some of the circular economy elements at the heart of her non-for-profit activewear brand, RubyMoon. Jo was a pioneer of…
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Episode 3 Tom Harper – circular asset management

Tom Harper talks to Catherine Weetman about some of the circular economy projects he has introduced to Unusual Rigging Limited, including circular asset management. Fuelled by a drive to ‘be…
Ep2 LE Risks

Episode 2 Linear economy and risks

In Episode 2, we dig a bit deeper into the way we do business now, the linear economy, and why that’s creating problems for business, society and our living planet.…