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The Circular Economy Podcast

Catherine Weetman interviews the inspiring people who are making the circular economy happen.

We explore how circular, regenerative and fair solutions are better for people, planet and prosperity, and we’ll hear from entrepreneurs & business owners, social enterprises, and leading thinkers.

You’ll find the show notes, links and transcripts at circulareconomypodcast.com, where you can subscribe to podcast updates and Circular Insights.

We’re ranked in the top 5% of ALL podcasts globally, with listeners in over 130 countries. If you can recommend a circular business, start-up or social enterprise in a developing country as a guest, please let us know!

Scroll down to see the full episode list below – each episode has accompanying show notes and links to the people and resources we mention.

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Latest episode

Ep133 Re-Action repurposing

133 Re-Action – repurposing: a new life for unwanted stuff

This is the 4th and final episode in the special 5th Anniversary mini-series featuring the Re-Action Collective, and we’re focusing on repurposing – using creativity and craft skills to breathe new life into unwanted outdoor gear, clothing and workwear. We’ll hear from the founders of two small repurposing businesses: First, Jen Dickinson, founder of Dirtbags Climbing, an upcycling workshop in the English Lake District, which turns retired outdoor textiles into hand-made bags. And secondly, Beccy…

Looking for a podcast episode on a specific sector, or for a particular circular economy strategy? We’ve created an index page with an interactive spreadsheet. Now, you can sort, filter and search for relevant episodes. We’ll try to keep it up to date.

The index spreadsheet includes  the location of the person/organisation’s base and the industry sector related to their work. There’s also a link to the relevant episode page on our website, with a player, shownotes and the links we mention. Click here to open the summary page, scroll down to see the spreadsheet, or scroll down to see the full episode list below

Catherine Weetman with A Circular Economy Handbook 2022

International speaker, author and strategic advisor, Catherine Weetman helps people help people discover why circular, regenerative and fair solutions are better for people, planet – and prosperity.

Catherine’s award-winning A Circular Economy Handbook, published by Kogan Page, is now in its 2nd edition. Her wide-ranging experience, systems-thinking perspective, and willingness to challenge business-as-usual, together with a deep understanding of circular and regenerative practices across industry sectors, means she’s uniquely qualified to help you succeed with circular.

Read more about Catherine here, or listen to Catherine talking about her ‘why’ in Episode 100.

Playlist: getting started with the circular economy…

Want to know more about the what the circular economy really is, and how it can help your business?  Here’s a playlist to help you get to grips with the concept, how it creates value, and the common myths (spoiler alert – it’s much more than recycling!)

  • #1 What is the circular economy: A quick intro to explain what the circular economy is and why it’s important. We explore how it helps create better products and services, and at the same time helps to make a better world. I break it down into my 5 circular economy components, helping you think about each part of your business.
  • #2 The linear economy and your risk checklist: 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. Also, we’ll look at the risks that emerge from those big-picture issues, and how they might affect your organisation.
  • #90 Does circular mean it’s sustainable? Catherine Weetman is worried that companies are using circular economy solutions to grow their business (and their footprints).
  • #101 Circular is better for people, planet and profit! How three simple strategies can help you get started with circular and regenerative solutions that are better for people, planet and profit.
  • #120 Priorities are changing: people find life is better when we care for and share things – circular economy strategies make that better for business, too.

And here’s Catherine’s guide: What is the circular economy? 

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Previous episodes

Ep 17 Nancy Bocken of Homie

Episode 17 – Nancy Bocken of Homie

Nancy Bocken co-founded the company HOMIE, which is developing circular services for pay-per-use home appliances, starting with washing machines. Nancy…

Podcast music

Thanks to Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow, otherwise known as the brilliant, inventive and generous folk duo, O’Hooley & Tidow, for allowing me to use the instrumentals from the live version of Summat’s Brewin’ as music for the podcast. You can find the whole track (inspired by the Copper Family song “Oh Good Ale”) on their album, also called Summat’s Brewin’. You can follow them on Twitter too.