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David Bassetti 3D Seed Circular Economy Podcast

Episode 12 – David Bassetti of 3D Seed

David Bassetti is co-founder of 3D Seed. When David moved to Spain around 10 years ago, he noticed how much plastic was being wasted, and was frustrated that it became litter, instead of being recycled into new materials.
David developed a simple way of grinding up plastic to recycle it into a feedstock for 3D Printing. 3D Seed sets up small-scale projects to grind up everyday plastic waste, such as PET soft-drinks and water bottles, and then to 3D Print it into small objects, as a way to engage people in seeing waste plastic as a valuable resource. The kit uses very little energy and can run on solar power.

Circular Economy Podcast Episode 8 Elaine Kerr Industrial Symbiosis

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 how International Synergies provides research and facilitation for ‘resource matching’, helping organisations of all types and sizes.
We discuss the multiple benefits of industrial symbiosis: reducing waste and pollution (and associated costs); creating valuable new by-products, jobs, and social value; together with securing access to future resources by setting up local ‘ecosystems’ for materials.
Creating new, local feedstocks from redundant resources can also bring widespread benefits for the local economy, helping improve economic prosperity and resilience. We talk about changing attitudes and the ways young entrepreneurs and social enterprises are creating value from what we used to think of as ‘waste’.

WCEF2019 Climate Students by Joanna Bingham

WCEF 2019 – reflections

Back from Helsinki, Peter shares his thoughts on the World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF 2019). There were plenty of links to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and lots of discussion (though no solutions) to the challenge of measuring circularity. Peter includes some circular economy examples from Europe and Africa, and tells us about the highlights of session focussed on bioeconomy solutions for plastics.

5 steps to circular, sustainable packaging

Is circular sustainable packaging high on your priority list?  Or are you risking reputation damage through single-use, non-recyclable and badly designed packaging – which is also costing your more money?

Here we show how circular economy principles provide a 5 step design checklist to help you design more sustainable primary, secondary and transit packaging

Possibilty Club Podcast

The Possibility Club podcast – Richard Freeman

WE NEED TO MOVE BEYOND DESIGNING FOR SINGLE CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE AND DESIGN FOR A PRODUCT’S  CONTINUED LIFE AND VALUE FOR MANY CUSTOMERS. Catherine is interviewed by Richard Freeman of Always Possible:  covering the circular economy, problems with plastics, avoiding ‘greenwash’, education & STEAMD, and more. Richard and Catherine spoke on the phone towards the end of… Read More »The Possibility Club podcast – Richard Freeman

Ways to create a plastics circular economy

Six ways to create a plastics circular economy

Plastics are fantastic!

Those of you who’ve heard some of my ‘tree-hugging’ talks might think I’m being sarcastic…but plastics have transformed our lives for the better, in everything from transport to technology.

I want to persuade you that we should value plastic, and keep it circulating instead of chucking it away.