Category: Circular Economy

  • Solar Panel Recycling in 2019: How it Works

    October 16, 2020 Update: America’s Largest Solar Panel-Maker Leads the World in Panel Recycling–Recovering 95% of Materials Solar panel recycling is important for the future of solar. Solar panels have a lifetime of about 30 years. With the increasing number of solar panels being sold and installed in the United States each year, it’s only […]

  • San Antonio to Combat ‘Climate Emergency’ with New Action Plan

    One of America’s highest Latino-populated cities now has a strategy to address the climate crisis. Earlier this month, the San Antonio (64% Latino) City Council passed Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) by a 10-1 vote. It outlines objectives that will aim to reduce the city’s greenhouse emissions by 2050 and achieve climate equity for […]

  • What’s Worrying the Plastics Industry? Your Reaction to All That Waste, for One

    HOUSTON — One by one, they stepped to a clear plastic lectern at the Global Plastics Summit here and talked about what their companies were doing in response to the world’s crisis in plastics waste. Representing businesses all along the supply and packaging chain, the speakers suggested solutions ranging from new technology that would take […]

  • Plastic Packaging Alternatives

    Tired of plastic pollution? There are many alternatives. Why should we and brands care about plastic pollution? Plastics is one of the biggest challenges the world is facing right now. Thanks to David Attenborough’s Blue Planet, consumers are suddenly aware of the thousands of tonnes of plastic filling the ocean. As plastic is so prolifically […]

  • Where Will Your Plastic Trash Go Now That China Doesn’t Want It?

    What should wealthy countries do with their plastic waste now that China no longer is buying it? For years, America sold millions of tons of used yogurt cups, juice containers, shampoo bottles and other kinds of plastic trash to China to be recycled into new products. And it wasn’t just the U.S. Some 70 percent […]

  • An Open Letter To Be the Change and Lead the Change

    Whale blubber and buggy whips were once fine industries, but progress moved us away. And today we know the days are over of a false choice between environmental protection and economic growth. Since when did the simple concept of leaving the planet a better place for our kids become a partisan issue? We all benefit […]

  • In the Deepest Ocean Trenches, Animals Eat Plastic

    Alan Jamieson remembers seeing it for the first time: a small, black fiber floating in a tube of liquid. It resembled a hair, but when Jamieson examined it under a microscope, he realized that the fiber was clearly synthetic—a piece of plastic. And worryingly, his student Lauren Brooks had pulled it from the gut of […]

  • Larry Fink, Tucker Carlson, David Brooks And The Call For A Capitalist Reformation

    A Capitalist System for the Future The perverse incentives inherent in a largely unconstrained capitalist system still exist. These incentives drive behaviors that increase inequality, reduce social mobility, devalue communities, deplete soils, acidify oceans, destroy biodiversity, trigger mass migrations and social instability, and fuel violence and war. These perverse incentives lead to concrete business practices […]

  • San Antonio’s Compost Queens taking food out of landfills to replenish the land – ExpressNews.com

    A small San Antonio family business is trying to combat the dangers of decaying banana peels and the gaseous gore of yesterday’s lunch scraps. Betsy Gruy and daughter Kate Gruy Jaceldo started Compost Queens to keep food waste out of the landfills and within the food cycle. The Compost Queens make their rounds every week […]

  • Pocacito (Post-Carbon Cities of Tomorrow) in San Antonio

    From Deleration.news: "Because much of the official discussion and implementation of the circular economy has taken place from the top down, on the level of governments and industries, we were most interested to hear about local, bottom-up, and community-driven efforts not just to transform large-scale material flows but the social relations in which they are […]

  • Mushrooms have the power to eat plastic say scientists

    Fungi can be used to break down waste plastic and create sustainable building materials, according to scientists from Kew Gardens in London. The State of the World’s Fungi 2018 report – the first of its kind – highlights the aspergillus tubingensis fungus, found in a Pakistani rubbish tip and first documented in 2017. It claims […]

  • Designer Talks About Eco Positive Environmental Impact

    Elegant design and engineering goes beyond being sustainable to being eco positive. New vocabulary, additional data collection and working with scientists is needed to most effectively stimulate and manage a circular economy, making the means by which we live to be resilient, efficient and productive, and most of all, regenerative and eco positive. Did you […]

  • Polyface Farms – The Future of Farming is Holistic

    Polyface Farms – How our food is farmed is what matters most, as in biomimicry, study ecosystems and mimic ecosystems, rather than just blaming meat eaters. Animals can be good for the land and have an ecopostive affect. Regenerative farming methods include: holistic management and planned rotational grazing of livestock; cover-cropping; no-till practices; agro-forestry; diverse […]

  • San Antonio’s Potential Use of Cement Manufacturing Biomimicry Tech

    With four major cement manufacturers in the area, is San Antonio ripe for using and developing carbon capture biomimicry tech to ward-off more than $1 billion in EPA non-attainment air quality and health costs? At least until these cement-making bacteria can build the cities of the future. The Algoland Carbon Capture Project in Sweden Uses Algae […]

  • The Cult of Perma – Food and Farm Discussion Lab

    Editor’s Note: I stumbled across this piece by Graham some time in 2013, not long after it was published, and it set off more than one lightbulb moment for me. Up to that time I’d considered permaculture an intriguing subculture. I had thought that it might be a place to look for ideas and innovations […]

  • What is the Social Responsibility of Business?

    What is the Social Responsibility of Business?Ever since Milton Friedman famously proclaimed “The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase its Profits” (NYTimes 1970), pundits have pondered whether his purist interpretation was really the only way.Profit is certainly a lot easier to quantify than something like ‘happiness’, but the intangible benefits of good, honest business […]

  • Straight outta Lubbock: Scientist and TV station aim at ‘myths’ with new videos

    When the Canadian atmospheric scientist Katharine Hayhoe moved to Lubbock 11 years ago to take a faculty position at Texas Tech University, she was well known and regarded in the field of climate-change research, but not too far beyond it. That quickly started to change, however, when Hayhoe added climate communicator to climate scientist as […]

  • Janine Benyus: What Can Today’s Designers Learn From Nature?

    Science writer Janine Benyus believes innovators should look to nature when solving a design problem. She says the natural world is full of ideas for making things waterproof, solar-powered and more. Source: Janine Benyus: What Can Today's Designers Learn From Nature?

  • The Seas Will Save Us: How an Army of Ocean Farmers are Starting an Economic Revolution — invironment — Medium

    I’m a fisherman who dropped out of high school in 1986 at the age of 14. Over my lifetime, I’ve spent many nights in jail. I’m an epileptic. I’m asthmatic. I don’t even know how to swim. This is my story. It’s a story of ecological redemption. The blue-green economy Our goal is to build […]

  • France to force big supermarkets to give unsold food to charities | World news | The Guardian

    French supermarkets will be banned from throwing away or destroying unsold food and must instead donate it to charities or for animal feed, under a law set to crack down on food waste.The French national assembly voted unanimously to pass the legislation as France battles an epidemic of wasted food that has highlighted the divide […]