Circular Economy, recycling / 12.09.2019

According to a study by Fraunhofer Umsicht, we pollute our water with one kilogram of microplastic from tire abrasion per year and head. This is a tremendous amount and the phenomenon is known to all. Because if a tire would not wear, then some properties would be poorly pronounced, such as the braking behavior of a car. But can we be satisfied with that? The scrap tire industry does not want that....

Circular Economy / 09.09.2019

This scenario for an industry in distress drew on the occasion of the specialized event of the paper industry on 3/4 September in Munich. The PTS-Coating Symposium began with a debate about the scenarios of an industry losing 4% per year. Even drastic efficiency measures, which have an increase of 19%, only help on a temporary basis, according to analyzes. Digitization threatens to kill the paper. How can an invention of the paper industry look like, how recycling processes, coatings, paints and prints should be designed so that a...

Circular Economy, Tools / 18.07.2019

Dr. Hans Meves, Eveline Lemke, July, 18th, 2019 Social value is measured in prices. Through Circular Economy a new system of values is generated. In their article, the authors refer to a recent example of the political discussion to introduce a binding legal framework for the return of consumer products to manufacturers and retailers. The negative effect on our environment is huge 41 % of all costs that are created in production processes are externalized, which means that societies have to come up for eliminating negative environmental effects. In the case of...

Circular Economy, Tools / 21.06.2019

Circularity refers to a circular economy, which is an economic system aimed at making most out of resources. The circular vision is a world without waste. The approach is regenerative and as such in contrast to the traditional linear economy, which has a “take, make, dispose” model of production. According to the world circularity-gap report, there is a long way to go: Only 9 % of all resources are reused in the economic cycle while 91 % turns into waste after the end of life of the product. Circular...

Circular Economy / 28.05.2019

How much would the end of incineration contribute to climate protection? After the end of the atomic- and coal-power the end of incineration is near.  The Ökoinstitut e. V. already calculated in 2014 that in 2050 only 10 incinerators in Germany would be necessary to dissolve worst wastes. Now the question in on the table how the transformation process will be run? Are there perspectives for chemical recycling? Who will invest in innovation? Only one day after the European election I had the honour to discuss this question...

Circular Economy, recycling / 29.04.2019

India is the 3rdlargest e-waste contributor in the Asian continent behind China and Japan. And India is facing an acute problem of e-waste ending up in the informal sector. In order to understand the problem Prayag Desale analyzed the e-waste situation in Indian metropolitan cities. Guided by Thinking Circular Prayag Desale identified the collection & recycling challenges and assessed possible solutions. [caption id="attachment_1782" align="alignleft" width="300"] Waste picker form Pune, India. Photo by Prayag Desale[/caption] The rising problems of e-waste and its management by informal sector has raised various social and...

Circular Economy, general / 07.03.2019

The company Biovegan from Bonefeld in the district Neuwied, produces baking ingredients, baking mixes, sauces and desserts. Now Biovegan has developed the first compostable packaging for their baking powder. The Thinking Circular team is delighted to accompany Biovegan on its journey towards Circular Packaging. What is the goal? With the new packaging, which consists of renewable and compostable raw materials, Biovegan wants to make a contributionto our planet by reducing plastic use. The entire packaging - both primary product packaging and the transparent film used to bundle individual packages...

Circular Economy, recycling / 03.02.2019

The world around us continues to be in a state of flux - with new innovations and technologies being developed across the globe every day. Digitalization revolutionized modern living and changed the way we work. The phenome of a throwaway society is worldwide. Even the developing countries show a rapid growth in mobile devices. This trend is nowhere else more obvious than in India. India's smartphone market hugely relies on the low and mid-range “budget phones”, which are designed as littering products. These range of products is regularly upgraded...

Circular Economy, Uncategorized / 20.01.2019

The paperless workplace – an illusion? REEP is a start-up coming from Israel. It’s team challenges paper consumption. Paper will never disappear, for people trust printed pages more than digital data. And we all love beautiful printings and books. In overcoming the crisis of paper hibernation de-imaging, de-inking and automising paper use was powered by REEP. Thus DiPa (TM) your Digital Paper Assistant was created. This is Circular Economy for your office workplace. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTWzEtnMdvc Im am empowering REEP as impact investor. We will present DiPa at the World Economic Forum 2019...