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...

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...

Circular Economy / 10.10.2018

The market for coffee capsules is growing.  The Consumtion grew from 800 tonnes in 2005 up to 20,000 tonnes only ten years later. While environmental activists see in coffee capsules a symbol for system failure, this article describes how coffee capsules could become a model for Circular Economy. But the transitioning process is quite complex. In this article, which was published in the Entsorga-Magazin, we are explaining the difficult situation. Dr. Frank Ziebeil, FZ-Recycling GmbH & Co. KG, Expert on recycling technology is co-author. Entsorga4-2018-Systemversagen oder Modell für Circular Economy [caption...

Circular Economy, Uncategorized / 07.10.2018

Up-cycling is legally binding in Germany An explanation : The treatment of waste must safeguard humans and our environment. Taking precautions and sustainability are legally binding. The level of substitution of material or energy is the measure for success.  This is what the German Circular Economy legislation (Kreislaufwirtschaftsgesetz (KrWG) defines. Especially treatment in the form of cascades are emphasised to be of high value. This means that the material use shall be bigger in the beginnen of the treatment cascade, alway following resource optimisation processes. What does recycling mean? The definition of recycling  in...

Circular Economy / 12.09.2018

The Circular Economy needs the same rules. Therefore a synchronisation of legislation is necessary. The EU commission has already started a participation process. The problem to be solved is based in the huge complexity: more than 3,300 materials or substances are known. Out of these about 2,000 are registered in the European data base REACH. Besides these materials are offered as compounds, which are multi-material products, such as plastic-metal compounds we find in electronic devices, windows, furniture or else. But the goal of circular economy is a better...