Circular Economy / 24.07.2018

thinkstep and Thinking Circular have joined forces to offer workshops and solutions to guide businesses in implementing Circular Economy as a means of reaching their Sustainable Development Goals. Currently listed on the UN Sustainable Development Goals Help Desk to assist businesses, on August 1 (3pm-4pm CET) thinkstep and Thinking Circular will hold a joint webinar entitled Circular Economy Policies – Tackling Your Strategy. Global challenges and new legislation are forcing companies to rethink their material resource strategies. Now businesses need integrative concepts for supply chains and materials flows (design...

Circular Economy, highlights / 08.06.2018

80% of the world’s phosphorus is found in natural mines in just four countries on the planet. Only a handful of companies in the world produce phosphorus. Europe and Germany in particular is the most dependent on imports, specifically by 95%. Neither deposits nor production capacities can be considered to be secure. In addition, phosphorus thins out and virtually disappears on the earth, as it is repeatedly dispersed. This is because 90% of the phosphorus mined as phosphate ore is used in food manufacturing. However, out of the...

Circular Economy, highlights, Tools / 04.06.2018

Classical economists such as Adam Smith described consumption as the end of economic activity, thereby defining our throwaway society. One of the main theses of the physiocrats was that it must be possible to master nature in order to create the foundation for economic activity. The basic concept of the Circular Economy does not share these theses. It is only by understanding nature that we will be able to carry out economic activity in the long term in such a way that we are even able to survive...

Circular Economy, recycling / 17.05.2018

A delicious, warm pizza, just ordered from the pizza place around the corner and delivered to the office within 30 minutes. The product, delivered in what appears to be an ecologically sound recyclable cardboard box, eases our guilty conscience as regards our carbon footprint. Our mouths water until we ask ourselves where the box has actually come from and whether the pizza actually absorbs the heavy metals from the box like a sponge. Heavy metal pizza instead of salami pizza? Professor Braungart, chemist and forefather of Greenpeace’s chemistry department,...

Circular Economy, general, Tools / 09.05.2018

You can meet me in Munich at IFAT, the world’s leading trade fair for environmental technologies! Hall A3, stand 127/226 with our network partner, Ecoliance Hall A4, stand 115/214 with our network partner, Ecoliance Get in touch and we can arrange an individual appointment! Furthermore, I will be taking part in the ITAD panel discussion at 15:30 on 17.05.18. The topic of discussion will be whether or not the provisions of the Circular Economy Package represent genuine progress. You can already read about my thoughts on the issue in this blog article: Professor Braungart...

Circular Economy, general, power, processes / 09.05.2018

According to information from the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, around 60 million people across the globe are registered as refugees. They are fleeing from war, violence and land theft to secure raw material supply. Among their number are those people who have been robbed of their livelihood due to ecological crises such as droughts or flooding. The precise combination of poverty, exploitation, violence, environmental disasters and lack of opportunities causes people to flee. At the same time, obsessive consumerism rages in our societies and continues to grow. We are...

Circular Economy, recycling / 12.03.2018

Part 2 of series: Eco-design for plastic packaging and the errors that can be avoided. “Residual emptying” - this cumbersome term is an important criterion when designing plastic packaging. All too often, however, it is still not taken into consideration. This is not only annoying for us consumers, but also for recyclers. We have all been there; despite your best efforts, the shampoo bottle, cooking oil bottle, the toothpaste tube (which is too hard) or the body lotion bottle with dispensing mechanism isn’t quite empty. A nuisance for users as...

Circular Economy, highlights / 09.03.2018

Update April 2018: We are online! You can find all information at thinking-circular.com . ___ My vision and my plans for the future of our planet are getting a new home: Green innovations require interaction between many competencies. Being a forward thinker, identifying innovations, giving them space at the right moment to develop further and to blossom - in the multiverse of Thinking Circular, pioneering advancement takes place on various levels. Think outside of the box. Think circular. The development of the Circular Economy needs competence centres, think tanks, interest groups, innovation drivers, intersections....

Circular Economy / 06.03.2018

The green tech network ecoliance is getting into pole position for the future. The members of the network are happy to present its new and old board. From now on i will lead a process for future focus work in close relationship with the members of the green tech network Greater Green, which reaches out to Belgium, Luxembourg and France. The network is sponsored by the European Commission....

Circular Economy / 02.03.2018

“We can still play here if we do it right”, said Jyrki Katianen, Vice-President of the European Commission, in his speech to around 600 stakeholders on European Industry Day. On 22 February 2018, in Brussels, he referred to the digital race, which Europe lost to the USA long ago with the former now having to confront competition from China. Europe must not lose this contest. However: China is, for example, investing 150 billion euros by 2030 in projects on artificial intelligence. Even Saudi Arabia has recently decided to...