general / 16.09.2021

We are currently experiencing great changes: Climate change, digitalization, the Corona pandemic and weather events that destroy entire landscapes, as recently in the Ahr Valley. All this makes us feel what change means. Donella Meadows has described how, in times of change, people's fundamental ideas about who we are in this world also undergo major changes. With "Transcending paradigms" she described the changes in socially anchored attitudes, which are also the greatest levers in changing systems. Maja Göppel has written about this and described a summary of urgent...

general, highlights / 09.09.2021

Economies as complex systems can’t be described in one sentence. Looking into classrooms, students learn about economies as simple linear structures. They inhale demand and supply, production and consumer interests, money and currencies, prices and speculation. All that can easily be described by numbers and curves in a 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional math. Leaving the classroom, we come to notice: Economy is more. It is not 2- or 3-dimensional. Especially the global economy - which evolved from cultivated assumptions and underlying paradigms - goes beyond that. How to emphasize the...

general / 06.08.2021

The top 10 Circular Materials by mass Do you know the world's largest material flows that are managed in a circular way? For Thinking Circular®, this question comes up more often as part of our consulting work. That's because companies turning to the Circular Economy want to know exactly what the effects of adopting a circular economy are, and what the benefits are to their business and the environment as a result. Looking at the most successful materials that are managed by people in a circular way can provide...

/ 08.10.2020

The plastic crisis has long since reached the economy. Whether critical inquiries from customers or demands from the political side - manufacturers today have to take a very different look at the subject of packaging. The measures proposed by the EU Commission for the circular economy package are an important point of reference here. "Avoid, reduce, recycle" is the motto in the field of packaging. More recycling (also of used plastic from the post-consumer area) is one of the key concepts for reducing the use of resources and...

Circular Economy, Uncategorized / 24.04.2020

Outdated association structures and fear of investments prevent environmental protection in the hot-dip galvanizing industry The Corona crisis is currently changing the way we see our lives. What is really important for the survival of industrial societies? In her Circular Economy Package, EU Commissioner Ursula von der Leyen has explicitly provided that all rules of the game that are being reinvented are based on the “best available technologies”. With the presentation of the “Masterplan for a competitive transformation of the energy intensive industries, enabling a climate neutral Circular Economy...

highlights, Uncategorized / 30.03.2020

How to overthrow the crisis king’s crown (CORONA) on March 23, 2023 It was exactly three years ago that the small team from Thinking Circular was sitting together at the crisis meeting concerning the corona situation. And like some crises, whether Chernobyl, the forest decline, Fukushima, the climate crisis or the financial crisis of 2008, the Corona crisis has burned itself into the minds of the employees. What is not longer part of the team in 2023 is the fear of another crises. Only one thing is certain: the...