/ 11.09.2019

The environmental value of a circular economy is undisputed. While this has so far mainly been examined from the perspective of resource protection, the contribution of the circular economy to the protection of the climate is currently still not sufficiently addressed. Although the end of landfilling of untreated waste has significantly reduced the greenhouse gas emissions of the waste industry, the potential for climate protection is still enormous. A consistent circular economy not only reduces greenhouse gas emissions from waste management, but also actively helps to reduce the...

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...

/ 11.03.2019

The Berliner Recycling- und Rohstoffkonferenz is organized by TK-Verlag together with Professor Dr.-Ing. Daniel Goldmann from Technische Universität Clausthal and Professor Dr.-Ing. Dr. h. c. Bernd Friedrich from  RWTH Aachen. On the plenary session on the first day, political, judicial and strategic speeches will be held and discussed with the participants....

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...

/ 19.09.2018

The window of opportunity is open. The chances for positive developments for the planet, its people and economic as well as social value are huge. Eveline Lemke points out perspectives for fields of interest....

/ 17.09.2018

The window of opportunity is open. The chances for positive development for the planet, its people and economic as well as social value are huge. Eveline Lemke points out perspectives for fields of interest....

Tools / 23.08.2018

How can we deal with complex problem solving and transitioning? What can enable us to face global challenges? Is there still any chance to protect our climate and deal with upcoming changes? What can make us resilient and help us to manage crisis?   Methods Research and applied sciences have presented methods of Systems Thinking. These allow the development and advancement for a systems mindset for dealing with complex problem solving and transitioning to the Circular Economy. The most important method is the Feeback-Loop. Action can either balance a system and...