Every day brings new calls for sustainability, as humanity's actual behaviour moves ever further away from it. What can we learn from an obscure Austrian philosopher?
A wastepicker working in the streets of Casablanca. (Photo Pascal Garret, July 2013)
Despite being outcasts in Moroccan society, waste collectors defend their profession as protectors of the environment.
Klaus Schwab, the World Economic Forum founder, holds his book about the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
New technologies are developing with exponential velocity, breadth and depth. Their systemic impact is likely to be profound.
This episode explores how one person's waste can be another's treasure. We talk to scientists trying to eke something useful out of big piles of rubbish and discuss making the economy more circular.
Information is assumed to be key to changing people's attitudes and behaviour. Sadly this isn't the case.
Recycling, rental, durability: How three strategies from the "circular economy" can help automobile manufacturers reduce waste and improve profitability, all while helping preserve the environment
Sorry kids, these gift ideas are closer to home.
The digital revolution is great, until it’s time to upgrade.
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Digital devices are ubiquitous. A new film looks at where they come from, who makes them, and where they end up when they're discarded.
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The Swedish government is rewarding repair work with a tax break to stop people buying unnecessary new products.
Millions of tonnes of food go into landfill each year.
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Australians send about 4 million tonnes of food waste to landfill each year – but what if we could use it for other purposes?
Gone to waste: not enough of Australia’s obsolete electronics are being recovered.
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Australia is among the world's top ten users of electronic and electrical products. But our systems for recycling the resulting 'e-waste' fall a long way short of other rich nations.
Philippe Starck’s Juicy Salif turned the humble lemon squeezer into a piece of classic industrial design.
It's time to rethink the stack-em-high and sell-em-cheap approach to business.
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The land of Ikea and apple charlotte is hoping to sell its vision of sustainability at COP21. There are a couple of meatballs in the ointment, though.
Don't throw out your used coffee grounds. They could be used in the garden, an engine or even a research lab.
What a waste.
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The 'linear economy' that drove 20th-century leaps in wealth is no longer sustainable, and our standard of living will not survive without a dramatic redesign.
What goes around comes around –
New circular thinking, access to abundant solar energy and supporting new technology could provide a competitive advantage for Australian industries.
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Australia’s relative share of global economic opportunity derived from smarter use of materials, energy and water could be $26 billion each year by 2025. Here are four ways Australia could make the most of the circular economy boom.
Still perfectly usable.
Every year massive amounts of valuable resources are deemed “waste” and consigned to landfill. Take the UK – around 540 million tonnes of products and materials enter the country annually, but only 117…
When you outputs become your inputs, that’s a circular economy.
The concept of the circular economy has left the realm of academic theory and entered the world of business. The price of natural resources and materials is soaring, and in response to volatile markets…
What goes around: repair cafés aim to embrace the so-called ‘circular economy’ of making stuff last longer.
Imagine your smartphone’s screen gets smashed, or your bike wheel gets buckled, or your favourite boots get a hole in them. What do you do? You could buy a replacement. Or you could join the worldwide…
Green those ideas.
In the industrial era, economic growth has become equated with human progress, with a fundamental assumption that material growth and consumption inevitably leads to improvements in our well-being. Over…