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Architects of Ecosystems: Will Fungi Shape Our Sustainable Future?

Using fungi and their extraordinary characteristics to “grow” construction materials and degrade pollutants: this is the vision underpinning many studies that soon may lead to real...

Ellen MacArthur Foundation: the climate needs the circular economy

Climate action needs the circular economy. Jocelyn “Joss” Blériot, director of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the most active think tank dealing with reducing the use of raw mater...

Climate: will plastic be the new coal?

“If plastic were a country, it would be the world’s fifth largest greenhouse gas emitter." Thus begins Judith Enck, president of the American NGO Beyond Plastics, in presenting a r...

Plastic waste from Covid-19: over 8 million tons generated worldwide

The fight against single-use plastic consumption has never been harder than in the past two years. With the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, the (human) world's hunger for plastic ...

Measuring the impacts of companies on the ocean, for a sustainable Blue Economy

The ocean is the largest carbon sink on the planet, and if managed sustainably it can aid in climate change mitigation and adaptation. But its ability to regulate climate is weaken...

Built by Nature: Accelerating Europe’s Timber Building Transformation

In the coming years, widespread use of wood in construction could radically change the appearance of our cities. This is the hope of Laudes Foundation, founder of Built by Nature, ...

Rockwool: Circular and Fireproof Insulation

The construction sector, also thanks to recent regulatory provisions, is decisively directing its efforts toward circularity. Rockwool products can provide an important contributio...

The Circular DNA of the Construction Sector

Energy-intensive, raw material-grubbing, massive waste and emission producer and much more, the construction sector has a lot to be blamed for, but luckily the circular economy – f...

Covestro open a new area of application for CO2 in plastics production: the automotive industry

In addition to mattresses, sports floors and textile fibres, Covestro has opened up a further area of application for the use of CO2 in plastics production: now foams for the autom...

What is the New European Bauhaus?

100 years after Bauhaus, a movement that radically changed art, design and architecture in Germany and beyond, the European Commission has launched a New European Bauhaus to rethin...

Reusable packaging: the Loop system conquers supermarkets all over the world

The Loop system is a great idea, and it was clear from the start. Large retailers are finally starting to understand it now. The platform for reusable packaging invented by Tom Sz...

More Shadows Than Light on the Future of Food in Europe

Not enough care for the climate and biodiversity, and an imbalance that favours larger farms that aim to perpetuate industrial approaches. This, in short, is the assessment of Euro...

Circular Economy in the hospitality industry

The hospitality sector consumes 5% of global water use, emits 1% of global GHG emissions and accounts for 20% of the tourism industry total carbon emissions. Hospitality private ac...

The Slum Economy: an alliance between circular and informal

According to the United Nations, today, over a billion and a half people live in informal settlements and by 2030 that figure could soar to 3 billion. So, the issue of future circu...

The Wizard and the Prophet or How to Feed 10 Billion People

The future of our planet depends on the approach we choose to solve problems. As Charles C. Mann illustrates in his latest book, The Wizard and The Prophet, there are two dominant ...

Why Every Roof in Japan Could Have Solar Panels Soon

In line with their ambitious 2030 emissions reduction goal, Japan seeks to expand its national solar power generation capacity. By doing this, the densely populated nation may soon...

Can developing countries benefit from the circular economy?

Developing countries have not benefited from the linear economy, the economy in which goods are manufactured from raw materials, sold, used, and then discarded as waste. They have ...

Rental: a New Frontier for the Great Outdoors

There are a growing number of companies providing various options for outdoor or alpine sports equipment rental, in Europe and elsewhere. They offer a new way to save money while b...

Sustainability in two dimensions: it’s time for graphene and 2D materials

The future may be two-dimensional. At least, the future of materials. Since 2004, when the two Russian physicists Gejm and Novosëlov succeeded in isolating the first monoatomic la...

Mottainai! Inside the Tokyo Olimpics’ circularity strategy

There are plenty of serious stories to cover in the run-up to the Olympics between the pandemic, record temperatures so high they’re making beach volleyball courts unplayable and, ...