As global wealth increases, so does consumption and the drain on natural resources. Traditional consumption follows the linear take-make-dispose model that has characterised industrialised societies for decades. The model works well for times of economic growth but, for a long time, it has increased the pressure on the planet’s resources. This needs to change.
Across the globe, new business models that challenge the traditional consumption patterns are arising. The sharing economy has become part of the everyday life of millions of people, and many businesses are introducing takeback systems that extend the lifetime of goods and resources by repairing them or reusing components. This development should be accelerated as the potential for economic and environmental benefits is significant.
Circular value chains – Recycling insulin pens as input for chairs and lamps
As a part of Novo Nordisk’s environmental strategy, the company focuses on how they can integrate green principles into the product development, and also works towards increasing the amount of plastic waste being recycled. Even though Novo Nordisk strives to use environmentally friendly materials, an integral part of achieving its environmental goals is the ability […]
Green Talks: Moving towards a Circular Economy
Thursday, 3 September at 9:30-10:30 CET, State of Green will host its third GREEN TALKS webinar titled “Moving towards a Circular Economy”. Speakers at the webinar include: Lea Wermelin, Danish Minister for Environment Heidi Schütt Larsen, Deputy CEO and Director of Circular Economy of Dansk Retursystem, Flemming Besenbacher, Chairman of the Carlsberg Foundation Winni Grosbøll, […]
Carpet made from fishing nets and recycled plastic
Imagine a carpet made from recycled materials embracing and achieving the principles of cradle-to-cradle in every aspect of production. ege®, a foresighted carpet manufacturer from Herning, Denmark, has since 1938 kept up with time, constantly improving production practices aligned with the company’s CSR objectives and is now able to produce a 100 per cent recycled carpet.
95 per cent of this type of plastic is not recycled: Danish companies are about to change that
New Danish partnership between companies and researchers are developing a new method of recycling plastic, which would otherwise end up incinerated or as landfill. The technology can help reduce oil consumption and CO2 emissions – and be a really good business for Danish companies.
Funding offered to partnerships focused on sustainable development
The next application round for P4G funding to partnerships with a sustainable business model is open. Funding of between USD 100,000 to USD 1,000,000 is available to either partnerships with a start-up or a scale-up concept.
Still great potential for the industry to contribute to a circular economy
The global transition towards a circular economy can not only reduce negative impacts on the environment and the climate, but also holds great potential for the competitiveness of Danish companies. Nonetheless, a new Danish Metal survey among union representatives reveals that many companies in the industry are not fully exploiting the profitable opportunities.
Top 5 most read news in March 2019
The following five news articles were the most read at StateofGreen.com during the month ofMarch 2019. This is your chance to catch up on news items you may have missed that were popular with our readers. The news stories are organised in descending order, with the most read story appearing first.
Packaging is the Next Sustainability Battleground
A new report from the consultancy Ipsos demonstrates that sustainable packaging is no longer a choice for companies, but a necessity. Packaging is a tool that companies can use to profile themselves as a sustainable organisation and thereby attract additional consumers.
Strategy for Circular Economy
Economic growth has lifted historically many people out of poverty and given millions of people access to material goods to an unprecedented extent. This is really positive. However, increasing wealth and more people having access to a standard of living comparable to what we know in Denmark mean that our consumption of natural resources is […]
Denmark strengthens diplomatic ties following state visit to Argentina and Chile
Successful state visit to Argentina and Chile results in the signing of two memorandums of understanding between Denmark and Argentina and a clarification of the objectives prior to COP25 2-13 December in Santiago de Chile.
Closed loop for beverage containers
Dansk Retursystem ensures that resources circulate in a closed loop, with the result that the used packaging is turned into new bottles and cans, or other forms of food packaging. This process conserves the supply of raw materials and also means that less energy and other materials are used to turn old packaging into new packaging. […]
99% Recycling of synthetic turf
Recycling artificial turf – a solution provided by Re-Match Stadiums and sports arenas throughout the world are increasingly using artificial turf. One field covers approximately 8,000 square meters (roughly 86,100 square feet). After 8-10 years, even the highest quality turf is worn-out, and the enormous amount of artificial turf is sent to a landfill, incinerated, sits […]
Go From Pencil to Plant With Sprout
Sprout is a pencil with a seed inside. When it’s too short to use, you can use the seed and go from pencil to plant at home, at the office, or in the classroom. Sprout comes in a variety of great flavors, including plants, herbs, and vegetables. We designed Sprout around a high quality Ticonderoga […]
The business of a circular future
Globally, more natural resources are consumed than what is sustainable for our finite planet. According to the United Nations, the extraction and processing of natural resources are responsible for around half of all global CO2emissions and over 90 per cent of global biodiversity loss. It is evident that we have a shared challenge in decoupling growth in resource use from population and income growth. A transition to a circular economy will enable this.