Global resource consumption has long been on the rise and is estimated to triple from now until 2050. While the consumption of goods has grown steadily in the industrial countries for decades, developing countries are seeing a rapid increase in household consumption and number of consumers. This is for instance seen each year at Earth Overshoot Day, the day when humanity effectively exhausts nature’s resource budget for the year, which occurs sooner every year. Not since 1970 have we managed to stay within the calendar year.
The time has come for us to make do with the linear take-make-dispose model and begin to look at how we create a more circular future, where focus is on resource optimisation, closing the loop and reducing the amount of waste we produce. Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle are keywords in the circular transition and countries, companies and citizens alike must start rethinking consumption patterns and increase recycling rates on a global scale.
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.
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.
Transformative circular economy festival in New York
From March 4 until March 10, the international public-private partnership Danish Clean Tech Hub will be hosting Circular City Week in New York City for the first time. The event is an open collaborative festival for circular economy related events.
New global commitment to eliminate plastic waste at the source
Footage of fish swimming in oceans surrounded by plastic is becoming a common trope. With estimates suggesting that there could be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050, a new global commitment spearheaded by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the UN Environment aims to tackle the problem head on.
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 […]
Treatment and disposal of bottom ash
Meldgaard Recycling offers recycling of bottom ash from Waste to Energy power plants. Our advanced processing plants extract ferrous and non-ferrous metals from waste incinerator bottom ash. Efficient extraction rates ensure a clean end product and optimum recycling of resources. Bottom ash is 100% recyclable with the extraction of ferrous and nonferrous metals contributing to the […]
Utilisation of the Existing Facilities at Green Solution House
Reclaim, Reuse, Renovate ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’. At the Green Solution House we believe in the value of repurposing and eliminating waste. This thinking has been applied to many aspects of the refurbishment and expansion of the buildings as well as the landscape design. The parking space is built on a base […]
Minimising food waste through vacuum-drying
The project “Waste Taste” addresses how primary fruit, vegetable, and berry producers can use vacuum-drying to avoid or reduce their food waste. This is done by converting the waste into valuable food ingredients and new products via an energy-efficient vacuum-drying technique. The project will investigate the food waste from primary producers, such as the waste […]
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.