News / 07.07.2021

The BIG 5 - and their story behind The circular economy offers new answers to the question of how 9 billion people can survive on this planet, accepting that there are planetary boundaries and climate change is ongoing. The aim of this study was to identify drivers of the big five globally largest material flows by mass from a circular economic perspective and to understand their story behind. Many scientific papers about circular economy focus on scoring countries according to their waste infrastructure, which exactly explains lacks in fulfilling the...

News / 19.05.2021

The human actor in the Circular Economy is an interesting topic. Often it is assumed that consumers support the Circular Economy mainly through demanding circular products. System thinkers say, consumers are overestimated in this role. Furthermore, this mindset suggests that we can maintain our current system. The only thing consumers need to do is to consume differently. But that doesn't go far enough. This we would like to clarify in this blog post. The Circular Economy sometimes puts the cart before the horse. In recent years, the Circular Economy...

News / 26.04.2021

What we learn from nature science is that blue whales get disoriented by ship noise, dying riffs, rising temperatures due to climate change or because they are swallowing plastic waste. Just like the whales our material world is disoriented. Let’s use the metaphoric: Still, we are extracting 100 Billion tons of material every year out of this planet. That’s equivalent to more than 666 million blue whales. Still a number too large to imagine. Only 9% of all the material is moving in cycles. So, imagine the 10.000 blue whales,...

News / 22.04.2021

In Germany the market share of green products was about 11% in 2017 (latest numbers; that’s 139 Billion EUR of 1,300 Billion EUR GDP in total). The goal of a higher market share for green products is to reach 32% in 2030 (= 404 Billion EUR). Did you know? Green energy consumption has increased by 50% since 2011. After introducing trustworthy ecolabels, sales of green products triple within one year. 82% of the 15–29-year-olds are currently revolutionizing the food market through eating less or no meat. 33% of them...

News / 02.03.2021

In March 2021, Metropolitan Verlag, Regensburg, will publish the fourth Sustainability Yearbook. It contains valuable impulses to face the growing challenges of resource and climate protection and to initiate a transformation to the circular economy and climate neutrality in the economy. In addition to articles on new aspects and developments, the Yearbook contains best-practice examples from companies, presents networks and organizations, and provides an overview of competitions and certificates in the field of sustainability. With "Homo Circularis - Of circularity and reality. And what it all has to do with...

Unkategorisiert / 26.02.2021

About resilient earthlings, stewards of all things, who love, learn and seek good life The Circular Economy already offers some answers to the question of how the economy could be in the future. However, the theory is not complete. It still lacks an idea how we as humans are described in this new world. How would people have to be or act if the theory of the Circular Economy were to become reality? We dare to attempt a formulation that - following the Circular Economy - we call Homo...

News / 17.02.2021

About circularity and reality. And what it all has to do with banana bread. Eveline Lemke, Charléne Nessel Which statement best describes the future of the Circular Economy? Reality is becoming circular? Or is circularity becoming real? Is there a difference? And is it even true? Aren't we still miles away from a Circular Economy? The Circular Economy and the Green Deal are the EU's big topics, chosen by Ursula von der Leyen. So far, it has hardly met with any criticism, because it promises green growth opportunities and reaches new...

News / 11.02.2021

Every child knows today: We are a throwaway society. Although we have been trying to perfect waste management, invent environmental regulations and preach producer responsibility for almost 40 years. Too often consumers are blamed for their consumption style, which is based on the principle of “take, make, waste”. In addition, there is the invisible enemy, the rebound effect, which keeps us buying new products, always believing that the new is better than the old: it uses less energy and is better for the climate. This phenomenon becomes visible...

News / 02.10.2020

[caption id="attachment_3236" align="alignleft" width="300"] Leif Ziebeil, David Wozniak und Dr. Frank Ziebeil started the projekt[/caption] The start-up FZ-Recycling GmbH & Co. KG celebrates its first system in operation today. The small, decentralized EPS extrusion plant is built into a container and is used on a large construction site in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler. Used EPS insulation material, i.e. styrofoam, otherwise an expensive waste to dispose of, is cleanly processed into compressed EPS directly on site. As a result, not 50 trucks drive to the landfill, but 1 truck transports the recycling...

News / 20.08.2020

With the subtitle “From throwaway to circular economy”, the New Live initiative has published a magazine and launched an online platform that deals with recycling material made from tire rubber, so-called end-of-life tires (ELT). Emerging from a working group of the trade association of the rubber industry, the topic for the initiative initially seems obvious. But it's worth taking a closer look. Because here an industry is consistently taking the next steps on its way from a throwaway to a circular economy. Everyone can take part. Do you...

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