• 11 August 2022

    CE: Strategic Overview

    Martin Charter, Director at the Centre for Sustainable Design University for the Creative Arts, during his speech at Re-think Circular Economy Milan held in February 2022, started his speech introducing the concept of ircular economy. Circular economy is part of the broader approach to sustainable development and picks up a number of the Sustainable Development Goals. What we’ve really seen over the last 7-8 years is an increased usage of the term “circular economy”. Actually, the first legislation about circular economy was created in China in 2008. It’s also important to recognize that we move in waves and we are presently, in Charter’s opinion, in a fifth green consumer wave; and those waves have different perspectives, so this particular wave that we’re in at the moment, is very much around the climate change, around nature and biodiversity, but also the social and community dimension, because of Covid has come in. Also, a key element of this wave is the engagement by youth in the agenda. Perspective is everything. Yes, there might be trends focusing on particular issues, but it is essential to keep our overall perspective. Continuing, Charter explained that 2015 was a critical year for many reasons globally and in Europe there was the Paris Agreement, and the recalibration of the sustainable development agenda with the launch of the the SDGs, but also it was the Commission’s first attempt to bring together awhole package of policies in the Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP) 1.0. – that was then brought together into a CEAP 2.0. What was particularlyinteresting is that there was a focus on new sectors, for example clothing and textiles becoming much more in the focal area for circular economythinking.But of course, Covid really hit everybody and has led to a lot of uncertainty, but before this we...
  • 4 August 2022

    MAFRIC

    INNOVATION IN THE WORLD OF SUSTAINABLE ITALIAN FASHION   Founded in 2019 by Giovanni Lucchesi after returning from a year-long volunteering experience in Zambia, Mafric is an ethnic-ethical clothing line with an ambitious mission: to promote the employment of people in fragile situations, while conveying a message of multiculturalism, inclusion and sustainability through fashion.    Mafric creates its collections starting from fabrics with prints reminiscent of the colours and patterns typical of Africa, combining them with plain-coloured fabrics to create garments that combine purely Italian style and quality with the exotic colours of distant cultures. The garments in the collections are made exclusively by social tailors located in the Milan and Como areas, where people from highly vulnerable backgrounds, especially women and migrants but also ex-convicts and people with mental and physical disabilities, learn the trade of professional tailors. In this way, Mafric is personally committed to making up for the lack of social vocation on the territory that characterises most fashion companies in Italy, which neglect the impact their production has on workers and the community. With great commitment also in terms of environmental sustainability, Mafric adopts circular economy dynamics through the use of recovered fabrics and recycling and upcycling processes thanks to collaborations with organisations that have been working in these fields for years. By adopting the principles of Slow Fashion, i.e. slow, ethical and solidarity fashion, Mafric aims to offer an alternative production and consumerist model as opposed to the increasingly criticised Fast Fashion, i.e. fast disposable fashion, whose effects are detrimental to both the environment and society.   Numerous small local projects with a mission and commitment similar to Mafric’s already exist, what distinguishes Mafric from the others and makes its project unique and innovative, is its modus operandi and the ambitious goal it sets out to...
  • 27 July 2022

    Recovery of Organic Waste

    During the Re-think Circular Economy Forum event held last year in Taranto among the guests who spoke was Maurizio Cianci the CEO of ASECO S.p.A – Acquedotto Pugliese began his speech by sublining that not only did he want to recount the results achieved so far by Acquedotto Pugliese (AQP) and Aseco in the field of sewage sludge treatment and the organic fraction of Municipal solid waste, but also to bring to the general attention to what can still be done and the projects in the pipeline. Acquedotto Pugliese is the manager of the integrated water service in Puglia and in addition to providing excellent drinking water to its more than 4 million inhabitants, it tasks also includes the removal and treatment of sewage. It can be said that sewage sludge constitutes the most significant processing waste in AQP’s industrial process. Taking an overview of the amount of sewage sludge produced by AQP, it emerged that in 2009, the 183 managed sewage plants produced about 160 thousand tons per year and this amount has gradually increased to reach 250 thousand tons in 2016. This was a very significant growth trend which in 2017, led to an estimate in the absence of significant interventions in 2021, an amount of sewage sludge in the range of about 380 thousand tons would be produced. Interventions to contain and reverse this trend were necessary and, therefore, additional treatment sections were introduced downstream of the purification process, such as, to mention the most significant; high efficiency dewatering, natural greenhouse sludge drying, anaerobic digestion and cellular hydrolysis. Thanks to these interventions, Acquedotto Pugliese has been able to counteract the expected increase in the production of sewage sludge, even in the face of the strong efficiencies of the managed plants and the consequent strong increase in their...
  • 20 July 2022

    The New TRICK

    During the Circular Threads report presentation held last June, among the many speakers who spoke was Alessandro Canepa of Fratelli Piacenza, who told about the company and the TRICK project they are pursuing. Fratelli Piacenza was founded about 250 years ago and has naturally evolved a lot over the years. From 2017 to 2019, the company has had a 38 percent increase in turnover and has reached an average price of about 60 euros per meter, and it is continuously growing. This growth is also due to the fact that they work in both the men’s and women’s markets with a major effort to expand production capacity, but above all, service, because more than 35% of production is customized and therefore made specifically on customers’ requests. Customers of Fratelli Piacenza belong to the luxury world, so the company’s market is basically luxury, which has been growing strongly in recent years especially in the Middle East. Who are their customers? Those who are called “Henrys”, that is, those who have high purchasing and earning power, and they are also those customers who have a growing focus from a cultural point of view on sustainability issues and green issues in general. So, in essence, it is a trend with a strong impact on those who want to serve this type of market. The UNECE considered that for the production of green products, traceability is one of the essential factors, particularly in the value chain such as textiles, which is usually very long. As is already well known, the textile and fashion industries have a significant impact on the climate, when, however, Canepa pointed out, they do not adopt the correct policies to respect the environment. For example, there is a strong difference between consumption and use of water, in fact, he explained,...
  • 14 July 2022

    Re-think Napoli: what happened

    Companies, Organizations, Institutions, startups and research institutions presented their circular projects to foster the emergence of innovative and entrepreneurial activities in the Campania region and nationwide. 30 June – Museo DaDoM of the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn Milan, July 13, 2022 – Thursday, June 30, at the Darwin Dohrn Museum (DaDoM) of the Anton Dohrn Zoological Station in Napoli, the sixth edition of Re-think – Circular Economy Forum took place, in attendance by invitation and, for the general public, visible online. The guests were diverse, including institutions, research organizations, universities, startups and companies, both local, national and international, who presented their projects and entrepreneurial initiatives aimed at transforming the linear system in which we live into circular. It is possible to review the speakers’ presentations on Tondo’s page: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLarQF1QLckGyqp4Xin0PTRWitVkKhU1w- The circular economy was the core focus of the day, which began with greetings from the institutions and an introduction to the cultural change, thanks to the diffusion of new values, that must take place to facilitate the introduction of more sustainable practices and incentivize the circular transition. In addition, it discussed the link between innovation and the circular economy; which must start from re-design at the head of production processes, also thanks to the backing of institutions and supporting actors. The first thematic area covered was circular ports and tourism, a sector, particularly of interest to the city of Napoli. From the many insights emerged the need to change one’s approach, emphasizing how ports are the right places to implement the circular economy, how the problem of waste at sea is now an increasingly damaging issue for Italian coasts, and how tourism needs to be rethought more respectful of others and the environment. Late in the morning, the round table opened, an opportunity for dialogue between various technical and scientific...
  • 6 July 2022

    Circular Furniture Design

    During the Re-think Circular Economy Forum Milan 2022 event, Valentina Cerolini, co-founder of Deesup, started her speech by presenting their reality. Deesup is a startup with its own interpretation of the value of Circular Economy (CE). They started the company some years ago while following their intuition, they found a gap in the market and they decided to fill it out. Cerolini stressed the fact that when they talk about market, they are talking about the luxury second-hand furniture market, which at that time was already huge in terms of size. At the moment, the estimates say that by 2025, the value of this market will reach about $16 billion, however, they already knew that the combination of CE model and the resale system they were adopting was becoming somehow mainstream. This is what happened as in many successful use cases, especially in the fashion industry such as for the famous acquisition of Depop from the American base Etsy. Zooming on furniture, Deesup characteristic, it is important to understand that this is the right moment for that and to offer the value through authenticity. Their team of expert curators select all the iconic second-hand items that arrive in the platform that helped also in creating a community of design lovers. With their work and innovation, they were able to build a community of about 30,000 users consisting of design lovers, architects, interior designers, gallerists that are interested in the platform products because they see the value of the circularity in this app as well as a secure payment. Deesup plays the role of the mediator between buyers and sellers ensuring them a very smooth process for selling and buying furniture items. From 2020, Cerolini continued, the startup experienced interesting booming years because people went through the pandemic and the houses...
  • 29 June 2022

    International Plastic Bag Free Day

    Did you know it takes 1,000 years for a plastic bag to degrade in a landfill? Even so, the bags don’t break down completely but instead photo-degrade becoming microplastics that absorb toxins and continue to pollute the environment. According to The World Counts, 5 trillion plastic bags are used per year, which is 160,000 plastic bags per second, which can cause major environmental challenges and active measures must be put in place to minimize its usage. International Plastic Bag-Free Day is a movement started by Rezero in 2006. The campaign against single-use plastic bags began in Catalonia by a group of people to fight for the elimination of plastic bags. It is celebrated on every 3rd July to promote environmental conservation and spread awareness on the consequences of the use of plastic bags. The birth of Plastic Bags Interestingly, Polythene, the world’s most popular plastic used as carrier bags was first discovered by accident. In 1933, a team of chemists at the ICI Wallerscote plant were working on polymers. During the process, the experiment went wrong yielding an unintended result: a white waxy residue which was polythene. This invention served a good purpose to the British military during the second World War. Polythene was used as an insulating material for radar cables during the war, and the substance was a closely guarded secret until after the war. In 1960, a Swedish company called Celloplast filed a U.S patent for tubing for packaging purposes using polythene. The initial design was better developed and in 1965, the team of three at Celloplast obtained a patent for what is now called “the T-Shirt Plastic bag”. Plastic bag quickly replaced grocery bags made from fabrics in Europe. Supermarket chains in the United States of America and all around Europe switched to single-use plastic bags...
  • 23 June 2022

    A low-carbon and low-waste CE

    During the Re-think Circular Economy Forum held in Taranto last here, we had the honour to have as guest Walter Stahel, father of the Circular Economy and founder of The Life-Product Institute in Geneva, who began his speech giving a panoramic view of the opportunities of a low-waste, low-carbon circular industrial economy.  Circular Industrial Economy (CIE) is about stocks, not flows, he started, and it’s about managing, maintaining the value and the utility of natural capital, human capital, cultural capital, manufactured capital.  The origins of circularity are several: in nature, in infrastructure designed for long-term use, in good husbandry in societies of poverty and scarcity. The take-away from early sustainability and Circular Economy is that it comes from people caring for their belongings – what they have – and as there is no waste in nature, it simply means that all waste is man-made.  Walter explained that, looking at the economy as a whole, it is like a bath-tub economy, where you have inflows and outflows, but the thing we are most interested in is quality and quantity of stock of water in the tub. This is largely unknown today. So, a bath-tub view of a mature circular economy is one loop, with a main era of “R”, reuse, refill, repair, remanufacture and an era of “D”, de-linking materials to recover molecules as-pure-as-new from used resources. The era of “R” is about essential services, production is about productive labour and that’s why economists usually ignore the era of “R” because it’s not productive labour.  The era of “R” of the Circular Industrial Economy is about local SMEs and innovation to extend the service-life of objects. And who takes the decisions in the era of “R”? It’s the owner-user in control of his/her belongings.   Then, according to Walter, a first watershed happened...
  • 16 June 2022

    Circularise: blockchain of the future

    How to use blockchain for supply chain traceability and circularity?  Mesbah Sabur, founded Circularise in 2016, as a spinoff from the Delft University of Technology, where he studied industrial product design. Therefore, his background, as he underlined in his speech at Re-think Circular Economy Forum held in Milan last February, is in creating from scratch products that can be manufactured, industrially scaled and sold internationally. The economic system we are currently living in does not properly work, the way products are manufactured and resources extracted, where most of it ends up in a landfill or in incineration, cannot work in a longer run. Therefore, there is a clear need to develop a better system, which is the Circular Economy (CE) together with other trends.   In order to realize a CE it is necessary to have the right digital infrastructures for supply chain, to coordinate with each other and to activate the CE activities by having the right information about materials resources, where they come from and where they end up.   Therefore, Circularise mission is to bring traceability in global supply chains in order to enable the shift towards a more CE. The company firmly believes that if there is no transparency in data then there is no circularity. At the beginning of the company, they tried to understand which were the problems in order to figure out good solutions based on confidentiality and trust of the data. Some of the questions while working were: How do you store all that information from a supply chain? How do you connect that and how do you make sure the data is trustworthy?  In order to develop the protocol, they specialized for a while on chemicals and plastics companies worldwide and they have been working with suppliers in the chemical space to prove...
  • 8 June 2022

    Re-think Napoli: Event

    Comunicato Stampa  RE-THINK CIRCULAR ECONOMY FORUM ARRIVA A NAPOLI Aziende, Organizzazioni, istituzioni, startup ed enti di ricerca presenteranno i loro percorsi circolari intrapresi per favorire la nascita di attività innovative e imprenditoriali nel territorio campano  30 giugno presso il Museo DaDoM della Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn dalle ore 9.30 alle ore 18.30 – Link per la registrazione Evento in presenza su invito ed online aperto a tutti Milano, 8 giugno 2022 – Con l’obiettivo di favorire la nascita di attività innovative ed imprenditoriali nel territorio campano, Tondo, organizzazione internazionale operante nel settore dell’economia circolare, annuncia la sesta edizione di Re-think – Circular Economy Forum. Si tratta di un grande evento in modalità mista sia in presenza fisica, solo su invito, e sia online per il grande pubblico. Tra i partner EPM Servizi, UniCredit, Ambasciata del Regno dei Paesi Bassi in Italia, Adnkronos nel ruolo di Media Partner e Smallfish nel ruolo di Graphic Partner. L’evento si terrà a Napoli il 30 giugno presso il Museo Darwin Dohrn (DaDoM) della Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn in modalità ibrida, con gli speaker, i principali stakeholder ed un pubblico ristretto che potrà entrare solo su invito, sul luogo fisico, mentre il grande pubblico potrà accedere da remoto – qui il link per la registrazione. “EPM– dichiara il consigliere delegato di EPM Carmine Esposito– è in prima linea nella circular economy e nella transizione ecologica. Lavorando nel facility management, aiutiamo anche i clienti ad implementare azioni concrete e processi per ridurre gli sprechi anche grazie all’utilizzo di nuove tecnologie e di tutte le innovazioni di processo e prodotto presenti sul mercato e in sperimentazione. Siamo coscienti poi che, affinchè avvenga la transizione ecologica, è fondamentale partire dalle nuove generazioni. In quest’ottica supportiamo organizzazioni come Marevivo e scuole paritarie dell’infanzia, primarie e secondarie di primo grado.” L’economia circolare...
  • 2 June 2022

    Only One Earth

    By Jacqline Kwakye, Social Media Marketing Intern in Tondo “In the middle of a pandemic, COVID-19, if there’s ever been a moment in human history where we’ve been thrown and thrust to the very front and shown that we as humans are very vulnerable, it’s now.” – Musonda Mumba, Chief of the Terrestrial Ecosystems Unit, UN Environment. Coming out of a global pandemic highlights the importance of protecting the environment as the theme of this year’s World Environment Day conveys “We have Only one Earth“. The World Environment Day is an international day dedicated to the environment and led by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). It has been held annually on every 5th of June since the 1973 and this year will be hosted by Sweden. The initiative calls for a collective, transformative action on a global scale to celebrate, protect and restore the planet. Current global crisis and challenges requires a retracing of human actions and the necessity to get proactive with gearing not just economic, but also environmental and social sectors towards sustainability. Sustainable development is the development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generation to meet their own needs. Evidently speaking, humanity is living unsustainably, this is because we extract natural resources more frequently than it takes the Earth to replenish. In every given year, there is a day which marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources exceeds what the earth can generate within that year. This day is called: Earth Overshoot Day. The Global Footprint Network evaluates it based on 3 million statistical data from 200 countries. It is calculated by dividing the planet’s biocapacity (in global hectares) by humanity’s ecological footprint (in global hectares) and then multiplying by the number of days in a year. Statistics from the Global...
  • 11 August 2022

    CE: Strategic Overview

    Martin Charter, Director at the Centre for Sustainable Design University for the Creative Arts, during his speech at Re-think Circular Economy Milan held in February 2022, started his speech introducing the concept of ircular economy. Circular economy is part of the broader approach to sustainable development and picks up a number of the Sustainable Development Goals. What we’ve really seen over the last 7-8 years is an increased usage of the term “circular economy”. Actually, the first legislation about circular economy was created in China in 2008. It’s also important to recognize that we move in waves and we are presently, in Charter’s opinion, in a fifth green consumer wave; and those waves have different perspectives, so this particular wave that we’re in at the moment, is very much around the climate change, around nature and biodiversity, but also the social and community dimension, because of Covid has come in. Also, a key element of this wave is the engagement by youth in the agenda. Perspective is everything. Yes, there might be trends focusing on particular issues, but it is essential to keep our overall perspective. Continuing, Charter explained that 2015 was a critical year for many reasons globally and in Europe there was the Paris Agreement, and the recalibration of the sustainable development agenda with the launch of the the SDGs, but also it was the Commission’s first attempt to bring together awhole package of policies in the Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP) 1.0. – that was then brought together into a CEAP 2.0. What was particularlyinteresting is that there was a focus on new sectors, for example clothing and textiles becoming much more in the focal area for circular economythinking.But of course, Covid really hit everybody and has led to a lot of uncertainty, but before this we...
  • 4 August 2022

    MAFRIC

    INNOVATION IN THE WORLD OF SUSTAINABLE ITALIAN FASHION   Founded in 2019 by Giovanni Lucchesi after returning from a year-long volunteering experience in Zambia, Mafric is an ethnic-ethical clothing line with an ambitious mission: to promote the employment of people in fragile situations, while conveying a message of multiculturalism, inclusion and sustainability through fashion.    Mafric creates its collections starting from fabrics with prints reminiscent of the colours and patterns typical of Africa, combining them with plain-coloured fabrics to create garments that combine purely Italian style and quality with the exotic colours of distant cultures. The garments in the collections are made exclusively by social tailors located in the Milan and Como areas, where people from highly vulnerable backgrounds, especially women and migrants but also ex-convicts and people with mental and physical disabilities, learn the trade of professional tailors. In this way, Mafric is personally committed to making up for the lack of social vocation on the territory that characterises most fashion companies in Italy, which neglect the impact their production has on workers and the community. With great commitment also in terms of environmental sustainability, Mafric adopts circular economy dynamics through the use of recovered fabrics and recycling and upcycling processes thanks to collaborations with organisations that have been working in these fields for years. By adopting the principles of Slow Fashion, i.e. slow, ethical and solidarity fashion, Mafric aims to offer an alternative production and consumerist model as opposed to the increasingly criticised Fast Fashion, i.e. fast disposable fashion, whose effects are detrimental to both the environment and society.   Numerous small local projects with a mission and commitment similar to Mafric’s already exist, what distinguishes Mafric from the others and makes its project unique and innovative, is its modus operandi and the ambitious goal it sets out to...
  • 27 July 2022

    Recovery of Organic Waste

    During the Re-think Circular Economy Forum event held last year in Taranto among the guests who spoke was Maurizio Cianci the CEO of ASECO S.p.A – Acquedotto Pugliese began his speech by sublining that not only did he want to recount the results achieved so far by Acquedotto Pugliese (AQP) and Aseco in the field of sewage sludge treatment and the organic fraction of Municipal solid waste, but also to bring to the general attention to what can still be done and the projects in the pipeline. Acquedotto Pugliese is the manager of the integrated water service in Puglia and in addition to providing excellent drinking water to its more than 4 million inhabitants, it tasks also includes the removal and treatment of sewage. It can be said that sewage sludge constitutes the most significant processing waste in AQP’s industrial process. Taking an overview of the amount of sewage sludge produced by AQP, it emerged that in 2009, the 183 managed sewage plants produced about 160 thousand tons per year and this amount has gradually increased to reach 250 thousand tons in 2016. This was a very significant growth trend which in 2017, led to an estimate in the absence of significant interventions in 2021, an amount of sewage sludge in the range of about 380 thousand tons would be produced. Interventions to contain and reverse this trend were necessary and, therefore, additional treatment sections were introduced downstream of the purification process, such as, to mention the most significant; high efficiency dewatering, natural greenhouse sludge drying, anaerobic digestion and cellular hydrolysis. Thanks to these interventions, Acquedotto Pugliese has been able to counteract the expected increase in the production of sewage sludge, even in the face of the strong efficiencies of the managed plants and the consequent strong increase in their...
  • 20 July 2022

    The New TRICK

    During the Circular Threads report presentation held last June, among the many speakers who spoke was Alessandro Canepa of Fratelli Piacenza, who told about the company and the TRICK project they are pursuing. Fratelli Piacenza was founded about 250 years ago and has naturally evolved a lot over the years. From 2017 to 2019, the company has had a 38 percent increase in turnover and has reached an average price of about 60 euros per meter, and it is continuously growing. This growth is also due to the fact that they work in both the men’s and women’s markets with a major effort to expand production capacity, but above all, service, because more than 35% of production is customized and therefore made specifically on customers’ requests. Customers of Fratelli Piacenza belong to the luxury world, so the company’s market is basically luxury, which has been growing strongly in recent years especially in the Middle East. Who are their customers? Those who are called “Henrys”, that is, those who have high purchasing and earning power, and they are also those customers who have a growing focus from a cultural point of view on sustainability issues and green issues in general. So, in essence, it is a trend with a strong impact on those who want to serve this type of market. The UNECE considered that for the production of green products, traceability is one of the essential factors, particularly in the value chain such as textiles, which is usually very long. As is already well known, the textile and fashion industries have a significant impact on the climate, when, however, Canepa pointed out, they do not adopt the correct policies to respect the environment. For example, there is a strong difference between consumption and use of water, in fact, he explained,...
  • 14 July 2022

    Re-think Napoli: what happened

    Companies, Organizations, Institutions, startups and research institutions presented their circular projects to foster the emergence of innovative and entrepreneurial activities in the Campania region and nationwide. 30 June – Museo DaDoM of the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn Milan, July 13, 2022 – Thursday, June 30, at the Darwin Dohrn Museum (DaDoM) of the Anton Dohrn Zoological Station in Napoli, the sixth edition of Re-think – Circular Economy Forum took place, in attendance by invitation and, for the general public, visible online. The guests were diverse, including institutions, research organizations, universities, startups and companies, both local, national and international, who presented their projects and entrepreneurial initiatives aimed at transforming the linear system in which we live into circular. It is possible to review the speakers’ presentations on Tondo’s page: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLarQF1QLckGyqp4Xin0PTRWitVkKhU1w- The circular economy was the core focus of the day, which began with greetings from the institutions and an introduction to the cultural change, thanks to the diffusion of new values, that must take place to facilitate the introduction of more sustainable practices and incentivize the circular transition. In addition, it discussed the link between innovation and the circular economy; which must start from re-design at the head of production processes, also thanks to the backing of institutions and supporting actors. The first thematic area covered was circular ports and tourism, a sector, particularly of interest to the city of Napoli. From the many insights emerged the need to change one’s approach, emphasizing how ports are the right places to implement the circular economy, how the problem of waste at sea is now an increasingly damaging issue for Italian coasts, and how tourism needs to be rethought more respectful of others and the environment. Late in the morning, the round table opened, an opportunity for dialogue between various technical and scientific...
  • 6 July 2022

    Circular Furniture Design

    During the Re-think Circular Economy Forum Milan 2022 event, Valentina Cerolini, co-founder of Deesup, started her speech by presenting their reality. Deesup is a startup with its own interpretation of the value of Circular Economy (CE). They started the company some years ago while following their intuition, they found a gap in the market and they decided to fill it out. Cerolini stressed the fact that when they talk about market, they are talking about the luxury second-hand furniture market, which at that time was already huge in terms of size. At the moment, the estimates say that by 2025, the value of this market will reach about $16 billion, however, they already knew that the combination of CE model and the resale system they were adopting was becoming somehow mainstream. This is what happened as in many successful use cases, especially in the fashion industry such as for the famous acquisition of Depop from the American base Etsy. Zooming on furniture, Deesup characteristic, it is important to understand that this is the right moment for that and to offer the value through authenticity. Their team of expert curators select all the iconic second-hand items that arrive in the platform that helped also in creating a community of design lovers. With their work and innovation, they were able to build a community of about 30,000 users consisting of design lovers, architects, interior designers, gallerists that are interested in the platform products because they see the value of the circularity in this app as well as a secure payment. Deesup plays the role of the mediator between buyers and sellers ensuring them a very smooth process for selling and buying furniture items. From 2020, Cerolini continued, the startup experienced interesting booming years because people went through the pandemic and the houses...
  • 29 June 2022

    International Plastic Bag Free Day

    Did you know it takes 1,000 years for a plastic bag to degrade in a landfill? Even so, the bags don’t break down completely but instead photo-degrade becoming microplastics that absorb toxins and continue to pollute the environment. According to The World Counts, 5 trillion plastic bags are used per year, which is 160,000 plastic bags per second, which can cause major environmental challenges and active measures must be put in place to minimize its usage. International Plastic Bag-Free Day is a movement started by Rezero in 2006. The campaign against single-use plastic bags began in Catalonia by a group of people to fight for the elimination of plastic bags. It is celebrated on every 3rd July to promote environmental conservation and spread awareness on the consequences of the use of plastic bags. The birth of Plastic Bags Interestingly, Polythene, the world’s most popular plastic used as carrier bags was first discovered by accident. In 1933, a team of chemists at the ICI Wallerscote plant were working on polymers. During the process, the experiment went wrong yielding an unintended result: a white waxy residue which was polythene. This invention served a good purpose to the British military during the second World War. Polythene was used as an insulating material for radar cables during the war, and the substance was a closely guarded secret until after the war. In 1960, a Swedish company called Celloplast filed a U.S patent for tubing for packaging purposes using polythene. The initial design was better developed and in 1965, the team of three at Celloplast obtained a patent for what is now called “the T-Shirt Plastic bag”. Plastic bag quickly replaced grocery bags made from fabrics in Europe. Supermarket chains in the United States of America and all around Europe switched to single-use plastic bags...
  • During the Re-think Circular Economy Forum held in Taranto last here, we had the honour to have as guest Walter Stahel, father of the Circular Economy and founder of The Life-Product Institute in Geneva, who began his speech giving a panoramic view of the opportunities of a low-waste, low-carbon circular industrial economy.  Circular Industrial Economy (CIE) is about stocks, not flows, he started, and it’s about managing, maintaining the value and the utility of natural capital, human capital, cultural capital, manufactured capital.  The origins of circularity are several: in nature, in infrastructure designed for long-term use, in good husbandry in societies of poverty and scarcity. The take-away from early sustainability and Circular Economy is that it comes from people caring for their belongings – what they have – and as there is no waste in nature, it simply means that all waste is man-made.  Walter explained that, looking at the economy as a whole, it is like a bath-tub economy, where you have inflows and outflows, but the thing we are most interested in is quality and quantity of stock of water in the tub. This is largely unknown today. So, a bath-tub view of a mature circular economy is one loop, with a main era of “R”, reuse, refill, repair, remanufacture and an era of “D”, de-linking materials to recover molecules as-pure-as-new from used resources. The era of “R” is about essential services, production is about productive labour and that’s why economists usually ignore the era of “R” because it’s not productive labour.  The era of “R” of the Circular Industrial Economy is about local SMEs and innovation to extend the service-life of objects. And who takes the decisions in the era of “R”? It’s the owner-user in control of his/her belongings.   Then, according to Walter, a first watershed happened...
  • How to use blockchain for supply chain traceability and circularity?  Mesbah Sabur, founded Circularise in 2016, as a spinoff from the Delft University of Technology, where he studied industrial product design. Therefore, his background, as he underlined in his speech at Re-think Circular Economy Forum held in Milan last February, is in creating from scratch products that can be manufactured, industrially scaled and sold internationally. The economic system we are currently living in does not properly work, the way products are manufactured and resources extracted, where most of it ends up in a landfill or in incineration, cannot work in a longer run. Therefore, there is a clear need to develop a better system, which is the Circular Economy (CE) together with other trends.   In order to realize a CE it is necessary to have the right digital infrastructures for supply chain, to coordinate with each other and to activate the CE activities by having the right information about materials resources, where they come from and where they end up.   Therefore, Circularise mission is to bring traceability in global supply chains in order to enable the shift towards a more CE. The company firmly believes that if there is no transparency in data then there is no circularity. At the beginning of the company, they tried to understand which were the problems in order to figure out good solutions based on confidentiality and trust of the data. Some of the questions while working were: How do you store all that information from a supply chain? How do you connect that and how do you make sure the data is trustworthy?  In order to develop the protocol, they specialized for a while on chemicals and plastics companies worldwide and they have been working with suppliers in the chemical space to prove...
  • 8 June 2022

    Re-think Napoli: Event

    Comunicato Stampa  RE-THINK CIRCULAR ECONOMY FORUM ARRIVA A NAPOLI Aziende, Organizzazioni, istituzioni, startup ed enti di ricerca presenteranno i loro percorsi circolari intrapresi per favorire la nascita di attività innovative e imprenditoriali nel territorio campano  30 giugno presso il Museo DaDoM della Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn dalle ore 9.30 alle ore 18.30 – Link per la registrazione Evento in presenza su invito ed online aperto a tutti Milano, 8 giugno 2022 – Con l’obiettivo di favorire la nascita di attività innovative ed imprenditoriali nel territorio campano, Tondo, organizzazione internazionale operante nel settore dell’economia circolare, annuncia la sesta edizione di Re-think – Circular Economy Forum. Si tratta di un grande evento in modalità mista sia in presenza fisica, solo su invito, e sia online per il grande pubblico. Tra i partner EPM Servizi, UniCredit, Ambasciata del Regno dei Paesi Bassi in Italia, Adnkronos nel ruolo di Media Partner e Smallfish nel ruolo di Graphic Partner. L’evento si terrà a Napoli il 30 giugno presso il Museo Darwin Dohrn (DaDoM) della Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn in modalità ibrida, con gli speaker, i principali stakeholder ed un pubblico ristretto che potrà entrare solo su invito, sul luogo fisico, mentre il grande pubblico potrà accedere da remoto – qui il link per la registrazione. “EPM– dichiara il consigliere delegato di EPM Carmine Esposito– è in prima linea nella circular economy e nella transizione ecologica. Lavorando nel facility management, aiutiamo anche i clienti ad implementare azioni concrete e processi per ridurre gli sprechi anche grazie all’utilizzo di nuove tecnologie e di tutte le innovazioni di processo e prodotto presenti sul mercato e in sperimentazione. Siamo coscienti poi che, affinchè avvenga la transizione ecologica, è fondamentale partire dalle nuove generazioni. In quest’ottica supportiamo organizzazioni come Marevivo e scuole paritarie dell’infanzia, primarie e secondarie di primo grado.” L’economia circolare...
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