Newsletter – August 21

compostable lamp

Every time I check my phone there seems to be another bad environmental news story breaking. In July the EU green deal launched with make-or-break warning for the climate crisis and then, this month, the IPCC’s announced that unless we halve our emissions by 2030 and reduce them to zero by 2050 we’re facing a global warming of up to 5.7 degrees by the end of the century.

It’s enough to make you give up ….. but we don’t, we can’t. We just have to do our best and push forward in the hope that enough of us come together to deliver the best case scenario.

Here are some companies doing just that.

Inditex, Lacoste, Primark, PVH Corp, and Ralph Lauren Corporation join the Ellen MacArthur Foundation as partners 

Selfridge’s pilots second-hand, rental and repair wedding dress services 

Active wear brand Lululemon is experimenting with fabric made from carbon emissions

Milan based start-up Krill Design create a compostable lamp made with orange peel (see photo)

Interior Design Consultancy Perkins & Wills list some sustainable interior finishes that are currently available

Online retailer Amazon to cut product waste following TV expose of mass destruction

This Irish Times article gives a good explanation of the circular economy concept of Mobility as a Service (MAS) 

A fantastic article on why we need to prioritise innovation in a post-pandemic world

Circular Economy skills initiative launches in Ireland

McDonalds trials pilot of deposit return scheme for coffee cups in the UK

Clever design for a origami cardboard single-use razor

New organisation calls on UK Interior Designers to declare a climate emergency

While UK architectural practices fail to sign up to RIBA net zero carbon challenge

A stunning office fit out made from second-life materials 

Interesting article about the potential for furniture rental in the UK and Ireland. Interestingly IKEA aren’t planning to rent furniture in either jurisdiction. Do they know something we don’t?

Residents of John Lewis owned homes will be able to hire furniture from the company as part of their rent

MDF Recovery to commercialise recycling of waste MDF into new MDF panels

Manusquare allows you to access and monetise idle manufacturing capacity and by-products within a network of vetted companies

Till next Month


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Published by Elaine Butler

I am a circular design consultant helping manfacturers prepare for the circular economy