Newsletter June 2022

airless tyre by Hankook

We’re starting to see more and more long-term, system focused policy statements coming from Europe like the EU Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles, published in March of this year, which states that

‘By 2030 textile products placed on the EU market are long-lived and recyclable, to a great extent made of recycled fibres, free of hazardous substances and produced in respect of social rights and the environment. Consumers benefit longer from high quality affordable textiles, fast fashion is out of fashion, and economically profitable re-use and repair services are widely available. In a competitive, resilient and innovative textiles sector, producers take responsibility for their products along the value chain, including when they become waste. The circular textiles ecosystem is thriving, driven by sufficient capacities for innovative fibre-to-fibre recycling, while the incineration and landfilling of textiles is reduced to the minimum.’

You can assume that similar goals will be applied to other products and materials heralding a bright future for companies prepared for the requisite changes and chaos for those that are not.

This month’s sustainable / circular business news ….

According to Deloitte “unchecked climate change could cost the global economy US$178 trillion in net present value terms from 2021–2070.” By contrast, responding appropriately to the climate emergency sets the scene for future prosperity, creating US$43 trillion in value between 2021 and 2070.

Interesting short guide to Circular Accounting from Dutch organisation Circle Economy

An short, though-provoking letter from a B-corp questioning the credibility of the label

An excellent example of a sustainability plan from Screen Ireland

Norway declare that it is illegal to quote Higg data on clothing consumer labels

Fashion brand G-Star is encouraging customers to buy less of their products with their new ad

M&S trials refillable own-brand homecare products in the UK

New US law requires suppliers to prove their products are free of forced labour

How certification schemes and voluntary initiatives are fuelling fossil fashion

eBay releases methodology for calculating environmental and financial benefits of recommerce 

With Zara introducing a charge for returns how can retailers handle returns sustainably?

“If they’re not changing their business model, [clothing resale] is not actually more sustainable”, says Nicole Bassett, co-founder of The Renewal Workshop in this article by Vogue

An interesting sofa designed for disassembly and made from 95% recycled components from Gispen

In the most recent briefing note on EU Timber Regulation and on sourcing
of deforestation-free commodities, it was stated that operators must refrain from placing on the EU market all timber and timber-derived products originating from Belarus or the Russian Federation, including timber and timber products exported via third countries.

100metre tall wooden frame residential building to be built in Zurich will be the World’s tallest wooden building when completed in 2026

A compilation of some of the most stunning green buildings around the world

ATU in Galway are now offering a Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Circular Economy Leadership for the Built Environment

Retrofitting centre of excellence opens in Limerick

A fascinating project with engineering practice Buro Happold looking at the power of indigenous structural design

A recent study estimated that material efficiency use could cut emissions from cars and homes by at least a third

MIT engineers use robotics and AI to integrate tree forks into timber construction

Cambridge engineers invent world’s first zero emissions cement

Researchers at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis in Austria propose turning high-rises into gravity batteries

The 50,000 photovoltaic panels topping Google’s new 100,000 m² office in California are made from printable, flexible ‘dragonscale solar skin’ with a textured glass coating that traps additional light, generating roughly 40% percent of the building’s energy needs.

Volvo will be the world’s first truck maker to use fossil-free steel, due to take place in the third quarter of 2022.

In the United States, the world’s second largest car market, an electric car is now cheaper on a monthly basis than a comparable gasoline car in almost every state (once financing, taxes, maintenance and fuel costs are included)

Electric vehicles of all types are already displacing about 1.5 million barrels of oil a day worldwide. Most of that is from electric two and three-wheelers and electric buses in China. Thanks to all those batteries, 3.4% of global transport oil demand is now gone. Bloomberg

Oyika is speeding up the electrification of scooters by facilitating a frictionless pay-as-you-use battery rental service

The Squad car is designed to offer 100% fossil-fuel-free transport in cities. It runs entirely on solar energy and has a max of  45 km/h or 70 km/h L7 depending on the model.

Global tyre manufacturer Uptis has a multi-year plan, to create a tyre that is airless, connected, 3D-printed and made entirely of materials that can be melted down and re-used.

New York company Amogy converts vehicles to run on zero waste ammonia

Polyformer is an open-source machine that recycles plastic bottles into 3D printing filament

Maana Electric is a mobile factory that fits inside a shipping container and can make solar panels with only two inputs; sand and energy

The furniture company Vestre’s new Passivhaus factory uses 90% less energy than a standard factory


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Published by Elaine Butler

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