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European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform launches #EUCircularTalks

Posted on 30th March 2021

European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform, on which the Rediscovery Centre sits as a steering committee member, has launched a series of talks about the Circular Economy. Recently,  the platform organized a Circular Talk on resource extraction and the circular economy, …

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Dutch architect wins circularity award

Posted on 25th March 2021

Dutch architecture studio RAU Architects have been recognized by Holland Circular Hotspot for their work in bringing about a circular built environment. Their design for the Triodos Bank HQ in the Netherlands is celebrated as a fully sustainable and circular …

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Circular fashion takes to the high street

Posted on 27th March 2021

As part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Jean’s Redesign challenge, Gap have released five natural fibre denim styles that are “made to be made again,”. The jeans feature removable hardware, which poses serious difficulty in recycling denim. (via Fashion United

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Vintage platforms hit the jackpot

Posted on 26th March 2021

After turning the New York Fashion Week catwalk into a secondhand resale platform, second hand retailer Thredup has been valued at $1.3bn after filing for an IPO. The company, founded in 2009, has processed over 100 million secondhand …

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UN produces bleak statistics for Irish food waste

Posted on 21st March 2021

Irish households and cafés are dumping food at a rate of more than 100kg per person every year, according to a recently published UN report. The 2021 Food Waste Index Report found that 17% of all food produced worldwide …

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The Fairphone of laptops has arrived

Posted on 28th March 2021

Weighing in at 50 million tons and valued at $57 billion annually, e-waste is the globe’s fastest growing waste stream. With the average EU citizen creating 16kg of e-waste, the need to design long-lasting, repairable hardware and tech products is …

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Product designers find sleek new uses for PPE

Posted on 22nd March 2021

In the design world, Q1 of 2021 saw a continuation in material innovation, with designs released that aim to highlight plastic waste caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and in particular disposable face masks and Personal Protective Equipment. Estimates suggest that …

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Cradle-to-Cradle launches Product Standard 4.0

Posted on 23rd March 2021

The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has recently updated its product standard, now in it’s fourth version. According to the institute, the Cradle to Cradle Certified​®​ Product Standard Version 4.0 is “the most ambitious and actionable standard yet for …

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Have your say: The future of circular product design

Posted on 30th March 2021

The EU has launched its Sustainable Products Initiative, which is now open for public consultation until June 9th. The initiative has an aim of making products more sustainable by proposing new and additional legislative measures across electronics and ICT, textiles, …

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EU and UK legislate for Right to Repair

Posted on 30th March 2021

The Right to Repair is taking off across Europe.

After the EU parliament voted in favour of creating stronger “right to repair” rules, companies that sell some electronics within the EU (such as refrigerators, washers, hairdryers, and TVs) will need …

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