A snowballing of resources
Diving into this topic I’m finding more and more about all the cool projects happening worldwide. The word projects is inclusive of startups, solopreneurs, systemic change within ‘big business’, university research/degree programmes, legislation…the list goes on. Just yesterday I found the Circular Economy section of The Guardian which is a glorious aggregator for everything I’ve tried to talk about here.
Mainly for my benefit I’m going to start a list of related links which I’ll grow over time. I’ve done this before but this will be an ongoing snapshot across all sectors rather than focused on a niche like startups. Apologies for the UK bias:
Guardian Circular Economy: delighted to discover this
Veolia – Living Circular: from a mega waste corporate
Circular economy news: does what it says on the tin
Startups and businesses: this will always be a mere snapshot – I get some of my best updates through Springwise.
Impossible foods: what a concept, and the tip of the iceberg for ‘food’ in the 21st century
Ecover: an old classic from a Belgian company who started it off before it became cool to be in the bioeconomy
Fairphone: Dutch company combining social justice with re-use principles
University courses: the below mainly focus on the biotech element of waste. The biggest breakthroughs in understanding how value can be generated from waste will be derived from a molecular basis.
Wageningen University: really great course where you can specialise in the biotechnology of waste 🙂
University of York: Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence
People and organisations
Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre: launched in Jan 2014 in Scotland
Tristam Stuart: more of an activist, big on food waste
Chartered Institution of Wastes Management: UK membership body for waste. How long before they drop the W word? 🙂
Ellen MacArthur Foundation: dedicated to the circular economy, inspired by one of Britain’s greatest sailors and her travels around the oceans
Zero Waste Scotland: you gotta be in Scotland – they also provide funding
Events: of course there are plenty small ones but these are annual conference
Royal Society of Chemistry: annual event on renewable chemicals from waste
Resourcing the Future: flagship event on waste in the UK
I’ll continue to build this resource list as I find brilliant and interesting people, subjects and organisations to add.