To date, there is 150 million metric tonnes of plastic in the ocean. If it is difficult to picture how much that is, the largest accumulation of this plastic – called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – is 3 times the size of France. And each year this patch just keeps getting bigger – 8 million metric tonnes bigger, to be exact.Continue reading “Why we can’t just stop using plastic”
The World Meteorological Organization has reported that global temperatures are predicted to rise 3-5 degrees Celsius by 2100. This far surpasses the maximum limit of a 2°C rise in temperature that absolutely must be avoided in order to prevent the worst effects of climate change, such as devastating droughts, severe storms, uncontrollable fires, rising sea levels, and the loss of many plant and animal species. In 2015, 174 countries came together to sign the Paris Agreement, pledging to strive to limit the rise to 2°C – nonetheless, the mechanisms currently in place by these countries are simply not enough to meet this target. Circular economy strategies, however, are hardly included in these countries’ plans, yet show huge potential for keeping the global temperature below the limit.Continue reading “5 circular economy strategies to stay below 1.5°C warming”
DGTL festival 2019 is kicking off the festival season this Easter weekend at the NDSM wharf of Amsterdam. This festival boasts an extensive lineup and an artsy-industrial design, bringing in hundreds of devout techno fans each year. But DGTL also prides itself in the fact that it is very rapidly on its way to become the world’s first circular festival in 2020.
Just like citizens of a city, festival goers need drinks, food, electricity, sanitary facilities and shelter, and also dispose of a fair bit of garbage. This makes the DGTL festival grounds the perfect ‘living laboratory’ to test out innovative new circular models and technologies. Each year they test out new ways to close material loops, eliminate CO2 emissions, and increase environmental awareness.
Here are four lessons we can learn about circularity from one of the world’s leading pioneers of the circular economy.Continue reading “4 Circularity lessons learned from DGTL festival”