When I co-founded MaterialTrader.com, my core drive was two-fold: to validate this circular business concept of closing material loops by facilitating the trade of used raw materials, and to prove that operating sustainably and making money can go hand in hand. Because let’s be honest, there is more to life than running a business solely to make money. Ultimately, we wanted to see if we could turn a profit while doing good for the planet – and I’m proud to say we’ve succeeded. This is the story of how our circular vision for MaterialTrader.com made it far more than your ordinary materials marketplace. Continue reading “Why I co-founded MaterialTrader.com with circularity in mind”
The circular economy, in which resources are reused and very little goes to waste, is often talked about in relation to its environmental impact. And while it is certainly true that we need to shift towards a reduce-reuse-recycle economic model to prevent environmental collapse, the circular economy also has incredible business and economic potential. This is exactly why we established the Circular Industry Network: to provide companies with a way to turn the (raw) materials-based circular economy into a business opportunity, network and collaborate with other businesses, and keep up to date with new circular economy opportunities.
We are MaterialTrader, the Circular Industry Network. We consist of an online trading platform for circular materials and related services. Next to our Marketplace, we offer a fast growing Business Directory and Community dedicated to a discussion of all things circular. Continue reading “Welcome to MaterialTrader!”