Circular Economy https://business-spirit.news/ en Call for entrepreneurs driving circular city transformations https://business-spirit.news/news/call-for-entrepreneurs-driving-circular-city-transformations <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Call for entrepreneurs driving circular city transformations</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/call-for-entrepreneurs-driving-circular-city-transformations" data-a2a-title="Call for entrepreneurs driving circular city transformations"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook_messenger"><img 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</div> <div class="field field--name-field-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/circular-economy" hreflang="en">Circular Economy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/sustainable-city" hreflang="en">Sustainable City</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/innovation" hreflang="en">Innovation</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Business" title="Business" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/55.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Circular Economy" title="Circular Economy" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/54.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Smart city" title="Smart city" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/244.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="Call for entrepreneurs driving circular city transformations" title="Call for entrepreneurs driving circular city transformations" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/997.jpg?itok=IcwKnJ3f" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Start-up teams with innovative circular economy solutions in urban areas are invited to apply to the Circular Cities accelerator program.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2957 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2958 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The<a href="https://www.circular-cities.com/" target="_blank"> Circular Cities ClimAccelerator</a> public-private initiative offers an extensive programme and funding for entrepreneurs driving the transformation of cities to become more sustainable and climate-resilient.</p> <p>Start-ups are invited to submit their projects focusing on a circular solution in the textile, food, tourism, mobility, construction sectors and other relevant areas.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2962 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--58-42"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-2960"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2959 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <blockquote> <p>“The Circular Cities ClimAccelerator helped us not only to connect to other leaders in this area, but also to connect to relevant stakeholders such as cities to create valuable partnerships,”</p> </blockquote> <p>says Dominik Campanella, Co-Founder of <a href="https://concular.de/en/" target="_blank">Concular</a>, and participant of the <a href="https://www.circular-cities.com/selected-startups" target="_blank">previous Circular Cities program</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2961 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Proposed business solutions need to be scalable in urban areas, particularly to the markets of the partner cities of the program, which includes Dublin, Berlin and potentially other large cities.</p> <p>Selected teams will go through three stages: working on their business strategy, market validation, and investment readiness.</p> <p>At the first stage, 25 teams will be supported with €3.000 per team, then 15 teams will continue the next phase when they will each receive up to €15.000 grant.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2963 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The final module will be an invite-only option for the best ten projects to present their ideas to investors.</p> <p>Application is open <strong>until 10 April</strong> to enterprises with an advanced business model and minimum viable product with a legal entity registered no longer than five years in Europe.</p> <p>The duration of the program is eight months, starting on 25 April and closing with a demo day on 02 December 2022.</p> <p>The Circular Cities ClimAccelerator program is managed by <a href="https://www.climate-kic.org/" target="_blank">Climate-KIC</a>, Luvent Consulting GmbH, DTU - Technical University of Denmark, UPS, Trinity College Dublin, Trinity's Ideas Workspace, Veolia and primeCROWD investment group.</p> <p> </p> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:10px">Headline image:<a href="https://unsplash.com/photos/avg2nszn-oU" target="_blank"> CHUTTERSNAP </a>on <a href="https://unsplash.com/" target="_blank">Unsplash</a></span></p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field 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March</div> Thu, 24 Mar 2022 12:47:33 +0000 Business Spirit Platform reporting 226 at https://business-spirit.news Innovative circular program to scale up under new leadership https://business-spirit.news/news/innovative-circular-program-to-scale-up-under-new-leadership <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Innovative circular program to scale up under new leadership </span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/innovative-circular-program-to-scale-up-under-new-leadership" data-a2a-title="Innovative circular program to scale up under new leadership "><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" 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field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/circular-economy" hreflang="en">Circular Economy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/business" hreflang="en">Business</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Business" title="Business" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/55.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Circular Economy" title="Circular Economy" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/54.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Sustainability" title="Sustainability" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/52.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="Innovative circular program to scale up under new leadership " title="Innovative circular program to scale up under new leadership " class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/994.png?itok=uWrpI4Vh" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">System change specialist appointed to lead game-changing circular economy initiative in the UK.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2948 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2949 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The trial program of the re-use model ‘<a href="https://returnrefillrepeat.com/" target="_blank">Re</a>’ that already saved over 4 million plastic bottles from landfills, has brought Doug Morwood system change specialist, to take the initiative to the next level as MD.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.ukri.org/" target="_blank">UK Research and Innovation’s</a> (UKRI) Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging (SSPP) Challenge has recently announced £3 million in funding to further develop ‘Re’ across the UK and save over 100 million bottles from landfills within the next three years.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2952 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--33-66"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2950 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/995.jpg" width="450" height="450" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Doug Morwood system change specialist, new MD for the &#039;Re&#039; circular economy program.</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2951 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Newly appointed MD Morwood aims higher than expected and wants to ‘reduce single-use plastic on a grand scale.'</p> <p>“I am honoured to join the Re team and look forward to delivering a truly circular economy system for the UK.</p> <p>We must move beyond the linear system that results in so much waste, both in terms of materials and energy,” said Morwood on his appointment as Managing Director for the ‘Re’ program.</p> <p>The new MD aims to lead a data-driven change and engage various stakeholders in a ‘re-use revolution’ within and beyond the border of the UK.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2954 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--58-42"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2953 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>He believes that engaging small and big brands alongside retailers is critical in changing the current wasteful practices, and with 'Re' they ‘have to offer a compelling alternative to the current linear system that damages our environment so much.”</p> <p>Morwood adds:</p> <blockquote> <p>“Bringing businesses together to tackle the climate and waste crises is the only way we can solve the problem; collaboration is crucial."</p> </blockquote> <p>Customers can also easily join the movement by using the<a href="https://www.refill.org.uk/" target="_blank"> Refill App</a>, managed by the <a href="https://www.citytosea.org.uk/" target="_blank">City to Sea project</a>, showing users the nearest refill station and places to eat, drink, and shop using less plastic.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2955 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/996.png" width="600" height="600" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Advanced Refill Stations – interactive stations where customers can fill a ‘Re Smart Bottle’ with a product of their choice; Image: &#039;Re&#039; program</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2956 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Co-Founder of <a href="https://beautykitchen.co.uk/" target="_blank">Beauty Kitchen</a> and the ‘Re’ program, Jo-Anne Chidley, is excited about expanding the impact of this project and seeing the build-up of a team under the visionary leadership of Morwood.</p> <p>She emphasises that ‘this is an open initiative for all brands in the cosmetics, beauty and personal care industries’ and that they will support implementing the ‘Re’ system and help partners deliver change and ‘enter this ecosystem.’</p> <p> </p> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:10px">HeadlineImage: <a href="https://returnrefillrepeat.com/" target="_blank">'Re' program</a></span></p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2022. March</div> Tue, 15 Mar 2022 08:18:25 +0000 Business Spirit Platform reporting 225 at https://business-spirit.news Changemaker pop quiz with Vojtěch Vosecký, Circular Economy expert https://business-spirit.news/news/changemaker-pop-quiz-with-vojtech-vosecky-circular-economy-expert <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Changemaker pop quiz with Vojtěch Vosecký, Circular Economy expert</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/changemaker-pop-quiz-with-vojtech-vosecky-circular-economy-expert" data-a2a-title="Changemaker pop quiz with Vojtěch Vosecký, Circular Economy expert"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook_messenger"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/messenger.svg" border="0" alt="Messenger" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/messenger_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Messenger" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/twitter.svg" border="0" alt="Twitter" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/twitter_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Twitter" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/email.svg" border="0" alt="Email" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/email_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Email" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_dd" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"> Share </a></span> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/circular-economy" hreflang="en">Circular Economy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/changemaker" hreflang="en">Changemaker</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/interview" hreflang="en">Interview</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/business" hreflang="en">Business</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/circular-economy" hreflang="en">Circular Economy</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Business" title="Business" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/55.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Circular Economy" title="Circular Economy" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/54.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="Changemaker pop quiz with Vojtěch Vosecký, Circular Economy expert" title="Changemaker pop quiz with Vojtěch Vosecký, Circular Economy expert" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/978.jpg?itok=oztDprax" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Thoughts on transforming cities, mindsets and making change happen on the field to mainstream Circular Economy.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2888 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2889 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p class="font-subtitle">Changemaker Profile</p> <p><strong>Name:</strong> Vojtěch Vosecký</p> <p><strong>Field of work:</strong> Circular Economy</p> <p><strong>Roles:</strong> Associate at <a href="https://www.circle-economy.com/" target="_blank">Circle Economy</a>; Chairman of the Circular Economy Steering Committee at the City of Prague; Co-founder of Institute of Circular Economy</p> <hr /> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2890 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p class="font-subtitle">Personal motivation</p> <p>I have always been shocked by how wasteful our society is.</p> <p>I have also wondered how we can have a good quality of life without ruining our planet. We will be 10 billion people in the next 30 years, and we are already seeing the extreme impacts our society has on the local and global ecosystems. I think that a circular economy is one of the essential tools to solve climate change. Back then, when I was still studying, I had this lightbulb moment when I realised that I would spend the rest of my life working with the concept.</p> <p class="font-subtitle">Experiencing change</p> <p>Ten or even five years ago, the Circular Economy was a niche concept. Many people on a corporate or governmental level have never heard about it, not to mention average citizens. We have spent a lot of time explaining the concept, the benefits and the needs.</p> <p>Today, the discussion is very different.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2893 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--58-42"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2891 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Circular Economy is becoming mainstream, and there is tremendous momentum, myriad of solutions, startups, local and governmental initiatives, or jobs opening for circular economy specialists.</p> <blockquote> <p>It is hard to point a finger on why it has changed, but I think that the EU had a lot to do with its <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/environment/strategy/circular-economy-action-plan_en" target="_blank">Circular Economy Action Plans </a>and directives that followed.</p> </blockquote> <p>This has set a new and very attractive vision for the whole continent. As the concept matured, it was as if both the business and environmental movements got a new source of inspiration that was appealing from both perspectives. I think a lot of people feel like this has been missing in the debate around climate change.</p> <p>And of course, as the discussion about climate change also advanced, and Circular Economy successfully piggybacked on the whole movement.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2892 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/979.jpg" width="2177" height="3000" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Vojtěch Vosecký, Circular Economy expert</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2894 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p class="font-subtitle">What is missing?</p> <p>Circular Economy is definitely not the new business as usual yet - maybe in sustainability departments of cities, governments and companies, but not in your average local food store. Buckminster Fuller once said that to change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. We still have a long way to go before we make the linear Economy obsolete. Still, we are starting to see a number of disruptive changes, especially in the mobility and retail sectors.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-2896"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2895 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>It sounds like a cliché, but regulation needs to keep up with the latest trends. It is hard to create products and services that are more durable, repairable, recyclable, and at a competitive price.</p> <p>Linear Economy is still thriving because we were not able to properly account for negative externalities, such as carbon footprint, material toxicity, or the social aspects of global supply chains.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2897 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p class="font-subtitle">Biggest hope</p> <p>I hope the Circular Economy movement will manage to redefine the discussion about purpose and growth and start producing and promoting inherently sustainable solutions.</p> <blockquote> <p>But I am also concerned that the Circular Economy community is avoiding the inconvenient truth about unsustainable consumption.</p> </blockquote> <p>We keep promoting countries like Sweden, Denmark, and The Netherlands as sustainability pioneers, yet if everyone lived like Denmark, we would need five planets to sustain our needs.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2898 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p class="font-subtitle">What inspires you?</p> <p>I love the stories that keep popping up on a city level. For example, in Prague, we have made tremendous progress. I'm passionate about transforming the city of Prague to become a genuine inspiration for adopting Circular Economy principles.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2901 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--58-42"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2899 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/980.jpg" width="1008" height="567" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">One of the projects Vosecký is passionate about is transforming the city of Prague to become a leading exampe of adopting Circular Economy. Image: Unsplash</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2900 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>My favourite story is about the food systems. Food waste prevention campaigns and collection schemes enable us to put valuable nutrients back to the farms in and around Prague. Waste collection trucks can run on the bioCNG, which we will produce from digesting the biomass collected in the city. Farmers now have to abide by eco-certified principles while managing the 500 hectares owned by the town. We have seen a positive spike in biodiversity, amongst other indicators.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2902 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Schools are starting to procure locally sourced and sustainably produced food for children, combined with awareness-raising campaigns. The number of urban farms is also increasing. And it is all part of the same story – closing the biomass loop on a local level.</p> <p class="font-subtitle">Plans for the future</p> <p>I want to keep doing what I am doing: Helping Prague be a regional leader in Circular Economy, advocating for the concept in various venues while supporting the Nordics in becoming a true leader in Circular Economy together with Circle Economy.</p> <p>But the distant plan would be to keep my eyes open for a truly disruptive and scalable circular economy solution available to the whole world. Once I find the right people with the same ideas, I will get to work with the same passion as always.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-2904"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2903 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Read the full interview with more insights in the <a href="https://business-spirit.news/shop/winter-2021-22-edition" target="_blank">Winter 2021/22 issue </a>of the <a href="https://business-spirit.news/profit-with-purpose-magazine" target="_blank">Profit with Purpose Magazine &gt;&gt;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2022. February</div> Tue, 08 Feb 2022 12:12:01 +0000 Anonymous 219 at https://business-spirit.news New program preparing Dublin-based businesses for rapidly growing Green Economy https://business-spirit.news/news/new-program-preparing-dublin-based-businesses-for-rapidly-growing-green-economy <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>New program preparing Dublin-based businesses for rapidly growing Green Economy</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/new-program-preparing-dublin-based-businesses-for-rapidly-growing-green-economy" data-a2a-title="New program preparing Dublin-based businesses for rapidly growing Green Economy"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img 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class="field--item"><a href="/tag/sustainability" hreflang="en">Sustainability</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/circular-economy" hreflang="en">Circular Economy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/business" hreflang="en">Business</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/sustainable-business" hreflang="en">Sustainable business</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Business" title="Business" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/55.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Circular Economy" title="Circular Economy" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/54.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Event" title="Event" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/242.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="New program preparing Dublin-based businesses for rapidly growing Green Economy" title="New program preparing Dublin-based businesses for rapidly growing Green Economy" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/971.jpg?itok=T4RwJdJ4" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Micro and small enterprises in Dublin can join a new Circular Economy training program to become more sustainable and unlock business potential.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2871 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2872 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The <a href="http://modos.ie/" target="_blank">MODOS Circular Economy</a> training and mentoring program provides practical knowledge and networking opportunities to SMEs in the Dublin City and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown areas in March and April 2022.</p> <p>With business trends shifting rapidly towards sustainability, it is inevitable for all shapes and sizes of enterprises to take up this challenge and turn it into an opportunity for innovation and growth.</p> <p>The four interactive online training modules are designed to help embed sustainability into business strategy efficiently and effectively while fostering innovation and profitability.</p> <p>Up to twenty participants per program will learn from highly renowned experts about Circular Economy, carbon management, resource efficiency, supply chain sustainability, and engagement.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-2874"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2873 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>“MODOS helped me to apply circular economy principles in my business. I was able to appraise in real terms how small changes in processes can yield big results (and higher margins). Completing the <a href="https://www.localenterprise.ie/DublinCity/Training-Events/Management-Development/Modos-Circular-Economy-Dublin-Training-Programme-2022.html" target="_blank">MODOS program</a> was an important step in working towards the goal of carbon neutrality for my company,” says John Burke from Burke’s of Rathnew <a href="https://homevalue.ie/" target="_blank">Homevalue</a> business about his experience of the training.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2875 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Besides the learning sessions, enterprises can benefit from networking, mentoring and an opportunity to promote their sustainability credentials.</p> <p>Free to join online information sessions will be held on 2nd and 3rd February 2022, where businesses can learn more insights.</p> <p>The program is designed for businesses active in all sectors who have been trading for a minimum of 6 months, with 1 to 250 employees.</p> <p>Kate Purcell from Green Aware, who participated in a previous MODOS training, said that</p> <blockquote> <p>’the information and guidance provided during MODOS were instantly practical’ and that ’the course resources are relevant to every organisation, no matter where they are on their sustainability journey.’</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://www.dublincity.ie/business" target="_blank">Dublin City Council</a> and <a href="https://www.dlrcoco.ie/" target="_blank">Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council </a>brought the program to life in response to the challenges facing micro and small enterprises in building their capacity and understanding of Green Business and the Circular Economy.</p> <p>With funding from the Environmental Protection Agency, the cost of the programme is subsidised, making the course more accessible.</p> <p> </p> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:10px">Headline Image: <a href="https://unsplash.com/photos/VtKoSy_XzNU" target="_blank">LinkedIn Sales Solutions on Unsplash</a></span></p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2022. January</div> Fri, 28 Jan 2022 12:51:15 +0000 Business Spirit Platform reporting 216 at https://business-spirit.news Pilot scheme launched in Ireland to increase reuse of construction materials https://business-spirit.news/news/pilot-scheme-launched-in-ireland-to-increase-reuse-of-construction-materials <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Pilot scheme launched in Ireland to increase reuse of construction materials</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/pilot-scheme-launched-in-ireland-to-increase-reuse-of-construction-materials" data-a2a-title="Pilot scheme launched in Ireland to increase reuse of construction materials"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img 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Economy</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/circular-economy" hreflang="en">Circular Economy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/waste-management" hreflang="en">Waste management</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/zero-waste" hreflang="en">Zero Waste</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Business" title="Business" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/55.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Circular Economy" title="Circular Economy" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/54.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Sustainability" title="Sustainability" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/52.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="Pilot scheme launched in Ireland to increase reuse of construction materials" title="Pilot scheme launched in Ireland to increase reuse of construction materials" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/965.jpg?itok=DimNxlb5" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Waste generated by the Irish construction industry can be turned into valuable resources with a newly introduced project.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2851 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2852 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>A new pilot programme launched by <a href="https://www.igbc.ie/" target="_blank">The Irish Green Building Council</a> (IGBC) aims to demonstrate that construction waste can be used as a useful resource.</p> <p>According to IGBC’s data, about 50% of materials used globally are linked to the construction industry, and only a small amount of waste generated in this sector is currently reused or recycled.</p> <p>In Ireland, the construction industry generates 48% of all waste, 6.2 million tonnes, with no considerable recycling or reusing.</p> <p>Therefore the newly introduced <a href="https://www.igbc.ie/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/CMEx-One-page-Flyer.pdf" target="_blank">Construction Materials Exchange</a> (CMEx) project aims to address this area by implementing Circular Economy principles.</p> <p>This pilot programme strives to prove that by designing a user-friendly and transparent system, the sector could increase the reuse of construction materials that would otherwise end on landfills.</p> <blockquote> <p>“There is a significant resource value in construction waste that is simply going unrealised. The objective of the pilot is to address barriers to reuse and raise awareness about this huge potential,”</p> </blockquote> <p>said Pat Barry, CEO at IGBC, regarding the project.</p> <p>The overall goal is to create a platform where materials from the waste stream with the potential for reuse can be easily identified and develop a mechanism that would enable reuse.</p> <p>These data will be administered on an online platform that automatically generates unique passports for materials and facilitates the best matches for reuse.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-2854"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2853 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The Material Passport is a digital document containing information on all the parts in a building that would allow all material sources to keep flowing and avoid landfill or incineration.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2855 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The passport essentially lists all the ‘ingredients’ of a building, which can also be helpful to manage a facility or make changes if it is redeveloped or extended in the future.</p> <p>The CMEx project is funded by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications in Ireland as part of the Circular Economy Innovation Grant Scheme.</p> <blockquote> <p>“Transitioning to a more circular construction industry is critical to reduce waste and the carbon footprint of the sector. It can also support innovation, while ensuring that resources are kept within the local economy for as long as possible.</p> </blockquote> <p>That’s why we are delighted to support this initiative by the IGBC and encourage many construction companies to get involved,” added Minister Ossian Smyth T.D. with responsibility for Communications &amp; the Circular Economy at the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications.</p> <p>The Irish Green Building Council joined forces with <a href="https://excessmaterialsexchange.com/en_us/" target="_blank">Excess Materials Exchange</a> (EME), an organisation that runs a highly successful materials exchange platform in the Netherlands.</p> <p>The IGBC is Ireland’s leading authority on green building best practices with a network of over 260 organisations and is affiliated with the <a href="https://www.worldgbc.org/" target="_blank">World Green Building Council</a>.</p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2021. December</div> Fri, 17 Dec 2021 10:25:10 +0000 Business Spirit Platform reporting 214 at https://business-spirit.news A week dedicated to celebrating and promoting Circular Economy across Europe https://business-spirit.news/news/a-week-dedicated-to-celebrating-and-promoting-circular-economy-across-europe <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>A week dedicated to celebrating and promoting Circular Economy across Europe</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/a-week-dedicated-to-celebrating-and-promoting-circular-economy-across-europe" data-a2a-title="A week dedicated to celebrating and promoting Circular Economy across Europe"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img 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hreflang="en">Sustainable Development Goals</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/collaboration" hreflang="en">Collaboration</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/business" hreflang="en">Business</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/circular-economy" hreflang="en">Circular Economy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/business" hreflang="en">Business</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/conference" hreflang="en">Conference</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Business" title="Business" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/55.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Circular Economy" title="Circular Economy" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/54.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="A week dedicated to celebrating and promoting Circular Economy across Europe" title="A week dedicated to celebrating and promoting Circular Economy across Europe" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/824.jpg?itok=a-YAPAg4" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Series of events will be held as part of the fourth Circular Week, an international congress promoting sustainable solutions and Circular Economy.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2586 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2587 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The fourth edition of the <a href="https://circularweek.org/en/" target="_blank">Circular Week </a>will be held 11-17 October 2021 to raise awareness and bring together stakeholders from the field of sustainable development and circular economy.</p> <p>This year's congress will be held under the motto "Together for a sustainable future".</p> <p>It will include a series of expert panels, webinars, workshops and networking sessions where representatives of businesses, start-ups, think tanks, and public administration can learn and connect.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2590 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--58-42"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2588 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>“Last year, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Circular Week was attended by over 3,500 people from around the world.</p> <p>We organized 56 events in cooperation with 17 countries - says Agnieszka Sznyk, president of the Board of the Institute for Innovation and Responsible Development <a href="https://innowo.org/en" target="_blank">INNOWO</a>, lead organizer of the Circular Week.</p> <p>This year's edition will focus on solutions addressing critical challenges of the modern economy, like extended producer responsibility, building circular cities, wise food management, development of bioeconomy, sustainable production in the fashion industry, and changes in the plastics industry.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2589 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/825.jpg" width="635" height="507" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Agnieszka Sznyk, president of the Board of the Institute for Innovation and Responsible Development INNOWO</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2591 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>During Circular Week 2021, daily thematic sessions are also planned for business representatives, such as Business Circular Matchmaking Sessions, devoted to circular industry issues, including textiles and food waste or sustainable agriculture and industry.</p> <p>“Climate change, which we not only hear about in the media but also experience more and more often, requires decisive action.</p> <blockquote> <p>Circular Week is an opportunity to exchange knowledge necessary for activities for the benefit of our planet,”</p> </blockquote> <p>comments Cezary Ludwikowski from the National Centre of Climate Change, one of the partners of the Circular Week 2021.</p> <p>Over 30 institutions, companies and start-ups, and embassies of European countries have been already joined as partners.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-2593"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2592 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Partner organizations that want to <a href="https://circularweek.org/en/" target="_blank">get involved with the Circular Week</a> can still submit their projects and events to be listed and promoted as part of the agenda.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2594 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Szynk adds: “This year we will be joined by partners from Scandinavia, Canada and Israel, which is why we focus even more on the topics of innovation that can be implemented and scaled to all markets.</p> <p>I am pleased with the growing interest in the congress, which proves the growing need for implementing circular economy solutions.”</p> <p>As every year, the Mazovia Circular Congress will be one of the highlights of the Circular Week 2021, which will take place on October 15 in Warsaw, Poland.</p> <p>The week-long event is organized in partnership with the<a href="https://circulareconomy.europa.eu/platform/" target="_blank"> European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform</a>, an EU organization associating Circular Economy stakeholders from the European Union.</p> <p> </p> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:10px">Headline image: <a href="https://circularweek.org/en/" target="_blank">Circular Week</a></span></p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2021. August</div> Thu, 19 Aug 2021 15:22:19 +0000 Business Spirit Platform reporting 189 at https://business-spirit.news Irish social enterprise launched online shop for preloved kids clothes to aid local causes and reduce waste https://business-spirit.news/news/irish-social-enterprise-launched-online-shop-for-preloved-kids-clothes-to-aid-local-causes-and <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Irish social enterprise launched online shop for preloved kids clothes to aid local causes and reduce waste</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/irish-social-enterprise-launched-online-shop-for-preloved-kids-clothes-to-aid-local-causes-and" data-a2a-title="Irish social enterprise launched online shop for preloved kids clothes to aid local causes and reduce waste"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook_messenger"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/messenger.svg" border="0" alt="Messenger" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/messenger_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Messenger" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/twitter.svg" border="0" alt="Twitter" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/twitter_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Twitter" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/email.svg" border="0" alt="Email" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/email_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Email" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_dd" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"> Share </a></span> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/social-enterprise" hreflang="en">social enterprise</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/ireland" hreflang="en">Ireland</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/circular-economy" hreflang="en">Circular Economy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/fashion" hreflang="en">Fashion</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/circular-economy" hreflang="en">Circular Economy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/social-innovation" hreflang="en">Social Innovation</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Business" title="Business" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/55.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Circular Economy" title="Circular Economy" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/54.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Sustainability" title="Sustainability" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/52.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="Irish social enterprise launched online shop for preloved kids clothes to aid local causes and reduce waste" title="Irish social enterprise launched online shop for preloved kids clothes to aid local causes and reduce waste" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/626.jpg?itok=hNXx2VqO" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Newly launched website sells used kids’ fashion items in Ireland to save them from landfill and help raise funds for local charities, schools and clubs.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2045 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2046 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>COVID-19 has closed charity shops and other discount outlets; however, it has not stopped children from growing.</p> <p>Nancy Ward, former PTA (Parent-Teacher Association) Chair and a lifelong fundraiser,  saw the need for COVID-friendly fundraising in Ireland and created <a href="https://kidsklothes.ie/" target="_blank">Kids Klothes</a> social enterprise to close the gap.</p> <p>They launched their website to sell preloved children’s clothes to aid local charities while offering affordable buying options for parents to cut costs and help reduce waste.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2049 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--33-66"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2047 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/627.png" width="588" height="616" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Nancy Ward, Founder of Kids Klothes Irish social enterprise</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2048 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>“Most kids’ clothes fashion trends don’t change that much.</p> <p>These items involve bright or pastel colours with fun animal and or cartoon images.</p> <p>These pieces will always be ‘cool’ to wear.</p> <p>And retro is always in fashion.</p> <p>This idea has been in the making for a while, and we are thrilled to swing open the doors, virtually of course, to welcome and support our customers,” says Nancy Ward, founder of Kids Klothes.</p> <p>Aimed at Irish families, they encourage people to get involved and raise funds for local charities, schools, clubs through collecting and selling kids clothes and shoes.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2050 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>They provide support in creating promotional materials for fundraisers and take care of the collection and sales and give back 50% of proceeds on items sold monthly for up to 6 months.</p> <p>All items available online have been donated to the shop, and to ensure safety, they are kept for a two-week ‘COVID cool off’ period.</p> <p>There is a great variety of options from ‘new with tags still on’ which have never been worn; ‘like new’ that was worn once or twice, and ‘preloved’ items which show a bit of wear but have more life to be lived.</p> <blockquote> <p>“Preloved is part of a sustainable movement to help save our planet from the deluge of clothing that goes into landfills each year.</p> </blockquote> <p>Kids Klothes is allowing those clothes to have a second or third go at life.</p> <p>The additional benefit of buying from us is that part of the proceeds goes to a local club, school, or charity for their work to support children.</p> <p>We look forward to expanding the number of organisations we can support with their fundraising efforts as Kids Klothes continues to grow,“ Wards explains.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2054 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Parents can easily find quality items, including lots of big brands, and there seems to be something for everyone with more than 600 items listed online and more being added daily.</p> <p>There is a range of sizes in clothes and shoes from 0 to 12 years, and prices reflect the condition of the item and the brand with prices ranging from €1 to €15 per item.</p> <p>This option is great for everybody, those who clear out the wardrobe, those we fundraise for, and those who need to purchase items at value pricing while saving the planet from a sustainability perspective.</p> <p> </p> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:9px">Headline image: <strong><a href="https://www.pexels.com/@maxschwoelk?utm_content=attributionCopyText&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_source=pexels">Max Schwoelk</a></strong> from <strong><a href="https://www.pexels.com/photo/brown-bear-plush-toy-beside-pair-of-toddler-s-brown-and-white-shoes-on-ground-in-selective-focus-photography-1842182/?utm_content=attributionCopyText&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_source=pexels">Pexels</a></strong></span></p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2021. May</div> Mon, 17 May 2021 10:54:12 +0000 Anonymous 148 at https://business-spirit.news Sustainability Showroom opened in Helsinki to promote zero waste and circular design product range https://business-spirit.news/news/sustainability-showroom-opened-in-helsinki-to-promote-zero-waste-and-circular-design-product <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Sustainability Showroom opened in Helsinki to promote zero waste and circular design product range</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/sustainability-showroom-opened-in-helsinki-to-promote-zero-waste-and-circular-design-product" data-a2a-title="Sustainability Showroom opened in Helsinki to promote zero waste and circular design product range"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook_messenger"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/messenger.svg" border="0" alt="Messenger" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/messenger_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Messenger" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/twitter.svg" border="0" alt="Twitter" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/twitter_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Twitter" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/email.svg" border="0" alt="Email" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/email_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Email" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_dd" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"> Share </a></span> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/business" hreflang="en">Business</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/finland" hreflang="en">Finland</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/circular-economy" hreflang="en">Circular Economy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/zero-waste" hreflang="en">Zero Waste</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/product" hreflang="en">Product</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/circular-design" hreflang="en">Circular Design</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/zero-waste" hreflang="en">Zero Waste</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Business" title="Business" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/55.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Circular Economy" title="Circular Economy" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/54.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Sustainability" title="Sustainability" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/52.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="Sustainability Showroom opened in Helsinki to promote zero waste and circular design product range" title="Sustainability Showroom opened in Helsinki to promote zero waste and circular design product range" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/614.png?itok=yX2-EfTW" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">This new establishment aims to inspire and educate towards zero waste and showcase Finnish circular design brand product range.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2010 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2011 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p><a href="https://niimaar.com/" target="_blank">Niimaar</a>, a Finnish brand committed to changing the throwaway culture with beautiful forever lasting designs, has opened its sustainability showroom in Helsinki, Finland.</p> <p>The sustainability showroom workshop and meeting space were unveiled on the 15th of April in central Helsinki.</p> <p>The mission of this new establishment is to inspire and educate towards zero waste and showcase Niimaar’s Forever Product range.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2014 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--66-33"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2012 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Speaking on the launch of the showroom and webshop, Founder and CEO, Enni Karikoski said:</p> <p>“Niimaar is dedicated to addressing climate change and waste, bringing our recycling designs to more homes and businesses, as well as consulting and talks.</p> <p>Provided via our new global website and shop, workshops and Sustainability Showroom.</p> <p>This is a major step forward in delivering on our mission to change throwaway culture, one step at a time.’’</p> <p>Niimaar is a nimble family company founded by mothers and daughters, with an upbeat can-do attitude and commitment to make the world work better.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2013 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/615.png" width="576" height="723" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Enni Karikoski, Founder and CEO, Niimaar</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2015 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Founders are spurred on by the fact that every year 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the ocean: to this date, their volunteers have cleaned 5 tonnes of waste from beaches across Europe.</p> <p>They donate 5% of their profits to social and green community projects.</p> <p>She added, “Our Sustainability Showroom and products all help rid our world of single-use plastic bags and unsightly bins.</p> <blockquote> <p>The new workshops and talks will be open to all, so everyone is welcome who is interested or involved in the topics of sustainability and accessible quality designs, built to serve and last generations.”</p> </blockquote> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2016 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Digging deeper behind Finnish well-being is a will to make things work for everyone. In a country with more forests and lakes than people, pulling together is a must.</p> <p>Yet connectedness with nature probably has a lot to do with contentment too. Niimaar’s values and philosophy stem from all of this as their Forever Products reflect it.</p> <p>They are striving to change the current throwaway culture and believe in the power of thoughtful and circular design to inspire responsible behaviour.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2019 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--42-58"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2017 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/616.png" width="736" height="622" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Award-winning Ecogrande Recycling Station; Image: Niimaar</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2018 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>They have also launched their Ecogrande Recycling Station and won two awards from the German Design Council in two categories of Excellent Public Design and Excellent Eco Design.</p> <p>Ecogrande is intended to bring the trademark versatility and flexibility to any cafe, hotel or office space.</p> <p>All designs and materials being 100% Finnish and by multi-award-winning Harri Koskinen.</p> <p>Ecogrande is recognised for addressing modern-day challenges of creating timeless yet contemporary designs which fit the modern home and business need to recycle in a fashionable and functional manner.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2020 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>With the rising demand in Scandinavian and Nordic countries, the brand has simultaneously unveiled its new webshop – in English, Finnish and Japanese.</p> <p>Niimaar is an official partner of a wooden Metsä Pavilion, the national partner house of Finnish Olympic Teams ‘Home of Finland’ at the Finnish Tokyo embassy during Tokyo Olympics 2021 and all year.</p> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:10px">Headline image: <a href="https://niimaar.com/" target="_blank">Niimaar</a></span></p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2021. April</div> Tue, 27 Apr 2021 09:22:12 +0000 Bronagh Loughlin 145 at https://business-spirit.news Leading fashion brand launches circular denim collection at large scale https://business-spirit.news/news/leading-fashion-brand-launches-circular-denim-collection-at-large-scale <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Leading fashion brand launches circular denim collection at large scale</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/leading-fashion-brand-launches-circular-denim-collection-at-large-scale" data-a2a-title="Leading fashion brand launches circular denim collection at large scale"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook_messenger"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/messenger.svg" border="0" alt="Messenger" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/messenger_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Messenger" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/twitter.svg" border="0" alt="Twitter" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/twitter_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Twitter" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/email.svg" border="0" alt="Email" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/email_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Email" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_dd" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"> Share </a></span> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/circular-economy" hreflang="en">Circular Economy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/fashion" hreflang="en">Fashion</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/sustainable-fashion" hreflang="en">Sustainable fashion</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/business" hreflang="en">Business</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/circular-economy" hreflang="en">Circular Economy</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Business" title="Business" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/55.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Circular Economy" title="Circular Economy" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/54.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="Leading fashion brand launches circular denim collection at large scale" title="Leading fashion brand launches circular denim collection at large scale" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/587.png?itok=r3PaOCAx" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">The &#039;Jeans Redesign&#039; project is a milestone in Tommy Hilfiger’s vision to create fully circular fashion products.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1902 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1903 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Tommy Hilfiger, one of the world’s most recognized premium designer lifestyle groups, owned by PVH Corp. announces the launch of its first Jeans Redesign garments made to be more durable and easier to recycle – two critical components in creating a Circular Economy.</p> <p>Coming up with this special denim range is part of the company's 2019 pledge to the <a href="https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/" target="_blank">Ellen MacArthur Foundation</a>, a global leader in promoting and mainstreaming the Circular Economy.</p> <p>“Sustainability has become a driving force for our brand and our business,” said Martijn Hagman, CEO, <a href="https://global.tommy.com/" target="_blank">Tommy Hilfiger Global</a>.</p> <p>“As a leading fashion brand, we have a responsibility to drive the transition to a circular economy, and we are proud to work alongside the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to achieve this.</p> <blockquote> <p>This shift requires a full rethink of the fashion value chain, and these pieces are a testament to the skill, expertise and dedication of both teams as we continue to push the boundaries in both design and manufacturing. This is just one step on our path to creating fully circular products.”</p> </blockquote> <p>The sustainable denim range will be available online and in select stores beginning March 3, 2021.</p> <p>Seven garments were designed as part of the Jeans Redesign project, including five pairs of jeans and two denim jackets.</p> <p>Durability, conscious use of materials, recyclability, and traceability were at the heart of the design process.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1906 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--42-58"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--video paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1904"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_JTgcxeDHIg?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">The Story of the Jeans Redesign - Ellen MacArthur Foundation initiative</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1905 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>This was achieved by rethinking the jeans' design according to circular principles, including using detachable buttons; the replacement of metal rivets with bar tacks; the removal of all metal zippers; removal of the leather patch; and use of 100% organic fabric.</p> <p>Each piece features wash and care instructions on the pockets, along with advice to repair, donate or recycle the product after use.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1907 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>“As a denim industry leader, and one of the first brands to sign up to Jeans Redesign, Tommy Hilfiger is demonstrating how we can all work together to redesign fashion’s future,” said Francois Souchet, Make Fashion Circular Lead, Ellen MacArthur Foundation.</p> <blockquote> <p>“The launch of this collection is an exciting step towards a circular economy for fashion where the clothes we love never become waste.”</p> </blockquote> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1910 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--66-33"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1908 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The Jeans Redesign collection highlights Tommy Hilfiger’s ongoing commitment to eliminating waste by innovating for becoming more circular and transparent.</p> <p>To date, Tommy Hilfiger has trained more than 80% of its designers on circular design principles and recently launched Tommy for Life, its first circular business model.</p> <p>Under the <a href="https://tommyforlife.com/" target="_blank">Tommy for Life program</a>, the company takes back items from customers and partners, cleans, repairs and resells them, keeping products in use longer.</p> <p>They are also driving transformative change in the denim industry, producing more than two million pieces of lower impact denim, which is finished through a process that uses less water and energy than traditional methods.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1909 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/588.png" width="400" height="500" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Using detachable buttons makes recycling easier - image: Tommy Hilfiger</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1911 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:11px">Headline image: <a href="https://newsroom.tommy.com/" target="_blank">Tommy Hilfiger press newsroom</a></span></p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2021. March</div> Mon, 08 Mar 2021 17:55:47 +0000 Anonymous 136 at https://business-spirit.news Irish entrepreneur disrupting the market with a simple circular idea https://business-spirit.news/news/irish-entrepreneur-disrupting-the-market-with-a-simple-circular-idea <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Irish entrepreneur disrupting the market with a simple circular idea</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/irish-entrepreneur-disrupting-the-market-with-a-simple-circular-idea" data-a2a-title="Irish entrepreneur disrupting the market with a simple circular idea"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" 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class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_dd" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"> Share </a></span> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/circular-economy" hreflang="en">Circular Economy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/business-practice" hreflang="en">Business practice</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/ireland" hreflang="en">Ireland</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/smes" hreflang="en">SMEs</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/sustainable-fashion" hreflang="en">Sustainable fashion</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/circular-economy" hreflang="en">Circular Economy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/sustainable-business" hreflang="en">Sustainable business</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Business" title="Business" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/55.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Circular Economy" title="Circular Economy" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/54.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Sustainability" title="Sustainability" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/52.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="Irish entrepreneur disrupting the market with a simple circular idea" title="Irish entrepreneur disrupting the market with a simple circular idea" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/578.jpg?itok=4NQcOrF5" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">A small business seamlessly translating the circular economy model into a gap-filling solution.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1835 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1836 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The early successes of the premium second-hand baby goods marketplace, <a href="https://kindora.shop/" target="_blank">Kindora</a>, suggest a significant market opportunity for businesses to offer cost-efficient and eco-conscious solutions.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1839 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--66-33"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1838 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>This up-and-coming business has launched in Ireland, seamlessly translating the circular economy model into a simple, yet, gap-filling business solution.</p> <p>Kindora is on a mission to help parents in Europe access the best products with a less negative impact on the environment or crippling families financially.</p> <p>Co-Founder Sarah Ouellette shares some insights about their initial idea of disrupting the baby goods market:</p> <p>“European parents are looking for sustainability paired with affordability.</p> <p>As I looked around our home, I saw that our child – not even a year old – was already leaving a trail of lovely, barely-used things.</p> <p>I searched for a marketplace where these top quality items could be bought, sold or even rented. When I didn’t find one, I decided I’d try to create one.”</p> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1837 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/579.jpg" width="484" height="646" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Sarah Ouellette, Kindora Co-Founder, Image: Kindora</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1842 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>In early development, Kindora conducted a survey of 100+ first time parents and parents-to-be in Ireland.</p> <blockquote> <p>71% said that positive impact on the environment would motivate them to buy second-hand items, and only 28% indicated cost savings as a factor.</p> </blockquote> <p>An interesting fact that an average new pram requires 16 different materials and is equivalent to making over a thousand disposable coffee cups as 33% of pram components are made of plastic.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-1841"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1840 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>However, Sarah realised early on that primary drawback for consumers when it comes to second-hand items is cleanliness, safety and quality control, which is why many businesses fear adopting a resale model.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1845 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--66-33"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1843 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>“We only deal in premium, trusted brands, and in items that are suitable for reuse.</p> <p>We screen and clean every item before we send it off to its new home.</p> <p>We check it, take it apart, give it a hospital-grade cleaning, and reassemble it.</p> <p>As parents, we knew that’s what it would take to give us peace of mind,” says Sarah about their process of handling second-hand items.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1844 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/580.jpg" width="800" height="600" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Analysing products best resale value and lifespan help parents to buy better and buy less. Image: Kindora</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1846 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Besides addressing these concerns they set out to analyse what products have the best resale value, the longest lifespan to help parents buy better and buy less, essentially to do the right thing, the easy thing.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1847 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Adopting the circular economy approach could be an exciting market opportunity for startups and SMEs, given the forecasted market growth and consumer behaviours changes.</p> <p>Second-hand fashion is expected to gain huge popularity in the coming years as more and more consumers realise the importance of sustainability.</p> <p>A <a href="https://www.thredup.com/resale/" target="_blank">2020 report by ThredUp</a> found that the second-hand market is set to hit $64 billion within the next five years, and leading this growth is the resale sector.</p> <p>Beyond the environmental benefits of adopting a circular economy approach, there are many other benefits for a business.</p> <p>For one thing, the increasing scarcity of non-renewable resources, ie. Fossil fuels, minerals and metals result in higher resource prices and price volatility.</p> <blockquote> <p>By adopting a circular economy model, businesses can lower the number of materials they need while still meeting their customers’ needs.</p> </blockquote> <p>Another way the circular economy benefits business is by ultimately giving you a green image and better positioning of your brand.</p> <p>Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the environmental impact of the products they purchase. As a result, they are aligning their purchasing decisions with their sustainability values.</p> <p>Thinking circular in a business is like looking through a new lens at its operations and revenue model.</p> <p>This could provide new insights and therefore, stimulate innovation while also offering an opportunity for growth by exploring new niches, which are ideal for startups and SMEs.</p> <p> </p> </div> </div> <div>Footer</div> Circular Economy business case <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2021. February</div> Wed, 17 Feb 2021 18:42:52 +0000 Bronagh Loughlin 131 at https://business-spirit.news