Rethinking Business and Circular Economy with John A. Lanier

Today I am thrilled to welcome John A. Lanier, the Executive Director of the Ray C. Anderson foundation. John works to advance the legacy of Ray, his grandfather, whom you might recognize as the founder of carpet tile manufacturer Interface, Inc. Twenty years ago, Ray detailed his and Interface’s sustainability journey in his book Mid-Course Correction, and John has now released an update called Mid-Course Correction Revisited. In today’s podcast, John and I discuss Ray’s legacy, what has happened in the 20 years since Ray first documented his journey, and John’s vision for the future. Resources and links discussed in this episode can be found at gettinginthelooppodcast.com . ABOUT TODAY’S GUEST John A. Lanier is the Executive Director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, a Georgia-based private family foundation honoring the legacy of the late Ray C. Anderson. Ray, who was John’s grandfather, was the founder and CEO of Interface, Inc. the world’s largest manufacturer of carpet tile and a leading company...
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Designing for Circular Economy and Systems Thinking with Leyla Acaroglu

Sustainability strategist, designer, and social change agent Leyla Acaroglu joins us on the podcast today! In this episode, you’ll hear about Leyla’s exciting work to make sustainable design understandable and desirable, and you’ll learn how design and systems thinking can help us move towards a more circular economy. For show-related links and resources head to: gettinginthelooppodcast.com ABOUT TODAY'S GUEST Designer, sociologist, sustainability provocateur, and 2016 United Nations Champion of the Earth, Dr. Leyla Acaroglu challenges people to think differently about how the world works. As a pioneer of creative change, she weaves together sustainability, design, and systems thinking to challenge the way people see the world. She is the founder of Disrupt Design, The UnSchool, and CO Project Farm. HIGHLIGHTS 2:45 Bringing sustainable living practices to life through the CO Project Farm 11:15 Understanding the impacts of design decisions and making sustainable design cool 17:45 What needs to happen to reach a more circular economy 20:30 Designing learning systems and tools for the circular economy 25:00 Preparing...
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Top 5 Takeaways from the World Circular Economy Forum with Katherine Whalen

I'm recapping what happened last week at the 2019 World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF2019) in Helsinki, Finland. In this episode, you will hear about the World Circular Economy Forum and learn my top takeaways from the event. ABOUT THE HOST Hi, I'm Katie Whalen, founder of In the Loop Games AB. I aim to make education for sustainable development understandable and fun, and my first game-based learning tool was the IN THE LOOP game. I'm finishing a PhD at Lund University where I researched business models for circular economy as part of the MISTRA REES project. HIGHLIGHTS My top five takeaways from the WCEF2019: CE has truly become a global topic. . Design is crucial if CE is going to succeed. Consumers can make or break CE business models. What kind of CE do we want to create? Centralized or Distributive? We still have room to improve if we want to make a systemic change. ...
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How Artificial Intelligence Can Help Create a More Circular Economy with Johanna Reimers

Johanna Reimers, CEO of Refind Technologies, reflects on the role of technology in creating a more circular economy. In this episode, you’ll hear how Refind Technologies is using machine learning and AI to help companies undertake repair, remanufacturing and recycling. And, don’t miss the fascinating reason why Refind Technologies also knows a lot about fish as well as batteries! For more information and show notes visit http://gettinginthelooppodcast.com . ABOUT TODAY'S GUEST Johanna Reimers is CEO of Refind Technologies since 2015, which she co-founded in 2014. She has an M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management from Chalmers University of Technology and worked as an IT consultant and project manager for about ten years prior to working in the recycling business with Optisort, a former version of Refind, in 2013. HIGHLIGHTS 2:30 Introduction to Refind Technologies 4:00 How to teach a machine to sort batteries 7:30 Why Refind Technologies knows a lot about fish in addition to batteries 14:30 Enabling circular repair and remanufacturing with automation technology 18:00 How...
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Circular Fashion, Zero Waste, and Closing Textile Loops with Lynn Wilson

Today on the podcast we’re chatting with Lynn Wilson about circular textiles and diving into the design and production side, talking about zero waste fashion and recycling. We also talk about the consumption side of things, looking at what we’re doing in our wardrobes and how we look after and dispose of our clothing. ABOUT TODAY'S GUEST Lynn Wilson is a designer, researcher and circular economy specialist. From 2013 to 2017 she was part of the Circular Economy team at Zero Waste Scotland where she implemented a national circular economy textiles strategy. She is currently a PhD researcher at the Adam Smith Business School, Glasgow University. HIGHLIGHTS 4:30 Lynn’s background and journey to her current research 12:00 Tech for zero waste textiles production – is it happening? 19:00 Opportunities for reuse and second-hand clothing and why some customers say no to secondhand 31:30 What you can do and shifting to a ‘Buyerarchy of Needs’ by borrowing, renting or leasing 35:30 Looking towards the future and challenges with closing...
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What Circular Economy Can Learn from Lean and Green Thinking with Keivan Zokaei

Today on the show we’re diving into the world of lean thinking with lean and green expert Dr. Keivan Zokaei. In this episode we learn about what it means to be lean and green, diving into the Japanese roots of lean thinking and exploring what we can learn from the concept when it comes to the circular economy. Links and resources related to this episode are available at http://gettinginthelooppodcast.com. ABOUT TODAY'S GUEST Dr. Keivan Zokaei is partner at S A Partners and is a lean thinker, management consultant and author. Keivan has over 15 years of experience in lean thinking, specializing in operations and supply chain management. He has led transformation projects working with organisations including Wartsila, Unilever, Royal Bank of Scotland, WalMart, Scottish Government, Welsh Assembly Government, Tesco, Marks and Spencer, Kraft, MARS, and Sainsbury’s. Previously Keivan was director at the Lean Enterprise Research Centre at Cardiff University. He is also the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Shingo Research and Professional...
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Where to Study Circular Economy and CE Education Courses Around the World with Tim Forslund

Tim Forslund tells us about the ‘Learning Landscape Research’ he conducted at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation where he spent six months investigating the circular economy learning offerings that are available both online and at higher education institutions. Tune in to find out which two unexpected countries are leading the way with circular economy learning offerings and hear how circular economy concepts are currently being taught around the world. About the Guest Tim Forslund is an Environmental Officer at the Embassy of Sweden in Beijing. He previously I worked as a Research Analyst at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, mapping and analysing circular economy learning in higher education and creating content for the China programme. Highlights 3:30 The why and how behind the Learning Landscape Research 10:45 How Finland and the Netherlands are leading the way as places to study circular economy 12:45 Examples of courses around the world and what we can learn from how circular economy is being taught 17:30 What educators think is most important when...
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Is There Enough Cobalt for Electric Cars and Can Circular Economy Help? with Katherine Whalen

Today we’re doing something new! I’m recapping my trip to Cambridge for the one-day ‘Future of electric mobility and material demands’ Short Course organized by SusCritMat. In the past ten years, global sales of electric vehicles have increased yearly. Right now we have more than 4 million electric vehicles on the road globally, and by 2040, there could be up to 900 million electric vehicles. But will the supply of battery materials such as lithium and cobalt be able to keep up with the demand for electric vehicles? Tune in to this week’s episode to uncover this question and more issues surrounding this topic. HIGHLIGHTS 4:40 Will supply be able to match demand of cobalt and lithium? 8:30 Is circular economy a solution? 12:45 What other potential changes and solutions are there? ...
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From Construction Waste to Second Life: Making Reuse of Building Materials Happen with Joe Connell

Today we’re talking about building materials reuse with Joe Connell, Executive Director of the Building Materials Reuse Association (BMRA). Tune in to hear about opportunities, challenges and trends regarding building deconstruction and materials reuse, and learn about the BMRA’s upcoming conference. About the Guest Joe Connell is the Executive Director of the Building Materials Reuse Association (BMRA). Joe has 20 years of experience in the reuse industry, with accomplishments that include helping to launch several local reuse groups in Portland, Oregon, and serving on the City of Portland’s Deconstruction Advisory Group to pass the nation’s first deconstruction ordinance. Highlights 2:45 What is the Building Materials Reuse Association? 5:30 Overview of building materials reuse in the USA – materials and sectors 9:30 Benefits of deconstruction and reuse 13:30 Is deconstruction really new? 15:15 How to deconstruct a building & hybrid deconstruction 18:15 Buildings as material banks in Europe and the US 21:00 Upcoming activities at the BMRA 24:00 Material marketplaces, business opportunities and challenges ...
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How to Move from “Take, Make, Waste” to Circular Business Models and Supply Chains with Catherine Weetman

Earth Day giveaway! Today we’re speaking with Catherine Weetman about implementing circular economy in practice and what she has learned from working with SMEs. We talk about her book Circular Economy: A Handbook for Business and Supply Chains: Repair, Remake, Redesign, Rethink and Catherine has given me a copy to giveaway to one lucky listener! To have a chance at winning, all you need to do is leave a review on this podcast’s iTunes page. Listen to the episode or head over to the show notes at http://www.gettinginthelooppodcast.com to find out more about the giveaway. ABOUT TODAY'S GUEST Catherine Weetman is the Director of Rethink Solutions, a circular economy focused business consultancy based in the UK. Catherine has over 25 years' experience in contract logistics, manufacturing, retail and supply chain consultancy, and her career spans food, fashion and logistics, including Tesco, Kellogg's and DHL Supply Chain. She is also a Visiting Fellow at the University of Huddersfield and Vice-Chair of...
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