Moving to a Circular Economy with Walter Stahel (Part 1)

Episode 023: Podcast Show Notes

In this special two-part episode, we hear from the founding father of the Performance Economy Dr. Walter Stahel. In today’s episode (Part One), we learn about Walter’s background, how his work on the performance economy began, and his experience finding arguments to convince people that buying performance rather than products makes sense for business as well as the environment. I also announce the winner of our special book giveaway in collaboration with Catherine Weetman! 

Podcast Highlights and Circular Economy Takeaways

  • 4:30 Walter’s background and how he became passionate about the performance economy
  • 10:00 How to create wealth and well-being with much less resource consumption
  • 14:30 Best practice examples of performance business cases
  • 19:30 Behind the scenes with the fascinating story of single use cameras
  • 21:00 Social benefits from creating performance business models
  • 24:30 What has surprised Walter the most over the past forty years

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About the Show

Getting In the Loop is a weekly podcast dedicated to exploring how to transform to a more circular society. Join host Katie Whalen as she examines the challenges facing our current resource use and discovers alternatives to the ‘take, make, dispose’ way of doing things. Each week she interviews circular economy experts about what they’re doing and learning. Together we'll uncover what circular economy means in practice and find out what's being done to keep our resources in a loop rather than sent to waste.

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About Today's Guest

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Dr. Walter R. Stahel

Dr. Walter R. Stahel is founder and director of the Product-Life Institute (Switzerland), the oldest established consultancy in Europe devoted to developing sustainable strategies and policies. He is a visiting professor at the University of Surrey (UK), a full member of the Club of Rome, and author of numerous publications, including his recent book The Circular Economy: A User’s Guide.

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