What is the Circular Economy and Key Principles with Rebecca Kimber
Episode 031: Podcast Show Notes
It’s time to go back to some circular economy basics! In this episode, you'll hear how Rebecca Kimber and I explain circular economy, why we were drawn to circular economy in the first place, and what continues to get us excited about it. This episode is a little different from our normal Getting in the Loop episodes because we originally recorded it for Rebecca to use on her website and podcast, and I wanted to share it with you as well. This would be a good episode to share with your friends, family, or colleagues outside of the circular economy bubble as we try not to talk too technical!
Podcast Highlights and Circular Economy Takeaways
- Circular economy basic principles and the two main concepts for circular business models
- How to slow and close resource flows using cell phones as an example
- Why individuals alone cannot be responsible for creating a circular economy
- The importance of design and systems thinking in circular economy
- Differences between circular economy, zero waste and sustainability
- Why circular economy has gained significant popularity in Europe and how its viewed in the United States
Learn More About Circular Economy and Topics in this Episode
- Circular Economy: Sustainable Materials Management MOOC Online Course
- Two Rules for the Circular Economy with Ken Webster
- Accelerating Circular Economy in the USA with Kate Daly
- Moving to a Circular Economy with Walter Stahel (Part 2)
- Fairphone’s website
- No Impact Man by Colin Beaven
- Transcript for this episode
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.
About Today's Guest
Rebecca Kimber writes about circular economy products, clean living and holistic health on EarthyB.com. She believes products should be better for us, the planet and the economy, and on her website, she shares her own journey of using simple swaps to reduce her eco-impact while also exploring systemic change.