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Social Investment Scotland enlists worldwide circular economy experts to support Scotland’s social enterprises

April 28, 2022

Social Investment Scotland (SIS) has enlisted the support of circular economy experts from across the world, as part of an initiative designed to help all social enterprise and third sector organisations understand circular economy principles and reduce their environmental footprint. Circular Economy 360 – the new video and webinar series delivered in partnership with Zero Waste…

Business can thrive by going green

April 28, 2022

By Alison McRae, Senior Director of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce It was such a pleasure to be at our first in person gathering for the Circular Glasgow Network just last week. Embodied by the kind of ambition that we have come to know from this group, the event was enhanced by discussions from trail-blazing businesses…

Is the destruction of unsold goods on its way out?

March 23, 2022

The destruction of unsold, durable goods could be banned as part of plans to reduce waste, Circular Economy Minister Lorna Slater has announced. Proposals for a ban will be put forward in a consultation on a new Circular Economy Bill, to be published in May. It is intended to address public concerns about unsold products…

Climate heroes can help shape workers of the future

February 16, 2022

Written by: Alison McRae, Senior Director, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce First published: The Herald, Wednesday 16th February 2022     As we learn more about Glasgow’s most recent accolade by the UK Government as an Innovation Accelerator, there is so much to be hopeful about. Ecosystems built around innovation are developing across the city, such…

Carbon emissions soar as world consumes half a trillion tonnes of virgin materials since Paris Agreement

January 19, 2022

The throwaway global economy is fuelling the climate crisis with more than half a trillion tonnes of virgin materials consumed since the 2015 Paris Agreement, reveals a report from impact organisation Circle Economy launched today. It warns that world leaders are missing the opportunity to achieve deep cuts in emissions by adopting circular economy strategies…

The John Lewis Partnership launches The Circular Future Fund: The Million Pound Challenge

November 23, 2021

The pot will fund innovative projects, businesses and services that have found inventive ways to “design out” waste or renew and extend product life cycles   This week, the John Lewis Partnership launches The Circular Future Fund, an initiative that will award a total of one million pounds, over one year, to projects that demonstrate…

Want to fix the climate? Fix the economy

November 19, 2021

First published: 11th November 2021   For the first time, some of the world’s most influential circular economy actors have come together to urge businesses to consider new ways of designing, producing and consuming goods – and their role in scaling change to meet climate targets.   The UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, is hailed…

COP26 can harness passion of the young

September 24, 2021

Written by: Alison McRae, Senior Director of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce When it comes to young people and the climate crisis most people will think of Greta Thunberg. She has advocated that no one is too small to make a difference and has certainly captured the imagination of so many.  As host city for COP26,…

Plate up for Glasgow – putting circularity firmly on the menu

September 23, 2021

Written by Rebecca Ricketts, Senior Project Advisor, Circular Glasgow and Plate up for Glasgow Campaign Lead. Did you know that globally about one-third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted?  That’s the equivalent of heading along to your favourite supermarket, buying enough food to fill three Bags for Life, getting home…