Special Issue on the Circular Economy

Introducing a Circular Economy: New Thinking with New Managerial and Policy Implications
by Mark Esposito, Terence Tse, and Khaled Soufani

How Do Intelligent Goods Shape Closed-Loop Systems?
by Risto Rajala, Esko Hakanen, Juri Mattila, Timo Seppälä, and Mika Westerlund

Stakeholder Views on Extended Producer Responsibility and the Circular Economy
by Nathan Kunz, Kieren Mayers, and Luk N. Van Wassenhove

Managing a Complex Global Circular Economy Business Model: Opportunities and Challenges
by Peter Hopkinson, Markus Zils, Philip Hawkins, and Stuart Roper

Circular Economy, 3D Printing, and the Biosphere Rules
by Gregory Unruh

Disruptive Technology as an Enabler of the Circular Economy: What Potential Does 3D Printing Hold?
by Alysia Garmulewicz, Matthias Holweg, Hans Veldhuis, and Aidong Yang

Orchestrating Circularity within Industrial Ecosystems: Lessons from Iconic Cases in Three Different Countries
by Anne-Ryslène Zaoual and Xavier Lecocq

Moving to a Circular Economy in China: Transforming Industrial Parks into Eco-industrial Parks
by John A. Mathews, Hao Tan, and Mei-Chih Hu


Core Concepts

What is the Circular Economy? (1:00)
The circular economy is a new paradigm of industrial organization that could eliminate 100 million tons of waste globally in the next five years alone.

Nature as a Model: 3D Printing and the
Circular Economy

3D printing has the potential to become the manufacturing infrastructure for a sustainable circular economy, because it closely resembles the process that nature uses to create all living things.

From the Blog

Growing Agriculture Markets with Vertical Farms
Population demands and rising costs will make conventional farming prohibitively difficult to sustain. Vertical farms have many compelling qualities that could help define the future of agriculture. (more)

You've Got Mail: Integrating the USPS into the Circular Economy
Consumers play a essential role in the lifecycle of products - but many items are often thrown away or left to sit in a drawer, when they could be reclaimed or recycled. Our postal services can provide a solution to the problem of reuse. (more)

Food Waste and the Circular Economy: No Stinky Business
One billion people go hungry every year, and another billion are undernourished. At the same time, three billion tons of food waste are thrown out annually. The circular economy can fight hunger while providing new business opportunities. (more)

3D Printing as the Manufacturing Infrastructure for the Circular Economy
Professor Gregory Unruh describes how the Earth's biosphere could serve as a model for how to manufacture sustainably and efficiently on this planet. (more)

Our Circular Future is 3D
Additive manufacturing (also known as 3D printing) is uniquely capable of promoting environmentally sustainable product lifecycles, which is an essential aspect of the circular economy. (more)

How Companies Can Benefit from the Circular Economy
Since the industrial revolution, our economies and companies have relied heavily on the availability of bountiful and inexpensive natural resources. But this linear trend is no longer sustainable. Is there a viable alternative? (more)

Moi, Moche et Wonky: Making Progress on Food Waste
Staggering amounts of food are wasted annually. The best way to make a change is to shift public perception. This post explores several innovative initiatives undertaken in Europe to transform our relationship with food. (more)

Campus Sustainability: UC Berkeley's Zero Waste Research Center
UC Berkeley's Zero Waste Resource Center is aiming to inspire environmentally practices that could make the campus waste free by 2020. (more)

Pandora's (self-made) Box: The Uncertain Future
of 3D Printing

Decentralization of manufacturing through 3D printing is often touted as a liberating force. But certain pitfalls exposed by "gig economy" disruptors like Uber and Airbnb could negatively affect this growing industry. (more)

What's the Difference Between a Circle and a Loophole?
Can the circular economy correct for the fundamental inequities that have contributed to environmental degradation in the first place? (more)

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