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59 minutes | 12 days ago
Leading Sustainable Business and How the SDGs Changed Everything with Donald Eubank
Donald Eubank joins us on the podcast today! Based in Japan, Donald is co-author of the new book Leading Sustainably: The Path to Sustainable Business and How the SDGs Changed Everything. In this episode, Donald and I talk about the Sustainable Development Goals and how companies are using them to guide sustainable business practices. Developed by the United Nations, the Sustainable Development Goals are 17 goals often referred to as the ‘SDGs’ that provide a blueprint for us to achieve a better future for all. In today’s episode, I challenge Donald about their usefulness as guides for helping us achieve climate goals. Donald shares tangible examples from global companies that are using the SDGs as frameworks to implement sustainable business strategies in their organisations. Resources and links discussed in this episode are available at gettinginthelooppodcast.com . Join the Getting in the Loop Podcast Linkedin Group About Today’s GuestDonald Eubank is an experienced manager who has worked across the IT, finance, and media industries in Asia. As co-founder of Read the Air, he serves as a key advisor to businesses that are integrating sustainability into their core strategy, guiding their teams to lead sustainably and apply critical tools for managing impact. Donald is a former features editor and contributor at The Japan Times. A graduate of St. John's College, he applies critical thinking, philosophy and science to take deep dives on difficult new subjects and determine future directions for business strategy.
51 minutes | a month ago
Climate Activism and Zero Waste Awareness with Mariska Nell of Mama Earth Talk
Mariksa Nell is a Climate Activist, Artist and host of the Mama Earth Talk podcast. Today she joins us on the Getting in the Loop podcast to talk about zero waste, sustainability, and of course - circular economy! Mariksa Nell started experimenting with trash️ in her artwork and the curiosity of the medium had her researching how waste affects the environment. Since then, she has worked with many organisations globally to drive environmental and sustainable change and inspires change through her artwork, podcasting, and public speaking. Her artwork can be found in the collections Trevor Noah, Adrian Grenier, Gary Vaynerchuck, Kris Fade, and Black Coffee Mason Plumlee.In this episode, Mariska tells us how she became interested in climate activism and the unique way she went about raising sustainability awareness in the UAE. You will also learn about her motivation to start the Mama Earth Talk podcast and what she has learned from talking with experts all over the world having produced the podcast for over two years. Resources and links discussed in this episode are available at gettinginthelooppodcast.com.About Today’s GuestMariksa Nell started experimenting with trash️ in her artwork and the curiosity of the medium had her researching how waste affects the environment. She decided to take the trash to the streets of the UAE and wore all the trash she generated. 30 days and 65 kg of waste later she had the country buzzing with questions about waste and wanting to know how they can reduce it. This was the start of the podcast, Mama Earth Talk. She has worked with many organisations globally to drive environmental and sustainable change and inspires change through her artwork, podcasting, and public speaking. Her artwork can be found in the collections Trevor Noah, Adrian Grenier, Gary Vaynerchuck, Kris Fade, Black Coffee Mason Plumlee.
63 minutes | a month ago
Circular Economy in Healthcare and the Pharmaceutical Industry with Frederik van Deurs
Frederik van Deurs joins us on the podcast today! Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, Frederik is the CEO of the Green Innovation Group, which has worked with pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk in a circular innovation challenge. Today you will learn about this challenge and Frederik’s takeaways. Our conversation really got me thinking about circular economy in healthcare and how to address consumable products in a circular way, since Novo Nordisk produces +500 million insulin pens a year. Let’s dive into today’s podcast and learn what Frederik has to say about the process of working with Novo Nordisk to look into plastic alternatives, take back solutions, and the possibilities to use enzyme waste to produce new products. Resources and links discussed in this episode can be found at gettinginthelooppodcast.com .About Today’s GuestFrederik is CEO of Green Innovation Group, which is a consulting firm that makes strategy and innovation for large clients. Frederik graduated from the University of Copenhagen with a specialty in anthropology and alternative societies. Last year, Frederik and the Green Innovation Group were a key part of the Novo Nordisk Innovation Challenge. Through the challenge Novo Nordisk and the Green Innovation Group looked at 350 circular economy companies before adopting five in an accelerator. Novo Nordisk is currently running pilot projects with several of the companies from the accelerator.
47 minutes | 2 months ago
What is the role of marketing in a circular economy? with Alena Kuzniatsova
How can marketing be used to help create a more circular economy? Alena from Orange Bird is here to share with us the ins and outs of marketing and that it is not inherently about getting people to buy more. Tune in to hear why you might want to start collaborating with your marketing department when it comes to innovating new circular business models. Resources and links discussed in this episode can be found at gettinginthelooppodcast.com .About Today’s GuestAlena Kuzniatsova is Founder and Chief Value Officer of Orange Bird. After working in different marketing functions for 15+ years, in 2017, Alena founded Orange Bird, an agile marketing agency, which focuses on and serves companies who use circular business models and help to reduce and eliminate greenhouse emissions.
3 minutes | 2 months ago
Special invitation! Join the Getting in the Loop Podcast Group on Linkedin
Join the podcast Linkedin group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12471484/ The aim of the Linkedin group is to enable Getting in the Loop podcast listeners to connect and discuss the podcast and circular economy! I also plan to share information and events I think might be relevant for you and invite you to do the same.Don't forget this week's events:Virtual WCEFonlineCircular Hotspots of the World EventView the complete list of WCEF Side Events here.
53 minutes | 2 months ago
Creating a Circular Economy Value Chain for Plastics Packaging with Graham Houlder
Today we’re talking about the future of flexible packaging with Graham Houlder, Managing Director of SLOOP Consulting and founder & project coordinator for CEFLEX. In today’s episode, Graham and I talk about CEFLEX (a Circular Economy for Flexible Packaging). CEFLEX is a collaborative initiative of over 150 companies and associations from across the flexible packaging value chain with the aim to make flexible packaging even more relevant in the circular economy. Graham is an expert in this field and, in this episode, he provides significant insight into the world of packaging. Graham shares about collection and take back, including EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility), limits to plastic recycling, and how to design for circular packaging. And even if packaging isn’t your area of interest, I think you will find this episode valuable. There is a lot to learn from CEFLEX in terms of how to organize circular economy projects and get all actors from one sector involved, whether its material producers, manufacturers, end consumers and waste collectors. Get ready to be inspired to start your own initiative! Resources and links discussed in this episode can be found at gettinginthelooppodcast.com . About Today’s GuestGraham is the Managing Director of SLOOP Consulting B.V. which has been offering consulting services and tools in the field of packaging and sustainability since 2009. He is the founder & project co-ordinator for CEFLEX (a Circular Economy for Flexible Packaging), which is a collaborative initiative by over 150 companies and associations from across the flexible packaging value chain to make flexible packaging even more relevant in the circular economy. Prior to 2009, he worked for Unilever for 23 years with a wide range of responsibilities including: R&D, Packaging management and design, Supply chain restructuring, Sustainability and CSR.
38 minutes | 3 months ago
The Circular Experiment and Action-Oriented Circular Economy with Ashleigh Morris
Welcome back to the Getting in the Loop podcast. We’re kicking off our Fall 2020 season with a milestone. We’re celebrating 50 episodes of the Getting in the Loop podcast! Wow, I truly could not have done it without YOU, listener. Thank you for sharing your favorite episodes, leaving reviews, and posting on Linkedin. It has been fun getting to know many of you over the last 1.5 years. About Today’s GuestAshleigh Morris is the CEO of Coreo, a company actioning circular economy in Australasia. Ashleigh is widely recognised as a circular economy visionary with the skills, experience and ability to not only inform future strategy but to also lead the action required to achieve impact. HighlightsToday’s episode is about DOING and for that reason I’m so happy that I can share it with you as our special 50th episode! Today’s theme revolves around asking: What would happen if you applied circular concepts to a local area or region? Ashleigh Morris of Coreo is here to dive into this question with us and share her experience! In this episode, Ashleigh tells us about the state of circular economy in Australia, and she shares her experiences practically implementing circular economy strategies. Tune in to hear about Coreo’s first project aptly named the Circular Experiment, where applying circular concepts such as reverse logistics and asset sharing to a street in Queensland resulted in economic, environmental and social benefits! Ashleigh also shares key factors you should consider before embarking on your own circular experiment. Resources and links discussed in this episode can be found at gettinginthelooppodcast.com .
3 minutes | 3 months ago
We're Back! Coming September 7 to the Getting in the Loop Podcast
Next week (Sept 7, 2020) the Getting in the Loop podcast is back to its regularly scheduled programming! Join host Katie Whalen as she kicks off the Fall 2020 season with an interview featuring Ashleigh Morris, CEO of Coreo. Find out more about the podcast and listen to previous episodes at www.gettinginthelooppodcast.com. UPCOMING EVENT ALERTInterested in learning more about circular economy in the Nordics? On Sept 8, 2020, the Nordic Circular Hotspot is hosting an online side event as part of the digital World Circular Economy Forum. The event will focus on what’s happening with circular economy in the Nordics and what’s to come with the Nordic Circular Hotspot. The Hotspot’s mission is to fast-forward the transition to a more inclusive, resource-efficient and regenerative economy in the Nordics and is a collaboration between partnering organisations from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, and The Netherlands. I am especially excited to share this event with you because I am part of the Nordic Circular Hotspot team through my work at RISE.So, if you are interested in learning about the state of circular economy in the Nordics, I invite you to join us on Sept 8. Find more information and register here.
51 minutes | 5 months ago
Regenerative Design for a Circular Economy in Buildings & Construction with Ehab Sayed
It’s the last episode in our series in partnership with the International Society for the Circular Economy, and I’m so excited to introduce Ehab Sayed who is today’s guest. This episode has it all: circular materials, circular design, and circular business models! You will learn about how Ehab’s company Biohm is using bio-based materials to create a company founded on circular economy principles. Discover how Biohm is revolutionizing the construction industry with mycelium (which comes from mushrooms!), other plant-based materials, and circular design strategies like modularity. Plus, find out more about Ehab’s upcoming keynote for the inaugural (digital) conference of the International Society for the Circular Economy (IS4CE) (July 6-7, 2020). Resources and links discussed in this episode can be found at gettinginthelooppodcast.com. Getting in the Loop + International Society for the Circular Economy Team Up!This month we’ve partnered with the International Society for the Circular Economy so you can meet some of the keynote speakers ahead of their inaugural conference. To learn more and register for the digital event, please visit https://www.is4ce.org/en/society-for-the-circular-economy . Mark your calendars for July 6-7, 2020! FYI: the Getting in the Loop podcast will take a break from our regularly scheduled programming for the summer and resume in September. Make sure you are subscribed to the podcast to get notified when we resume and if any bonus content airs! ABOUT TODAY’S GUESTEhab Sayed, Founder and Director of Innovation at Biohm and PhD Researcher at Northumbria University, is a sustainable designer, engineer, circular economy strategist and built environment innovator with a passion for creating a biomimetic (nature-inspired) circular future that meets our environmental, economic and human needs. Through extensive research on the global construction industry, he founded Biohm to develop nature inspired construction systems and materials that champion a transformation towards the integration of biological processes in manufacturing. Leading a solid team of passionate and talented designers, engineers, architects, biologists and business innovators from around the globe he is working towards revolutionising the construction industry. Ehab is a Climate-Kic Certified Professional and with Biohm, has amassed a portfolio of awards and recognition from highly regarded international bodies. Member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Circular Economy Club and UKGBC.
44 minutes | 5 months ago
Moving to Circular Economy in Cities and Countries with Anders Wijkman
We are joined by Anders Wijkman, Honorary President of the Club of Rome and chairman of the Governing Board of Climate-KIC. In today’s episode, Anders reflects on our progress towards a circular economy and the role that cities play in the transition to a circular society. You will learn about Climate-KIC, hear about Anders’ experience with environmental policy in the European Parliament, and find out more about his upcoming keynote for the inaugura (digital) conference of the International Society for the Circular Economy (IS4CE) (July 6-7, 2020). Resources and links discussed in this episode can be found at gettinginthelooppodcast.com.Getting in the Loop + International Society for the Circular Economy Team Up!This month we’ve partnered with the International Society for the Circular Economy so you can meet some of the keynote speakers ahead of their inaugural conference. To learn more and register for the digital event, please visit https://www.is4ce.org/en/society-for-the-circular-economy . Mark your calendars for July 6-7, 2020!ABOUT TODAY’S GUESTAnders Wijkman is an opinion maker and author. He is Honorary President of the Club of Rome, senior advisor to The Stockholm Environment Institute and chairman of the Swedish Association of Recycling Industries. As of March 2017 Anders is chairman of the Governing Board of Climate-KIC – the largest public-private partnership on innovation for low-carbon solutions in the EU.Anders has served as a Member of the European Parliament, as Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Policy Director of UNDP, as Secretary General of the Swedish Red Cross, as Secretary General of the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation and as Director General of SAREC (the Swedish Agency for Research Cooperation with Developing Countries).
88 minutes | 6 months ago
COVID-19 and the Circular Economy: Creating Resiliency with Walter Stahel
Today we’re thrilled to welcome Walter Stahel back to the podcast! In this episode, you will learn about the International Society for the Circular Economy (IS4CE) and its inaugural conference, which will be held digitally on July 6 - 7, 2020. You will also hear Walter’s thoughts on a circular future post-COVID-19 and find out why circular economy and resilience go hand in hand. Resources and links discussed in this episode can be found at gettinginthelooppodcast.com. Getting in the Loop + International Society for the Circular Economy Team Up!This month we’ve partnered with the International Society for the Circular Economy so you can meet some of the keynote speakers ahead of their inaugural conference. To learn more and register for the digital event, please visit https://www.is4ce.org/en/society-for-the-circular-economy . Mark your calendars for July 6-7, 2020! ABOUT TODAY’S GUESTDr. 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 honorary president of IS4CE, 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.
24 minutes | 6 months ago
How to Use Innovation to Reduce Food Waste and Circular Economy Start-ups with Robert Luo
Today’s guest was inspired to find a solution to reuse food waste after visiting his uncle’s dairy farm. He is now the driving force behind Mi Terro, a new material technology company that turns food waste into fiber. Three-time entrepreneur and Mi Terro’s CEO and Founder Robert Luo joins us today to talk about creating the world's first apparel line made from milk waste, which has been sold to 40 countries worldwide. Mi Terro and Operation Food Search are partnering in the fight against hunger: Use the discount code "WEFEEDKIDS" for 25% off at www.miterro.com and 20 meals will be donated to a child in need every time the code is applied. About Today’s GuestRobert Luo is a three-time entrepreneur. He sold his first company for $300,000 while he studied at the University of Southern California. He is a Forbes Under 30 Scholar and Global Shaker's Sustainable Fashion Innovator 2019. He is also an Entrepreneur Hall of Fame at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, recipient of "25 Under 25" by Social Entrepreneur Magazine, and recipient of the All America Chinese Youth Federation "Top 30 under 30".Show notes and links related to this episode can be found on our website at www.gettinginthelooppodcast.com.
34 minutes | 7 months ago
Biomaterials to Move Towards a Circular Bioeconomy with Dr. Michael A. Saltzberg
Dive into the fascinating world of biomaterials and circular design with Dr. Michael Saltzberg. Michael is the Global Business Director for Biomaterials at DuPont. In today’s episode, you’ll hear how material suppliers like DuPont are contributing to a more circular economy by combining performance and environmentally-driven design. Michael explains key concepts related to biomaterials and the biocycle and shares examples of how biomaterials can be used in practice to extend product life cycles and help close material loops. ABOUT TODAY'S GUESTMichael A. Saltzberg is the Global Business Director for Biomaterials at DuPont. There he leads a portfolio of commercial and emerging businesses which utilize renewable feedstocks, rather than petroleum or natural gas derivatives, to make industrially important chemicals and materials, including DuPont Sorona® polymer and Bio-PDO™ propanediol. Through the development of renewable biochemicals and biomaterials, Dr. Saltzberg and his team are solving critical issues for industries as varied as packaging, cosmetics, apparel and carpeting, all facing the challenges of offering high performance choices to their downstream customers while making their supply chains more sustainable. Show notes and links related to this episode can be found on our website at www.gettinginthelooppodcast.com.
26 minutes | 7 months ago
Celebrating Earth Day and Shifting to Digital Experiences after COVID-19 with Matt Hill
This week marks the annual celebration of Earth Day and we are celebrating with Matt Hill, the CEO and Founder of One Tree Planted. Matt’s team reached out to me earlier this month and I jumped at the opportunity to chat with him. One Tree Planted has had to reshift their Earth Day Celebration plans in light of recent events, and today you will hear how they have proceeded with a digital experience. You’ll also learn about reforestation, how you can participate in Earth Day (even while social distancing!), and pivoting in times of uncertainty. Related resources and shownotes of past episodes available at www.gettinginthelooppodcast.com
13 minutes | 8 months ago
Celebrating 1 Year of Getting in the Loop and Circular Economy Learning
Today we’re celebrating the 1 year anniversary of the Getting in the Loop podcast! Let's look back at a year of circular economy learning. The episode features a clip from the very first Getting in the Loop podcast episode with Professor David Peck from TU Delft.Thank you to everyone who went on Linkedin and posted after our last episode. You can find the related article and join in on the conversation here: www.linkedin.com/pulse/three-positive-takeaways-circular-economy-from-current-whalen/ Will you join me with thanking our previous circular economy expert guests? Here's how: 1) Think about a past interview episode that you really enjoyed or learned a lot from. 2) Share a link to that episode on your favorite social media platform. Bonus: You can even write why you enjoyed the episode and tag the interviewee!Related resources and shownotes of past episodes available at www.gettinginthelooppodcast.com
9 minutes | 8 months ago
Reflections on Circular Economy in a Time of COVID-19
Today I am reflecting broadly on the effect that the COVID-19 pandemic could have on the circular economy movement. I’ve selected three positive effects I hope it will have including:Improving our ability for (virtual) collaborationIllustrating the possibility for strong leadership and quick actionSupporting distributed - rather than centralised - circularityWe also touch on the European Commission’s New Circular Economy Action Plan.I want to hear your thoughts and comments, so I’ve posted the transcript of this podcast on my LinkedIn as an article. After you’re done listening, I invite you to join in on the conversation by posting a comment on the article. Resources and links mentioned in this episode can be found at www.gettinginthelooppodcast.com.
38 minutes | 9 months ago
Circular Business Transformation and Moving Towards Circular Economy with Mike Townsend
Today we are talking with the Earthshine Group’s Founder and CEO Mike Townsend! Mike is passionate about sharing knowledge and skills in support of the transition towards a sustainable economy. In this episode, Mike talks about the business of change and how transforming business towards circular ways of working starts with capability development. You’ll also hear about some recent circular economy projects that Mike has been involved with, including a fascinating project with Norsk Ombruk, which remanufactures white goods such as washing machines. Resources and links discussed in this episode can be found at our website: www.gettinginthelooppodcast.com
19 minutes | 9 months ago
Communicating Circular Economy and How to be a Circular Entrepreneur with Katherine Whalen
It’s official! I’m now Dr. Whalen and today we’re celebrating on the podcast by mixing things up a bit from our normal interviews. Lately I’ve been receiving a lot of requests from people who are just getting into the circular economy and want to understand the basics. Recently I had the chance to incorporate storytelling techniques into my approach when I was invited to give a keynote speech at Lund University for an event called Trendspotting Circular Economy. I thought I’d share the talk with you and I hope it will inspire you in how you communicate circular economy. Resources and links discussed in this episode can be found at our website: www.gettinginthelooppodcast.com
47 minutes | 10 months ago
Circular Plastics and Collaborating for the Circular Economy with Jeff Wooster
You may have wondered what big companies are doing about the circular economy, so today Jeff Wooster joins us to talk about just that! Jeff Wooster is the Global Sustainability Director for Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics. Dow is one of the third largest chemical companies in the world and a member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Economy 100 (CE 100) Network. In this episode, you will learn about some of the initiatives DOW has been working on regarding circular economy. This includes a partnership with the company Fuenix Ecogy Group to use plastic waste in the production of new polymers, and Project Butterfly which is a social initiative that addresses poor waste management through education, clean-ups, and innovation. Tune in to find out what must be done to meet our future plastic demands. Resources and links discussed in this episode can be found at our website: www.gettinginthelooppodcast.comABOUT TODAY'S GUESTJeff Wooster is the Global Sustainability Director for Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics. He is on the Board of Directors for GreenBlue and serves on the steering team for the Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas Alliance. Wooster has been recognized for his many efforts to advance sustainability practices including the American Chemistry Council Responsible Care 2015 Employee of the Year and an inaugural person of the year Trashie Award from the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. He lives in Houston, Texas with his husband Randy and their dog Hercules.
38 minutes | 10 months ago
Designing Materials and Emotionally Durable Products for a Circular Economy with Merryn Haines-Gadd
Today we’re talking about design and innovation for a circular economy! I’m joined by Dr. Merryn Haines-Gadd from the University of Exeter’s Centre for Circular Economy. In this episode, you will learn about emotionally durable design and the nine product longevity strategies that are relevant for a circular economy. You will also hear about the fascinating new world of self-healing materials and the various applications where they are being applied to help extend product lifetimes. Resources and links in this episode can be found on our website at www.gettinginthelooppodcast.com . ABOUT TODAY'S GUESTDr. Merryn Haines-Gadd is a post-doc researcher at the University of Exeter within the Exeter Centre for Circular Economy (ECCE). She works in the EPSRC consortium ‘Manufacturing Immortality’, investigating the design opportunities and Circular Economy implications of implementing self-healing materials within product development.
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