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Chemicals and Circular Economy: Materiality in Material Science

According to chemical industry association Cefic, the EU chemical industry’s share of world markets has seriously declined in the past 20 years. In 1995 EU industry sales were €326 billion representing 32.3% of worldwide chemicals sales. Two decades on, the EU chemicals sales have grown almost 60% but the market share has dropped to a meagre 14.7% in 2015. This “dilution effect” looks set to continue. Demand for chemicals is growing strongly in China, India and other emerging countries but slowly in Europe and North America, where Europe sells most of its chemicals. What can sustainable innovation contribute to this challenge?
Circular Innovations in the Food Industry

6 Ingredients to Leapfrog Sustainable Innovation starting today

The urgency to create systemic change is steadily increasing, and so are live cases that prove that sustainable agriculture is building its momentum. One of the convincing cases is Sundrop Farms, an innovative leader in sustainable agriculture, growing fresh fruits and vegetables using renewable inputs to create a circular economy business model.
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Novozymes: Value Capture from LCA’s

It takes a lot of effort to get non-financial reporting right. And with the ever emerging new legislation and frameworks, this effort is not getting any less. The example of Novozymes shows that companies can turn this burden into a business opportunity by capturing the value that is harnessed in the abundance of data. Through big data techniques, peer-comparisons are made and the non-financial data is harvested and combined with market information resulting in clear prospects.
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Circular Crustaceans: Learning from a Frontrunner Failure

At increasing speed, the world is currently undergoing the energy transition. For businesses around the globe, this means new challenges and possibilities for innovation and transformation towards circular economy business models are emerging. So are businesses cashing in on those opportunities? Doubtful: research suggests that 84% of executives agree that innovation is important to the growth strategy of their company. Unfortunately, only 6% of executives were pleased with the innovation performance of their company. What can we learn from fail-often start-ups to help address those new possibilities for innovation?
Strategic partnerships for the circular economy transition

Partnering for Change is Coming into Fashion

Global fashion retailer C&A, together with its C&A Foundation, is looking to transform the fashion industry. Through financial support, sharing expertise and providing access to specialists, the Foundation aims to support changemakers and drive the sector’s transition to a circular economy.
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FReSH: 25 Partners in Global Platform for Food Reform

At the 2017 World Economic Forum in Davos, a brand new platform was launched with the aim to achieve healthy, enjoyable diets for all, that are produced responsibly within planetary boundaries. A total of 25 global companies such as Givaudan, Solvay, Unilever and FrieslandCampina joined together to launch FReSH (the Food Reform for Sustainability and Health program) under the leadership of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the EAT Foundation.
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Designing Cool Ice Cream Business Models for the Circular Economy

Begin 2017 TIAS Business School in Tilburg hosted a case challenge event to select its representative for the Nespresso MBA Sustainability Challenge. Jan van der Kaaij, Managing Partner of Finch & Beak, took seat in the jury to select the best team for competition in the challenge. Nespresso has been organizing the Nespresso Sustainability MBA Challenge as a means of stimulating sustainable innovation. Previous challenges included sustainability related topics such as brand image and integrated supply chains.
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OpenIDEO Challenge: Crowdsourcing for Food Waste Solutions

If global food loss and waste were a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases. Production and distribution is responsible for two-thirds of the food that is wasted. The final third of food waste happens at the consumer level. This is the framing of OpenIDEO’s Food Waste Challenge kicked off on 19th July, generating 457 concrete ideas to combat food waste. OpenIDEO is a global community working together with leading organizations to drive collaboration and innovation leading to the design of solutions for the world’s biggest challenges.
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What a Lemon! Majorcan Food Waste Innovation

"There are currently a lot of "lemons" being produced by the business model innovation process – but it doesn’t have to be that way": a statement from the recent MIT Sloan article by Professor Clay Christensen. Nothing wrong with the circular business model of Pep Lemón, an innovative and refreshing bittersweet lemonade from the beautiful island of Mallorca. But other things can go sour as well…
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Masterclass Circular Economy and Food Waste

On 17 November 2016, Finch & Beak & PRé Sustainability team up to host a Masterclass aimed at discovering how to transform the circular economy into a mainstream practice for sustainable innovation.
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