The Circular Economy Playbook Podcast

Episode 5 A review of our food system with Dr Liz Goodwin and Carolyn Steel

In ‘The future of urban consumption in a 1.5°C world’ by C40 – a network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change, food is spotlighted for being “the biggest source of urban consumption-based emissions for C40 cities in 2017.” The report adds further data to research from the likes of the FAO and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation which make the compelling case for the food sector to be among the leading target areas for climate intervention.

This is a case which we support and which we put forward in our Circular Economy Route Map for London published in 2017, where we identified the food sector as a key sector where a transition to a circular economy would lead to significant positive environmental and economic benefits in London and beyond.

In this first part of our 5th episode we take a wide lens view of our current food system with the aim of identifying where the shortfalls currently lie in the system and where some of the biggest opportunities for environmental and economic interventions are.

We are joined by:

Dr Liz Goodwin chair of the board LWARBDr Liz Goodwin OBE
Liz is a chemist by background. Realising the vital role that care for the environment was likely to have in the future she joined, at its inception in 2001, the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) as its first Director of Manufacturing and subsequently added the role of Director of Construction.

In 2007 Liz took on the role of CEO at WRAP which position she held until June 2016. During her period at WRAP, UK recycling rates increased from 9% to 43% and food waste was reduced by 21% in 4 years. During the period of her leadership at WRAP ground-breaking collaborative agreements and schemes such as the Courtauld Initiative, Halving Waste to Landfill by the construction sector and Love Food Hate Waste campaigns were born and flourished.

Liz is now the World Resources Institute (WRI) in 2016 as Senior Fellow and Director, Food Loss and Waste. She is also a Champion of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 the aim of which is to halve food waste around the globe by 2030. And, chair of the board at LWARB.

Carolyn Steel MA (Cantab) RIBA
Carolyn is a leading thinker on food and cities. Her 2008 book Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives is an international best-seller and her concept of sitopia (food-place) has gained recognition across a broad range of fields in academia, industry and the arts. Her second book Sitopia: How Food Can Save the World, was published by Chatto & Windus in March 2020.

A director of Kilburn Nightingale Architects in London, Carolyn studied at Cambridge University and has since been a visiting lecturer at Cambridge, London Metropolitan and Wageningen Universities and at the London School of Economics, where she was the inaugural Studio Director of the Cities Programme. A Rome scholar in 1995-6, Carolyn is in international demand as a speaker and her 2009 TED talk has received more than one million views.
Find out more about Carolyn and her work on her website.

Credits

Hosted by:
Wayne Hubbard – CEO @ LWARB
Ali Moore – Head of communications @ LWARB
Produced by:
Isabella Nasak Kima – Corporate communications lead @ LWARB
Sound engineering by:
Breen Turner

Episode 4 Making recycling work for people in flats

Circular economy and recycling

The ultimate goal of the circular economy is to redesign our current system so that the products we make can be used again and again. In a circular economy system, recycling is the last resort but an important one for ensuring that valuable resources can be recaptured in the most efficient way.
The latest research from our Resource London team shares insights on designing effective systems that better recapture resources from flats. People who live in flats recycle much less than those who live in houses. So, it is increasingly important to design effective resource management programmes that incorporate convenient and inclusive services for residents. Especially considering that over 20% of current housing stock in London are flats and the majority of new housing build will be high density properties.

This episode delves into the research results which provide rich insight into factors that influence levels of recycling in purpose-built flats and how to effect changes.

Visit the project page for the full report, and to explore additional resources including the toolkit and case studies.

Credits

With thanks to our contributors:
Becky Rowe – owner and head of research at Revealing Reality– a multi-award-winning social research agency. Becky is a leading practitioner of innovative research methods and is at the forefront of behaviour change insight and research.

Gemma Scott – manages the Resource London activity to improve recycling performance in London’s purpose built flats. Gemma is a Chartered Waste Manager with over 15 years in the industry working in and with local authority waste teams and the private sector.

James Glass – an experienced housing professional working for one the most well-known and established Housing Associations, Peabody.  As Head of Estate Services, James and his team of 200+ help keep the properties Peabody own safe as well as clean and tidy.

Hosted by:
Wayne Hubbard – CEO @ LWARB
Ali Moore – Head of communications @ LWARB
Produced by:
Isabella Nasak Kima – Corporate communications lead @ LWARB
Sound engineering by:
Breen Turner

Episode 3: Circular economy and the built environment

The circular economy playbook podcast CIRCULAR ECONOMY AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

One of the challenges facing London and many other capital cities is to provide access to the housing, business premises and infrastructure that residents and workers require – but in an efficient and sustainable way. This can be substantially helped by adopting a circular economy approach to the built environment.

Moreover, a circular economy approach in the built environment keeps buildings, products and materials at their highest value for as long as possible. It also offers the opportunity to create healthier spaces and thriving communities while bringing significant net benefits.

In this episode, we discuss some of these opportunities and try to answer the question should we retain or rebuild?

We reference our Circular Economy Route Map, where we set out the opportunities and benefit for London to be a centre for both design and demonstrator projects that exemplify:

  • Buildings and infrastructure designed for adaptabilityLWARB circular economy route map
  • The use of innovative products and technologies to make buildings more circular
  • Re-use and refurbishment of buildings instead of demolition
  • Buildings deconstructed to enable maximum material re-use
  • The use of innovative business models which enable both current, and new, buildings to be used more flexibly and therefore perform more efficiently

As well as, the London Plan which sets out the overall strategic plan for London, setting out an integrated economic, environmental, transport and social framework for the development of London over the next 20–25 years.

And, BRE’s Whole Life Costing tool for calculating the lowest cost options for the entire commercial life of a building.

Credits

With thanks to our contributors:
Gilli Hobbs – Director @ BRE
James Close – Head of Circular London @ LWARB
Emma McKenna – Advance London Business Advisor (Built environment) @ LWARB

Hosted by:
Wayne Hubbard – CEO @ LWARB
Ali Moore – Head of communications @ LWARB
Produced by:
Isabella Nasak Kima – Corporate communications lead @ LWARB
Sound engineering by:
Breen Turner

Episode 2: Circular economy and sustainable fashion

What are the circular economy business models driving the transition to a sustainable fashion industry? In this episode we discuss some of these models and speak to some of the great businesses in London putting them into practice and contributing to the city’s transition to a low carbon economy.

The opportunity
As home to a number of well respected fashion institutions such as the Textiles Futures Research Centre and the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, London is perfectly placed to influence both the design and production of clothes in a way that will have an impact both in our capital city and around the world. (Find out more about the benefits  of a circular economy approach to textiles in London in our circular economy route map).

The business Models
In this episode we covered the following circular economy business models helping the transition to a sustainable fashion industry:
Longevity and repair
LWARB Circular fashion FW launch
In this episode we hear FW, a recently launched outdoor brand who have embedded this model of longevity as well as the model of repair into their business model. As well as using durable, high-quality construction and materials to ensure their  garments last, FW have a dedicated service so their customers will have the option of having their garments repaired for free within a warranty period. Repairs will still be available to customers at a low cost beyond the warranty period. Find out more about FW here.
Take back and resale
On take back and resale, we hear from Stuffstr a social enterprise that works with retailers to buy back and resell used clothing. Find out more here

 

Hire and lease
On hire and lease we talk about the NU Wardrobe a community-centred online platform to share clothes with friends and Nu members. Find out more here.
Subscription
And on subscription we hear from Bundlee the UK’s first baby clothing rental subscription. Find out more here.

We are aware that there are many more models out there and we plan to talk about them in a future episode. Do let us know which ones you would like to hear more about in the future!

Credits

With thanks to our contributors:
Eifaz Ahmed – Director @ Apex Holdings Limited
John Atcheson – Co-Founder and CEO @ Stuffstr
Sara AsmoarpQuality and Sustainability manager @ FW
Eve Kekeh – Founder @ Bundlee
Andrea Crump – Circular Economy Policy and Projects Officer @ LWARB
Hosted by:
Wayne Hubbard – CEO @ LWARB
Ali Moore – Head of communications @ LWARB
Produced by:
Isabella Nasak Kima – Corporate communications lead @ LWARB
Sound engineering by:
Breen Turner

Episode 1 : What is the circular economy?

Welcome to the first official episode of The Circular Economy Playbook!

Delve into this first episode to find out what the circular economy is and to discover the five main circular economy business models.

According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, “a  circular economy seeks to rebuild capital, whether this is financial, manufactured, human, social or natural. This ensures enhanced flows of goods and services.” The butterfly diagram mentioned in this episode illustrates the continuous flow of technical and biological materials through the ‘value circle’, and outlines the three key principles of the circular economy. The video below explains succinctly explains what the circular economy is and the opportunity it presents.

The Adidas FUTURECRAFT LOOP shoe which David Quass, talks about in this episode is a demonstration of a truly circular product. Find out more  about Adidas’ inspiration, motivation and process for creating the shoe in the video below and on the Futurecraft site.

Credits

With thanks to our contributors:
David Quass – Director Business Model Innovation & Brand Partnerships on Global Brand Strategy team @ Adidas
Eifaz Ahmed – Director @ Apex Holdings Limited
John Atcheson – Co-Founder and CEO @ Stuffstr
Nadine Galle – Research fellow @ Metabolic and co-founder & CEO @ Green city watch

Hosted by:
Wayne Hubbard – CEO @ The London Waste and Recycling Board
Ali Moore – Head of communications @ The London Waste and Recycling Board

Produced by:
Isabella Nasak Kima – Corporate communications lead @ The London Waste and Recycling Board

Episode 0: Welcome to the circular economy playbook!

A podcast about transitioning to the circular economy brought to you by the London Waste and Recycling Board, sharing real world stories on circular matters that are re-shaping London and the world.

This is the podcast for decision makers (and shakers) in business and the public sector. For anyone looking to future proof their organisations by implementing circular practices and business models. It is the one stop shop for insights on circularity. From people who’ve been there, done it and have some lessons to share.

Discover what we have in-store for  you in the coming months in this taster episode, which includes a teaser from Adidas on their circular shoe.

Credits

Hosted by:
Wayne Hubbard – CEO @ The London Waste and Recycling Board
Ali Moore – Head of communications @ The London Waste and Recycling Board

Produced by:
Isabellla Nasak Kima – Corporate communications lead @ The London Waste and Recycling Board