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December 29, 2020

Hello everyone, and welcome to the final show of Happy Porch Radio Season 5.

Today, we look at this past season, highlighting each of our guests, how they’re changing the world, and some of the pertinent details about them.

A few of the main topics and themes we covered in this season were keeping things in use, reuse, and services.

One overriding theme, though, was how holistic the circular economy is, and why we need a combinatio...

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Reath is on a mission to build the digital infrastructure required for businesses to shift to the circular economy. 

They specialise in the tagging and tracking of reusable assets, and building the “digital passports” they need – think Google Analytics for the circular economy!

Co-founders, Claire Rampen and Emily Rogers combined their professional backgrounds in operations and commercial strategy in technology businesses to help o...

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The pandemic has given us the time to redesign our business processes and move us toward a circular economy.

As today’s guest, Unusual Rigging Managing Director Tom Harper explains, our industries are having a “Phoenix in the flame moment.”

Our conversation with Tom focuses on his passion for the circular economy, how he introduced sustainable innovations into his company, and the challenges and opportunities presented by COVID.

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Bright colours might be in, but fashion and glamour have a dark side, with textiles and accessories being a major contributor to environmental damage.

Today we speak with Aisling Byrne, co-founder of Nuw, a clothes-swapping app built on community ideals. We open the conversation by taking a look at Nuw’s inception, as Aisling details the characteristics of fast fashion and why it’s so important to adopt a new model of fashion.

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Did you know that 99% of the things we buy are thrown away within 12 months of purchase? When it comes to pollution, the world is in a post-crisis state, and recycling alone won’t be enough to bring us out of it.

Yet, Stephen Clarke says that we can start taking achievable and cost-effective measures to reverse our damage. As the Head of Communications at TerraCycle and Loop Europe, Stephen argues that a zero-waste concept is the a...

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The vast majority of material resources are lost into landfill or leaked into the environment after consumption. Some companies see a real opportunity to bring together the biggest global brands across a variety of industries, using insights and data intelligence to understand the impact of materials throughout their lifecycle and create a more sustainable future.

Welcome back to Season 5 of Happy Porch Radio, which is concerned wi...

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Continuing our exciting exploration of the circular economy, we are joined by Ellekari Klaasse and Mariëlle van Hemert, the brains behind Circular Stories.

The organisation is a magazine and online platform for the sharing of inspiring stories of companies and individuals in the circular space.

Our guests see their role as connectors in the greater picture of circularity and by promoting these examples, they can help both the brand...

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Along with some of the other big problems with the fast fashion industry, the incredibly high volume of textile waste is a major one. These materials end up burned or buried, but there is one company here to rescue them, resurrecting an age-old model to try and solve it in a brand new way.

Today’s guest is Stephanie Benedetto, a corporate attorney turned fashion tech and sustainability entrepreneur. Stephanie is the Co-Founder of Q...

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In this episode of Happy Porch Radio, we speak with a circular economy pioneer and the co-founder of Circular IQ, Roy Vercoulen.

Circular IQ helps their customers to transition towards a restorative and regenerative circular economy through their digital platform and circularity programs.

One of their many successes includes having developed the CTI Tool for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, allowing businesse...

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The impact that the circular economy would have is so broad that no single conversation can quite cover its reach.

Today’s conversation with Craig Melson, Program Manager at techUK, touches on many topics, proving an excellent overview of how technology is moving us towards the circular economy.

We open by talking about Craig’s role and what techUK is doing to help the tech industry embrace more sustainable practices.

Craig then sh...

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Achieving sustainability requires that companies know what’s in their product, know their suppliers, and understand their direct and indirect environmental impact.

By digitising the life cycles of products and supply chains, iPoint is driving industry transparency and empowering business to achieve sustainability. T

Today we speak with iPoint CEO Joerg Walden about how digitising processes is a key step towards the circular economy...

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As-a-service business models align the priorities of the vendor and the customer, while also having the potential to drive sustainability and the circular economy. 

Today’s guest is Dave Mackerness, Customer Success Lead at Kaer, a firm based in Singapore that sells air conditioning as-a-service throughout Asia.

We talk to Dave about how Kaer has shifted to the as-a-service rubric and in so doing has baked sustainability and circul...

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 In circular economy terms, reverse logistics involves the collection of goods, transportation to a given location, and sorting prior to remanufacturing, refurbishing, reusing or recycling or failing that, disposal.

Today, we are joined by Paul McSweeney, who is the Founder and CEO of the ZeroNet, an app that allows households to simply and quickly donate unwanted items and have them collected right from their front door.

In this e...

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When many people think of the word ‘waste,’ something formless and brown springs to mind. Part of the struggle to eliminate waste is that the materials it consists of don’t have an identity.

Today we speak with Pablo van den Bosch, the co-founder of Madaster, a company that shows how valuable waste is by identifying its material components in the built environment.

After explaining Madaster’s role in advocating for the circular eco...

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Understanding waste as something valuable not only requires new systems but massive paradigm shifts too.

Today we talk to Maayke Damen about the work she is doing in this regard with her company, Excess Materials Exchange, a digital marketplace with the core goal of matching waste with its highest reuse assignation.

Maayke tells us about the research she began to do about taxing resources rather than labour and the potential this s...

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The move toward a more circular economy is contingent on many things – transparent supply chains being one of them.

Here to talk about how he is using technology such as blockchain to bring transparency and trusted data sharing to global supply chains is Jordi de Vos, Co-Founder of Circularise.

We kick things off with Jordi talking about the research that Circularise was born from before getting into the challenges of moving from l...

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The ultimate ‘out of sight, out of mind problem,’ when we throw something away, it seems to disappear into a magical space that sits apart from us and our responsibility.

Tom Passmore and Sophie Walker, founders of Dsposal, are using data to bridge this knowledge gap by showing people what happens to waste once we throw it away.

On this episode, We speak to Tom and Sophie about their journey in building Dsposal and their mission i...

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Carrying on our exploration of the circular economy, we are joined today by Lieke van Kerkhoven, the co-founder of FLOOW2, a sharing platform for healthcare and beyond.

Lieke had experience in the healthcare sector leading up to her work with FLOOW2, having worked across the Netherlands in different managerial positions after studying medicine.

In our conversation, we get the low down from Lieke about the last decade with FLOOW2, ...

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In this season we explore the role that our industry plays in the Circular Economy.  And here to jumpstart this conversation and prime us for the forthcoming episodes is Catherine Weetman, who literally wrote the book on the subject!

A Circular Economy Handbook for Business and Supply Chains details the lessons that Catherine has learned over the last ten years in the field and we get to hear all about her work, from the role of so...

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In this season we explore the role that our industry plays in the Circular Economy. We hear from multiple experts and inspiring people actually working on solutions to our biggest global environmental and social challenges.

This episode serves as an introduction to the season, a glossary of terms, and a chance for us to prepare for what is to come.

The circular economy describes an approach to production and consumption that is les...

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