This new report, commissioned by Samsung, explores the concept of future living and how fast-moving advances in technology and engineering, such as the Internet of Things, could revolutionise the way we live.
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation recently launched Circulate, an online location for news and thought-leadership on the circular economy and related subjects. The website is designed to provide a central location for information and news on circular economy related topics.
This article explores the limitations of the waste hierarchy for achieving absolute reductions in material throughput in the economy. The waste hierarchy is an established rule of thumb for waste management and prioritises waste prevention over reuse, recycling, incineration, and landfill. The authors describe the origins of the waste hierarchy and compare its original aims with its current use. It is found that the waste hierarchy can serve to minimise landfill but may not always lead to the best environmental outcome.