Feature Guest Expert : Catherine Weetman (UK)We were delighted to meet with renowned speaker, university lecturer, facilitator, author and expert in Circular Economies, Catherine Weetman based in the UK this month. In her book A Circular Economy Handbook for Business and Supply Chains, Weetman outlines how growing global consumption presents fantastic business opportunities, but these are blocked by our current linear systems (take some materials, make a product, use it and then throw it away) – we are depleting our ressources and overloading the living systems we depend on. The circular economy unlocks this problem by decoupling resources from consumption. Engaged businesses are re-thinking product design, material choices, business models and supply chains. Weetman’s book is a must-read for anyone who wants to apply the circular economy today. You can purchase a copy of the book here: A Circular Economy Handbook for Business and Supply Chains. Furthermore, LUP is very excited to be able to bring to you a six part series featuring Weetman in our upcoming newsletters/blogs with this inspiring expert on circular economies, highlighting a different topic each month. To begin the series this month, we would like to firstly introduce the concept of circular economies with Weetman’s 2017 talk at the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) in the UK : Our special thanks to CILT in the UK as well for providing the video content.
New ListingsPlastic Wheel Covers (Australia) In other news, last month we had a listing for some plastic wheel covers in Australia which were previously ending up in landfill. We are delighted to advise that our clients were able to find a solution for the 100 to 150 tonnes per annum of this plastic waste extremely quickly to re-purpose these, officially closing the loop and avoiding landfill. LUP was also able to source a few potential buyers that could take them, which highlights strong market demand for recycled plastics Bread Waste (Australia & Netherlands) Between March and April this year, we had previously listed bread waste available across Australia (in aggregate to over 10,000 tonnes per annum) which LUP had found potential buyers for. The challenge however, was the inability to find a viable logistical solution to transport the bread from various dispersed locations across the country within the limited life span before it would turn mouldy to the buyers. Through our discussions with our feature guest expert Weetman this month, Weetman highlighted an alternate solution for bread waste currently being utilised in the Netherlands, Europe for the issue of transporting bread waste to avoid landfill. The use of anaerobic bread waste bins, which composts the bread into fertiliser or to generate biogas. The bins also helped tackle the country’s rodent issue.
report, with the average citizen throwing out 9.2kg worth per year.” More information can be found in the Guardian newspaper article from June 2017 by clicking here.