A regenerative ‘Circular Economy’ includes more localisation of economic activity

Posted Posted in Economics, Environment, Local economies, Recycling, Sustainability, Transition, Waste

The Circular Economy is advocated to replace and address the social and environmental damage done by the current ‘Linear Economy’ with its ‘take, make, dispose’ model, depleting finite reserves to create products that end up in landfill or in incinerators. It achieves its objectives through long-lasting design, maintenance, repair, reuse, remanufacturing, refurbishing, and recycling – reducing waste to zero. Some […]

Environmental, economic, social and ethical reasons for a different approach to waste disposal

Posted Posted in City council, Council, Devolution, Economy, Environment, Localisation, Low carbon, Planning, Protest, Recycling, Social Enterprise, Transition, Waste

. In this country and abroad Veolia’s services are being dispensed with for environmental, economic, social and ethical reasons. The City Council is considering what to do when its 25 year contract with waste giant Veolia expires in 2018. . John Newson (BFOE) writes: . “The Council will become in 2018 the owner of the largest emitter in Birmingham of […]

Could Birmingham learn from Belfast?

Posted Posted in City council, Co-operatives, Economy, Employee ownership, Employment, Energy, Finance, Food, Housing, Local economies, Local government, Recycling, Social Enterprise, Transition

Former World Bank economist Dr. Zaidi Sattar, Chairman of the Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh asked, “Can social business rescue capitalism from its internal destructive forces?” The question and his proposal was repeated on this site in January. Extract The suggested cornerstone is social business, with a commercially viable business model that pays its way while solving a social problem, […]

Proximity Principle 2

Posted Posted in Books and articles, Devolution, Economy, Energy, Localisation, Manufacturing, Recycling

 The Irish Foundation for Sustainable Economics [FEASTA] recently published Fleeing Vesuvius, Overcoming the Risks of Economic and Environmental Collapse.  In one chapter, architect Emer O’Siochru [pictured below] proposes that different activities should be situated beside each other to be more energy and carbon efficient.  . “In the shadow or shelter of each other, live the people” – old Irish saying.  […]