One of the problems with bulky items like beds and mattresses is that they are difficult to recycle. They also usually contain lots of toxic materials - probably far more than we realise. So items like mattresses for example are often abandoned (as in the picture), at the side of the road, usually ending up in landfill. Where they become a risk to human health and the … [Read more...] about Subscribing to a circular mattress?
The Circular Economy
Most rented properties include ‘white goods’. Washing machines, ovens, fridges, tumble dryers. They are an essential part of living today. But they can also be a hassle. Appliances break down. Tenants get annoyed. There are arguments about who is responsible and about getting replacements. Wouldn’t it be nice if that was all outsourced? White goods as a service? We have … [Read more...] about A better way to deal with white goods and appliances in rented properties?
Last week I wrote about the circular economy, how it can help our planet and how landlords can help. One of the ideas put forward on the circular economy site is a different way to provide services. Rather than buy a thing. use it and throw it away - why not buy the service itself and allow the providers of the service to provide the 'things'? What do I mean by … [Read more...] about Light as a service in rented properties
Do you remember Ellen MacArthur the 'round the world' yachtswoman? She retired from professional sailing in 2010 and launched the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. This is a charity which works to accelerate our transition to a circular economy. So what is a circular economy? It is what we need long term to survive. There are three principles: Design out waste and … [Read more...] about Landlords and the Circular Economy