The Future Economy Network is happy to announce we will be co-hosting this event with The Stable Creative Hub. We will be joined by Arbor Architects and subscribers Loop Innovations and Resource Futures to speak about Circular Economy.
Emma Burlow, Head of Circular Economy at Resource Futures, will be discussing “Building a circular business”.
In this talk, Emma Burlow will offer an introduction to the circular economy, covering the basic principles and practice of circular business. She will explore the concept that redefines growth around maximising resource efficiency, reuse and minimising waste outputs. Lastly, she will share what a business with a circular business model actually looks like with practical examples of current and aspiring businesses.
Elly Deacon Smith, Director at Arbor Architects, will be discussing the circular economy in relation to the construction industry.
How can the circular economy be applied to the construction industry to help address the rapid depletion of raw materials and the vast amounts of waste and contaminated material the industry creates annually? Using case studies, we will look at how design can be more adaptable for future uses; how we can introduce schemes such as material passports to ensure the re-use of valuable building components and how we can create supply chain partnerships to turn ‘waste' into new resource. Crucially, we’ll demonstrate how applying circular economy principles to the built environment can help create healthier, smarter more resilient buildings that are better for the environment and better for people.
Connor Bryant, Co-Founder, Loop Innovations
Plastic pollution has captured the attention of the world and a significant amount of the media on the topic suggests that plastic as a material is the problem, but is this true? Is plastic evil or can it but used sustainably with a circular economy approach? Does going plastic-free actually make environmental sense?
07:45 - 08:00 - Registration
08:00 - 08:10 - Introduction from The Future Economy Network
08:10 - 08:25 – Resource Futures
08:25 - 08:40 - Arbor Architects
08:40 - 08:55 – Loop Innovations
08:55 - 09:05 - Q&A
09:05 - 09:10 - 60 Second Pitches
09:10 - 09:15 - Close
09:15 - 09:30 - Tour of The Stable
09:30 - 10:30 - Networking and breakfast
Get To Know Our Speakers!
Connor Bryant, Co-Founder, Loop Innovations
Connor is an industrial designer & sustainable entrepreneur creating products and systems for the circular economy. He co-founded Loop Innovations ltd, a sustainable design consultancy, alongside Jack Schneider, after they both graduated, from Loughborough University, with a first-class degree in product design and technology.
At Loop Innovations, Connor is working with other businesses to improve the sustainability of their products, processes, and systems of delivery. A key principle of the company is to promote closed-loop thinking by considering the entire life cycle of products - and to ensure that the solutions proposed make environmental sense.
Recently Loop, in partnership with Grist Environmental, has founded a new company called The Rubbish Project ltd. They are producing 100% recycled plastic cups and providing them to events including festivals alongside a closed-loop waste collection scheme. The cups are collected alongside other plastic waste from the event and recycled back into new cups. The cup is also carbon-neutral due to its lightweight low carbon design and carbon offsetting.
Through Loop & The Rubbish Project Connor works on a wide range of projects, from 3D printing furniture using plastic waste to educational recycling workshops for school children. The theme of his work is design for the circular economy.
Elly Deacon, Co-Founder, Arbor Architects
Elly has over 15 years experience working at the forefront of sustainable design and construction. Having spent the last 6 years as an associate at Architype; three times winner of the AJ100 Sustainable Practice of the Year, Elly has recently launched Arbor Architects in collaboration with Matt Hayes. The practice has a strong focus on using natural materials, creating tactile, enriching and healthy environments and ensuring materials can be easily reused or recycled at the end of their useful life.
Elly has extensive experience of delivering architecture with a low environmental impact; considering both embodied and operational carbon, as well as resource efficiency and regenerative design principles. She also has a strong focus on community design and works closely with her clients to create socially conductive neighbourhoods and holistically sustainable communities.
Emma Burlow, Head of Circular Economy, Resource Futures
Emma is one of the UK’s leading specialists on circular economy and resource efficiency in businesses. Having worked for 20 years in the resource efficiency sector, Emma has an excellent overview of how to manage projects of scale, alongside the detail of what drives engagement of businesses and successful transition to more circular business models.
Emma currently directs RF’s circular economy work in Scotland, delivered through the Zero Waste Scotland CE Business Support programme and is a technical assessor for WRAP Cymru’s Circular Economy Fund. She is currently working with Beko, on a white goods leasing trial and a major retailer on their plastics and packaging strategies.
Emma worked on the WRAP REBus project between 2014 and 2016. This project aimed to demonstrate how both large organisations and SMEs can transition to more circular business models across four key markets: electrical and electronic products, clothing and textiles, furniture and construction. The project focussed on the commercialisation of circular business models including leasing; rental; incentivised return, reuse, repair, refurbishment and remanufacturing for a wide range of manufacturing and service sector companies including Argos, Ikea, DHL, Sky and Beko as well as SMEs such as Alexandra Wood, Globechain and award-winning Premier Workplace Services.
This experience gives Emma a unique depth of understanding of the critical success factors for supporting businesses aiming to implement more circular business models, in particular, the importance of understanding the financial viability early on in the process, getting key partnerships right and understanding the marketplace.
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