Fairphone’s upgraded camera modules prove you don’t need a new phone to get the latest specs

With the launch of two new camera modules, Dutch social enterprise Fairphone has once again taken an innovative approach to smartphone longevity and sustainability. Starting today, the camera modules will be available separately, for current users, or in the upgraded version of the Fairphone 3 for new users: the Fairphone 3+. This achievement is the […]

Fostering a circular economy is critically important in terms of Ireland’s green recovery, says EPA

EPA publishes the National Waste Prevention Programme 2019 report highlighting activities and initiatives which support the transition to a circular economy in Ireland. Over €400,000 invested through Green Enterprise programme to support innovation and demonstration projects for the circular economy. CIRCULÉIRE, Ireland’s circular manufacturing platform, established – targeting 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and […]

The packaging free shops market is on the rise, now it’s time for policy measures to support it

Zero Waste Europe releases the first ever European study on the current state of play and potential growth for the packaging free shops market. As statistics show, every European inhabitant produces 173 kg of packaging waste every year (1). The only way to address this problem is with waste prevention measures that stop packaging waste […]

Retool for Climate Action this National Reuse Month

  National Reuse Month is taking place 1 – 31 October and presents opportunities for everyone throughout the country to learn new repair and reuse skills to help the environment. Prevention, reuse and repair are all ways to extend the lifespan of products like clothing and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Studies have found that […]

Just half of businesses understand the Circular Economy – Ibec survey

Just one in two businesses (51%) understand what is meant by the Circular Economy, with only 39% aware of EU initiatives to drive sustainable change, according to a survey conducted by Ibec in association with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). More encouragingly, half the respondents (49%) acknowledged that moving to a more circular economy presents […]

Tipperary Green Business Network hosts seminar on Moving Toward a Circular Economy

Tipperary Green Business Network hosted a morning seminar on Moving Toward a Circular Economy on Wednesday 17th October in the Horse & Jockey Hotel, Thurles. The event took place as part of National Reuse Month which ran throughout October. The event was kindly sponsored by Ryan’s Cleaning and their CEO, Pat Ryan, gave an insight […]

Moving Toward A Circular Economy Seminar in Horse and Jockey

The linear “take-make-dispose” economic model is no longer sustainable. Continued use of finite resources, climate change and demographic changes make it harder for businesses to provide the products and services necessary for a well-functioning economy. Successful circular initiatives reduce dependence on dwindling natural resources and creates value for businesses and their stakeholders, as well as […]

Recycling creates opportunities to capture value from waste and move to a circular economy

While Ireland has made progress in improving recycling and recovery levels, further progress is needed to protect the environment, meet incoming EU regulations and facilitate the move to a circular economy in Ireland. 68% of waste packaging generated in 2015 was recycled. This exceeds the current EU target (55%) but the proposed EU target – […]

Southern Region Waste Management Office says New Household Waste Collection Charging Arrangements will boost the Circular Economy

The Southern Region Waste Management Office (SRWMO) has welcomed the Household Waste Collection Charging Arrangements announced by the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten. The policy provides for a more flexible framework for waste collection charges and will further enhance the capacity of all stakeholders to reach the targets set down in the […]

Cashel bids to become Ireland’s First ‘Zero Waste’ Community

Cashel in County Tipperary is bidding to become Ireland’s first ‘zero waste’ community following in the footsteps of over 200 towns and cities worldwide, including San Francisco and Ljubljana, which have embraced the principle. VOICE, an environmental charity specialising in waste and the circular economy, has joined forces with the Southern Regional Waste Management Office […]