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The show that shows up the limitations of the linear economic model
Explore the many dimensions of what a circular economy means.

THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY PODCAST explores the many dimensions of what a circular economy means and meets the people making it happen. Each week our hosts are joined by experts from across industry, governments and academia to learn more about how the circular economy is being developed and scaled.

For example, there are significant material, energy, labour and carbon savings to be made by reusing, rather than remaking, a product. How does this work in business? And how does it fit into a circular economy? In episode #101, Colin Webster from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation speaks to José Manuel Moller from Algramo about the role of reuse in household shopping, and to architect Nitesh Magdani about reuse in the built environment.


More Australians paying to recycle (ABC News)
Unwanted goods that can’t be included in kerbside recycling are being collected by a pick-up service that re-purposes unwanted clothes. Micahel Elias from Upparel, says the popularity of the user-pay recycling service shows that consumers are wanting to reduce waste. And he notes that waste industry insiders say a rethink of the garbage collection system is needed.


Teaching how to repair
Repair Café International (RCI) is trying to teach more people how to repair. 
A teaching package for organising repair lessons in primary schools is available online.
RCI also provides other educational initiatives,
such as the teaching materials offered by the American project Culture of Repair.

Recycle old clothes

H&M has recycling boxes in all clothing stores around the world. All clothes and textiles are welcome – from all brands and in any condition.
Drop off your unwanted textiles to any H&M store in the garment-collecting box — usually next to the cash desks, and you’ll be rewarded with a 15% off voucher that you can use on your next purchased item.
In the Hunter recycling collection boxes are located at the following stores: Charlestown (picture at left), Kotara,  and East Maitland.

>>> What happens to the collected items? 
Once you’ve put your old clothes in the garment-collecting box, H&Ms business partner I:CO takes over. They collect the boxes, and then sort the contents into three categories: 

REWEAR — Clothing that can be worn again is marketed worldwide as second-hand goods. 
REUSE — Textiles that are no longer suitable to wear are made into other products, such as remake collections or cleaning cloths. 
RECYCLE — Textiles that can’t be reused get a new chance as textile fibres, or are used to manufacture products such as damping and insulating materials for the auto industry. 

MMM … Issue 36, February – March 2023