An e-learning series discusses circularity

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The Incubation Network, Singapore, which is a partnership between The Circulate Initiative, New York City, and SecondMuse, alongside Resource Recycling Systems (RRS) Asia, have developed a free online video learning series, Circularity Concepts: Exploring Key Drivers of the Plastic Circular Economy. The series is designed to build awareness and knowledge of new and emerging issues, key policies and other strategic efforts for implementing sustainable recycling solutions to help organizations achieve the 2025 circular economy goals. with a focus on Southeast Asia and India, organizers said.

The five-part video series, with downloadable presentations, covers a range of topics designed to increase understanding of material issues and actions companies could consider to reduce plastic consumption or use alternative materials and business models. in the future. For example, one topic examines the current state and use of plastic credits in the region, while another examines reuse and refill strategies that can support the transition to a more circular economy.

“At a time when ocean plastics are predicted to quadruple by 2050, finding solutions to better manage and recover plastic waste is critical to the health of our oceans and communities,” says Anne Johnson, director and vice president of Ann Arbor, RRS based in Michigan. “The Incubation Network has designed this series with support from The Circulate Initiative to help organizations better understand the latest methods and technologies available to achieve sustainability goals as we move towards a circular economy.”

“Circularity Concepts will help open doors for innovation in the circular economy,” said Simon Baldwin, Singapore-based Global Head of Circularity at SecondMuse, which has offices around the world. “Beneath the belly of the plastic waste challenge in Asia lies a web of complex stakeholder, cultural and social structures that can be incredibly difficult to unpack on your own. This is where The Incubation Network comes in, to connect our community of changemakers with learning tools and resources such as circularity concepts to better identify pain points and map opportunities for better solutions. .

Umesh Madhavan, Research Director at The Circulate Initiative, adds: “The greatest impact comes from an ecosystem approach: companies, startups, investors and policy makers working together to develop circular economy solutions. To this end, we recognize the importance of filling knowledge gaps in the system to facilitate action. Drawing on our subject matter expertise and understanding of the circular plastic value chain, we helped The Incubation Network and RRS Asia identify priority topics for circularity concepts and sought to showcase the circular economy in action through practical and concrete examples.

Five modules are available:

Module 1 (16 minutes) – Setting the Stage for a Successful Circular Economy: EPR and Policy Developments in Asia looks at the role of politics in supporting the development of sustainable recycling systems and how Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) plays an important role in the process.

Module 2 (26 minutes) – Bioplastics and alternative materials: assessing the role of bioplastics in the circular economy examines the role of bioplastics, an alternative to petroleum-based plastics, and the key drivers that must work in harmony to realize the benefits of bioplastics as production continues to grow.

Module 3 (29 minutes) – Advanced recycling technologies and circular economy for plastics explore how Advanced Recycling Technologies (ART) work with more traditional mechanical recycling systems and the pros and cons of scaling these technologies from an environmental and financial perspective.

Module 4 (38 minutes) – Assess the opportunities and benefits of reuse and refill in a circular economy discusses different reuse and recharge models, its benefits, successful business models as well as emerging examples in Asia and beyond.

Module 5 (36 minutes) – Plastic Credits: Assessing the Opportunities and Benefits of Plastic Credits in a Circular Economy explore the challenges faced by companies integrating the plastic credit system into their own business ecosystems and how plastic credit systems could help or hinder the management of plastics in emerging markets, especially when it comes to to superimpose policy on EPR.

The concepts of circularity: exploring the main drivers of the plastic circular economy the modules are now available at www.circularityconcepts.org.

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