Preventing waste generation, especially non-recyclable waste, would deliver the greatest benefits for the environment. The reduction in waste needed to meet the target would require very ambitious waste prevention measures to be implemented at both EU and Member State levels, for instance by increasing the lifespan of consumer goods and ensuring strong support for product reuse.
All in all there is an active ecosystem of mutually re-enforcing and dependent commons and cooperative actors that are building products and services aiming to be more inclusive, that are produced following shared knowledge and participatory processes, with governance models that foster participation by workers and/or users. In many cases the economy and salaries are still fragile, but participants work hard to consolidate their projects, despite the fact that most institutions and support systems are catered for a capitalist mode of production. All in all, there is an alternative vision emerging, one that tells that yes, we can do it together, without excluding others from using, reusing and participating. One that puts the people truly in the centre and builds on shared missions, on people and planet before profit. Key will be to build further institutional support and strengthen interlocal and international collaboration, replication and reuse and co-development of needed infrastructures, services and mutual support.
Our mission is the transition to a collaborative and circular consumption of electronics
Desde el Grupo de Reutilización y Redistribución de Recursos queremos convertir los recursos materiales en desuso (RMD) en oportunidades que proporcionar a las iniciativas de interés público e incentivar a la administración pública a desarrollar buenas prácticas para la gestión eficiente de los recursos. Creemos en la necesidad de construir masa crítica y empoderamiento para la gestión de recursos, en las prácticas cooperativas y colaborativas, en la gestión compartida y en el retorno al común.
It is common to describe our relationships with society, the world, and the biosphere with metaphors from economics, which has specific understandings of value. With regard to the biosphere, today’s prevailing economics conventions are unable to recognize intrinsic value to the ecosystems on which all life depends. In cultures overdetermined by concepts from economics, we are left without adequate discursive instruments to socially or politically address the importance of the work of the biosphere.
The Life Support System experiment consists of 1 square meter of wheat, cultivated artificially in a closed environment. All inputs such as water, light, heat, and nutrients are measured, monitored and displayed for the public. This one square meter unit of Life Support System is capable of furnishing 1 day’s worth of necessary caloric nutrition for one human adult every 4 months. To feed a single human adult all year would require approximately 100 such units running concurrently. This procedure makes palpable the orders of magnitude, of material and energy flows, that are required to reproduce human nutritional requirements in closed or artificial environments, in contrast to outdoor agriculture on arable land. This indoor farm experiment is a counter-example which points to the vastness of the ecosystem contributions involved in conventional agriculture, that defy conventional economic reductionism.
By attempting to grow, in a closed environment, a staple food like wheat, which has historically provided the greatest proportion of necessary caloric intake for humans in Europe, this experiment provides a sense of scale of ecosystem contributions that are poorly acknowledged under the current economic conventions. The empirical “true-cost estimates” obtained through this indoor experiment are about 200€ per kilogram of wheat, an extravagant cost compared to the 15 cent per kilogram current market price. Though Hydroponics can be used for certain plants, for necessary caloric nutrition there is as yet no economically justifiable replacement for conventional agriculture embedded radically and immanently in the biosphere.
We’re a Berlin-based impact and tech startup that aims to accelerate the transformation towards a circular economy. To achieve this, our team digitizes and simplifies circular services and processes with our software platform and partnership options – for electronics and other products.
In “Marx’s Theory of Metabolic Rift” (1999), I argued that the widespread view on the left that Marx had adopted a Promethean (extreme productivist) view of the human domination of nature—and hence had failed to perceive the natural limits to production and ecological contradictions in general, giving them at most only marginal attention—was contradicted by his theory of the metabolic rift, which played a key role in his overall analysis.
The CDP bureau includes three policy units: International Cyberspace Security, International Information and Communications Policy, and Digital Freedom. Ultimately, the bureau will be led by a Senate-confirmed Ambassador-at-Large. Starting today, Jennifer Bachus, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, is serving as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the CDP bureau. PDAS Bachus will serve as Senior Bureau Official until an Ambassador-at-Large is confirmed. Michele Markoff is serving as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Cyberspace Security, Stephen Anderson is serving as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Information and Communications Policy, and Blake Peterson is serving as Acting Digital Freedom Coordinator.
The New European Bauhaus initiative connects the European Green Deal to our daily lives and living spaces. It calls on all Europeans to imagine and build together a sustainable and inclusive future that is beautiful for our eyes, minds, and souls.
The New European Bauhaus is a creative and transdisciplinary movement in the making!
It is a bridge between the world of science and technology, art and culture.
It is about leveraging our green and digital challenges to transform our lives for the better.
It is an invitation to address complex societal problems together through co-creation.
By creating bridges between different backgrounds, cutting across disciplines and building on participation at all levels, the New European Bauhaus inspires a movement to facilitate and steer the transformation of our societies along three inseparable values:
sustainability, from climate goals, to circularity, zero pollution, and biodiversity
aesthetics, quality of experience and style, beyond functionality
inclusion, from valuing diversity, to securing accessibility and affordability
The New European Bauhaus brings citizens, experts, businesses, and institutions together to reimagine sustainable living in Europe and beyond. In addition to creating a platform for experimentation and connection, the initiative supports positive change also by providing access to EU funding for beautiful, sustainable, and inclusive projects.
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This toolbox contains eight tools that guide you through a circular innovation process and provide you with the resources you need along the way.
This is a resource for companies and organizations who want to work more creatively and collaboratively in their team or organization towards circularity.
The methods are divided into three categories:
Exploring the problem space
(Co)-creating new circular solutions
Making the future concrete
Each tool has step-by-step process guides and is free of charge. Some of the tools are unique to our methodology, and some are borrowed from other organizations.
We’ve put together this toolkit through inputs from partners and engaged individuals. Our goal is to keep developing the toolkit, so the next step is to test the tools and the order of use with businesses and organizations. We’ll keep updating the kit with new knowledge.
We believe in a future where our clothes are loved again, live as long as possible and preserve a piece of history - where they are 'passed on' from generation to generation, recycled or even upgraded. We facilitate optimised textile cycles that protect our environment, that encourage a new and sustainable understanding of values, and that give us joy - in the often unexpected ways we can reuse our clothes.
Extending the use and life of our clothing is the best way to reduce the environmental impact of textiles. Our goal is to reach as many people as possible and encourage them to help shape our textile future.
Together we can create a cycle by donating our clothes properly, repairing them and making new from old. In this way, used or unused garments gain new value again and again and can continue their journey - A-GAIN & A-GAIN
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A 6º BaixaCharla tratou de “Tecnodiversidade”, primeira obra publicada no Brasil por Yuk Hui, filósofo da tecnologia, atualmente professor da Universidade da Cidade de Hong Kong. Lançada em 2020 pela Ubu, o livro reúne alguns dos principais textos recentes (de 2017 pra cá) em que Hui debate tecnologia, política, filosofia, ecologia e inteligência artificial com ênfase no que ele chama de “cosmotécnicas”, tecnologias desenvolvidas em contextos locais e particulares que poderiam conter saídas para a atual crise ecológica, política e social do planeta.
Leonardo Foletto, editor do BaixaCultura, conversou com Pedro Telles da Silveira, que atualmente realiza estágio de pós-doutoramento FAPESP na Unicamp.
Can the Global South rediscover its own cosmotechnics and technological thought, and thereby give new direction to technological development in general?
Do we end up in a position where a critique of technology functions as part of the same technological system — i.e., where criticism becomes just another piece of input, another feedback loop programmed into the machinery? If we really think cybernetically, when we repair or upgrade a machine, program, or mechanism, are we not also becoming a part of the machinery, an instrument for its improvement?
Yes, according to what we call second-order cybernetics, humans and machines are connected in a recursive movement, which becomes an instance of what Hegel calls a master-slave dialectic.
Open Schooling is an approach which takes on relevant local and global challenges; it can contribute to community development, and promote an active global citizenship attitude. For students it offers the opportunity to learn together in the real world, and widens their horizons to learn from people other than their teachers.
Last week, three years of arguing with industry finally paid off, as the European standard EN45554 was published. This official document with an unexciting name details ”general methods for the assessment of the ability to repair, reuse and upgrade energy-related products.” In plain English, it’s a standard for measuring how easy it is to repair stuff. It’s also a huge milestone for the fight for fair repair.