How biorecycling can turn plastics into a raw resource again

Just 9% of the world’s plastics waste is recycled, yet plastics have a wide range of applications – from packaging to cars and textiles. Making plastics part of the circular economy will be vital to worldwide efforts aimed at tackling climate change. Carbios has developed a PET plastics biorecycling plant that enables the material to … Read more

How Social Entrepreneurs in Africa are building inclusive health solutions

The lack of access to inclusive medical health services in rural Africa is not only a medical issue – it’s a social issue. Data-driven, community-based social entrepreneurs have an important role to play in closing the gap. Enabling social entrepreneurs to bring their innovations to healthcare-deprived communities will lead to the creation of a long-lasting … Read more

How EVs are the new frontier of China’s rural economy

Tesla cars are already popular in China’s megacities, but rural areas remain a largely untapped market for electric vehicles (EVs). Panzhiga village has earned the nickname ‘Tesla village’ thanks to a large uptake of the EVs after a surge in tourism. However, more needs to be done to encourage to increase adoption outside of urban … Read more

5 unusual waste products recycled into something new

Global waste generation is expected to increase by over 70% by 2050, according to the World Bank. Experts say transitioning to a more circular economy can reduce waste and save oceans and ecosystems from plastics contamination. Here are 5 companies that have come up with innovative ways to re-use and recycle waste. The global waste … Read more

Investing in trade finance can be profitable and help SMEs thrive

The trade finance gap has reached $ 1.7 trillion and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are disproportionately affected. New technology can enable the transformation of trade finance assets into profitable capital market products. A multistakeholder approach is needed to ensure SMEs have greater access to affordable trade finance. Trade constitutes the backbone of every economy … Read more

7 lifestyle habits which can halve your risk of dementia

More than 55 million people live with dementia, and it is one of the biggest causes of death and disability worldwide. Research shows a healthy lifestyle can cut the chances of getting dementia, even for people whose genes put them at increased risk. Scientists have shown 7 healthy habits seem to stop up to 43% … Read more

Degrowth – what’s behind the economic theory and why does it matter right now?

Degrowth is a radical economic theory born in the 1970s. It broadly means shrinking rather than growing economies, to use less of the world’s dwindling resources. Detractors of degrowth say economic growth has given the world everything from cancer treatments to indoor plumbing. Supporters argue that degrowth doesn’t mean “living in caves with candles” – … Read more

What can UK businesses do to weather the economic storm?

Rising energy costs, COVID-19, Brexit and supply chain disruptions have contributed to a continuing deterioration of economic conditions in the United Kingdom. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are disproportionately affected, with businesses in ‘critical financial distress’ having risen by 19% so far in 2022. New research suggests that quick attempts to save or raise money, … Read more

How the circular economy can help combat climate change

In a circular economy, products can be used again and again. This reduces our use of precious raw materials and cuts CO2 emissions. Circular economy initiatives include the Circulars Accelerator, an innovation program run in collaboration with the World Economic Forum. The way we live now is using 60% more resources than the Earth can … Read more

We need purpose-driven entrepreneurs to fight climate change

The planet is facing one of its most important challenges to get to net-zero emissions by 2050. Start-ups and Venture Capitalists (VCs) are adapting their missions towards planet-positive goals. Rather than focusing on building local entrepreneurial ecosystems, we must collaborate globally and unite our efforts to provide not only capital, but also mentors, policies and … Read more