The Circular Economy

What is the Circular Economy?

The term ‘circular economy’ was brought to prominence by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation when it launched in 2010. It consolidates various schools of thought that  have been around since the 1970s, including ‘cradle to cradle’, ‘biomimicry’, ‘industrial ecology’, ‘regenerative design’ and ‘,natural capitalism to name just a few. It is now one of the hottest of hot topics in corporate sustainability and CSR, with an avalanche of conferences, reports and guidance devoted to the subject. It’s clearly neither a fad, nor science fiction – it’s an idea whose  time has come

-Cracking the Circular Challenge

by the Bioregional Group

The European Union Has embraced the move

The European Union has created a set of  circular economy objectives and tools for EU companies.

The New Plastic Economy

The New plastic Economy group hosted by the Ellen McCathur Foundation  is specifically by and for plastic industry stakeholders. They have produced a commitment, with these signatories and report annually about momentum toward a circular economy in plastics. Here is the 2017 report

How New Hope Energy Participates

New Hope Energy  was conceived  to participate in the Circular Economy  We take materials that were once considered plastic waste headed to a landfill, and restore or regenerate  it by converting it into materials useful as feedstock by resin companies, replacing new resin they would have commissioned from oil. We also regenerate plastic by returning it to a petro-product form that replaces oil that does not have be pulled from the ground, and in some cases refined fuel products.  This significantly reduces green house gas emissions that would have been created making new products.

ISO 14001

ISO 14000, ISO 14001, ISO 14002, ISO 14003, and ISO 14004  are standards for environmental management Systems (EMS). They  use the  Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) as frameworks.  They help organizations comply with regulations and commitments. 

New Hope Energy can take some wastes identified in this process and turn it into inputs, helping to close the loop in your circular economy

NHE is a missing link in your circular partnerships

Our Unique feestocks, products, and business models make it so we we may  be the link that locks your end of life products back to your feedstock inputs  for your plastic products.

Invite us into your circular network

Tells  about your group, so we can see where we can link up  to your  partnerships

We make everyone around us better

When you give us your waste as feedstock, we can produce material usable for your next  product design. This makes the whole business network better

come, let's gather together and figure it out

Contact us, If you are in the plastics  or petro products, let's understand each others business. It may make both of us better, more competitive, more efficient.

Circular Economy Principles

This is a circular partnerships case study. Vanderlande and SEW Eurodrive conceived, designed built,and  managed the product life cycle of this product  in circular rather than Linear way

New Plastics Economy, a collaborative initiative to rethink  how we produce use and recover plastic. We work on the recovery part of that cycle.

REScom  or Resource Conservative Manufacturing, at tool for  bring product end item manufacturing into a circular economy

SMEs (Small to Medium Enterprise) can  use fewer raw materials, and draw much of what they do need from recycled materials . Material Flow Analysis, Eco Design, Reverse Logistics are some tools to move SMEs into circular economies