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Waste = resources

| July 31, 2010 | 0 Comments

With waste an effective dead-zone of profit, one company’s waste can be another company’s resource stream. Wastivity is essentially an industrial trash and treasure, where producers of waste can cost effectively find buyers in order to avoid waste to landfill. Buyers, in turn, can drastically reduce their direct procurement costs by purchasing ‘waste’ as an input […]

The dawn of the sixth wave

| July 11, 2010 | 1 Comments

Global investment firm Allianz Global Investors has released a report suggesting the recent financial crisis could herald the start of the sixth Kondratiev wave – a wave in which the key is a increase in resource and energy productivity. The report describes a structural change in economy called “Eco-Trends”, and argues that growth will be […]

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Community solar

| June 9, 2010 | 2 Comments

Grist: A city in Washington State has found a way around the problem that stops most people from installing solar panels on their houses – cost. Ellensburg is launching its own community solar ‘garden’. Rather than cough up the estimated US$30,000 to install their own solar panels, residents are being asked to pay what they […]

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Farming wind

| April 22, 2010 | 0 Comments

ABC Radio National’s Bush Telegraph: Farmers are always on the lookout for innovative ways to diversify their income and the movement of air across their properties is a tempting revenue earner. One wind turbine can earn hundreds of thousands of dollars every year, but farmers are likely to see about one tenth of that figure. […]

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Outfits for rent

| March 11, 2010 | 0 Comments

The clothes might maketh the man, but they also make an enormous amount of waste. We buy an expensive outfit, and usually it only gets worn a few times a year and hangs in the closet the rest of the time, representing a substantial waste of money and resources. But pop songstress Lily Allen is […]