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 bolster awareness and knowledge of new and emerging issues, key policies and other strategic efforts for implementing sustainable recycling solutions to help organizations meet 2025 circular economy goals with a focus on Southeast Asia and India, the organizers say.
The five-part video series, with downloadable presentations, covers a series of topics designed to grow understanding of material issues and actions companies might consider to reduce their consumption of plastic or to use alternative materials and business models moving forward. For example, one topic reviews the current state and use of plastic credits in the region, while another looks at reuse and refill strategies that can support transition toward a more circular economy.
“At a time when there are some projections that ocean plastics will quadruple by 2050, finding solutions to better manage and recover waste plastics is critical to the health of our oceans and communities,” says Anne Johnson, principal and vice president at Ann Arbor, Michigan-based RRS. “The Incubation Network designed this series with the support of The Circulate Initiative to help organizations better understand the latest methods and technologies available to reach sustainability goals as we move toward a circular economy.”
“Circularity Concepts will help to open doors for circular economy innovation,” Simon Baldwin, the Singapore-based global head of circularity at SecondMuse, which has offices globally. “Beneath the underbelly of Asia’s plastic waste challenge is a web of complex stakeholder, cultural and social structures that can be incredibly difficult to unpack alone. This is where The Incubation Network comes in, to connect our community of changemakers with learning tools and resources like Circularity Concepts to better identify pain points and map out opportunities for better solutions.”
Umesh Madhavan, research director at The Circulate Initiative, adds, “The greatest impact comes from an ecosystem approach—corporates, startups, investors and policymakers working together to develop circular economy solutions. To this end, we recognize the importance of addressing knowledge gaps in the system to facilitate action. Drawing on our subject matter expertise and understanding of the circular plastic value chain, we supported The Incubation Network and RRS Asia in identifying priority topics for Circularity Concepts and sought to showcase the circular economy in action through practical, real-world examples.”
Five modules are available:
Module 1 (16 minutes) – Setting the Stage for a Successful Circular Economy: EPR and Policy Developments in Asia takes a look at the role of policy in supporting the development of sustainable recycling systems and how extended producer responsibility (EPR) plays a significant role in the process.
Module 2 (26 minutes) – Bioplastics and Alternative Materials: Evaluating 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 a Circular Economy for Plastics explores how advanced recycling technologies (ARTs) work alongside more traditional mechanical recycling systems and the pros and cons of scaling these technologies from an environmental and financial standpoint.
Module 4 (38 minutes) – Evaluating the Opportunities and Benefits of Reuse & Refill in a Circular Economy discusses the different models of reuse and refill, its benefits, successful business models as well as examples emerging in Asia and beyond.
Module 5 (36 minutes) – Plastic Credits: Evaluating the Opportunities and Benefits of Plastic Credits in a Circular Economy explores the challenges faced by companies incorporating the plastic credit system into their own corporate ecosystems and the way plastic credit systems could help or hinder the management of plastics in emerging markets, particularly when it comes to overlaying policy on EPR.
The Circularity Concepts: Exploring Key Drivers of the Plastic Circular Economy modules are now available at www.circularityconcepts.org.