A free online video learning series called Circularity Concepts: Exploring Key Drivers of the Plastic Circular Economy has been created by Resource Recycling Systems (RRS) Asia and The Incubation Network, Singapore, which is a collaboration between The Circulate Initiative, New York City, and SecondMuse. The series, with an emphasis on Southeast Asia and India, is intended to increase awareness and knowledge of new and emerging concerns, important regulations, and other strategic activities for implementing sustainable recycling solutions to help enterprises fulfill 2025 circular economy targets.
The five-part video series, which includes presentations that can be downloaded, covers a range of subjects intended to increase understanding of material issues and potential steps businesses might take to reduce their use of plastic or switch to alternative materials and business models in the future.
For instance, one article examines the region’s existing plastic credits situation and usage, while another examines reuse and refill tactics that can aid in the shift to a more circular economy.
“Finding solutions to better manage and recover waste plastics is vital to the health of our oceans and communities at a time when there are some forecasts that ocean plastics will double by 2050,” says Anne Johnson, principal and vice president at Ann Arbor, Michigan-based RRS. With the cooperation of The Circulate Initiative, The Incubation Network created this series to “assist organizations in better understanding the most cutting-edge approaches and technology available to achieve sustainability goals as we move toward a circular economy.”
Simon Baldwin, the global head of circularity at SecondMuse, which has offices all over the world and is located in Singapore, believes that Circularity Concepts will assist to pave the way for innovation in the circular economy. For the circularity model to work most efficiently recycling technologies such as Melt Filters can be used for recycling plastics fast and efficient. Underneath Asia’s plastic garbage problem is a web of intricate stakeholder, cultural, and societal institutions that can be very challenging to disentangle on your own. The Incubation Network steps in at this point to connect our community of changemakers with educational tools and resources like Circularity Concepts in order to more accurately pinpoint problems and plot potential directions for better solutions.
“The greatest impact comes from an ecosystem approach—corporates, entrepreneurs, investors, and politicians working together to build circular economy solutions,” adds Umesh Madhavan, research director at The Circulate Initiative.
To this aim, we understand how critical it is to close systemic knowledge gaps in order to encourage action. We assisted The Incubation Network and RRS Asia in choosing priority themes for Circularity Concepts by drawing on our subject matter knowledge and understanding of the circular plastic value chain. We also attempted to use practical, real-world examples to demonstrate the circular economy in action.