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23 December 2014

Circular economy: the top five stories of 2014

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This year’s most-read circular economy stories featured edible water bottles, groceries without the packaging and Scotland’s solution for recycling nappies.

In a recent Guardian Sustainable Business survey, readers identified the circular economy as one of the hottest sustainability topics for 2015. From Scotland to Japan, coffee to shallots, here’s what was most read in 2014. Take this quiz to put your circular economy knowledge to the test and find out what you’ve learned over the last 12 months.

1. Berlin duo launch a supermarket with no packaging

Shrink-wrapped shallots and polystyrene-packed peppers are a thing of the past at Original Unverpackt, a German concept store selling groceries without the packaging.

2. Ex-Starbucks entrepreneur wants you to eat your coffee

By making it possible to eat coffee cherries, startup Coffee Flour aims to reduce waste and create a new food source.

3. Waste-free, Willy Wonka packaging is coming but are consumers ready for it?

From edible water bottles to yoghurt encased in fruit-flavoured skins, the packaging industry is getting creative, but psychological barriers persist.

4. Scotland’s sustainable solution for recycling disposable nappies

After the success of a kerbside pick-up scheme, two recycling firms aim to deal with the mountain of used nappies.

5. Japan’s disposable home culture is an environmental and financial headache

Fifteen years after being built, the average home in Japan is worth nothing, creating a perverse market where construction is booming without the number of home increasing.

Source: The Guardian: Circular economy: the top five stories of 2014, 23. 12. 2014

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