July 14th, 2013
marizannek
April 29th, 2013
greenfuturist

greenfuturist:

We need to move from a system of waste to a system of reuse—an economy that’s a circle and not a line. Some businesses are getting closer to this ideal than others. Since the Industrial Revolution, humanity’s use of natural resources has been basically the same: take, make, throw away. The World Bank’s predictions for global waste generation are chastening: on current trends it will double between now and 2025 to 6.5 million tons of solid waste every day. For sure, we are better at using virgin resources more efficiently while second-hand markets and recycling rates have both improved. But this hasn’t altered the fundamentals. Many companies’ business models are not set up to do much else than earn money from volume. The fact that few businesses are vertically integrated makes it more difficult for businesses to reform the model for “closed” product loops even if their CEOs want to. When you add to this the OECD’s estimate of an extra two billion middle class consumers before 2030, commodity price volatility and new environmental regulations, you start to see the scale of the challenge. The good news, though, is that circular economy thinking—building an economy that doesn’t create waste—can make business-sense.

(via 5 Business Models That Are Driving The Circular Economy | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation)

April 8th, 2013
futuristgerd
March 9th, 2013
marizannek

All eyes on the sharing economy
economist.com

Collaborative consumption: Technology makes it easier for people to rent items to each other. But as it grows, the “sharing economy” is hitting roadblocks.

Reblogged from futuramb's crumbs
January 19th, 2013
greenfuturist
So don’t be too shocked if something as insanely impractical as the C’SEED 201-inch home theater behemoth becomes ubiquitous. The Porsche-designed outdoor TV screen, billed by C’SEED as the world’s largest, features a high-resolution display comprised of 725,000 LEDs all working synchronously to project as much as 4.4 trillion colors at 5000 nits of brightness.

‘World’s biggest TV’ designed by Porsche [video] | SmartPlanet

Gerd adds: talk about ‘Obsession with MORE’ — digital obesity here we come!!

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January 15th, 2013
futuristgerd
November 30th, 2012
futuristgerd