circular economy

A circular economy is a regenerative system in which resource input and waste, emission, and energy leakage are minimised by slowing, closing, and narrowing material and energy loops. This can be achieved through long-lasting design, maintenance, repair, reuse, remanufacturing, refurbishing, and recycling. This is contrast to a linear economy which is a 'take, make, dispose' model of production.

 

Project

28-06-2019

REFLOW

REFLOW is a three year European research project into the flow of materials through our cities.

 

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Where would we be without plastic? The Social Tech Tour visited vanPlestik, that uses 100% recycled plastic for 3D printer filament.

 

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The first stop of the Social Tech Tour tour brought us to OneFarm at A Lab in the North of Amsterdam. Isabella reports.

 

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The Social Tech Tour is a series of site visits to innovative, tech-enabled social enterprises. This edition we'll visit Fairfood.

 

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The Social Tech Tour is a series of site visits to innovative, tech-enabled social enterprises. This edition we'll visit vanPlestik.

 

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No lack of attention for the people of our TextileLab. They are now featured in a video of circular platform Circl in Amsterdam.

 

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Students of the Master Industrial Design (MID) programme at the KABK have followed a BioPlastics workshop in the Waag.

 

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In this trash hacking workshop on 29 November we will try to recycle an impossible type of waste: cigarettes butts.

 

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A fine two-page portrait of Eva Couwens and Bas van Abel of Fairphone in the Dutch newspaper Trouw.

 

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Master Industrial Design students worked on design projects that focus on the unethical and environmental unfriendly realities of the current textile and clothing industry.

 

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Fairphone announces a research on the challenges associated with sourcing recycled materials in the electronics industry.

 

Project

26-04-2018

WeMakeThe.City

WeMakeThe.City is the festival that makes cities better.

 

Event
In this critical making workshop we will have time to waste. Discover how one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, while reviving your old toys with tech-artist Edwin Dertien.

 

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On May 26th, the tenth evening of Big, Open and Beautiful will be held at Pakhuis de Zwijger, moderated by our research director Frank Kresin.

 

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At the 'phonvert' workshop held in Waag on December 7th 2017, we did an ideation session to “phonvert” retired smartphones with AI.

 

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This has been a tough year for those who believe in the good in people. But there are a few positive notes, says Marleen Stikker.

 

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On 26 November VPRO's Tegenlicht will broadcast the episode 'De Donut economie' ('Doughnut Economics') with Kate Raworth. This episode is for a large part filmed at our Waag building, in the Theatrum Anatomicum.

 

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As the means of digital fabrication become mainstream, the challenge of the maker movement lies in defining its values of sustainability, openness and critical making more visibly, says Marleen Stikker at the celebration of a decade of Fablab Amsterdam.

 

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I was asked to give a talk about Waag at the so-called Metaal Kathedraal; a former church that once also acted as metal factory and which is now a cultural and ecological breeding ground at the edge of Utrecht.

 

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This evening, students and researchers from the University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam will present the outcome of their research of 12 projects in Amsterdam. Dutch spoken.

 

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From a recent Dutch research it shows that households that have a smart meter installed save less energy than was expected.

 

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Six students of the TU Delft have won the ‘BouwRecycling Award’ with their research. The students were commissioned by AEB Amsterdam, TU Delft and Waag.

 

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Food is one of humanity's primary needs—something that connects everyone. Because our food touches on almost all the social and environmental issues of our time, it's one of the most complex subjects you can broach. Food security, meaning sufficient amounts of nutritious food for a growing world population, is one of the greatest challenges our generations will face.

 

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This project researches the effect of co-creation on the energy reduction during home renovations.

 

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The FabCity campus in Amsterdam showed many practical examples of sustainable housing.

 

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At the recent Dutch Innovation Expo, the society was nearly invisible. Are we using the ability to innovate of the society itself to its full extent? Should we not change our innovation policy?

 

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3D printers, like the Ultimakers we have in our Fablab, use a kind of plastic to create objects, usually PLA, which is biodegradable and is derived from renewable resources.

 

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Fairtrade certified gold is now part of the Fairphone 2 supply chain. Fairphone 2 owners are supporting Fairtrade gold miners and their communities in Peru.

 

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For the Urban Pulse project, Waag made an animation video. Urban Pulse is one of the kickstart projects of AMS. Urban Pulse generates the knowledge required to build sustainability strategies for energy, water, food, and natural resources in the city.

 

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A smart Dutch invention for everyone with (young) children: a bike that easily transforms from a tricycle into a step into a first bicycle.

 

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A recent article by Eliza Barclay on NPR's food blog, The Salt, entitled “We Lie About What We Eat, And It's Messing Up Science” discusses the fallibility of self-reported information regarding food intake and the impact of incorrect information on science.

 

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Cleantech development firm Metabolic delivered its report on a Resources Identification Tool for the new Dutch smart meter. The report was funded by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment and forms part of the Green Deal Fair Meter.

 

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Greenhouse gas emissions from the livestock sector are estimated to account for 14.5 per cent of the global total.

 

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The whole Nieuwmarkt square will be transformed into a world of textiles. But, what makes it extra special?

 

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The Internet comes with an enormous physical footprint. All our mails, webpages, tweets, and apps are using datacenters where numerous computers and hard disks are constantly humming. In that process they heat up and have to be cooled with giant airconditioning systems. The energy that is annually consumed by datacenters is huge and growing rapidly.

 

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On 6 November 2013, Bas van Abel of Fairphone was guest at TEDxAmsterdam. “If you screw up the screws with your screwdriver, you’re screwed”. By trying to open the Nintendo DS of his son, Bas van Abel discovered how hard it is to find out how and by who a lot of our products are made. He tells the story about how this process inspired him to embark on a journey to create the first Fairphone.

 

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For far too long we have violently pursued things we don’t need. Too long we have equated a busy life with a meaningful one, a career with righteous self-esteem. Too long we have put ourselves in the centre of our lives, the only thing that really matters to us – but does it?

 

Event
On Thursday 7 November 2013, the conference 'The future of Economy and Consciousness' will be held at the Waag in Amsterdam. A collaboration between Waag and Dialogue Café and the Club of Amsterdam.

 

Project

18-10-2013

DecarboNet

A Decarbonisation Platform for Citizen Empowerment and Translating Collective Awareness into Behavioural Change.

 

Event
Do you know how much your time is worth? Forget your bank account, hourly or monthly salary. Don't throw money down the drain, but use your time!

 

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Waag together with FairPhone organized workshops on commission base for education, organisations or companies. In an urban mining workshop, participants will find out what our mobile phones are made of and what resources they contain.

 

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Lucas Evers of Waag will speak at a meeting of 'Amsterdam Transition Town' on 3 December at Pakhuis de Zwijger about the Bijlmer Euro. Amsterdam Transition Town is een serie verdiepende bijeenkomsten die voortkomt uit de succesvolle Joint Venture avond "Burgers maken de stad!" In deze derde aflevering wordt gefocust op de mogelijkheden van community currency systems als middel in maatschappelijke of economische opgaven.

 

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Dit jaar zal Waag weer aanwezig zijn op het Llowlab tijdens het Lowlands Festival. Op dit eiland kunnen feestgangers kennismaken met wetenschap, duurzaamheid en innovatie. In samenwerking met de TU Delft zet FairPhone speciaal voor het festival een unieke productielijn op, waarmee jouw lege bioplastic bekertjes om worden gesmolten tot draad. Met een 3D printer maken wij hier vervolgens 'sleeves' voor op je mobiele telefoon van.

 

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The new MacBook Pro with a 'Retina' display: it is not upgradable, and can't be repaired. Not very sustainable.

 

Project

8-03-2012

FairPhone

A phone which combines beauty, innovation en user friendliness and which respects human rights.