Circular Economy and Law Firms

We are keen to encourage and support all LSA member firms with embracing the concept of a “circular economy”.

Here’s what the Ellen Macarthur Foundation has to say about the circular economy:

“Today’s linear ‘take, make, dispose’ economic model relies on large quantities of cheap, easily accessible materials and energy, and is a model that is reaching its physical limits. A circular economy is an attractive and viable alternative that businesses have already started exploring today.  A circular economy is restorative and regenerative by design, and aims to keep products, components, and materials at their highest utility and value at all times. 

A concept that distinguishes between technical and biological cycles, the circular economyis a continuous, positive development cycle. It preserves and enhances natural capital, optimises resource yields, and minimises system risks by managing finite stocks and renewable flows. A circular economy works effectively at every scale.”

Here are a few links to resources and sources of support which LSA members may find inspirational:

 

Solution providers:

 

Recycling Lives – As well as being Award-Winning Recyclers, Recycling Lives act as a safety net for vulnerable and marginalised people. They offer accommodation, education, training and work experience to homeless and long-term unemployed individuals, with the aim of helping them back into full-time work and finding them a place to call home.

LSA members can get involved with Recycling Lives by donating unwanted IT equipment which can be used by trainees at one of Recycling Lives HMP Academies.  Click here for presentation given by Anthony Sharkey to LSA Task Force in October 2017.

 

Rype Office – Believes that workspaces can and should be attractive, sustainable and cost less. Rype Office exists to make this easy for customers. by providing high quality, better value, more sustainable office furniture as well as free office design assistance.

LSA members can get involved with Rype Office by considering purchasing remanufactured rather than new office furniture.  Click here for presentation given by Greg Lavery to LSA Task Force in October 2017.

 

bio-bean – the first company in the world to industrialise the process of recycling waste coffee grounds into advanced biofuels and biochemicals.  bio-bean is founded on the premise that there is no such thing as waste, just resources in the wrong place. bio-bean works within the existing energy and waste infrastructure to collect spent coffee grounds from coffee shops, offices, transport hubs and coffee factories, recycling them into sustainable and high-performance products and displacing conventional fuels and chemicals.

LSA members can get involved with bio-bean by arranging for their spent coffee grounds to be collected by bio-bean

 

BITC Circular Office Campaign – Most of us have a physical place of work in some form. The Circular Office campaign is about changing the way we design, use and operate in these areas to eliminate waste and create more efficient, resilient spaces which contribute to the long term sustainability of businesses and the wider economy. It is a change in mindset from throwing things away after we have made use of them to refurbishing, recycling and regenerating items at the end of their life.

LSA members can get involved with the Circular Office campaign by registering their interest with BITC