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The Circular Economy – something for everyone

James Clark from the University of York looks at the Circular Economy and its implications for sustainability.

The truly universal significance of the circular economy concept – today’s waste needs to be tomorrow resource – was brought home to me recently when I collected my car from a local small garage and the owner told me that he is now being offered about a quarter of the full price for old car batteries. The metals in batteries – and so many other common items are becoming valuable enough and scarce enough to make waste electronics and other metal-rich wastes a valuable commodity. It makes sense that rather than rely on a diminishing resource, mostly from regions where either local environmental, labor or political issues make supply problematic, let’s make better use of what we have on our doorstep – and we all have a lot of waste! But is this only an issue for waste electronics and electrical equipment (WEEE)?

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SDC training – what’s in it for me?

Andrew Filarowski, Technical Director, takes a look at SDC’s training.

As many of you will be aware, SDC has offered training on different aspects of coloration for many years, and we have a programme of courses coming up in the UK. A question I’m often asked is “what’s in it for me? It sounds interesting but I’m really busy and it isn’t really a priority is it?” I have been involved in the textile industry for many years and I am passionate about passing on knowledge about textiles and coloration. So I thought I would take this opportunity to talk through some of the questions that are often asked on these courses, and some of the problems the training can help to solve. It is my belief that education and learning results in a host of benefits including, cost reductions, better communication with your suppliers, ultimately making your job easier.

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SDC International Design Competition – UK final at Material World

20140617-DSCF8453Daniel Matthews, a final year Surface Design student at Huddersfield University has won the UK final of the SDC International Design Competition. He goes forward to the grand final which will be held in China later this year.

The UK final took place as part of Material World, held at the Houses of Parliament in London. This prestigious event had been fully booked for several weeks and brought together MPs and Lords, alongside academia and industry, to highlight and discuss the challenges and opportunities for the textile industry in the UK. It included several keynote speakers.

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