By Bill Skidmore
In October we attended a joint meeting of the SDC Midlands Region and Nottingham Society of Technical Dyers. The speaker for this event was Charles Ross, a visiting lecturer and specialist in performance sportswear design and sustainability.
Before stating what the lecture was about, one must comment about the excellent attendance from both societies. It was really good to see a mixture and span from students to more mature members; there was at least one young student who had travelled down from Leeds University. The allocated room for the event was overflowing.
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)?