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International Youth Day: The Role of Young People in The Promotion of Circular Economy in Africa

Bilikiss Adebiyi Abiola, a young ecopreneur founded her waste recycling and management startup, Wecycler in 2012. A move that was full of uncertainty for the young Nigerian who had only recently graduated from Vanderbilt University, where she obtained her Master's degree. Less than a decade later, this interesting social enterprise has gone ahead to recycle over 12,000 tons of waste while facilitating social change and development.  With the youth accounting for 63 percent of Africa’s population, and 60 percent of this figure unemployed, Bilikiss is one of 241 million people aged 15 to 29 living in Africa, working to make meaning of the challenges faced...

Osarode Odemwingie, Rodelenz Industries: Highlights from my time in the LOOPLab Incubation Programme

The LOOPLab Incubation programme has proven to be the most brain-bursting experience, I have encountered!!! Here are my memorable takeaways, in no particular order. The session with Professor Joseph Pistrui where he spoke about "Market, Technology, and Society". The fact that a product exists does not necessarily mean that a particular community/society will purchase it. It could be taboo in that community. Therefore, if the entrepreneur gets all three correct, they may execute successfully.  Dr. Anderson's lecture where we discussed the perception of brands. Every font type, color, and logo has a deeper meaning. These things are not done haphazardly, the buzzwords for the biggest firms around...

Waste Value Chain Tour: LoopLab is Creating a Circular Economy Revolution One Innovation at a Time.

The smiles and ecstatic laughter, the chatting and the catching up at the LoopLab’s  Waste Value Chain Tour, amid the cheering rhythmic and energetic waves of the ocean at Elegushi beach should not be mistaken as an indication of a perfect world, it's a call for help, a call for more to be done. This is against the backdrop of the fact that 8 million tons of plastic enter our oceans every year. To think that the Lagos lagoon is sourly polluted that even the marine life we depend on for food is being impacted. This is the reason the Waste Value Chain Tour event organised...

The Coca-Cola Foundation Awards Grant to GBF to Launch Empowering Collector Initiative (ECI) To Create Sustainable and Viable Plastic Waste Ecosystem in Nigeria.

The Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded a grant to Growing Business Foundation (GBF) targeted at strengthening the plastic waste management value chain through its Empowering Collector Initiative, a program designed to improve the largely informal plastic waste collection, aggregation and recycling process in Nigeria. The program which will run for about 24 months will seek to enhance environmental resilience by preventing the flow of plastic waste, especially PET, to water ways and landfills through an aggressive and organized system that targets about 25,000 MT of waste. The ultimate objective of the program is to support and accelerate the growing opportunity spectrum of bottle-to-bottle recycling value chain...

LOOPLab Incubation Programme: One Month Done, Five Months to go

One month ago, the Circular Lagos Challenge 2022 was completed, handing over the baton and mandate - to equip the Innovators with the necessary tools and knowledge to successfully manage and acquire funding for their ideas, to the LOOPLab Incubation Programme. LOOPLab Incubation Programme has successfully completed the first month of her six months journey with the innovators. Here’s what Babatunde Adebayo of Eco Circular Solutions Provider Ltd, one of the LOOPLab Innovators, has to say about the past one month in the LOOPLab Incubation Programme: “The first month of LOOPLab innovation program has been enlightening, eye opening and full of insight for the future. In a...

CE Business Models: LOOPLab Innovators taught to identify opportunities across the Circular Economy Value Chain.

The LOOPLab Incubation Program continues in full swing. Here are some highlights from the “CE Business Model” Taught Programme for LOOPLab. The physical session was handled by Dr Natalie Beinisch, the Executive Director of Circular Economy Innovation Partnership (CEIP) and covered five operating models of businesses in the circular economy ecosystem:   Picture Caption: LOOPLab Innovator, Taiwo Adewole of WasteXchange with Dr Natalie Beinisch, Executive Director CEIP In attendance were: Tunbosun Alake, SA to the Lagos State Governor on Innovation and Technology; Dr Natalie Beinisch, Executive Director, CEIP; Uchechi Chukwuma and Adeleke Ademo representing the faculty team from GOPA/GiZ; the 7 LOOPLab innovators/representatives; the CEIP, CEIBS and NCIC...

Announcing the 2022 Circular Lagos Challenge Winners

CEIP, GIZ, NCIC, and Challenge Owners Companies award innovators addressing challenges surrounding the development of sustainable circular businesses.   Innovators are responding to the challenges that come with creating a sustainable and efficient circular ecosystem with solutions that make designing out waste a priority. The Circular Lagos Challenge 2022 asked individuals and groups from within and outside Lagos to proffer innovative solutions to six challenge questions provided by a number of organizations serving as challenge owners companies.   Winners of the Circular Lagos Challenge with Challenge Judges   The Circular Lagos Project was initiated by Lagos State in collaboration with the Circular Economy Innovation Partnership in December 2020 and the support...

Accounting for Circular Economy: Towards a Revolution?

I am not a lover of acronyms in the first place but if there is one that makes me feel particularly uneasy it is the dreaded “KPI”. I cannot recount the number of hours of my life lost in meetings and email exchanges in an attempt to make sense of my own performance or that of my team or project only to come up with key performance indicators that felt limp or that didn’t really measure what we were trying to achieve. The reason I find KPIs so dreadful is that they are an abstraction of reality – one that is messy, unpredictable, and non-linear....

The CE Hotspot event goes Global: 2023 edition will take place in Nigeria, Ireland, and Chile!

Today, November 17th, at the Catalonia Circular Hotspot Event 2021, an historic decision on the host for the CE Hotspot Event 2023 was announced. In 2023, the CE Hotspot event will not be held in one single country and continent but will take place in 3 continents. The events will be aligned and spread out during the year to generate increased impact. For the first time ever, there will be an event in Latin America, in Africa and in Europe; each one fine-tuned to suit its region dynamics.   Historic decision on the organisation of the CE Hotspot event in 2023 Since 2016, when the first Circular...

Getting the Fourth Mainland Bridge right, for everyone, By Richard Dion

  The current government and governor have a golden opportunity to get it right. The building of a bridge of this scale is a once-in-a-generation (if not a lifetime) opportunity. It would be great if policymakers used this to deliver a great service for Lagosians, now and in the future. It is not only up to the governor and his team to get it right, it is up to the people to demand that the governor and his team get it right. With Lagos scheduled to start its Fourth Mainland Bridge this year, the governor and his team could examine a number of areas to make...