Cornwall Innovation Club: The Circular Economy

The Cornwall Innovation Club facilitates bi-monthly networking breakfasts which feature inspirational guest speakers. These mornings are designed to inspire ideas and create the opportunity to mix with other influential business leaders – encouraging valuable partnership and collaboration between Cornish businesses.

This is our third Cornwall Innovation Club event and it focuses on the Circular Economy, with two progressive SMEs sharing their top tips for businesses wanting to reduce waste and harness a circular economy ethos, followed by a panel discussion.

Guest speakers include:

David Crawford – Managing Director of The Big Beanbag Company

The Big Beanbag Company is a Cornish start-up that designs eco-friendly beanbags, handmade here in Cornwall. Filled with a compostable biofoam filling and sewn together with thread made from recycled plastic bottles, they are leading the way with their ‘refill, reuse, reinvent and recycle’ mantra.

Rob Thompson – Founder of Odyssey Innovation

Odyssey Innovation is an operation born from a movement to remove plastic from our oceans. After feeling frustrated that what he had collected ended up back in landfill, Rob decided to pioneer a process to recycle his marine plastic into kayaks, which can then be used to retrieve more plastic waste and sold to fund further marine conservation.

Tevi – Dan Bloomfield – Project Manager at Tevi

We are delighted to also be joined by Tevi, another European Regional Development Fund project that supports enterprises wanting to become more efficient with their natural resource use and to minimise their waste in smart and innovative ways as part of the global transition towards a circular economy.

The theme for this event was chosen in light of the Government’s recent ‘Resources and waste strategy for England’ paper, which was published on the 18th December and sets out plans to preserve material resources by minimising waste, increasing efficiency and moving towards something coined as “a circular economy”. A circular economy refers to a continuous cycle in which resource input and waste, emission, and energy leakage are all minimized by slowing, closing, and narrowing energy and material loops; this can be achieved through long-lasting design, maintenance, repair, reuse, remanufacturing, refurbishing, recycling, and upcycling.

Want to join the club? The Cornwall Innovation Club is run by ATI in partnership with the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce. Join us to find out more about our full-funded membership package, which includes a number of club benefits; complimentary breakfasts, exclusive networking opportunities, 10% Cornwall Chamber discount and more…

A complimentary breakfast will be provided before we start the session and coffee/tea in the intervals.