Tech for Good talks: Circular Economy

Join 3 Sided Cube to take a look at how technology can have an impact on the circular economy.

About this Event
At this point in our collective concern over the growing climate crisis, we know what needs to be done but it’s an entirely different matter on how to make that necessary change happen. We see the immense power that technology yields in this battle and are the biggest proponents of utilising it. This holds especially true when it comes to the circular economy model.

But what exactly is a circular economy? Glad you asked! A circular economy is part of the solution to breaking the mould of our current linear system where products are just made, used and binned off. In a circular economy, products, services and systems are designed to maximise their value and minimise waste. ​It’s an all-encompassing approach to life and business, where everything has value and nothing is wasted. Simply put, it can be explained as ‘make, use, remake’ as opposed to the current system that is wreaking havoc on our environment.

Good thing technology is up to the task for helping do just that!

Join our webinar as we look at just how vital technology will be in accelerating towards a circular economy, and with the overhaul that needs to happen, not only in the manufacturing infrastructure, but behaviour change of the consumer. Our panel of industry experts are more than up to the task and excited to break it down to talk through just how doable this seemingly impossible task is!

3 Sided Cube is an app development company that proudly specialises in tech for good. We exclusively work with clients and organizations that mirror our tech for good values and lend our expertise in producing apps that genuinely make a difference to millions of lives.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recruit: Careers in Sustainability

Join The 93% Club on Tuesday 23rd February for a panel discussion about Careers in Sustainability.

About this Event

In an ever-globalising world, ensuring our current decisions are not detrimental to future generations is becoming increasingly important. Sustainability is a 21st century buzzword.

However, with such a diverse range of sustainability careers, it can be difficult to know where to start searching, and how to make a tangible difference within our future professional lives.

Three wonderful speakers from various Sustainability backgrounds, to discuss their journeys into Sustainability, and share honest advice about how to succeed and make an impact in the sector.

The panelists are:

Rishi Gupta: Zero Waste Club and Gomi Designs, CEO

Sustainability entrepreneur Rishi Gupta co-founded Zero Waste Club & Gomi Design while studying at UCL and Imperial College London. Rishi is the CEO of Zero Waste Club, which aims to power the future of sustainable FMCG consumption, focusing on the use of sustainable and waste material to bring affordability to sustainable everyday products. Rishi is also the CEO of Gomi Design, which uses non-recyclable plastic waste material to produce circular consumer technology products.

– Nicola Stopps: Simply Sustainable, CEO

Nicola Stopps is founder and CEO of Simply Sustainable, an award-winning sustainability strategy and integration consultancy based in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. Nicola is committed to creating commercially sound policy to ‘Build Back Better’, ready for a new, brighter, low carbon economy in which, no one is left behind. Nicola was recently awarded the Fellowship of IEMA.

– Iona Neilson: Formula E, Sustainability Manager

Iona Neilson is the Sustainability Manager at Formula E, the world’s first fully-electric single-seater racing series. Iona studied Geography at the University of Plymouth with a Certificate of Industrial Placement, recognising her year in the industry with McDonald’s UK and Costa Coffee in their respective Sustainability/Energy and Environment teams to drive their sustainability ambition. She has also featured as a member of the Inaugural Edie 30 under 30 Young Sustainability Leaders Club in 2019.


Free events from Built Environment Networking

Here is a list of the free to attend online events which are being hosted by Built Environment Networking during March and April. If you’re unable to attend the date then feel free to register and they’ll send the video of the event following its conclusion.

9th March: The Recipe for the Digital Estate: Design, Build and Operate. Click here to find out more and register

Speakers include: Revitzo, ISG, Prague Airport and University of the West of England

23rd March: Greater South East Energy Hub – Retrofit Supply Chain: A Call To Arms. Click here to find out more and register

Speakers include: Greater South East Energy Hub, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, Department for BEIS, Trustmark, Certsure, MCS and The Retrofit Academy

29th March: Green Infrastructure: Make it the Heart of Smart and Future Cities and New Development. Click here to find out more and register

Speakers include: Logika Group and More TBC

20th April: Fireside Chat: More Bang For Your Buck in Tomorrow’s Carbon Currency. Click here to find out more and register

Speakers include: Make, Waterman Group and Gardiner & Theobald

xxxReadingCAN Circular Coffee and Conversation

Circular Coffee + Conversation

Run by Circular Economy Club Reading on Thursday mornings, these fortnightly events are live, informal, with a different guest every time, where they discuss different circular aspects over a virtual coffee.

They also ask them to bring a #CircularConversations Starter, object, thing, related to their thinking of business to get the conversation flowing….

They’ll ask a few questions ourselves for about 15min and then open up the questions to the people on the call.

UPCOMING – Food, Drink and Packaging

Thursday 25th February: Ellie Newton, from Ground Delivery, a Reading package free delivery service.
Thursday 11th March: Anne-Matie Evans and Ayo from Plastic Free Caversham.
Thursday 25th March at 6.30pm exceptionally!: Rob Wilson, the Founder of Toast Ale, beers made out of waste bread. The timing of this session has moved to an evening one to accommodate with the juggling of homeschooling :). A good excuse to raise a Toast and share a Toast Beer (15% discount offered to anyone joining the event).

How it works

Grab a cuppa
Join at 11am
Listen to an inspiring conversation
Ask any questions you might have on the topic.
If you cannot join for a reason or another, they’ll record this series and send you the link. So if you are interested, don’t forget to sign-up.

Free to attend – just register at the link: Circular Coffee + Conversation Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite

What is the Reading Circular Economy Club (CEC)?

We are part of the Circular Economy Club, a global network of over 3,500 circular economy professionals and organisations in over 100 countries changing the way our cities operate.

Our aim is to use Circular Economy models, design and thinking as innovation drivers to reduce waste and rethink products, business and behaviours, creating new and wider value for our community.

We act as a platform to amplify local initiatives and create new opportunities, bringing businesses, government, individuals and academic together.

We want to be brave, innovative, thoughtful and impactful.

We aim to meet every other month for an interactive, hands-on and fun event where ideas are shared and actions agreed to “put” Reading on the map of Circular Economy.

Who is it for?

Our CEC events are all very inclusive. Regardless if you are already involved in the circular economy or simply curious about this new way of doing business and looking for inspiration, we would love to have you join this series of events. We want to imagine and create a Circular Reading together 🙂