Every Friday, Circulate rounds up a collection of interesting circular economy related stories and articles. This Friday, check out Zeoform, a new replacement for plastics, an article on 3D printing ecosystems and much more…

In TechCrunch this week, Andreas Bastian argues that 3D printing innovation is being held back by the limitation of thinking about technologies as separate pieces, rather than elements of a whole system. He writes that we are still designing in a way that fits old technologies and that developing the design, hardware, materials and software aspects of 3D printing separately is a limiting factor.

In Circulate’s latest feature, we discussed the possibility of a new material called ECOR, made using cellulose fibres, to replace plastics and wood. Veolia’s LivingCircular blog covered the story of Australian start-up Zeo, who have created Zeoform, a similar innovation utilising cellulose fibres and water to create an alternative material. According to Zeo, their material is as strong as fibreglass, as flexible as plastic and has the appearance of wood.

Could the rise of machines and the development of technologies actually be the source of new jobs? It’s the claim made in a recent Guardian article, which analysed census information dating back to 1871. Katie Allen quotes Deloitte’s study, which suggests that the rise of technology has actually played a role in increasing spending power, creating demand and new jobs.

The question that will be asked throughout the Disruptive Innovation Festival (DIF), a three-week online, open access event hosted at thinkdif.co, is whether the historical trend highlighted in Deloitte’s work is set to continue, or whether new patterns of work and technology are emerging. DIF starts on Monday and its schedule comprises more than 200 events covering a wide range of themes including the future of food, the Internet of Things, the impact of AI, the sharing economy, circular economy and more…

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