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Metabolic is a consulting and venture building company that uses systems thinking to tackle global sustainability challenges. We provide strategies and tools, crunch data, create new technologies, build pilots and scale up innovations. We empower people through education and communication and our Foundation helps us reach underserved communities. Our approach develops in response to emerging challenges and is recognized by governments, businesses and non-profits around the world.

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Beth Njeri, Digital Communications Manager at Metabolic, posted

Urban mining and circular construction – what, why, and how it works

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When the functional lifetime of an object is over, its highest possible value should be retained. This shortens supply chains, increases resilience, and safeguards the environment from manufacturing-related emissions.

Currently, the construction sector is optimized for a linear supply chain. This is mainly due to a lack of information on harvestable materials and their reuse value.

Learn more about urban mining and how it can help us move towards a circular economy.

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Beth Njeri, Digital Communications Manager at Metabolic, posted

Rethinking ownership for mission-driven ventures

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Mission-driven ventures are a big part of the transition towards a circular economy. However, unlike conventional startups, these ventures face an important challenge: how can they prioritize purpose over profit, while also overcoming the hurdles of venture-building?

Part of the answer lies in rethinking ownership, to welcome investment without compromising long-term impact. Metabolic has recently written an article explaining the concept of "steward ownership" and we'd love to hear your thoughts!

More of a webinar person? Take a look at this Fresh Talk instead: https://lnkd.in/dNJDXVSY

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Beth Njeri, Digital Communications Manager at Metabolic, posted

Transforming the food system through impact-driven ventures

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A sustainable food system is critical to our social and planetary well-being.

New initiatives have a big role to play, and Metabolic's newest venture, Fresh Ventures Studio, is looking to help build promising companies to solve systemic challenges.

Fresh Ventures is a venture-building program and startup studio based in The Netherlands. They co-found companies with experienced professionals and entrepreneurs to address systemic challenges in the food system.

If you're an entrepreneur looking into building a venture that responds to the world's sustainability challenges, sign up with Fresh: https://www.freshventures.eu/

More about its establishment and purpose from this article.

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Beth Njeri, Digital Communications Manager at Metabolic, posted

Reimagining our relationship with land through regenerative agriculture.

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The term regenerative agriculture is popping up more and more often in news and articles. Often mentioned as the key to agricultural green transition, important for carbon sequestration purposes… but what is it exactly?

Regenerative farming, or farming in line with nature, also known as restorative agriculture or eco-agriculture, is a nature-based solution, and it is significantly different from organic farming.

Learn more from this article.

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Beth Njeri, Digital Communications Manager at Metabolic, posted

How to create a sustainable bioeconomy

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Today the bioeconomy is everywhere: We see it in the clothing we wear, the packaging that comes to our house daily, the house we live in, the food we eat, and the energy that fuels our life.

For the bioeconomy to truly be sustainable and circular, it must meet certain conditions:

• Using fundamentally renewable biological feedstocks
• Maximizing the varied types and cycles of biological resources
• Contributing to the biological cycle

Learn more from this article.

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Beth Njeri, Digital Communications Manager at Metabolic, posted

Organic vs regenerative farming: What’s the difference?

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The long-term use of the industrialized agricultural system, synthetic pesticides and fertilizers has degraded the crucial foundation of agriculture which is soil.

To change this narrative, the key lies in regenerative farming. This is not only beneficial for increasing biodiversity and (environmental as well as economic) resilience, but the regenerated soil can also be used as carbon sinks, storing carbon both above and below ground in their greenery and in their root systems, and helping reverse climate change.

The benefits of regenerative models do not end here, check out this article to find out more.

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Beth Njeri, Digital Communications Manager at Metabolic, posted

14 questions to guide entrepreneurs towards deep and lasting impact

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To achieve a circular economy, innovation is key. One of the key ways to get here is through entrepreneurship. To be effective in this journey, entrepreneurs need to know how to navigate what creating a deep, transformational impact really means.

• How do we decide where to focus our attention?
• How do we design solutions and organizations that provide the best chances for success?

14 questions to maximize impact
Chis Monaghan, Co-Founder at Fresh Ventures Studio, a Metabolic spinoff, developed these 14 questions to serve as a simple checklist for anyone looking to maximize the impact of a particular initiative. Fresh Ventures is a venture-building program and startup studio based in The Netherlands.

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Mathieu Dasnois, Communications Manager at Metabolic, posted

Recycling, downcycling and the need for a circular economy

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What happens to the plastic and paper that you’ve carefully sorted into separate bins?

Many of the products we recycle today are essentially downcycled. While this generally helps to preserve the life of raw materials and some of the value that went into creating them, there might be better ways to do it.

Find out more about the nuances between recycling, downcycling, and a truly circular economy, in this article.

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