planet-earth-lowtouch-banner Kenneth E. Boulding () was a British economist, educator, systems scientist and interdisciplinary. “Spaceship Earth”: Boulding, Kenneth E.(). Period of local pollution. Period of global ruin of human sustainability. The capability of nature to clean up by. Abstract. The work of Kenneth Boulding is sometimes cited as being foundational to the understanding of how the economy interacts with the.

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Space had been the passion storytellers and philosophers, but the dream of space travel had been realized by leading-edge scientists and engineers.

Ecosystem degradation and depletion of natural resources are beginning to have far-reaching, bottom-line consequences. Shortages are generating price hikes and supply chain risks, which have caught the eye of investors and leading corporations. It works effectively at every scale.


Inchampion solo yachtsman Dame Ellen MacArthur brought the looming waste and raw materials crisis into stark focus at the World Economic Forum. She harked back to images of ships: Init convened leading eartth, city governments philanthropists and policymakers to rethink the future of plastics.

While manufacturing processes may not be as resource-intensive as mining or electronics manufacturing, the clothing industry can realize critical efficiencies with circular manufacturing and product design.

According to Boylding, clothing production has doubled between and Consumers are spending an estimated 60 percent more on clothing and using that clothing for half the time they did 15 years ago. Initial work by MacArthur, McKinsey, and others has been followed by initiatives from the apparel industry.

Signatories of the Call to Action committed to defining a circular strategy, setting targets for and reporting on their progress. Circular economy manufacturing is emerging from the halls of Davos, the European Union, and corporate boardrooms to drive industry action.


The Economics of the Coming Spaceship Earth

Over the next five years, circular economy strategy studies and planning projections will mature into budgets and technology adoption. Water technology and innovation will stand at the center of many of these initiatives.

Redefining Growth in the Twenty-First Century. Is Water Innovation the Starting Point? How much savings justify the expense and risk of new solutions?

How can pay-for-performance financing offset risks? Courtesy of Dow Water and Process Solutions.