Lecture Studium Generale Leeuwarden: The circular economy – from theory to circular sextoys
|Tu 12-03-2024 19:30 - 21:00
|De Beurs, Wirdumerdijk 34, 8911 CE, Leeuwarden
Sex toys and the circular economy, sounds like a strange combination, right? But if you think about it, there's a huge amount of sex toys being produced worldwide. They often consist of raw materials and throwing them away is, of course, a waste. The circular economy is becoming increasingly important. For our current prosperity, we use more than two earths of resources. We only have one earth and we have to make do with that. Which means we must adapt drastically and quickly. Especially since the world population continues to grow.
In this Studium Generale lecture, Gjalt de Jong introduces the how and why of the circular economy with tips for businesses and consumers. Then, Megan Nation will introduce her research, which might make you laugh at first, which shows that science is not boring at all: recycling sextoys. We produce huge amounts of sextoys worldwide. The largest producer is located in Drenthe and sponsors FC Emmen! But can we also recycle them? Megan will talk about shame, taboos, and possible solutions. At the end there is plenty of room for questions.
This lecture is part of the 2024 edition of the Week of the Circular Economy, for which events are organized by a variety of participants throughout the Netherlands.
Please note that this lecture will be given in English.
About Gjalt de Jong
Prof. Gjalt de Jong is professor of Sustainable Business in a Circular Economy. He studied economics at the NHL University of Applied Sciences and the RUG, where he obtained a PhD in Business Administration. Since 2015, he has been the director of the Centre for Sustainable Entrepreneurship at Campus Fryslân in Leeuwarden. Within this Centre, researchers, businesses, and policymakers work closely together on new solutions for successful entrepreneurship in the circular economy. De Jong is also the co-initiator of the Circulair Friesland (Circular Friesland) association.
About Megan Nation
Megan Nation is committed to implementing sustainable solutions and aiding organizations in their transition to be sustainable. With a keen interest in the circular economy and doughnut economics, she actively seeks opportunities to translate these concepts into practical applications. Previously, she worked in the United States healthcare industry doing project management and leadership. Currently pursuing a master’s degree in Sustainable Entrepreneurship at Campus Fryslân, Megan completed her bachelor’s degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from the University of Washington Tacoma in 2014.