So Circular Radio Show/Podcast

So Circular is a radio show/podcast by Remix Plastic that discusses sustainability and circular economy*. We provide individuals ways they can make a positive change in the world and give local examples of

Ōhanga Āmiomio, circular economy in action. 

When: Second Wednesday of the month at 9.30am
Where: Plains FM 96.9 (listen live or stream on demand)
Also available on iTunes, Spotify and Stitcher. Now available on YouTube

Brought to you by Plains FM with sponsorship from The Rubbish Whisperer. 


Supported with funding from NZ on Air

*What is a Circular Economy?

Looking beyond the current take-make-waste extractive industrial model, a circular economy aims to redefine growth, focusing on positive society-wide benefits. It entails gradually decoupling economic activity from the consumption of finite resources, and designing waste out of the system. Underpinned by a transition to renewable energy sources, the circular model builds economic, natural, and social capital.

It is based on three principles:

  1. Design out waste and pollution
  2. Keep products and materials in use
  3. Regenerate natural systems
General Resources
Episode 1: Circular Economy

Listen: Plains FM Link 
Aired: 13th Nov, 9.30am, Plains FM
Again Again cup lending system

Container Deposit Scheme (as part of the Product Stewardship Scheme)

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is a charity registered in the UK registered charity which aims to inspire a generation to re-think, re-design & build a positive future through the framework of a circular economy.

The (Pātaka Kai) Open Street Pantry Movement - community pantries around NZ

Episode 2: The Buyerachy of Needs
Listen: Plains FM Link

Airing: 11th Dec, 9.30am, Plains FM

Zero Carbon Bill Passed!
Happy Cow Milk Company (reached their crowdfunding goal in less than 24 hours!)
Global Rich List
Fabric Wrapping Tutorials
Wrappers Delight reusable wrap

Episode 3: Fitting sustainability goals into busy modern lifestyles

Airing: 8th Jan, 9.30am, Plains FM
NZ Government's proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS)

The Rubbish Trip's Zero Waste in New Zealand in 2019: Year in Review

Zero Waste in NZ! Facebook Group - great for discussing and celebrating waste reduction

Food Stuff's electric vehicle delivery fleet

Use your own container at supermarkets

Send us your sustainability wins or any questions -

Episode 4: Communicating sustainability

AiringPlains FM Link

China ban on single use plastics

EU ban on single use plastics

Climate Change education resource in New Zealand schools (news article and resources)

Face Your Waste campaign in Perth

University of California's Climate Lab

Mike Joy communicates freshwater quality issues to the government and the NZ public

Episode 5: Mythbusting compostable packaging
Episode 6: How a Circular Economy can build resilient communities
Episode 7: Ethical and Sustainable Fashion
Episode 8: Things to Keep from Covid-19
Episode 9: Plastic Free July
Episode 10: There is No Good News About Palm Oil
Episode 11: Food Waste
Episode 12: Technology for Sustainability


Aired: October 14th 2020 (Plains FM link)

Free to use Environmental Business Assessment

Mutu sharing economy app

How Video Meetings Are Helping Reduce Environmental Impact

Foodprint food waste app

CoGo Carbon footprint calculator app


Third Industrial Revolution - Jeremy Rifkin documentary 

The Story of Plastic - documentary about plastic waste

Internet of Things

Internet of things and logistics

Electric vehicle driving efficiency

Sensibel - IoT cycling project

Distributed manufacturing: a new form of localised production?

Why Additive Manufacturing?

Fairphone - modular smart phones

Other interesting links: 
Calm the Farm - Regenerative Agriculture

Other topics to be covered:
  • Sharing economy
  • Circular product design
  • Internet of Things
  • Mythbusting recycling
  • Second hand and ethical shopping
  • Sustainable gifts and parties

    "[So Circular] seems to me to be a nice way of talking normally about a subject that loads of people seem to think is only relevant for hippies and alternative people - its not so threatening or preachy this way"