Circular Economy Club Global Screening Week 4-10 March 2019


The Circular Economy Club (CEC) has partnered with the creators of “Closing the Loop” — the first, feature-length documentary to examine the circular economy movement — to orchestrate a worldwide screening of the film in more than 70 locations in over 30 countries between March 4-10, 2019. Organizers hope to leverage CEC’s active presence in more than 100 countries and inspire both dialogue and action.

LONDON —The Circular Economy Club (CEC) is joining forces with the makers of the world’s first, feature-length documentary film on the circular economy.

Closing the Loop,” a critically acclaimed film directed by two-time Telly® Award and Emmy® Award-winning filmmaker Graham Sheldon, was publicly released on Earth Day (April 22) last year. The documentary — co-produced by Kaleidoscope Futures and presented by global sustainability expert Professor Wayne Visser — contains urgent warnings for humanity, but also innovative and optimistic solutions.

In an effort to inspire conversation and mobilize those who champion the circular economy, the CEC organized viewing opportunities of “Closing the Loop” in worldwide this week, between March 4-10, 2019. Specific screening locations are determined and listed at the CEC website.

The documentary — made in part to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, (especially Goal 12 on Responsible Consumption and Production) — explores five key strategies for achieving circularity: reduce, reuse, recycle, renew and reinvent. It features insight from a cross-section of experts, including voices from the World Economic Forum and the Universities of Cambridge and Harvard, as well as stories from Europe, Latin America and Africa.

The CEC’s global screening of ‘Closing the Loop’ aims to raise awareness worldwide,” says Anna Tarí, CEC Founder. “It’s through the evocative medium of film that we hope to inspire and educate audiences globally, and invite everyone to join the circular revolution.”

Professor Visser adds: “The circular economy is only a real solution if it is an inclusive solution for everyone, everywhere. That is one of the key messages of ‘Closing the Loop,’ and that is also why we are so delighted to be partnering with the Circular Economy Club, with its bottom-up approaches and the powerful global network of advocates. Together, we can and must spread the message widely to make the world circular.”

What: CEC Global Screening Week: “Closing the Loop”

When: March 4-10, 2019

Where: Globally in different locations


About the Circular Economy Club (CEC)

The CEC, a finalist for the 2018 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Action Awards, is a nonprofit international network of more than 2,800 circular economy
professionals and organizations in 80-plus countries. The organization is
headquartered in London, run voluntarily, open to all and free to join. For
more information or to join, visit

For more information:

Circular Economy Club (CEC) | Media Kit

Contact: Daniel Hiestand

E-mail: daniel (at) circulareconomyclub (dot) com | Phone: +1 (718) 374-2761

Post-Filming Update on REDISA

After we completed the film, REDISA was placed under liquidation following an investigation by the government of South Africa into poor governance practices and financial irregularities, in which two of its directors that are featured in the film were implicated: Hermann Erdmann and Stacey Davidson . As the filmmakers – and also on behalf of our promotional partners like the Circular Economy Club – we wish to add our clear position on this:

  1. We unreservedly condemn any form of corruption by any organisation, whether they are part of the circular economy or not. If anything, companies making a claim to be sustainable have an even stronger obligation to demonstrate transparent governance and good ethics.
  2. We have not cut REDISA from the film, since the circular business model it demonstrates is sound and the inclusive social empowerment benefits it created are important to communicate. These can still inspire others, especially those spreading the circular economy to emerging markets.
  3. We regard the continued inclusion of REDISA in the film as a tribute to the many honest and humble workers and beneficiaries of REDISA who shared their time and stories with us. We feel their voices should not be silenced due to the inappropriate actions, which was beyond their control.
  4. Our advice to those wishing to screen the film is to make their audiences aware of REDISA’s closure, the reasons why and the filmmakers’ rationale for keeping it in the documentary. Should they feel uncomfortable with sharing the REDISA story, the screenings hosts can simply skip over that segment of the film (43″17′ to 54″16′).

Should you require more information, you can find the full legal judgement here.

Circular Economy Case Study: Barloworld


From the Film: Circular Economy Case Study

Barloword – a South African industrial conglomerate, with the second-largest Caterpillar equipment remanufacturing plant in the world

Barloworld developed a 30,000 square meter facility: 20,000 square meters are for the rebuilding of components and the remainder, 10,000, is for warehousing purposes.

According to Lesibana Ledwaba from Barloworld, “A facility like this, you take a long-term view on it when you invest in something like this – you think beyond today, you think the next 20, 30, 40 up to maybe a hundred years. Even though we may have invested a significant amount of money, the returns not only to Barloworld, but to the country, to the world at large, is … you can’t quantify that.” Continue reading “Circular Economy Case Study: Barloworld”