Have you ever heard of circular economies?

Don’t worry, we hadn’t either until this episode!
A circular economy aims to close the gap between the production and the natural ecosystems’ cycles – on which humans ultimately depend upon.

Today’s guest, Katie Treggiden is an expert on this topic. She is also a keynote speaker, podcaster, and if that wasn’t enough, a writer.
Katie has done amazing things as a writer. She has created a whole world around writing by putting out there different programs and resources. She has also found success in niching down as a writer and is here today to share all the benefits of this practice.

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In this episode, we cover:
-What a circular economy is.
-How Katie started her writing career.
-Giving yourself permission to be creative.
-Why niching down can lead to massive success.
-Sustainable living and environmental consciousness.

Resources and links mentioned during this episode:
Wasted: When Trash Becomes Treasure by Katie Treggiden.
-Visit Katie’s website at www.katietreggiden.com and connect with her via Instagram @katietreggiden.1 and Twitter @katietreggiden.
-Check out here podcast Circular with Katie Treggiden.
-Read the article: Reading Anti-Racist Nonfiction Is a Start. But Don’t Underestimate the Power of Black Fiction by Jasmine Guillory.

Book recommendation of the week:
The Sadow Of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón.

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About Katie Treggiden:

Katie Treggiden grew up surrounded by the natural world. An idyllic Cornish childhood spent in boats, on the beach, or exploring the countryside was augmented by a fascination with nature documentaries, particularly those by her childhood hero David Attenborough. 

She read biology and marketing management at Oxford Brookes University, deepening her understanding of environmental issues while honing her communication skills, before embarking on a successful 12-year career in advertising, marketing, and brand strategy. 

In 2010, Treggiden shifted gears to become a craft and design journalist, focusing on creativity as a positive agent for social change. Having written four books, established an award-winning blog and an independent magazine, as well as contributing to publications such as The Guardian, Viewpoint, Design Milk, Crafts Magazine, Elle Decoration, and Monocle24, she undertook a master’s degree in the history of design at the University of Oxford. She set herself an informal question to guide her research: ‘can craft save the world?’ She graduated in 2019 with, not only a distinction and papers on bio-facture, repair, and the plastics crisis, but an answer to the question that has become the ‘North Star’ for an emerging body of work about the role that craft and design can play in sustainability and the circular economy. 

It was during her time at Oxford that she laid the groundwork for her fifth book, Wasted: When Trash Becomes Treasure (Ludion, 2020), and her podcast Circular with Katie Treggiden. She was the founder and first president of women’s network Bloom and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Trustee of the Leach Pottery.