There’s a lot happening around the Circular Economy at the moment. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation launched their introduction to the concept this time last year, and this January sees the publication of part two. It’s being discussed at Davos and seems to be gaining some recognition, which is good to see.
I haven’t had a chance to read the whole paper yet, but I will. The Circular Economy is a no-brainer as far as I’m concerned, replacing a linear industrial model with one based around re-use and recycling. Here’s a useful diagram of some of the loops involved in a circular economy, showing how products are designed to be fixable, refurbishable, and recyclable at the end of their lifetimes – “an industrial system that is restorative by design”.