circular economy sustainability

Restorative by design

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”.

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5 comments

      1. That is why a free market economy is much better than planned ones. In a free market capitalist economy if a company doesn’t provide what people want they go bust, in a planned one you just carry on churning out Ladas. Profit centred economies are about people. If the people don’t buy, no profit.

  1. One way that our district is effectively recycling materials of all kinds is that our Shire Council has established a depot where people may dispose of items any day of the week. On Saturdays it is open to the public to purchase items at at modest price for recycling. I wrote a post about this on http://fayhelwig.com in September.

    SPRING 2012 AT GLEN APLIN (2)
    Filed Under (Self-sufficiency) by Fay Helwig on 08-09-2012
    A TREASURE TROVE

    1. I wish my local council did that. I don’t go to the council dump very often, but every time I do I see things being thrown away that others could use. It makes good sense to sell them on. It would get things back into circulation, and reduce the costs of running the council service.

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