Explaining the circular economy with Lego

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation recently ran a competition for schools, challenging them to come up with a way to explain the idea to their peers. This animation from Archbishop Holgate School in York is the winner, and a fine introduction it is too.

Bonus points for using Lego of course.

17 Comments on “Explaining the circular economy with Lego”

  1. Henry Law July 31, 2013 at 9:10 pm #

    That is how it used to be with railway trains. They were dismantled into components which were then serviced or remanufactured, and then reassembled on a production line.

    • Jeremy August 1, 2013 at 11:57 am #

      entirely sensible. I suppose that’s much harder to do when companies are ordering different rolling stock from competing engineering firms across the world.

  2. Mr Simple August 4, 2013 at 1:52 am #

    Very cool.

  3. Dennis August 5, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    Repairing and recycling also needs non renewable resources. Also without making new stuff all the time will decrease incomes and employment- when will this be welcomed? Probably only when catastrophe is imminent, a little too late.

    • Jeremy August 5, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

      There are two sides to this when it comes to jobs – fewer jobs making things perhaps, but more jobs repairing and recycling things.

      Yes, non renewable resources would be needed too, in some cases.

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