We have been hearing about circular economy more and more, and sometimes we have even been behaving according to the concept without realizing it.
At the same time, we often would appreciate having access to information that would, in a simple way, access what exactly is this circular economy.
So, we have gathered some of the definitions here.
- Looking beyond the current take-make-waste extractive industrial model, a circular economy aims to redefine growth, focusing on positive society-wide benefits:
Design out waste and pollution;
Keep products and materials in use;
Regenerate natural systems.
- A circular economy is an alternative to a traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose) in which we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life.
So, in a practical sense, how can we contribute for a circular life?
Some examples here - baring in mind that we should always chose local and search for projects around us.
- Buy second hand everytime we can, so we extend the life of all items and help reduce waste and pollution.
- Turn plastic into several different objects we need, getting our own machine to do it:
- When in need of noise barriers, choose the ones made out of used tyres and close the loop! Ruconbar.
- Use school books throughout the school years, instead of these going to waste. In a swapping system, and taking good care of them, you can spend years without having to get new ones.
All these examples are a very valuable contribute to reduce waste and promote extending the lives of all objects and materials we already have in the system.
There are plenty more with sustainability and circularity as their priorities. From our side, we should support them, share their concepts and be part of any events they host, as much as we can, according to our possibilities.
Together we can!
photo by Wrap.co.uk