What is a Circular Economy?

Simply put:

In a circular economy, manufacturers design products to be reusable.

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In more words:

A circular economy is an economic system aimed at minimising waste and making the most of resources. This regenerative approach is in contrast to the traditional linear economy, which has a ‘take, make, dispose’ model of production.

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Instead of focusing solely on individual citizens’ actions, supporting a circular economy reminds us that it is businesses and corporations that create the very products that pollute the earth, thus leaving them with an immense responsibility to mandate sustainable production processes from beginning to end.

 

The Linear Economy & Recycling Economy are Failing Us

Simply put, a linear economy creates items that are inherently destined to pollute. Plastics that are useless after being recycled, huge amounts of plastics, items of poor quality, tiny items that can’t serve a long-term purpose… they all end up as litter, ocean pollution, or landfill leachers.

A recycling economy is hopeful and helpful, but we can’t depend on recycling alone to save our planet. While it’s great that recycling is a possibility, most items that are able to be recycled can’t be recycled indefinitely.

Why Do We Need a Circular Economy?

To state it simply, we need a circular economy in order to drastically decrease the amount of natural resources that we consume as well as the amount of waste that we generate. The less we create and buy products from non-renewable resources, the less harm we do to the Earth. This definitely needs to start with companies adopting more circular economic models and sustainable business practices. We still have our role to play, though. Taking these 8Rs of a Circular Economy into mind, here’s how we as individuals can be more sustainable each and every day: for more visit  https://oldworldnew.us/circular-economy/

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