We live in a world where the current economic system follows the “Take-Make- Consume- Waste” logic. This economic system is what we call “linear economy”. Basically, we take resources from the ground to create products, we consume these products and when we don’t want or don’t need them anymore, we throw them away. This current linear system is giving so many signs that its own logic is no longer working for people, businesses and the environment. We must re-design our economy, shifting from a linear to a circular approach.
SHIFTING TO A CIRCULAR ECONOMY
In order to create a new circular economy that can benefit everyone within the limited resources of our planet, we must disrupt the linear system. We must take into consideration the management of resources, the making and usage of products, and the disposal of materials afterwards.
START FROM NATURE
Nature is a great inspiration and it is where we should start from. Think about it, in nature, there is no landfill as there isn’t waste. In other words, materials flow in circles, one species waste is another species food. Things grow, die and return to the soil. Then the cycle begins again and is completely circular.
Humans, instead, live in a much linear “mode”, no wonder landfills are ever-growing and having all sorts of negative impacts on the planet. A circular approach to economy challenges us to incorporate the living world cyclical model where resources are kept in use for as long as possible and then retaken and regenerated at the end of their service life.
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