What is a circular economy?

A circular economy is based on three principles:

  • Design out waste and pollution
  • Keep products and materials in use
  • Regenerate natural systems

Products we use everyday are made with little thought about the resources consumed in making them or what happens when we are done using these products?  Most of the time, when something breaks it will end up in the landfill.

A circular economy is one in which we keep resources in use for as long as we can, get the maximum use out of products, repair them when possible, reuse, recycle or compost!

A circular economy means:

  1. Long term cost savings
  2. Increased job opportunities in local markets
  3. Reducing the amount of waste produced
  4. Attempting to halt impacts on climate change

So how can you help?

You can purchase products you really need and want.

Also, try to purchase products that:

  1. Include upcycling
  2. Zero-waste packaging
  3. Can be refilled
  4. Reusable
  5. You will share with others
  6. Can be redistributed once you are done
  7. Possible to repair

 

A circular economy benefits businesses, the environment, the economy and you, as the individual.

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