'Circular Economy' is a term that is widely used in sustainability these days, but for many it remains a concept that is somewhat vague and hard to apply to their business.
To help bridge the gap, we’ve put together our new Circularity Tool. Originally developed as part of an EPA-funded project engaging with a major property developer’s supply chain, it is intended to help suppliers and designers understand how their products contribute to the creation of a more circular economy, and where they could take steps to move further in that direction.
The tool draws on our experience working on hundreds of projects, spanning circular economy, life cycle assessment, waste and sustainability strategy. However, it is not intended to be anything more than a little bit of fun: something to provoke thought and stimulate further investigation, rather than giving deep insights.
If, having given it a go, you’d like to find out more about how we can help you on your journey towards a circular economy, you can let us know at the end of the assessment. Enjoy!
In simple terms the circular economy is a system which minimises the use of resources and energy in, and waste and emissions out. This is achieved by employing strategies such as life cycle optimisation, recycling, up-cycling and reuse. It is the opposite of a linear economy, in which normal practice for materials and goods is to 'take, make, and dispose'. On a planet with finite resources, such a relentlessly one-way flow of resources is impossible to sustain in the long-term.
If you’d like to learn more about the circular economy, take a look at the following links
NSW launches circular economy policy
Responses to the enforcement of the China National Sword Policy
The European Union's Action Plan for the Circular Economy
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a key force in accelerating the transition to a circular economy
First steps towards a circular built environment