Items on the Circular Economy
" Too often the Circular Economy is portrayed as a frugal or an advanced recycling economic model. It is not so. The Circular Economy is based on the abundance of flows generated from our alignment with ecosystemic metabolisms. Put simply, we should be imitating natural cycles as closely as we possibly can. The Circular Economy holds the keys of positive perspectives about the future of business, the future of the environment and about our future as people. It depicts a world without waste, where unused resources will find a function in an economy that will regenerate itself while growing within our systemic boundaries"
"When you add everything up, closed loop production models are often not really better than the old kind. The problem, as the environmental scientist Jessie Henshaw explains it, is that although circular economy metrics cover resource flows in day-to-day production, they omit a wide variety of other costs that all businesses incur: staff commuting to work; services such as roads, water or trash collection, provided to the business, but paid for by taxes; or the myriad sub-sub-contractors in a modern, hyper-connected business. In his search for a more accurate picture of the economy’s aggregate environmental impacts, Henshaw divided global GDP by global resource us. The results were sobering. In round numbers, one dollar of GDP corresponds to a pound of C02 put in the atmosphere."
"A circular economy in which parts are measured, but not wholes, is neither waste-free nor sustainable. In a growth-based economy, circular systems can co-exist with increasing damage to living systems. Material flows are a proxy indicator for environmental impact. For every increase in economic activity, more tonnes of virgin materials end up being extracted, processed and consumed. More economic growth means an increased environmental footprint. The multiplication of money that accompanies economic growth necessarily expands the economy’s physical impacts on the earth. The key question is not how to reduce the waste of materials, but how to end the endless and ultimately destructive making of money."
— John Thackara
- How Circular is the Circular Economy. By Kris De Decker, original in Low-Tech Magazine: Excellent summary critique of the limitations of the Circular Economy.
- Against wasted politics: A Critique of the Circular Economy. By Francisco Valenzuela and Steffen Böhm. Ephemera, volume 17(1): 23-60
- Which European country is leading the circular economy shift?: interview on the state of advancement of the field in 2019
Pages in category "Circular Economy"
The following 47 pages are in this category, out of 47 total.
- Charline Ducas, Alysia Garmulewicz and Mike Werner on Safe and Circular Materials Design
- CHON Theory of Materials Usage for Sustainable Manufacturing
- Circle Economy
- Circular Cities
- Circular Cities Hub
- Circular City Open Labs
- Circular Economies
- Circular Economy
- Circular Economy 2.0
- Circular Economy Effects Only Work Under One Percent Growth
- Circular Economy Policies for Cities
- Circular Humansphere
- Circular Makerspaces as Seen by their Founders
- Circular Makespaces in Redistributed Manufacturing
- Circular Phone
- Cities and the Circular Economy for Food
- Cities Collaborating for the Circular Economy
- Critique of the Circular Economy