Circular Economy offers opportunities for businesses and people to create value from resources that are already available. It represents a powerful system to reverse the environmental and social crisis.
We live in a time where overconsumption based on the linear economy principles of ‘make – take – dispose’ rules the world. This results in depleting natural resources and creating more economic disbalances at the expense of the most vulnerable people. In order to keep global warming increase below the critical limit of 2°C by 2030 as agreed at COP21, we need to rethink the way our economy is working and innovate the current business models in all industries.
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Unlike in the linear economy where resources and products become a waste often shortly after they have been used, the circular economy creates value from within by maximizing the use of the input materials, extending their lifecycle and bringing them back into production or use rather than disposing of them. This new ecosystem creates opportunities for new forms of businesses and is a powerful way to limit the imminent depletion of natural resources and environment.
“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
- Jane Goodall -
"If we could build an economy that would use things rather than use them up, we could build a future."
- Ellen MacArthur -
"We can't solve problems using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."
- Albert Einstein -
"What humans do over the next 50 years will determine the fate of all life on the planet."
- David Attenborough -
"Our world is now in the early stages of a sustainability revolution, that has the magnitude of industrial revolution but the speed of the digital revolution."
- Al Gore -
"There is no greater thing you can do with your life and your work than to follow your passions – in a way serves the world and you."
- Richard Branson -