Important facts about the Circular Economy

As population continues to grow and resources become scarce, the current “take make dispose” system is not sustainable anymore. As a result, concepts such as Circular Economy are becoming more popular.  Companies that are looking to continue to be profitable in a world with scarce resources should start focusing more on redesigning their business model to reuse as much materials as possible.

Some important facts that are grabbing the attention of big companies are the following:

According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

  • consumer goods industry could save $700 billion a year if they start taking action in this matter, by for example introducing anaerobic digestion of household waste.
  • in our current linear economy – 80% of the consumed products and materials will end up in incinerators, landfills or wastewater.
  • in the short term even without the application of bio-based products or the full redesign of supply chains, the value of through a circular economy, can be recovered could be increased to 50%

Some examples of how this can be achieved are:

• In the U.K, collecting household food waste to generate biogas and return nutrients to agricultural soils could provide an income stream of  $1.5 billion

• In Brazil, beer manufacturers can increase profits by selling their  spent grains to farmers in the fish farming and livestock sectors

• Packaging. In the UK,  beer manufacturers could achieve a cost reduction of 20% by shifting from disposable to reusable glass beer bottles.

Do you have any other examples of how companies in your country can reuse waste to improve their bottom line?

Please share

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Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/davos-2013-ellen-macarthur-report

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4 comments on “Important facts about the Circular Economy
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  3. Lauren says:

    As a student studying management and the environment, I strongly believe that companies need to adopt a strategy such as circular economy. There are an overwhelming number of facts that companies cannot deny that support this particular strategy. If organizations do not begin to change the way they look at their strategy, it will be very difficult to survive in the future. Having a long term and sustainable strategy is important, especially today. I enjoy the examples that are provided in this post – they show that it is not just the US that needs to change, but a global change needs to occur.

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