This report explores the circular economy from a product perspective, applying a systemic approach and transition theory. Drivers of product design and usage are discussed in the context of emerging consumption trends and business models. For governance to be effective, it has to address the product life-cycle and the societal context determining it. Indicators and assessment tools are proposed that can help fill the current data and knowledge gaps.
- European Environment Agency (EEA)
- Circular by design - Products in the circular economy
Plastics, Marpol and Circular Economy: Prevention of Marine Plastic Pollution
Large ships, offshore platforms and poor land waste management, cause much of the marine pollution. Proper action is needed to solve this problem, starting with the correct use of technologies such as industrial shreddersThere are now regular reports of marine plastic pollution. One of the most recent cases to arouse public opinion was the discovery of a plastic bag in the Mariana trench, one of the most inaccessible places on the planet, located 10,994 metres below sea level.Plastic is a cost-effective, durable...
Sludge dewatering in Circular Economy
The change of mentality to a circular economy has revealed the importance of reusing and energy recovery from sludge as secondary raw material Circular economy and re-use of waste materials Nowadays, the rise of the circular economy and the progressive abandon of the linear economy (throwaway culture), the secondary raw materials receive a special importance. Theenergy recovery and the re-use of generated by-products are core structural sections of this philosophy. Recently, the MAPAMA (Spanish Ministry of...
The case for increasing circular economy systems grows as resources dwindle
New research from Yale University encourages discussions on how to implement circular economy systems on a larger scaleResearchers at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, believe that circular economy systems are essential to our long-term survival on a planet with limited resources.While some large companies, including Google, Dell, Philips, and Unilever, and a few countries, including China and members of the European Union, have already implemented successful circular economy systems, researchers believe...
Report: Circular economy offers solutions to water shortages worldwide
A shift to a circular economy could help save more than 400 billion m3 of water every year While oceans cover more than two-thirds of our planet, only 2.5% of all water on earth is fresh water. With billions of humans seeking water for their personal, agricultural, and commercial needs, the demand for sustainable water resources is at an all-time high.A recent report by ING, a Dutch multinational banking and financial services corporation, concludes that while a circular economy may not succeed at eradicating...
Circular economy: CEDO gives plastics a genuine second chance - Case Study
Blown films are highly demanding products, and consequently the use of recycled material in their production represents a major challenge. Impurities in the feed material necessarily lead to production faults that can range from specks and minor defects in the tubular film through to production stoppages. Nevertheless, the CeDo Group, which is based in the English town of Telford and is regarded as one of the European market leaders for bin liners and garbage bags, uses exclusively recycled material in its blown...