By Corinna Elsaesser
We have become increasingly conscious that the resources of our planet are precious and limited. That’s why the concept of a circular economy has shifted into focus in the past months more than ever. What is that all about?
Circular vs Linear
Most products in today’s consumer economy are designed in a ‘take-make-dispose’ philosophy. These items are therefore single-use products which have a clear start and end to their lifecycle, which is usually the bin. This economy is called linear and that has become the norm in today’s world.
In contrast a circular economy is based on the principle that waste and pollution are completely designed out. Rather than disposing of the product at the end of its lifecycle, the aim is to keep it in use, ideally forever. The circular economy follows a close-loop process by re-using, sharing, repairing and recycling.