If we want to achieve the sustainable goals of Paris, the future is inevitable that we will live in a circular economy. In the Netherlands there is the climate agreement whereby at various tables further consideration is given how we can reduce CO2 emissions. But the meaning of a world with a circular economy goes much further.
Circular economy has a restorative and regenerative design and is intended to keep products, components and materials in their highest usability and value at all times. Where according to the Cradle to Cradle principles a distinction is made between technical and biological cycles.
This new economic model ultimately aims to separate global economic development from the finite consumption of resources. A circular economy is focused on solving resource-related challenges for companies and economies, and can generate growth, create jobs and reduce environmental impacts, including carbon emissions.
Now that the call for a new economic model based on an innovative form of systemic thinking is getting louder. This can have unprecedented favorable alignment with technological and also social factors that can increase prosperity in all parts of the world.
“If it can’t be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production.” ― Pete Seeger