Adopt Circular Economy as policy

The Circular Economy concept unites many sustainable practices related to manufactured objects into a well thought out, well documented, and well known concept. For example: reuse, repair, recycling, remanufacturing, and designing objects to simplify those processes are all covered. In a circular economy, waste is considered a design flaw in the system. Manufacturing processes should be designed so that any outputs can be used somehow. From an environmental perspective, waste is reduced, and harmful extraction of new materials is minimized. From an economic perspective, the value of materials and manufactured objects is retained (circulated), rather than discarded. The concept has drawn attention from many national and international organization. A recent example is the company Patagonia receiving a circular economy award at Davos, presented by Accenture. The party should adopt the Circular Economy concept as policy. For more, see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circular_economy https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/circular-economy

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  • Max Melchior
    commented 2017-05-23 23:22:58 -0700
    One idea is to ask businesses to document publicly what kind of material inputs and outputs they have, and match those against the inputs/outputs of other companies – this could be a requirement for acquiring a business license, but governments could help out with the process, since it might require skills and experience not available within the individual company.

    Deposit systems could work well for specific items, but one benefit of a Circular Economy is that it has potential to align with business interests, for example by reducing cost of purchasing materials and waste processing, reducing the need for regulation.

    It would be great to hear what organizations such as RCBC and Zero Waste that are directly involved with CE have to say.
  • Don Barthel
    commented 2017-05-20 08:21:03 -0700
    I support this. What are the practical implications of this policy? Would it be to have more manufactured products charged an “environmental fee” when purchased to ensure that there are funds to recycle them? Or a partially refundable “deposit” (like bottles and cans) to ensure their return for recycling?
  • Don Barthel
    tagged this with Important 2017-05-20 08:21:03 -0700
  • Jan Slakov
    tagged this with Important 2017-03-09 08:37:52 -0800
  • Max Melchior
    published this page in Make a suggestion 2017-03-08 22:52:00 -0800
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