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RCBC Circular Economy Infographic

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Economy

Switching to a CIRCULAR

Linear Vs. Circular Economy

Repair

Extraction

Manufacturing

Disposal

Take

Make

Toss

Reuse

Remanufacture

Recycle

Materials in a Linear Economy

Materials in a Circular Economy

Technical & biological nutrients are mixed together, making high quality recovery difficult

Technical nutrients are separated and recirculated as high quality resources.

Biological nutrients re-enter the biosphere and increase natural capital.

Why Switch to a Circular Economy?

Imagine an economy...

By 2030

Linear = Status Quo

... Where waste from one industry becomes resource for another...

... Is powered by renewable energy...

... And new business models based on collaboration and sharing arise.

Ignoring and working against nature

Working with and learning from nature

... That exacerbates climate change effects ....

... Adding to growing amounts of waste...

... Is still stuck on fossil fuels...

Imagine an economy...

... Generated by 8.5 billion  people living with growing inequality. [1]

... That restores the environment and minimizes negative impacts...

Circular = A New Way

How do we make the switch?

Business Model Innovation

New Design Philosophies

Emphasis on Services E.g. Cell phone contracts, modular carpets, lights [2]

Design for Recovery

Design for Disassembly

Design for Repair

Incorporate recycled materials

An Energy Transition

FOR RENT

... to one that efficiently uses regenerative sources that preserves natural capital.

Switching from an economy fueled by wasteful extraction of non-renewable energy sources that harm the environment...

100%

Next Life Sales E.g. Used book stores, thrift stores

Product Transformation E.g. Food waste into animal feed [4]

Access over Ownership E.g. Car-shares, tool libraries [3]

Getting On Board

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is a registered charity with the aim of "inspiring a generation to re-think, re-design & build a positive future through the framework of a circular economy."[5]

Global Partners

Many major companies are embracing the circular economy shift by partnering up with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Want to see ideas of circular economies in action? Check out our sharing economy infographic!

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