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The Circular Economy

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What is the circular economy, what is EU policy in this area and what can we do as citizens to make a change?

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The Circular Economy

  1. 1. The Circular Economy
  2. 2. Circular Economy Model
  3. 3. “A circular economy is not just a linear economy where we try to feed the waste back into production, but a complete reshuffle of the economy, where the very concepts of liability and ownership need to be redefined.” Cillian Lohan, rapporteur: EESC opinion on the EU circular economy package.
  4. 4. The stardard model of production and consumption.  Dig stuff out of the ground  Make things  Throw them away when you are fisinhed with them  Maybe a little recycling
  5. 5. We can extend the life of many products easily If your car broke down would you throw it away?
  6. 6. A second hand market can give new life to products How many of us have bought second-hand  Bicycles  Clothes  Books  Furniture  Cars
  7. 7. You can extend the life (and value) of things by refurbishing or upgrading them by •Add faster parts to a computer •Replace a scratched or broken screen on a phone •Accessorize clothes
  8. 8. Get repair parts from old or broken objects •Second-hand car parts •Computer parts •Furniture •Bicycles
  9. 9. Minimise the amount of waste that we create •By •Prolonging the life of objects •Refurbishing older products •Using parts from otherwise unrepairable items •Recycling the non- useable parts of items
  10. 10. Recover scarce or valuable materials from what is left or is end of life •By •Recover rare materials from old electronics •Re-use plastics and metals
  11. 11. Maximise the lifetime of products by Repairing Reselling Recovering useful parts Recycling at end of life Minimise waste Maximise the sustainability of products by Extending lifecycles No built-in obselescence Keep it local
  12. 12. Its not as easy as it seems  Safety  Insurance  Energy audit  Grey/black economy But it will create lots of local employment
  13. 13. “It should be an economy where “circles” are long-lasting, small, local and clean.” It could include Hard Measures • Economic instruments • Eco-design directive • Extended producer responsibility • Labelling of products/parts • Reform of Insurance and liability rules Soft Measures • Consumer change • Community ownership • Social enterprise • Leasing or contract hire • Repair shops
  14. 14. How do you create a circular economy? • Design it in – We need to incentivise good design – Consumers need to support sustainable design • Permit and encourage repairs – Produce repair manuals – Remove DMCA restrictions • Train repairers • Facilitate re-use – 3D printing
  15. 15. Repairing has to be designed in – not designed out
  16. 16. Electronics Cars
  17. 17. “The transition will occur when consumers exhibit mass behaviour change” This family found an innovative use for some old ironmongery
  18. 18. A lot of the services are out there already
  19. 19. All that is left is for us to change our behaviour…

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