From linear to circular approach
Circularity is a much talked about topic within sustainability, but what does it actually mean?
One simple way to describe the term, is that it concerns the move away from a linear way of looking at consumption, to a circular approach. Instead of looking at it as a one-way journey of taking, making and disposing, the aim is to create a circular flow where waste as a concept is eliminated.
Small things can make a difference
Moving from a linear was of using things to a circular, is a process. However, since also small things can make a big difference, it is important to start the work, to make every resource last as long as possible. This will prolong the life-cycle, increase the value and reduce the environmental impact of products. In more concrete terms, this could include:
- Repair – a simple but extremely efficient way to sustain performance and reduce waste
- Upgrade and renovate – reduce the need for replacing products by making existing ones last longer, and potentially also work more efficiently
- Re-use – collect, refresh and resell second hand products and use appropriate product components as spare parts or as input in new products.
- Face-lift – changing the cosmetics, but keeping the core parts of a product, to stay modern and prolong the service-life
- Design for disassembly – even before the product is born, it should be designed in a way that facilitates easy reuse and recycling of components and materials