Today, many initiatives are emerging around this concept, both educational, entrepreneurial and associative, but what are the real consequences?
Every year more than 4000 billion tonnes of waste are produced worldwide. More than 50 million tons of plastics are consumed in Europe every year, representing 250 million barrels of oil or 15,900 Olympic pools.
The best waste is the one that is not produced.
By this some include a target of 100% recycling, others have a minimalist lifestyle.
In all cases, if you are sensitive to the circular economy and the environment, you should apply the following principles: REFUSE, REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE, ROT.
Finally, what is the circular economy? It is an economy that promotes better resource productivity, which means making better use of every material used to waste as little as possible. The circular economy is part of a territory and takes into account each of the actors present. Finally, it promotes use on possession. It is in contrast to the linear economy where the production model is defined as “take, make, dispose”.
But the circular economy is not just an environmental issue. This is a new way of thinking "out of the box", a way of considering everyday objects as miraculous resources.
The circular economy is based on eco-design and upcycling. Respectively a new way of designing a product taking into account its life cycle; the transformation of a waste into a “nobler” product than the original one.
With the democratization of Do It Yourself, fablab, recycling/data, it is becoming increasingly easy to reuse these resources – formerly known as “waste”.
More and more artists are using these resources to express their art.
The circular economy is not just a new way of interpreting everyday objects, but the transformation of ourselves for societal transformation.
Thanks to the new tools of everyday life, it is becoming easier to share information and to have access to it, we can observe the explosion of the open source. Probably linked to the new generations of X & Y who have grown up in a globalized world, think “global” and are not afraid to share in order to progress.
The circular economy has a real social impact. It strengthens relationships and creates new ones between people of completely different backgrounds. But above all, it creates jobs! That’s about 3 million jobs created in Europe by 2030. Jobs that are local and not outsourced.
The circularity in the industry is expected to generate more than 630 billion dollars in the European Union alone. This new economy is accompanied by the development of cooperatives and the increase in the number of NGOs with real power of action.
When you create a position, you do not help a person but a family. Recology in San Francisco has created 175 jobs, so 175 families have been helped. These workers were unemployed and sometimes even homeless, they are now proud to work in the recycling industry and their children can go to the best universities.
With the circular economy, the goal is not to accumulate wealth, but to live an experience and share it with the world.
The word "waste" should no exist anymore, because waste has an end, but not in the circular economy. There it is no longer repugnant and you no longer need to hide it because it is a real resource that has value for many reasons: economic, environmental, societal…
The circular economy is not only environmental, it is also artistic, economic, social, innovative. It is a vision, a generation.