As the EU Buys into Circular Economy, Many Worry It May be Impossible
Huffington Post - about 2 years
By Cherry Tsoi, MS candidate, environmental studies and sustainability science, Lund University The "circular economy" is a concept attracting a lot of attention in the European Union at the moment. It is not only being proposed for the second time as an economic strategy package by the European Commission; it was also the theme for this year's World Resources Forum (WRF) in Davos, Switzerland. Put briefly, a circular economy aims to move from a traditional linear economic system of production and consumption toward a closed-loop (circular) system. A traditional linear system of production sees the extraction of a resource, such as aluminum, to create a valuable good, such as a soda can. In a linear economy, the used can would be thrown away as waste; in a circular economy, the used can materials are recycled into a new can. Recycling is combined with composting, repairing and reusing materials in a closed-loop system. The idea is to eventually have economic growth without enviro...
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