This year, Circular Economy Week is being held from the 10th to the 14th of June in London. A plethora of events is taking place, including workshops, networking events and talks (most of which are completely free).

It is a no-brainer, why not pop along and see what you can learn?

So, what is the circular economy?

Traditionally our economic model was based on the linear approach. In other words; take, make and dispose. We would recklessly extract precious materials from the ground, make them into products (which had a short life span) and then we would landfill the items when we no longer wanted them. These used items were claimed to be worthless.  

However, we know this is far from the truth. Items made from precious materials, extracted from the ground are finite. They have a lot of value.

This is where to circular economy comes in. It is important now more than ever to consider the end of life process of items being manufactured. The circular economy is based on a model which instead of land-filling products saves them.

Can we reuse or repair items? If not then let’s recycle them, saving the precious materials used in making them. The circular economy approach produces far less waste than the linear approach.

Why change to a circular economy approach?

Sending products to landfill (as seen in the linear approach) is not environmental. Landfill can cause nasty chemicals to leach into our water ways effecting wildlife. In addition, mining more materials than we need puts pressure on our rain-forests.

The circular economy helps us to reduce the amount of materials land-filled and mined. Providing a win-win for our planet.

Not only is less waste better for the environment but it is also better for our pockets.  Businesses that recycle save costs on extraction. For example, recycling one tonne of iPhones will yield 300 times more gold than extracting one tonne of gold ore.

It makes logical sense for organisations to adopt the circular economy approach.

What can you do as an organisation or business?

  • Ensure you have appropriate recycling facilities set up in your office. Do you separate your food waste from your general waste?
  • Limit contamination levels in the bins. Mixing dirty food containers with paper will cause the paper to get wet. This will hinder the recycling process.
  • Remove single use items. Swapping to Keep cups, mugs and glasses will help you to reduce waste.
  • Contact suppliers. For example, Nespresso will come to collected old coffee pods. Similarly Dell will take away any old items. This is all done free of charge.
  • Purchase realistically (reduce) – try not to over order on team lunches, food waste can easily be avoided.
  • Try fixing or repairing things before throwing them away. This will also save you money.
  • Buy me once – invest in items that have a life-time guarantee. Spending more initially will save you money in the long run as you wont have to replace it.

Contact us and we can provide help and advice tailored to your business today. 

 

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