It’s not about going round in circles, it’s about going around in a circle.
In a circular economy, the use of raw materials is minimised because products are designed, from the very start, to be reused, repaired and/or recycled.
This enables one product to have multiple lifecycles and many products to be made using recycled materials.
A circular economy also prioritises manufacturing processes and products that:
- are effective and cost-efficient
- minimise the draw upon natural resources and energy
- maximise environmental, health and safety outcomes.