What is a Circular Economy?
A circular economy is a principle for looking at how we produce and use the things we want or need that doesn’t produce waste:
- Designing products to be long-lasting, reusable, repairable, and recyclable.
- Creating ways to keep unwanted items in circulation.
- Breaking down and re-using materials, preventing waste.
- Running our economy in an environmentally friendly way, providing local jobs and healthier lifestyles.
Why do we need to change?
We are consuming more than we need and creating too much waste! – using almost twice the earth’s resources than can be regenerated each year.
Scientists from the Global Footprint Network calculate the day when each country has used more resources than can be replenished. This is called Earth Overshoot Day.
Earth Overshoot Day 2022 is 28th July. It is becoming earlier each year.