07 Aug Benefits of a Circular Economy
What is a circular economy?
There are two forms of economy: linear and circular. A linear economy focuses on throwing away excess materials after product production. A circular economy has a more sustainable approach, both in terms of the economy and the environment. It focuses on renewable construction and utilising surplus material into other products rather than disposing of it.
What are the benefits of a circular economy?
Material Regeneration – Because surplus material is getting reused rather than thrown away, there is less waste. This waste minimisation decreases the amount of material entering landfill sites, meaning fewer toxins enter the atmosphere. Furthermore, less waste means that animals have more space to live safely, with a lower chance of being harmed by various gases and dangerous objects.
Lower Carbon Footprint – In a circular economy, regeneration promotes the use of renewable sources of energy. These sources include solar energy, wind energy, and hydro energy. These resources drastically reduce the number of greenhouse gases released and thus slows down climate change.
Better quality of products – Products in a circular economy are made with a regenerative focus. This means that products are designed according to high-durability and high-quality standards so that they can be reused.
Transparency – Having a regenerative focus builds trust within the consumer market as customers receive quality products that are also environmentally and economically ethically sourced. This trust factor will convert potential buyers into customers and will form a healthy consumer-business relationship.
Organic economic growth – The disposable nature of the linear economy means that natural resource prices have fluctuated for years, making it an unstable market. This fluctuation discourages business investment. However, in a circular economy, material regeneration ensures a reduced economic output during the product creation process because there is no need to buy new. Reusing material also creates additional income for businesses selling their surplus material. This creates a cycle of cheaper production costs for the company, more affordability for consumers, and more demand.
A circular economy is a more sustainable alternative to a linear economy and offers benefit-driven results for both the environment and business.
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