Resources - Circular Economy
A circular economy looks to shift from a linear 'Take, Make, Waste' model where resources are extracted, used then thrown away - into a model that uses only what it needed, uses renewable resources and eliminates waste. It is a model that is better for the planet and for people.
These resources elaborate on these ideas. See our other sections for more information on specific parts of circular economy practices including Waste Minimisation and Ethical Investing.
Presentation (60 mins) given at CWEA, recorded by Plains FM.
Looking beyond the current take-make-waste extractive industrial model, a circular economy aims to redefine growth, focusing on positive society-wide benefits. It entails gradually decoupling economic activity from the consumption of finite resources, and designing waste out of the system. Underpinned by a transition to renewable energy sources, the circular model builds economic, natural, and social capital.
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A circular economy is a complete rethink of the economic system and requires some significant changes to the way that our economy functions. Many of these changes would benefit us as well as the environment, building resilient communities that will be less vulnerable in times of crisis.
This presentation explains what the UN Sustainable Development Goal 12 is, context of it with the other goals and a background about Remix Plastic and our SDG's of focus.
Common terms associated with circular economy explained.
Ellen MacArthur Foundation - The Ellen MacArthur Foundation works with business, government and academia to build a framework for an economy that is restorative and regenerative by design.
Jeremy Rifkin's Third Industrial Revolution (free online presentation) examines the opportunities for circular economy systems through concepts such as clean energy, efficient transport systems and global communications.
Kate Raworth's Doughnut Economics( provides a new guiding principles for how an economy should function. An economy that is good for people and the planet considers and measures more than just GDP.
Climate Lab – University of California
The Century of the Self Documentary Series (Adam Curtis). This series explores the history of consumerism and the role that capitalism has played in shaping our society over the past 100 years.