The purpose of this blog is to promote and explore all the different facets of the circular economy. Content will span from science, to humor, to economics, to real-life stories and experimental concepts and everything in between.
The concept of the circular economy put simply is: an economy with a circular flow of materials where waste (whether technological or organic) will be used as feedstock for creation of new goods, thus creating circular material flows. The current economic model can be described as linear and is commonly referred to as the “take-make-waste” model. The global waste crisis that we now face is a result of this linear economic process.
The circular economy will be necessitated by the simple truth that there is a finite amount of quickly dwindling resources that will have to be shared by an infinite amount of consumers (if our goal is to survive eternally as a species). The world that we all grew up in will not be able to accommodate the rapidly growing population and unless a change is made, disparity will reap havoc on our species by causing civil unrest and war that will be amplified by climate change and degradation.
The arguments supporting the essentiality of a transition to a circular economy are many and include (but are not limited to) the following:
- The circular economy can help slow and possibly reverse climate change
- The circular economy will be the greatest business opportunity of our generation
- The circular economy will help eliminate the waste crisis we are facing
- The circular economy will prevent soil degradation by keeping nutrients in the ground and out of landfills
- The circular economy will create jobs (which will be ever more important as autonomy removes jobs)
I invite you to join me and begin rethinking what is possible and create a better future for our children, and their children, and on and on. In 100 years, when history has been written, would you rather that our generation be known as the generation that ruined the world? Or the generation that saved it?