In the current linear economic model it is the norm to take, make, briefly use and dispose of materials and serviceable products, with devastating effects on the living environment and climate while exhausting the resources on which a fair and equitable life depends.
A circular economy aims to make better use of materials and products. It designs products to last, that are fit for reuse, easy to repair and, eventually, recycle. In a circular economy the purpose of the economy changes from short-term economic gains to organising fair access to resources to enable people to have a good life within environmental limits. Circular economy is being implemented widely for its commercial and social benefits while reducing impacts on climate and environment.
Read, hear and see more about what a circular economy is in Leeds’ World Changers collection.