The planet's average surface temperature has risen by approximately 1 degree Celsius since the end of the 19th century due to increased carbon dioxide and other emissions into the atmosphere.
We, as human beings, are the only element in nature that generates waste. "Every year, about 8 million tons of plastic waste escapes into the oceans from coastal nations. That's the equivalent of setting five garbage bags full of trash on every foot of coastline around the world" (National Geographic, 2019)
A circular economy emerges as an attractive solution to reduce this negative impact on the environment. The circular economy aims to reduce or, if possible, eliminate waste. The idea is to redesign the current system to make it more sustainable at every point in the process.
The circular economy could save our environment because it works, taking the cyclical model of nature as an example. It advocates using as many biodegradable materials as possible in the manufacture of consumer goods - biological nutrients - so that they can return to nature without causing environmental damage when their useful life is exhausted, like in nature.
When it is impossible to use eco-friendly materials (electronic and metallic components), the objective is to facilitate a simple uncoupling to give them a new life by reincorporating them into the production cycle and composing a new part. When this is not possible, they will be recycled in an environmentally friendly manner.
The implementation of the circular economy reduces our use of resources and can reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by 39%, according to the Circularity Gap Report. In this sense, the circular model plays an essential role in fighting against climate change and protecting our environment.
According to a United Nations report, value retention practices such as remanufacturing, refurbishment, repair, and direct reuse could cut industrial waste by between 80 and 99 percent in some sectors. And in sectors where value-retention practices were adopted, Greenhouse gas emissions could fall by 79 to 99 percent across these sectors if value-retention practices were adopted (UNEP,2018)
Closing the loop practices its possible:
✓40 % of the world's copper demand is met by recycling.
✓Stainless steel could be made by 60% of recycling
✓Used tires generate the same energy as oil (with considerably less impact on the environment) and 25 % more than coal.
✓CO2 emissions could be decreased by 58 % with ferrous scrap.
Incorporating the circular economy into our daily lives can help heal our environment and eventually ourselves. To do this, we need to rethink our consumption patterns. So start changing our habits and move towards more circular lifestyles. We can begin to review whether we can reuse or repair our goods before buying a new one, and if we do buy a new product, think about the quality and lifetime of the product.
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