The circular economy, part one:the imperative principles

The circular economy, part one:the imperative principles


February 2020

Every designer currently working within the commercial sector or designing products for public use is currently encountering the term circular economy. Rather than the latest buzzword for recycling, the circular economy is a much broader, interconnected alternative to the traditional process of extracting raw materials and making them into products that are eventually discarded. The circular economy seeks to reimagine how things are made, designing against waste and pollution in the processes so that they have the potential to remain in use almost indefinitely, allowing natural environments to regenerate. The term circular references how humans can replicate the earth’s natural cyclical model, where nothing is ever really wasted but rather used as material for the next generation of growth. Why has this shift in thinking occurred among manufacturers and designers? Two reasons: raw materials and waste.

Keywords: Circular Economy, sustainability, IA Interior Architects


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