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Circular Economy concepts

The Doughnut Economics model developed by Kate Raworth is one way of illustrating how a circular economy works consistent with closed-loop principles, inviting nature and well-being into urban planning.

Fossil fuel derived plastic doesn’t make sense in a circular economy. I
t’s nastier than we think. Jenny Downes explains …
The National Plastics Plan is not just a step in the right direction, it is the furthest the federal government has ever gone in driving a closed-loop supply chain, according to Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR).
The recently released plan aims to reduce plastic waste in a multi-pronged way, proposing wide-ranging initiatives such as plastic-free beaches, new labelling guidelines, eliminating expanded polystyrene consumer packaging fill in food and beverage containers, and greater consistency in kerbside bin collections

Front-end thinking
“Think upstream and along the entire value chain – circular economy is about much more than recycling at the end-of-life.  If you start by looking at the end, it’s too late because there are already a lot of things that have gone wrong.”
– a slide from the Putting Circular Economy Principles to Work – A hands on workshop – GreenBiz ’17 (part of a 75 slide presentation)

Where does Australia sit within all this discussion about transitioning to a circular economy?
Not too bad as it turns out. One of the issues is that, it’s not common knowledge, being cloistered away on the business pages, or specialist journals.  But it doesn’t have to be that way. We can be part of the messaging needed to get the story into the community.  Watch this webinar for a good introduction on how the circular economy works, and how we can be a part of the transition to this much more earth friendly way of living.

(From MMM, Issue 18, April 2021)