99% of all produced goods end up in a landfill within 6 months. Goods are manufactured to be consumed and are not designed to be re-purposed, this is Planned Obsolescence. Our society and the way our economy is structured follows a linear pathway (make, use, dispose). Natural resources are limited. The Linear Economy represents exponential air pollution, rising sea waters, destruction of natural habitats, increased levels of toxicity in our drinking supplies, irregular weather patterns, and the mass migration of peoples due to climate change. We cannot run a linear system on a finite planet, indefinitely.
In an economy based on recycling, materials are reused. For example, waste glass is used to make new glass and waste paper is used to make new paper. To ensure that in the future there are enough raw materials for food, shelter, heating and other necessities, our economy must become circular. That means preventing waste by making products and materials more efficiently and reusing them. If new raw materials are needed, they must be obtained sustainably so that the natural and human environment is not damaged.
There are three reasons why we need to switch to a circular economy: the increasing demand for raw materials, dependence on other countries, and the impact on the earth’s climate (CO2 emissions).
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