Turning 'Make, Use, Waste' to 'Make, Use, Remake'
What is Circular Economy?
Many think, “Oh its just Recycling, we already do that”. Truth is, we can extend the value of ‘something’ which can then lessen the amount of waste we put in the bin. We need to create a Make, Use, Remake economy!
What’s the problem with what we are doing now?
The current ‘linear’ system no longer work for our modern society. From rigorous encouragement of consumption, people forget the value of their possessions. The cheaper it is, the more likely that when it breaks, it is thrown away.
We overwhelm our environment with so much waste that we don’t even know where to put them or how to dispose of them properly. Landfills are filled with clothes, food and stuff that are not going to decompose any time soon. Waste is significant in trades where it can be managed, such as the textile and food industries. They are responsible for millions of tonnes of carbon being released into the planet’s atmosphere, land and water, all of which contribute to climate change.
Why is Circular Economy important to our lives?
We as consumers must take responsibility for shaping the market and the environment we live in. We cannot always rely on retailers to change their ways considering that they operate to supply as much as people demand. But we also need to be able to take responsibility of our own behaviour. We have built a ‘want’ for convenient, plastic-packaged and cheap items We provide businesses with our demands, so they supply those demands as it is their purpose to make profit. The majority of the time, companies opt to secure the large set of demand that is only attainable through cheap methods. Reducing waste and exploring options is vital to building the change we need. It can start at home where we can change our behaviour, or at work which however small the gesture seems, can create a ripple effect that can become a larger act in helping to decrease the pressures of climate change. We can then hope that the planet we extract from continues to revitalise at the pace that is required and hope for it to last for more than just our generation.
What's being done?
The Scottish Government had produced a strategy for Scotland in order to make the transition from a linear to a circular economy.
“This strategy sets out our priorities for moving towards a more circular economy – where products and materials are kept in high value use for as long as possible. It builds on Scotland‟s progress in the zero waste and resource efficiency agendas. A more circular economy will benefit:
- the environment – cutting waste and carbon emissions and reducing reliance
on scarce resources;
- the economy – improving productivity, opening up new markets and improving
- communities – more, lower cost options to access the goods we need with
opportunities for social enterprise.”
How can we all help?
- Buy Responsible and Sustainable. We can alleviate the pressures of climate change by choosing not to buy (too many) cheap clothes and disposing them carelessly.
- Grow and Dispose Sustainably. We can choose to grow our own fruits and vegetables instead of packaged supermarket products and we can also dispose of them cleanly without adding to emissions.
- Change YOUR Behaviour. There are various ways we can apply a circular economy mind-set into our household and our lives.
- Change THEIR Behaviour. The great thing about social media is exposure. As conscious as we become of our surroundings, the stronger we are able to push for change. We can make companies liable for their unsustainable use of items such as plastics and unsustainable methods.
- Tweet them. Send a Letter. Host a Discussion. More importantly, make people aware that many retailers can make changes even during the design process. i.e. reduce their use of plastic packaging.
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