Sustainable Solutions

Moving from a Linear to a Circular Economy

Circular economy

Circular economy refers to an economic model of production and consumption in which final materials are reused and recycled back into the cycle as much as possible. Waste is kept to a minimum. When a product reaches the end of its life, its materials reenter the cycle through recycling, reusing, repairing or other methods whenever possible.

FAQ: Circular economy 

Materials are used and reused as long as they continue to provide value. This cycle reduces waste and pollution, while maximizing resources.

Linear economy

Linear economy is an economic model in which products are consumed or used once and then discarded. Final materials are not reused or recycled. Many of today’s products are designed for a linear economy model, which contributes to excess waste and pollution.

FAQ: Linear economy

The key difference between circular and linear economies is what happens to the products, packaging and materials after it is used. If all materials are thrown away as waste, without any consideration for reuse or recycling, the product’s life cycle reflects a linear economy. If the final materials are reused and recycled as many times as possible, the life cycle reflects a circular economy.