Often products are designed for convenience without considering the waste they produce. In a circular economy, products are designed so they can be reused and repurposed as new products.
A linear economy is when manufacturers take a raw material, for example, oil, make something with it, (sandwich baggies), consumers use the product (in lunches) and dispose of it (throw it in the garbage).
In a circular economy, manufacturers take a raw material that is designed to be recovered (tin) or incorporate the disposal into their product design, make something (bento box), consumers use it (in lunches) and reuse it repeatedly (indefinitely or recycle it when it has reached the end of its useful life).
Learn ways you can reduce waste
Did you know you can get a new (to you) bike or donate a bike that you no longer need at the Recycle Depot? This is a great example of circular economy principles in action.