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Circular Economy Overview

Looking beyond the current take-make-dispose extractive industrial model, a circular economy aims to redefine growth, focusing on positive society-wide benefits. It entails gradually decoupling economic activity from the consumption of finite resources, and designing waste out of the system. Underpinned by a transition to renewable energy sources, the circular model builds economic, natural, and social capital. It is based on three principles:

  1. Design out waste and pollution
  2. Keep products and materials in use
  3. Regenerate natural systems

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Document type Archived web content
Language of document
  • English
Topics SDG12 Responsible Consumption and Production
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Cambodia
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Myanmar
  • Thailand
  • Viet Nam
Copyright Yes
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Publisher Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Keywords circular economy
Date uploaded June 19, 2018, 20:05 (UTC)
Date modified July 23, 2018, 03:05 (UTC)