3 ways to rethink packaging with the circular economy

We need circular instead of take-make-waste

Catherine’s blog for The Low Carbon Business Network hosted by the University of Derby

We need circular instead of take-make-waste

The spotlight is still on plastics: a recent petition asks supermarkets to stop using an estimated one billion plastic bags each year to package bananas.  The headlines highlight the levels of waste: for example, we use 38.5m plastic bottles every day in the UK, but only about half are recycled.  In other words, over 16 million are landfilled, incinerated or discarded, polluting our air, atmosphere, soil and water.

Businesses are using circular economy approaches to achieve more future-fit solutions.  Circular approaches overcome the systemic issues with our current ‘linear’, or ‘waste’ economy (take some materials, make a product, use it, then dispose of it).  Read more

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