It is time to move to the circular economy

It is time to move to the circular economy


We are used to living in a world of abundance,
where the economy continually produces new goods for us to consume. And the economy revolves around consuming
natural resources, which are limited. We have come to a point where we have to think
about our well-being in a new way so that it is not based on wasting natural resources
and accelerating climate change. The time has come to move to the circular
economy. Let’s look at motoring, for example. The car is in traffic for only a tenth of
the time. That is, only one in ten cars is moving and
the rest stand still. There is room for five people in the car,
but typically there is only one occupant. And the vehicle moves with fossil fuels that
accelerate climate change. Sound ineffective? All the extra energy needed to move the car
and the time that the car is idle or used at low power is a waste of resources. In the circular economy, efforts are being
made to reduce this waste. What if we were to use car sharing that can
be obtained with a special app when we need a car in cities, instead of using our own
car. Then, when we don’t need the car ourselves,
someone else could use it. With the same app we could pick up other people
travelling in the same direction when commuting or going to hobbies, for example. And, of course, the car would run on renewable
energy. Sharing, resource efficiency and the use of
renewable resources as well as renewable energy are effective means of circular economy, as
are increasing product lifecycles and recycling. The car should be serviced regularly to keep
it on the road for as long as possible. At some point, however, it will come to the
end of its lifecycle. Then it would be good if as many of its parts
as possible were reused or made into new goods. This would allow natural resources to stay
in the economic cycle as long as possible. We should think about all everyday consumption
in the same way. For example, could appliances and clothing
be of higher quality and thus last longer. Should a broken item be repaired instead of
replaced with a new one? Could party clothes, which we often use only
a few times, be rented? Could a mobile phone also be rented, giving
its raw materials a better cycle? How can I eat in a climate-friendly way and
how can I reduce food waste? In the circular economy, we use raw materials
efficiently, so we keep our natural resources in the economic cycle as long as possible. The circular economy prevents overconsumption
of natural resources and curbs climate change. We can all influence our well-being and the
well-being of the environment with our choices.

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