From linear to circular
In simple terms, the linear economic model goes from extracting raw materials, which are then used to manufacture goods, which are used until they are thrown away as waste. The linear model has been functioning since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. It would seem that in those times no one reflected on the fact that, firstly: natural resources are finite, secondly: the enormity of post-production waste, and thirdly: what to do with things we no longer want. About 92% of the world's industry still operates in this model! At the moment only 8% of extracted natural resources remain in the circular economy. The rest becomes waste. A linear system could work if there were fewer of us in the world. Unfortunately, due to global population growth, we have crossed the boundaries of nature’s ability to regenerate. So nature does not manage to renew resources - says Anna Desogus. Therefore, we live on credit, the burden of which will pass to our children and grandchildren.
An opportunity in a circular model
Furniture. And what next?
Mass change. What about the consumer?
New is coming…
*Source of all Anna Desogus quotes: "Webinar. Gospodarka cyrkularna - od degradacji do regeneracji". Experyment Science Centre in Gdynia, 30 September 2021.
**Agreement agreed at COP 21 in Paris, 12 December 2015.
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