The Circular Economy

A circular economy is restorative and regenerative by design, and aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value at all times, distinguishing between technical and biological cycles.

TO LEARN MORE go to: www.circulareconomy.com/ and play the game below.

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In Package Design I encourage students to apply the theories of the circular economy to package design. It is important for their clients to stay competitive, the circular economy is good business sense as resources are preserved throughout the production and life cycle of the product. it is good for the planet and the people as resources are preserves and waste is lessened dramatically enough to change the world today.

This video provides a good explanation of what a circular economy is, why it is important to all of us and our planet; and how we can persuade the companies we but our products from to adopt it.

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For more information on how you apply the circular economy to your business Check out the following links:

Watch video circular economy overview
http://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/circular-economy/overview/concept

Learn what the CE terminology means and how to apply it to developing a circular economy design project
http://www.circulareconomy.com/

Package Design of the NEAR future
http://www.rwmexhibition.com/library/Circular-Economy-Drives-Packaging-Innovation-How-sustainable-design-thinking-is-enabling-some-of-todays-leading-brands-to-reap-economic-and-brand-rewards

Watch video on the disruptive innovation festival
https://www.thinkdif.co/

Topics/events covered at the Disruptive Innovation Festival
https://www.thinkdif.co/news/eight-must-watch-dif-2015-design-related-events

CE100 – corporations getting on board
http://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/ce100

How CE is applied to packaging
https://www.greenbiz.com/article/how-circular-economy-plays-out-packaging

Examples of package design for the circular economy
http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/dec/17/how-to-apply-circular-economy-principles-to-package-design

Further information on the circular economy:
http://ifixit.org/
http://www.c2ccertified.org/
http://www.asknature.org

Suppliers of ecofriendly materials:
http://www.ecovativedesign.com/

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