Introduction: Make-Take-Rinse-Repeat- audio

Introduction: Make-Take-Rinse-Repeat- audio

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The Concept of a ‘Circular economy’ is far from new. One can argue quite successfully that the concept itself is as old as mankind’s oldest cities.

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The Concept of a ‘Circular economy’ is far from new. One can argue quite successfully that the concept itself is as old as mankind’s oldest cities. Today, the concept has evolved beyond the language of process hitherto used to describe it (e.g., Recycling, Upcycling, etc) and is now a complex mishmash focused on creating or capturing value by maximising the lifespan of all products and their component inputs as well as the energy used in the production, distribution and consumption of these products. Many proponents of the concept advocate for a complete re-imagining of current systems of production and the economic models we use to assess value. We argue that things are, obviously, much more complicated and that the economics of ‘circular’ needs to be better understood and then effectively communicated if we are to make any meaningful progress.

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