At this time of year, we are encouraged to “Create Memories Not Garbage”. We are reminded that we all should be doing our part to make less waste. Our awareness level has increased about food waste, single use plastics and taking our own bags when we go shopping. However, we need to be doing much more.
We need to adopt an economy that operates within planetary boundaries and focuses on keeping materials in circulation (and out of the landfill). We need to be designing products that can be 'made to be made again' and powering the system with renewable energy. This is the circular economy.
A circular economy “offers a solution to the growing problem of waste, generates economic growth, increases the number of local green jobs, and encourages innovation.” The BC Minister for the Environment and Climate Change at #COP25Madrid discussed the circular economy and how the way we use waste and resources impacts climate change.
The circular economy is also about sharing, focusing on positive society-wide benefits. As we welcome 2020, let’s do our part to support a circular economy and community economic development.
So, if you could do just one thing differently to create memories and reduce waste, what would it be? Visit the Metro Vancouver website for ideas!
Learn more about how to accelerate the transition to a circular economy with best practices, case studies and worksheets from these websites:
https://ceaccelerator.zerowastescotland.org.uk/ - exists to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted; to influence and enable change.
https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/circular-economy/concept - works with business, government and academia to build a framework for an economy that is restorative and regenerative by design.