edie launches new business guide to embracing the circular economy
Organisations looking to accelerate the transition to a circular economy now have access to a comprehensive 'edie explains' guide which breaks down everything there is to know about achieving a zero-waste world.
The 11-page business guide, produced in association with Reconomy, provides an in-depth summary of circular economy systems, along with a range of real-life case studies and deeper dives into what the circular economy means for Britain's core industries.
The guide's release comes at a critical time for the circular economy, with key resource efficiency challenges such as plastic packaging, fast-fashion and food waste all rapidly rising up the corporate agenda, with the Waste and Resources Strategy outlining the circular economy approach in the UK.
A circular economy seeks to optimise the resources we use and keep them in productive loops for as long as possible. In practice, a circular economy replaces traditional linear ‘take, make, dispose’ models of production and consumption. To meet society’s future consumption needs, businesses will need to engage in greater resource productivity, and a circular economy offers a practical way to achieve this.
But what does this look like in practice? Which organisations are most suited to going circular? And what are the business benefits of doing so? This latest edie explains guide answers all of these questions and more to help sustainability and resource professionals understand exactly how they can accelerate the circular economy transition.
The guide also incorporates a number of 'top tips' on achieving a circular economy, and concludes with an industry viewpoint and two case studies provided by Reconomy.
In his Industry Viewpoint, Reconomy's business and industry divisional director Harvey Laud states: “The global response to Covid-19 has shown what the human race is capable of achieving in short space of time when faced with disaster. Globally, governments have intervened at a pace and scale previously thought impossible.
“Maybe this decisive action should provide hope in our ability to address the challenges of climate change and resource scarcity. Is it possible that the environment may become one of the few beneficiaries of this tragic human disaster? And has our response to the pandemic triggered changes in behaviour that, if maintained, will help create a more sustainable planet?