FEATURED REPORT

Circular Economy

- July 10, 2020
Can companies renounce a “take-make-waste” model?
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A growing number of companies worldwide are attempting to reimagine their businesses to keep their products and components continuously in use. Prodded by shareholders, environmentalists and governments, they are signing on to the concept of a circular economy, in which goods are designed to be easily shared, reused, refurbished, harvested for parts and eventually recycled for their raw materials. The goal is to eliminate waste and reduce pollution and the greenhouse gases responsible for climate change.

European Union

U.S. Congress

In the States

 
1966–1997The ideas underpinning the circular economy take shape.
2002–2011China pioneers the circular economy.
2012–PresentEurope commits to transitioning to a circular economy, but the world economy remains less than 10 percent circular today.
   

Should states require producers to be responsible for products at the end of their life?

Pro

Heidi Sanborn
Executive Director, National Stewardship Action Council.

Con

Dan Felton
Executive Director, AMERIPEN — American Institute for Packaging and the Environment.

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