This week Highland Radio discussed how we can we participate in the circular economy
Did you know?
- The concept of waste does not exist – everything is transformed into a resource that can be utilised.
- Aims to keep materials, components, and products in-use in the economy for as long as possible.
- Optimise every aspect of a product’s lifecycle from raw material extraction to manufacturing and first use, and multiple use-lives thereafter, through product re-design, new business models and novel technologies and processes.
- 90% of biodiversity loss and water stress comes from extracting and processing natural resources.
- According to the Circular Economy Bill, Ireland become the first country in the world to eliminate the use of disposable coffee cups. Currently, 200 million cups are sent to our incinerators and landfills annually.
What are the benefits?
- It is estimated that by boosting Ireland’s circularity we could save €2.3 billion annually.
- It will lower our reliance on global supply changes – we can no longer rely so heavily on these chains.
- It will create more jobs, 700,000 jobs could be created by 2030 in Europe alone by adopting circular economy practices.
- In a circular-based economy, longevity, durability and the re-use of materials, products will not break down as easily or need to be replaced as readily.
How can we participate in the circular economy?
- Charity Shops: With the likes of Depop, Ebay as well as charity and vintage shops, you can donate and buy second-hand clothes and shoes, reusing materials.
- Buy sustainable products: Tote bags, reusable coffee cups, water bottles, metal straws, and bamboo toothbrushes are all examples of sustainable products that you can use in your everyday life.
- Recycle your waste: Separate your waste into different segments such as food waste, recyclable materials, and general waste.
- Recycle your e-waste: WEEE Ireland has set up dozens of electrical recycling centres across the country so you can dispose of your e-waste safely.
For more information, check out the following websites:
- https://circuleire.ie/ – CIRCULÉIRE