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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Circular Economy and role of Repair

As we try to understand a circular economy system we come to realize that recycle at an industrial level should be the last resort. As we compare energy expendature between manufacturing, repair and recycle it is startling to notice that in recycling energy expenditure can even precede the energy expenditure at the manufacturing level which increases the carbon mileage. In developed countries the product is set miles away for dismantling and recyceling and exposure to hazardous materials have no accountability for.

Here are some interesting article that talks about recycle as the last resort, when the product have been used to it's full capacity unlike now when products are tossed at only1/3 of it's life cycle or better still when brand new.

http://www.gridphilly.com/grid-magazine/2016/2/25/recycling-is-good-but-it-should-be-our-last-resort

Here's another interesting website that decodes a lot about circular economy....

https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/circular-economy/interactive-diagram





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