The Circular Economy is a model for how products and services can change us from ‘consumers’ to being users within a system that makes best use of our limited resources.
Since the industrial revolution we have operated mostly on a ‘linear economy’ of making things, using them and disposing of them when they are no longer ‘fit for purpose’ to a system designed with reuse and treating products and services in a whole new way. Waste then becomes ‘resources’.
LEAP are involved in a few small local projects that are examples of services that can be seen as part of a circular economy.
A great place to learn more about the Circular Economy and how it relates to the future of business, commerce and the third sector is the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Where you can find links for all sectors and all levels of learning on the Circular Economy.