1.2.1 The principles of circular economy

Course subject(s) Module 1. What is the circular economy?


At its heart, the Circular Economy takes inspiration from natural systems. Have a look at this video:

Animation by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (View on YouTube)


  • In the living world, one species’ waste is another’s food, and energy is provided by the sun. This is the inspiration for the Circular Economy.
  • A Circular Economy cycles valuable materials and products and produces and transports them using renewable energy.
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