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The Circular Economy – Designing out Waste

 We need to embrace the circular economy. It’s about reducing waste by rethinking how we design, produce, use and dispose of manufactured goods, and keeping resources in use for as long as possible.

The circular economy is the alternative to our traditional linear economy – where we make, use and dispose of household goods and appliances when they reach the end of their useful life.

Look around you – your computer, your smartphone, your washing machine, your car – all items that we replace as soon as they’ve either reached the end of their useful life for us – or when a new model comes along with ‘better’ features. In an ideal world, everything would have value and nothing would be wasted. 

What does the circular economy have to do with self storage?

You should be looking for a self-storage company doing their bit to work towards the circular economy and with excellent green credentials. Here at Edinburgh Self Storage we’re working to our low carbon plan this year by installing solar panels and introducing energy efficient LED lighting.

Each one of us, through our demand for household goods is eating into a finite source of resources and producing more and more toxic waste.  The circular economy supports a cyclical model like the living world, with biological waste like leaves falling from trees that provide fertiliser and food for other organisms. Sadly most of our products don’t produce biological waste like the living world. Your washing machine has no biodegradable components so we need to find ways to reuse them beyond their useful life so that waste becomes food for another process. 

What is the goal of the circular economy?

The goal of the circular economy is to design products that come back to makers so that materials and components can be reused effectively – and in some cases indefinitely. There are already companies embracing this step change but we need to connect up and do more. 

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UniGreenScheme – embracing the circular economy.

One example of a business that embodies the values of the circular economy is UniGreenScheme. Based in Heathhall Business Centre, Dumfries, UniGreenScheme is an asset retail business that collects and re-sells redundant university equipment. The re-use of equipment means that there is less waste disposal, but it also enables universities to receive some of the proceeds to reinvest into research. 

In turn, those universities that need to purchase equipment have the opportunity to obtain items at a lower cost than buying new. 

We need to design our waste. The circular economy is here to stay. 

References

UniGreenScheme

Zero Waste Scotland

WRAP

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