Circular Economy

Under governance, Anath Foundation advocates for a circular economy. A circular economy is a closed-loop economic system in which the value of raw materials, components, and products is preserved as much as possible, renewable energy sources are used, and systems thinking is emphasized.

Anath Foundation will help cities and organizations build a circular economy, especially in places where it is not already implemented. These organizations will then use the proper methods and information to communicate the knowledge to the populations they supervise. The objective of developing a circular economy is to minimize waste and create a society that is more sustainable.

A circular economy is an economic growth strategy that helps businesses, society, and the environment all at the same time. A circular economy, in contrast to the linear “take-make-waste” paradigm, is aimed to gradually dissociate growth from the usage of finite resources. The following three pillars support it:

Maintaining product and resource utilization; reducing waste and pollution; and restoring natural systems.

Reusing, sharing, repairing, refurbishing, remanufacturing, and recycling are all examples of circular systems, which result in a closed-loop system that decreases resource consumption, waste, pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions.

Traditional activities within a circular economy:

-Waste treatment and valorization, i.e. industrial processing operations aimed at reusing, recycling and upcycling valuable goods or energy sources

-Increase the use of recycled water in industrial operations

-Biogas/biofuels production and use

-Reverse logistics activities to promote reuse and recycling cycles

-Energy audits for enterprises and groups; green social entrepreneur aid

In various aspects,  a linear economy differs from a circular economy. In a linear economy, raw materials are mined, turned into a product, and then discarded. However, in a circular economy, the cycles of all these basic resources are closed. Closing these loops needs far more than recycling. It alters how value is produced and sustained, as well as how manufacturing may be made more sustainable and which business plans can be implemented.

Materials circulate in two independent cycles in a circular economy: the bio-cycle and the techno-cycle. The contrast between these cycles aids in comprehending how long-lasting and high-quality materials may be utilized. A basic rule of thumb is that the quality of the remaining material will be better when the to-be reused material goes through fewer process stages. 

Circularity helps to make the planet more sustainable, however not all sustainability programs are circular. Circularity is concerned with resource cycles, whereas sustainability is concerned with people, the environment, and the economy. Circularity and sustainability are part of a long line of visions, concepts, and ideas that are connected.

Circularity must be measured to make informed decisions about processes, goods, and enterprises. There is currently no widely acknowledged approach for this. Circularity may be assessed qualitatively or statistically using a variety of methods, such as scanning and databases.

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