By Julia Hernández Malagón
The circular economy in our daily lives
In the circular economy model, waste is transformed into a resource. It involves reusing, repairing, sharing, and recycling existing materials and products for as long as possible. This way, we can keep waste to a minimum, combat climate change, and save money while creating value.
The term circular economy is becoming increasingly popular, and many brands, such as IKEA and Adidas, are implementing this practice in the design of their products. For example, IKEA buys back used products to send them to an IKEA Circular Hub for resale and donation. They also offer workshops to share tips on how to prolong the life of products. Other industry examples include companies redesigning electrical devices in a way that is easier to repair and reuse.
So how can we, as consumers, adopt a circular economy approach when making consumer choices?
In this article, we share some tips to lead a more circular life based on the 5R’s of the circular economy: rethink, redesign, reduce, reuse, and recycle.
TIP 1: Make thoughtful consumer choices.
Did you know there are many new startups and apps designed to help us make more environmentally considerate decisions?
For example, here are some useful apps to look up that aim to keep food waste to a minimum:
TIP 2: Increase demand for products or services that are most consistent with circular economy principles.
TIP 3: Learn more about the places you shop and their sustainable practices.
TIP 4: Think about the packaging.
Do I need that much plastic to protect my purchase? Can I use my own bag instead? Can I use a reusable cup or container instead of a disposable one? Be sure to ask yourself questions like these before making a purchase.
It’s often the little things that make all the difference, and we can each do our part to protect the environment. If you’re interested in learning more about the circular economy and finding better uses for your old products, come check out REmarket!
REmarket is an initiative that the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Waste Reduction Group (SLNA-WRG) has put in place to reduce local waste by collecting unwanted post-consumer goods to keep them out of the landfill. They also offer repair services to extend the life of your products and a totally free market to give back to their local communities.
Full event details can be found here, and don’t forget to review the full event guidelines before participating!
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