Circular Economy Business Toolkit

“The circular economy is an alternative to the predominant linear “take-make-dispose” economy of production and consumption, which relies on large quantities of relatively cheap materials and inputs, and produces a lot of waste. Regenerative by design, a circular economy keeps products, components and materials at their highest utility and value, at all times. It offers fresh opportunities for businesses and communities to more effectively compete in a resource-constrained world and provides a systems-based approach to preventing waste.

This toolkit is a how-to guide for businesses of all sizes, and sectors, beginning to explore the opportunities of circular modes of production and service. The guide draws on a wide range of existing resources and research to define key terms, outline how businesses can benefit, and present case studies from around the world. References adapted for each chapter of the toolkit are listed
at the back; additional resources are provided in each chapter.

The toolkit covers three key areas:

  1. Business Strategy: how to develop a circular business strategy
  2. Design Innovation: steps to include circular concepts in the innovation process
  3. Stakeholder Engagement: how to engage top stakeholders in the circular initiative” Explanation from Circular Economy Business Toolkit 

Creator: Canada National Zero Waste Council Year: 2016

External Link:

  1. Circular Economy Business Toolkit by NZWC

Reference# 03.01.07

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