China recycles, big time (Image: View China Photo/Rex Features)
Don’t throw out that broken toaster: it’s key to our prosperity. Redesigning the economy so that all waste is reused or recycled would be good for business, according to two new reports.
For centuries the global economy has been linear. Companies extract resources from the environment, turn them into products and sell them to consumers – who eventually throw them out. As a result we are burning through Earth’s natural resources and wasting useful materials.
But it doesn’t have to be that way, says Felix Preston of think tank Chatham House in London. Instead, we could have a circular economy in which waste from one product is used in another…(more)…http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn21532-nowaste-circular-economy-is-good-business–ask-china.html