Ellen MacArthur Foundation – wants to put as much as possible of the last part of “Nature’s Life Cycle” back into industry. The part that we humans have to re-evaluate.
In this post:
The WasteRUSH of the 2020’s
Still not focused enough on Closing-the-Loop
Humans have moved outside Earth’s planetary boundaries.
A CIRCULAR ECONOMY IS A VERY GOOD IDEA
Inspire your children to think differently
…..Remember a list at the bottom of other posts about the EMF
The WasteRUSH of the 2020’s
Circular Mining/Recycling/Urban mining >>> the last part of “Nature’s Life Cycle” back into industry, is going to replace the DEMAND for the Earth mining industry in a big way. There is Huge demand for recycling already, but new activity suggests that the demand may come closer to double by 2025.
Growth from 2011 to 2030>>>> 3060<<<<
But tomorrow? Every Day you can find new information about how people are Circular/Urban Mining the Critical Minerals & Elements
It has been widely claimed that 1.6 million people worldwide are active in the recycling industry, but the actual figure is likely to be many times higher. For example, it has also been estimated that, globally, around 20 million people are engaged in the informal recycling sector. Together, the recycling industry handles more than 600 million tonnes of recyclables every year.
With an estimated annual turnover of around US$ 500 billion, the global recycling sector has already become a key driver for tomorrow’s sustainable development and for a global society now convinced that the future lies in a circular rather than in a linear economic approach….
…The recycling industry has become an integral part of modern society and plays a vital role in the Earth’s future.
Close-the-Loop – Save materials – it is good economics
Close the Loop
Put the last part of “Nature’s Life Cycle” back into industry!
Design out waste or USE IT!
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EMF discusses Closing-the-Loop
Still, there are not enough people focused on Closing-the-Loop
(2.36 minutes only of a 10:47 video with the following link:
That video has “Auto-Translate” – subtitles of many, many languages!….under “settings” >> the subtitle options. )
Ms. Ellen MacArthur, EMF Founder:
When we entered into the the climate space and we looked in great detail at how the circular economy can help us to tackle climate change, it really struck me that so much of the climate conversation is about switching to renewables and energy efficiency. Which is obviously absolutely vital. That we know. We understand that. Everybody understands that, but then there’s a kind of 45% which is about how we make products. How we use products. That could be, you know, cars or phones or food systems. They have a massive implication towards climate change. And yet in the conversation, that part doesn’t seem to be illustrated as well, particularly at cop26. Do you think it’s there enough?
Ms. Christiana Figueres, 2015 Paris Agreement Leader:
>> NO! I know it’s definitely not there enough and I am thoroughly delighted that you all are pushing on this because to be perfectly honest we are still at a point in which most of the effort and most of the focus and most of the financing is going toward how do we produce “X”. How do we produce energy. How do we produce transport. How do we produce food. And so we’re still very much caught into the “linear” thinking. And still caught in chapters one and two, about ”linear” thinking. Right? Which is extraction and use and we haven’t closed the loop to figure out.
And then what happens, once you produce the solar panel, once you produce the the wind turbine, once you produce the electric vehicle? And then what? And it’s that and then what, that we’re not focusing on, yet. Right? We’re going at this and addressing climate and emissions very much from a “linear” economy perspective, without fast forwarding or thinking to the end of that linear and then asking, you know, the very difficult question, “Then what happens?” And then we’re surprised. Right? We’re surprised when somebody comes up with saying, “Well then, you know. When you produce all of these EVs, then the batteries. We’re going to have to discard! Here is the environmental, you know, damage from those batteries, etc, etc, etc. Well why didn’t we think about that at the very beginning and design that differently ?!?!?!”
“Well why didn’t we think about that
at the very beginning
and design that differently ?!?!?!”
What could take the
shine off of Solar &
the Wind out of Turbines?
>>> Waste Problems! <<<
Planet Earth is overflowing with man made “remains”, that we must learn how to recycle and reuse. ……. NOT bury in a landfill!
If you did not design “the end of life” into your product before production, at least find a recycler!
Do you “take care” of any waste at the end of your production line???
DON’T DUMP your waste!
Say NO to Linear: Take, Make, Waste
SELL your waste !!
>>Go Circular, close-the-loop !!
Harvest >> Make >>Harvest again
There really is an urgent need to accelerate resource recovery!
Humans have moved outside “Earth’s planetary boundaries”.
December, 2020 – …Estimating changes in global biomass and human-made mass since 1990, the research showed that the mass of human-produced objects stood at just three percent of the weight of biomass at the start of the 20th century.
But since the post-World War II global production boom, manufacturing has surged to the extent that humans now produce the equivalent of the weight of every person on Earth every week on average.
2020 likely marked the moment when human-made mass tipped higher than biomass, according to the study published in Nature.
>>>>Every year, the Earth yields billions of tons of natural resources and at some point, in the not too distant future, it will run out. That’s why we must think again about what we throw away – seeing all waste as opportunity.
>>>>Each year the ‘Seventh Resource’ (recyclables) saves over 700 million tonnes in CO2 emissions and this is projected to increase to 1 billion tons by 2030. There is no doubt recycling is on the front line in the war to save the future of our planet and humanity.
>>>>Think resource, not waste, when it comes to the goods around us – until this happens, we simply won’t award recycled goods the true value and repurpose they deserve.
Recycling is A GLOBAL ISSUE ! – The Global Recycling Foundation
How do Landfills contribute to Climate Changes? They emit tons of Methane – a very hot GHG!
Landfills contain resources we can no longer afford to throw away. We need to retrieve them!
Ellen MacArthur Foundation EMF
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation EMF- works to accelerate the Circular Economy to put the last part of “Nature’s Life Cycle” back into industry. The part of the “Cycle of Life”, most people ignore!
It’s a way to design, make, and use things within planetary boundaries. [>>Harmonizing proportionally with planet Earth.]
Shifting the system involves everyone and everything: businesses, governments, and individuals; our cities, our products, and our jobs. A “new model”, a new operating system to re-think our world economy, our way of thinking, ways of doing business and producing products. By deliberately focusing: What will it take to transform our throwaway economy into one where resources are circulated, waste is eliminated, and nature is regenerated? A way to transform our economic system from The Ellen MacArthur Foundation EMF
Inspire your children to think differently
Teach them about the Circular Economy
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation – EMF
As the business leaders, policymakers, designers, and creators of the future, the next generation will lead the global transition to a circular economy. We’ve created a set of FREE teaching resources for Tes (formerly The Times Educational Supplement) to engage primary and secondary age children on the circular economy — inspiring them to redesign our ‘take, make, waste’ system to make things better for people and the planet. The resources, which include videos, reading materials, lesson plans, and interactive projects on topics including climate change, fashion, food, plastics, and cities, can be used at home or school — download them for free and inspire your children to learn about the circular economy.
Be part of the best possible team – EMF
We work towards accelerating the transition to a circular economy. We are proud to be the home of an exceptional team that comprises over 180 people and more than 20 nationalities and the Foundation also has a small number of employees based in China, Brazil, and the US.
Explore how you can get involved in accelerating this shift to a Circular Economy……..at Ellen MacArthur Foundation EMF
To accelerate the ideas of a Circular Economy, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) has developed connections world wide. The Pioneer Universities are one of these connections. They include:
University of Bradford
Delft University of Technology
University College London
Arizona State University
University of São Paulo
University of Exeter
and other posts about EMF:
Ellen MacArthur Foundation & the Best Explainer Video
EMF accelerating the Circular Economy Transition