How to join the Circular Economy – Close-the-Loop

Ellen MacArthur Foundation – wants to put the last part of “Nature’s Life Cycle” back into industry. The part that we humans have to re-evaluate. Save our resources!

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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<<<<


Mining versus Recycling forcaste- How to join the Circular Economy - Close-the-Loop

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

59 seconds – Why the Circular Economy is key to addressing climate change

Close the Loop

Put the last part of “Nature’s Life Cycle” back into industry!

Design out waste or USE IT!

Use, even, the very dirtiest of the rubbish and
you can quit Landfills completely!
The UBQ SOLUTION helps its community
become one of the first in the world
to be truly ZERO WASTE!

3:45 minutes – Israeli Company Turns Coronavirus Masks Into Recyclable Thermoplastic

Recycle industries are getting bigger and needed everywhere!

1:59 minutes – Closed Loop Recycling Explained in 2 Minutes
3:10 minutes – What is Closed-Loop Recycling? of cardboard
6:31 minutes – Novelis: Closing the Loop with Recycling Aluminum

PURE REUSE………………………..
No resources have been lost in the making of this product:

50 seconds – Gomi Portable Charger – Powered By Waste

TerraCycle has found many ways to Close the Loop
for hard to recycle things

Difficult-to-recycle Trash is kept out of landfills & oceans by TerraCycle‘s vast collector community.

Like Cigarettes:

1:42 – How TerraCycle® + Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company® Recycle Cigarette Butts

Cigarette Waste Free Recycling Program
We’ve made getting started with the Cigarette Waste Free Recycling Program easy! Simply download a free shipping label to ship your cigarette waste to TerraCycle, and we’ll recycle them after YOU follow a few important preparations before you ship.

Like Fluorescent Lamps:

1:44 – Bulb Eater 3 Video –
from TerraCycle Regulated Waste, LLC

The Bulb Eater® 3 Lamp Crusher crushes spent fluorescent lamps of any length into 100% recyclable material while capturing over 99.99% of the vapors released. The system, which is mounted onto a 55-gallon container, can hold up to 1350 4-foot fluorescent lamps

Does your recycling company have a Bulb Eater® Lamp Crusher?

Industrial Waste Solutions
TerraCycle partners with many manufacturing facilities around the world to recycle large quantities of difficult-to-recycle waste, as well as small, unusual waste streams like personal protective equipment.
Click here to take a virtual tour of our processing facilities.

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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. )

below the video, is a transcript of what Ms. Ellen MacArthur and Ms. Christiana Figuere are talking about.


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! <<<

broken solar panels - recycle and join the Circular Economy- How to join the Circular Economy - Close-the-Loop

Planet Earth is overflowing with man made “remains”, that we must learn how to recycle and reuse. ……. NOT bury in a landfill!

turbine blade landfill - not the way to join the Circular Economy- How to join the Circular Economy - Close-the-Loop
Hundreds of non-recyclable fiberglass wind turbine blades 
are pictured being buried and piling up in a landfill

If you did not design “the end of life” into your product before production, at least find a recycler!

OR Waste Online Tools! To Sell bulk Waste!

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

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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.

Save the Planet! Support Recycling!

>>>>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

What Makes An Economy Circular? Decomposition To New Life ! Let’s Review.

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It is the “WASTE”&”RECYCLING” pointS of this infogram that we need to work on!

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!
Potential goldmines!

We can do away with Landfills completely >> MSW to Fuel

2 minutes – BIR 70th anniversary video THE SEVENTH RESOUCE

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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

join the Circular Economy - include the children- How to join the Circular Economy - Close-the-Loop

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…… Ellen MacArthur Foundation EMF

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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
Cranfield University
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

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