Circular Economy

The concept

The Circular Economy aims to redefine growth, focusing on positive society-wide benefits. It entails gradually decoupling economic activity from the consumption of finite resources, and designing waste out of the system. Underpinned by a transition to renewable energy sources, the circular model builds economic, natural, and social capital. It is based on three principles:

  • Design out waste and pollution
  • Keep products and materials in use​
  • Regenerate natural systems​

In a circular economy, economic activity builds and rebuilds overall system health. The concept recognises the importance of the economy needing to work effectively at all scales – for large and small businesses, for organisations and individuals, globally and locally.

Transitioning to a circular economy does not only amount to adjustments aimed at reducing the negative impacts of the linear economy. Rather, it represents a systemic shift that builds long-term resilience, generates business and economic opportunities, and provides environmental and societal benefits.

Explore Seattle's Circular Economy!

Systems Maps

The Circular Economy distinguishes between technical and biological cycles. Consumption happens only in biological cycles, where food and biologically-based materials (such as cotton or wood) are designed to feed back into the system through processes like composting and anaerobic digestion. These cycles regenerate living systems, such as soil, which provide renewable resources for the economy. Technical cycles recover and restore products, components, and materials through strategies like reuse, repair, remanufacture or (in the last resort) recycling.

upcoming events around the Circular Economy

About

CHOMP’S Upcycle Bazaar is about helping network King County Upcyclers to each other to create a larger more organized circular economy in King County. Come and meet our featured makers (below) at the event! 

The future of our product-driven world is to make new things from the old. The Upcycle Bazaar features the work of our local makers! You’ll also be able to participate by learning, and even making your own special something.

*** Bring an old tee shirt and learn to screen print with Second Use!***

Chomp's Upcyclers from Seattle Made:

Want to learn more about the Circular Economy and how you can be a bigger part of it? Contact our Green Business Program Manager, Nico Onoda-McGuire via email.

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