- Ahwa Habeeb
Get to know more about: Circular Economy
This week is Circular Economy Week 2021 here in London with ReLondon and partners holding a number of events, talks and workshops. #CEweekLDN.
At Maverick Musing, we really focus our values on forward-thinking ethical theories which are built on more circular methods. One is known as circular economy. Our designs are handmade from recycled and second hand materials and constructed with the ability to reuse and rework in the future. Our jewellery can be worn for a lifetime as well as remade again and again.
What is circular economy?
Circular economy is a system that works to eliminate waste, pollution and the continuous use of resources. It aims to prevent environmental destruction and move towards reusing existing materials and renewable energy sources. A circular system of production is much more sustainable in the long run compared to the current system we have, which uses raw materials in inefficient ways.
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation states that a new circular system is built on the foundations of three principles:
1. Designing out waste and pollution:
A significant reason why waste and pollution levels are as high as they are is due to the way we design things. Most environmental impacts are determined during the design process. At present, the situation is that certain objects have been designed with a limited useful life or an intentionally frail design, so that it quickly becomes obsolete. By becoming more conscious of the environmental impact of these objects during the design process, we can work towards decreasing waste and pollution, and ultimately preserve our natural resources.
2. Keep products and materials in use:
The second principle is based on the idea that products and materials must be preserved and kept in the economy. Since it is not possible for these products and materials to all last forever, we must find ways to design products with the intentions of them one day being reused, repaired and remanufactured. By doing so, we can ensure that we use these materials to their full potential and they don’t end up in landfill, or worse - releasing toxins into the air!
3. Regenerate natural systems:
The final principle is to regenerate and enhance our natural systems and its resources. Where possible, industries should innovate and stop the use of non-renewable resources, replacing them with more renewable ones as a means to implement a more circular economy.