The importance of being circular
The traditional economic models are based on linear and simplified models, where increased consumption translates in an increase in the production and in the overall growth of the system. In the last decades this oversimplified model has been questioned by economists and policy makers as not taking in consideration all the factors that in reality influence the movements of the economic system.
The Circular Economy model seems to be the one that could ensure sustainability for the environment but also savings that lead to higher profitability. The model considers the use of all the resources, including waste, in order to ensure growth. This regenerative system can be achieved through long-lasting design, maintenance, repair, reuse and so fort, building a circle that increases savings and avoids extreme consumerism.
An idea that has been presented in order to encourage the paradigm swift is to expose secondary schools students to the basics of circular economy. This will have effects on the behaviours of current adult generations ad will ensure that circular economy will be the mainstream economic system of the future.
Some concerns remain, though. How can we break out the silo and include an interdisciplinary topic in modern school systems that are still focusing on single subjects? What are the thinking habits and abilities needed to foster the transition?
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