How can we start to incorporate circular economy concepts into our day-to-day lives? By consciously choosing where and what we spend our money on, we can drive change. We've collected examples of circular solutions from across BC so that you can get inspired. While most solutions relate to multiple loop-back processes, we've tried to feature each business under the most fitting category.
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Reducing our consumption is the most resource-efficient way to contribute to a circular economy. Make a difference by purchasing items that add real value to your life, choosing refillable, low waste, or repairable products, participating in the sharing economy, and supporting circular businesses.
REUSE + REPAIR
Choosing reusable and repairable products and maintaining the things you already own extends product lifespan and reduces waste. From resoling boots at a cobbler to purchasing milk in reusable glass bottles, there are countless ways to keep items out of the landfill.
As the saying goes, one man's trash is another man's treasure. Items that you no longer want can be resold, shared, or donated rather than thrown away. If you're making a new purchase, consider buying secondhand from a thrift store or classified ad site.
Some of the most innovative circular businesses develop ways to loop "waste" materials back into our economy. Taking in and reconditioning this "waste" retains the value of these resources within the supply chain, transforming them into new products rather than losing them to the landfill.
Products that have reached their end-of-life and are no longer useful can be recycled. This is the most energy-intensive circular strategy, whereby materials within products are separated, and re-enter production processes to create new products. Recyclable products go beyond curbside municipal collection. With a little time and effort, you can dispose of materials like Styrofoam, soft plastics, pens, and more!