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  • Writer's pictureDudley Gann

THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY: EXPLORING A KEY CONCEPT IN GREEN TECHNOLOGY WITH ECOVISION SOLUTIONS FOUNDER DUDLEY GANN




Take. Make. Dispose. This linear economic model has been the hallmark of industrialized societies, characterizing their economic strategies for decades. Raw materials are collected and transformed into products, then after a brief period of utilization are thrown away. Essentially, value is generated through the continuous production and sale of as many products as possible.


However, it is increasingly evident that this linear approach is unsustainable and poses significant challenges in terms of resource depletion, environmental degradation, and the accumulation of waste. It yields substantial amounts of greenhouse gasses—carbon, methane, and nitrous oxide—long before a product even reaches the hands of a consumer. The extraction and processing of raw materials alone contribute to half of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Moreover, when waste becomes the final destination in this economic chain, it poses a significant threat to global ecosystems. The accumulation of various types of waste, ranging from plastic to food waste, jeopardizes the delicate balance of the world’s ecosystems.


This dual impact on both the early and late stages of the product life cycle underscores the urgent need to transition towards sustainable alternatives, particularly in the realms of technology and manufacturing. As the demand for products continues to rise globally, the current linear production and consumption patterns are simply not tenable. Embracing the principles of the circular economy becomes not only a necessity, but a strategic pathway towards a more ecologically responsible and economically viable future.


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