The circular economy

A model that prioritizes the use of resources and the reduction of raw materials.

The Concept

The circular economy is becoming increasingly popular. Researchers, entrepreneurs, public administrations and companies have included it in their daily vocabulary, but what exactly is it?

The circular economy is defined as a new economic business model that aims to “pro-duce goods and services while reducing consumption and waste of raw materials, water and energy sources” according to the Spanish Foundation for the Circular Economy.

The circular economy is a model that prioritises the use of resources and the reduction of raw materials. This system thus becomes an alternative to the current model of extraction, production, consumption and disposal—or in other words the linear economic model.

All the manufacturing processes of goods or services involve an environmental cost, both during production and at the end of their life cycle. To minimise this, the circular economy promotes the optimisation of materials and waste, extending their operational life cycle. In this way, the current linear “use and throw away” system is avoided and instead an-other system is adopted, one which respects the environment and is based on preven-tion, reuse, repair and recycling. This model allows for product lifespan to be extended, as well as giving those products a second life when they are no longer useful.

In oder to do this, the concept of the “7Rs” is employed, which means that the products are designed to be reused from the outset. Ecodesign considers the environmental factor as one more criterion to be taken into account when making decisions in the product design process.

In the current production model we are exhausting our natural resources, therefore this is the reason why the circular economy proposes a new model that uses and optimizes materials and waste, giving them extended and second lives. In order to achieve sustainable development, the product must be designed to be re-used and recycled. Thanks to ecodesign, each piece of a product can be reused or recycled once its operational life cycle/lifespan has ended.

The the aim of the circular economy is to turn waste into new raw materials. At the same time it also generates employment in the context of the so-called green economy. One promoter of this model is Ellen MacArthur, an English sailor and world record holder for solo long-distance sailing who explored ideas of sustainability and economization during her long journeys at sea. (Further content and videos about Ellen MacArthur and her foundation can be accessed by clicking the following link:)

The Circular Economy in Ziclos

What do we offer?

We offer expert advice, consulting and support for incorporating circularity in organisa-tions and in their respective products and services through our own personalised tools and reference methodologies.

We lay out and develop the life cycle analysis and circularity diagnosis of products, services and organizations. We provide solutions that represent real profit, and which reduce the environmental footprint and impact.

Added Value

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CIRCULARITY CHANNELS

We establish the necessary channels to ensure waste circularity. We offer a wide range of collaborators who allow us to ensure circularity, including: trusted transporters, recycling facilities and manufacturers who allow us to make sure that the collected waste receives all the treatment it needs so that it ends up as raw materials once again in our clients’ supply chains.

CERTIFICATIONS

Ziclos has RCS certification, of international recognition (Standard on Recycling decla-ration) that allows us to issue certificates and ensure the traceability of waste and the raw materials obtained through that waste.

POSITIONING

Switching to this sustainable model and implementing the circular economy into one’s business will improve positioning within the market.