A functioning circular economy uses raw materials efficiently and over the long term. When material and product cycles are completely closed, the consumption of resources and energy decreases. The materials that are used are fed back into the cycle and reused. People, the environment and the entire economy benefit from this regenerative system.
USED GOODS IN THE TECHNOLOGY CYCLE
Consumer goods (televisions, cars, synthetic fibres, etc.) are broken down into so-called technical nutrients after they have fulfilled their function. New products are created from the individual parts. Consumers only use the service linked to the product, for example TV reception in the case of TV sets. The materials from old devices are kept in the technology cycle through take-back and recycling systems.
CONSUMER GOODS IN THE BIOLOGICAL CYCLE
Natural fibres, cosmetic products and detergents are all consumer goods. Recyclable consumer goods are designed so that they can be reused in the biological cycle. To do this, they are broken down into biological nutrients. They subsequently promote biological systems by specifically supporting plant growth. The renewable raw materials and substances are then in turn the basis for new products.