Two Words You Need To Know About Your Environment – Circular Economy

Environmental problems like global warming and excess waste production seem like topics we’ve read about in school and promptly forgotten afterwards. After all how does it really affect us? We have air conditioned homes to take care of the rising temperature, grocery shops full of food to fulfill our needs and city zoo with animals! If you’re thinking like this, let us give you some perspective.
India’s population is 1.25 billion people and amounts to 17.4% of the total people on the planet! We are utilizing all our natural resources with a reckless streak and believe it or not the problems have only started to manifest themselves. Whether it is the shortages of all our resources, war and social conflict, limits on personal freedom, overcrowding or survival of other species, things are not as rosy as they may appear to be.To present an alternative approach to this linear Take, Make and Dispose approach of industrial processing, a school of thought emerged in the late 1970’s. Stahl, the founding father of the industrial sustainability, worked on developing a closed loop approach to production processes and thus emerged the concept of a Circular Economy.

So what really is a circular economy? Besides the fact that it sounds really fancy, what does it have to do with you? The answer is simple and unequivocal, everything.
Technically, the circular economy refers to an industrial economy that is restorative by intention; aims to rely on renewable energy; minimizes, tracks, and hopefully eliminates the use of toxic chemicals; and eradicates waste through careful design.
In simple words, it is the establishment of systems that form closed loops and re-utilizes its own by- product in energy efficient manner.
Our continued focus on producing and consuming as cheaply as possible has created a linear economy in which objects are briefly used and then discarded as waste. The waste created in this manner has become so huge over the years that we have no idea how to deal with it.
Only, circular economy is based on the principle that waste does not exist. According to this, nothing is actually waste. In fact a waste product of one system is a raw product for another. So whatever we produce in one process could be used to generate something useful in another process! Circular economy then gave birth to the popular concept of Recycling!
In India, an environment-friendly initiative, ExtraCarbon is helping build a circular economy. It is a simple and efficient platform that facilitates waste recycling and even earn while doing so! Many approaches are emerging in the waste management market, incentivizing it is one of them. Not only it is fun and responsible, it helps people learn & inoculated habits that have direct impact on the environment and community.
You’ve heard it enough that even a small act on your part could help the environment, but do you really do it? Comment below and list down a few things you think can be done without really going out of the way and could still help our environment positively
1. India population: 1,249,290,000; India area (in 1000 square km): 3,288
2. USA population: 318,742,000; USA land area (in 1000 square km): 9,364
3. Source: Population seven billion: UN sets out challenges
4. Source: http://howmany.org/environmental_and_social_ills.php
5. Source: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-india-s-energy-shortage-likely-to-be-51-199476

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