With the vast number of possibilities for creating value out of the Circular Economy and cradle-to-cradle thinking, it can be challenging to assess all the options. The Circular Economy Toolkit has consolidated all the opportunities and provided information on how your company could start finding benefits. Read through the toolkit, complete the 5 minute opportunity assessment tool and run your own workshop to start creating more valuable and sustainable products and services. Click on the circles to the left to learn about the different opportunities available...
Manufacturers have a very important role to play. Manufacturers can ensure products are designed and manufactured with minimal impact to the environment throughout the product’s life cycle. Manufacturers also have the opportunity to offer additional value-added services like repair/maintenance, reuse/redistribution, refurbishment/remanufacture and selling products as a service. Find out how other manufacturers are creating value from circular products in the case studies.
Product retailers and distributors have the opportunity to sell the best products initially and also deliver added-value services like repair/maintenance, reuse/redistribution, refurbishment/remanufacture and selling products as a service. This means a closer relationship with the customer and potential opportunity at every lifecycle of the product.
If you purchase products as a consumer or in a business, you have control over what you buy. Improving your understanding of 'circular products' by considering the entire life cycle will allow you to make better purchasing decisions, give you a better idea of how to use and maintain the product and what the best end of life strategy is once you are finished with it.