CLOSING THE CIRCLE ON WASTE
A circular economy will take a range of strategies. In the cradle-to-cradle vision, all products are ultimately broken down either into basic components, which are made into new products, or biological ones, which return to the soil. Waste is a design flaw of modern life: In nature, it doesn't exist.
Natural ecosystems function in closed loops: Byproducts are recycled into new growth. Humans have manufactured a world based on an entirely different paradigm: We typically extract natural resources, use them once, and throw away what's left. That paradigm has made the average 21st-century human more prosperous than the average 18th-century one. But industry is now running into resource limits, and we're all running into environmental ones. To drive this conversation forward, National Geographic convened thought leaders for a solutions-focused discussion, spotlighting the innovation and collaboration that will lead us from linear to circular—and ultimately to a planet in balance.
The forum featured a keynote presentation, panel discussions, and solutions spotlights from a dynamic roster of participants—from National Geographic editors to notable circular economy experts from across business and industry, including CEOs and subject-matter experts from participating sponsors.
A diversified global industrial
manufacturer that aims to
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The leading provider of
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with services that range from
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Ellen MacArthur Foundation
A global thought leader,
putting the circular economy
at the heart of business strategy
and on the agenda of policymakers
around the world