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Is the circular economy a fairy tale or a real transformative vision?

Is the circular economy a fairy tale or a real transformative vision? To answer this question, this short piece critically reflects on the concept of circular economy, discusses its key challenges, examines its implementation, and explores its precursors and many related concepts and visions. Visit the article to better understand the potentials and shortcomings of…

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How our purchasing decisions can support the transition to a circular economy

In the run up to Christmas this timely piece by CRESTING researcher Aodhan Newsholme (University of Hull, UK), explores how we as consumers can support the transition to a #circulareconomy through our purchasing decisions. As a consumer, you may ask yourself: How do my purchasing actions have an impact in a global world?   Find…

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Analyzing the EU’s circular economy policies from an academic perspective

The EU has embraced the concept of the circular economy (CE) since the publication of the European Union’s Circular Economy Action Plan in 2015.  It is now a central component of many EU policies including the European Green Deal and the Coronavirus Recovery Plan.  However, academic research has yet to evaluate the discourse and policies…

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CRESTING researchers offer you an interactive timeline of circular economy thinking to explore over 70 CE-related concepts

The timeline, which can be accessed here, presents the key ideas that influenced the current concept of circular economy, as well as ideas which build upon it and share its goals.  It is based on extensive research carried out by the CRESTING project, which was published in the following open access article in the journal…

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