Using fewer resources for sustainable development
The first priority in a more circular economy is to avoid unnecessary waste and use fewer resources in the first instance.
There is evidence that in terms of the UK’s footprint we use the equivalent of 2.9 planets to provide the resources we use and to absorb the waste we produce.
This demand is already placing the environment under pressure.
A more circular approach should:
- minimise the resources required in producing goods and services
- minimise waste
- use recycled materials
- change business model to a service/rental where possible.
How this can benefit your business
- reduces your manufacturing costs
- reduces your cost of waste disposal to landfill
- increases your competitiveness
- reduces your impact on the environment.
What you can do
Take the first steps on your cost saving journey to resource efficiency
Review your processes
Reduce your waste
Reduce your food waste
Contribute to relevant UK Voluntary Agreements
Use advice about resource efficiency and free practical help from a range of organisations.
- Other topics covered in this guide (design, reuse, repair and remanufacture) will also contribute to waste prevention, helping to ensure the economy can grow without increasing our resource use.
RES: Make a Resource Efficiency Pledge today
ZWS: Resource efficiency case studies
Zero Waste Scotland: Love Food hate waste
WRAPNI: case studies – waste prevention
WRAPNI: see pages about waste prevention & minimisation
WRAPNI: Love food hate waste
Ellen Macarthur Foundation Circulyrics tool
In this Guideline
What is the circular economy?
Using fewer resources
Managing your waste for the Circular Economy
Designing your products, and your business model to support the Circular Economy
Protect and regenerate natural systems