Recycling has long been an entry point into sustainable design. It's personal, achieved at a micro scale where individuals can reduce waste and preserve energy. But between resource shortages, environmental habitat loss and the global climate crisis, there has been a shift in daily practices towards more circular thinking. Increasingly, the need to sustain life is part of a continuous process of production, resorption, and recycling where waste becomes the input for production. The concept of Circular Design is inspired by processes that self-manage and regulate, considering both time and full life cycles. Looking beyond the current take-make-waste extractive model, a circular approach aims to redefine growth, gradually decoupling economic activity from the consumption of finite resources, and designing waste out of the system. It centers on flows of waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerative natural systems.
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