Summary of The Circular Economy

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Add the term “circular economy” to the argot describing sustainable business strategies. But whatever you call it, green can make good business sense.


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Add the term “circular economy” to the argot describing sustainable business strategies. It refers to green practices that reduce waste and minimize industry’s ecological toll. This report from the Centre for European Policy Studies lays out how small and medium-sized businesses can go green, and it offers examples of firms that have earned their circular economy bona fides. Readers will find the case studies the most intriguing part of this otherwise dry, technical work. getAbstract suggests it to managers, entrepreneurs and policy makers involved in sustainability.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What the “circular economy” entails,
  • Why sustainability makes business sense and
  • How two firms have applied circular economy concepts to their operating models.


The “circular economy” refers to sustainable business processes that incorporate recycling. Under this concept, industry reduces waste, uses renewable energy and minimizes harmful substances. The circular economy differs from the “linear economy,” in which firms use and then dispose of materials. Circular...
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About the Authors

Vasileios Rizos and Arno Behrens are researchers at the Centre for European Policy Studies. Terri Kafyeke and Martin Hirschnitz-Garbers work at the Ecologic Institute, an environmental think tank. Anastasia Ioannou is a researcher at the University of Piraeus Research Center.

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