In the near future, all the products, gadgets and appliances we use every day will need to conform to the principles of the circular economy. To confront this bewildering challenge faced by all manufacturers and consumers, we commissioned global innovation intelligence platform Springwise to produce a research paper, The Future of the Sustainable Home and Office, which includes the latest inspirational products and services that are already embracing circularity.
The circular economy is a way of building a world with no waste. In a circular economy, once you have finished with a product, it goes back into the supply chain, instead of into landfill. While most buildings and products are produced on a linear timeline of ‘take, make, use, dispose’, the circular economy calls for a more cyclical approach.
Our homes and offices are prime targets for circularity because they create so much waste. Recycling alone is not enough if the recycled materials can’t be recycled again. We need to rethink the entire lifecycle of a product or building and develop ways to repurpose items already in circulation.