We need a second Earth to support our current consumption. We can do better if we think ‘circular.’

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Each year, scientists calculate the date at which humanity’s demands for the Earth’s resources exceed the Earth’s capacity to regenerate what we need in a year. It’s called Earth Overshoot Day

In 1971, it fell on Dec. 25. Disturbingly, by 2022, it fell on July 28. 

In short, we humans need 1.75 Earths to support our current rate of consumption! That is unsustainable, and we have to make changes. 

So, how can we slow down our current consumption rate, while ensuring equitable progress and resources for all? 

Think about the products you use every day. They are created, manufactured, used and thrown away. This is often called the “take, make, use, dispose” economy. The things we throw away, even things we think we’re recycling

, languish in a landfill, often forever. 

If we’re going to secure a sustainable future on the only planet we have to live on, we must transition to a circular economy. The circular economy aims to reduce our reliance on virgin ecological resources by keeping materials in use indefinitely. Rather than retired items going into landfills, they will be recovered in some way and used again in the future. 

A circular economy will: 

  • Help keep toxins from leaking into our environment; 
  • Help stabilize our supply chains by creating alternative sources of raw material supply;
  • Preserve valuable natural resources and divert them from landfills through recovery strategies, such as reuse, repair, refurbishment, remanufacturing and recycling; and
  • Promote the transition into renewable energy, reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.

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