02 Feb The Circular Economy Is Moving Forward in Canada
Recently, The Natural Step Canada launched its latest initiative: the Ontario Circular Economy Innovation Lab (CEIL). Natural Step celebrated the launch last October at an event called, “Accelerating the Transition to a Circular Economy,” at the Evergreen Brick Works in Ontario. The CEIL focuses primarily on integrating circular economic principles into Canada’s economic infrastructure with the hopes of one day creating a true Canadian circular economy.
The circular economy stresses reuse over consumption. Most of the critical resources that society relies on—fossil fuels and rare minerals, for instance—are in fact quite limited, and in order to prevent mass overconsumption of these resources, countries and nations are beginning to focus on recycling and reusing as much as possible. By doing this, and by limiting the amount of resources that end up being discarded and wasted in our current disposal-oriented economy, society as a whole should be able to conserve precious resources on a mass scale.
The CEIL’s first activity is the Printed Paper and Packaging Rapid Lab: this effort will bring a number of private and public sector leaders together to develop strategies and methods for creating sustainable paper and packaging materials. Rapid Lab members include administrators and leaders with top firms like IKEA Canada, Unilever, Canadian Tire and Canada’s National Brewers. Together, these companies hope to implement a Canadian circular economy in the near future.
Thanks to Natural Step Canada and CEIL, creating a Canadian circular economy within the next few decades is entirely possible. Conserving as many resources as possible in the coming years is extremely important, especially since it’s estimated that a number of valuable resources—ranging from phosphorous to natural gas and even fresh water—may become scarce within the next 50 to 100 years. Partnering with Good360 for donating returned and excess product is another way to play a role in the circular economy – and help those in need. For more information click here.