Traditionally, our economic system takes a linear approach to the production, consumption and disposal of goods.
Products are created by extracting raw materials and used for a single purpose, for a short period of time.
At the end of this period, they typically head to landfill as waste, which then needs to be managed and disposed of (often via overseas export).
The circular economy is a complete disruption to that system.
Instead, it sees production and consumption as a continuum, where the goods that are produced are used for much longer. At the end of their extended lifecycle, they can then be repurposed, recycled and remanufactured into something else.