The circular economy is a production and consumption system that takes advantage of the greatest amount of resources to be efficiently used as raw material through reuse, repair, renovation and other techniques that help reduce the generation of waste and thus improve the environmental impact. that cause.
Contrary to the traditional linear economic model, in which a product is used only once and is discarded, the circular economy seeks to ensure that a product can be used as many times as possible before being definitively discarded, and even allows its waste to are kept within an endless cycle, thus providing additional value.
Some examples that are part of the circular economy are the recycling of used tires; stores like Ikea, which encourage their customers to repair and recycle the brand’s sofas, cushions and chairs; o Ecopapel, a company that creates paper based on alternative raw materials.
Circular economy in Europe
About two and a half billion tons of waste are produced each year by the countries of the European Union. Waste includes millions of products belonging to planned obsolescence, that is, those whose useful life is previously calculated by the manufacturer, so that after a stipulated period the product loses its validity due to lack of spare parts, updating, among others., and gives rise to the need for a more advanced one. With this modality, many corporations support themselves, being a clear example of this the assemblers of mobile phones and computers.
To enter this sustainable model, in 2020, the European Commission presented the Action Plan for the Circular Economy, which focuses largely on the sectors of electronics, plastics, the textile market, construction, among others.
A year later, in 2021, Parliament approved it adding stricter measures in terms of recycling to reduce ecological pollution due to the use and consumption of raw materials.
Finally, in 2022, the European Commission formalized the review of the proposals to start the transition to the circular economy.
Should we join the circular economy?
There are many reasons why companies should join this model of production and consumption without thinking twice. Among the most important is the fact that many resources and raw materials are finite, while commercial demand increases as the world population increases.
Another reason to take into account the circular economy when manufacturing a mass product is the dependence on foreign suppliers for raw materials, as is the case for several countries in the European Union.
Lastly, but perhaps the most worrying factor of all, is the environmental impact of the extraction and use of certain raw materials, such as excessive energy consumption and high CO2 emissions, which can easily be reduced under this production model. sustainable production.
Bathforte is part of the circular economy
At Bathforte, we are proud to belong to the circular economy and we are committed to expanding this model of production and consumption. We have always worked with sustainable manufacturing using certified raw materials within an environmentally friendly production chain. Likewise, we recycle our products at the end of their useful life, so that everything we manufacture is part of the circular economy chain.