The Circular Economy

  • Robert C. Brears
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Natural Resource Management book series (PSNRM)


Our current linear economic model follows a ‘take-make-consume-dispose’ pattern where natural resources are harvested for the manufacturing of products, which are then disposed of after consumption. This model has led to constraints on the availability of natural resources as well as the generation of waste and environmental degradation. In contrast, the circular economy aims to keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract value from them while in use, and recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life.


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  • Robert C. Brears
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  1. 1.MitidaptionChristchurchNew Zealand

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