Take – make – use – discard: this traditional linear economy approach, often deeply ingrained in industrial processes and in everyday life, is depleting our planet's limited natural resources and is not compatible with the urgent need to reduce CO2e emissions.
Inspired by nature, our society must find new ways to keep our resources in the loop as long as possible. We can maintain or reuse products, refurbish them when needed and, as a last solution, remanufacture or recycle. In nature, there is no waste.
GF's understanding of Circular Economy is based on the Value Hill model (Master Circular Business with the Value Hill | European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform (europa.eu)), where the highest value is retained at the top of the hill: