A global movement is growing in support of the circular economy. Replacing the linear system’s environmentally crippling ‘take-make-dispose’ model isn’t just preferable, it is essential.
And the Dutch government is taking a lead by committing to make the country’s economy circular by 2050.
Holland’s Economic Affairs Minister Henk Kamp said: “A circular economy is not only good for our climate, it also produces income and creates jobs. Studies show that up to 2023 the circular economy in the Netherlands will have a market value of 7.3 billion euros a year and provide 54,000 jobs. This presents abundant opportunities to the business community, such as the possibilities provided by 3D printing or the greening of the chemical industry.”
Earlier this year nearly 200 Dutch companies signed up to an initiative relating to raw materials and waste, including Unilever, to develop ways to reuse and recycle them. Strategies are currently being developed across a range of areas, including plastics, manufacturing, food and construction. These will underpin the roadmap for 2050.