The circular economy strives for the longest possible use of products and raw materials. Waste is avoided by reusing and repairing existing products. In addition, some of them are broken down into their original materials and reused. This saves resources, reduces waste and avoids emissions.
The linear economy
Here resources are mined (“take”), processed (“make”) and used for a certain period of time. After the period of use, the products are disposed of (“dispose”).
Thus, the linear economy, also known as the “disposable economy”, places a greater burden on the environment and is in contrast to the circular economy.
Benefits of the circular economy:
- Significant reduction of CO2 emissions
- preservation of natural habitats
- Less dependence on fluctuating commodity prices
- Protection against geopolitical crises
- Protection of supply chains already threatened by climate change
- Reducing health hazards from waste and pollution
- Creation of new jobs through the secondary market
The industrial symbiosis
The word symbiosis suggests associations with naturally occurring relationships in which one or more species exchange materials, energy, or information in a mutually beneficial way. The industrial symbiosis should bring companies or sectors to an innovative cooperation. The aim is that the waste or by-products of one are used as raw materials of the other.
jopesch as part of the circular economy
The jopesch business model makes a far-reaching contribution to resource conservation:
- Extending the service life of industrial plants by repairing and replacing defective assemblies
- Return of valuable raw materials to the economic process
- Trade in used and obsolete PLC and drive technology