Circular Economy Introductory Kit

This card game and supporting resources, from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, are designed to introduce the concept of the circular economy. Working in groups, students analyse the life cycle of a simple product, such as a bottle of water, and compare it with the cycle of growth, decay and new growth that is found in a biological system. The activity aims to draw out the differences between linear systems that characterise most production, use and disposal of products and closed loop systems found in nature. The terms ‘technical nutrients’ and ‘biological nutrients’ are introduced.

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