Circular Economy is the Future.

Ever since we started our lab journey in July 2017, we’ve been tackling the challenge represented by SDG #12: responsible consumption and production.

How to create sustainable patterns of consumption and production in our region ? Talk about complexity. So many layers of interdependencies and interconnectedness. So many stakeholders with competing interests. So many implications linking the personal and the systemic. One thing is sure: this will require multiple shifts on multiple levels of our entire economic model.

The 20th century economic model is linear: resources are extracted, used and dumped. This model is completely detached from the reality of the 21st century, yet continues to live through the social and cultural norms that were built around it.

The circular economy model is much more suited to address the challenges of the 21st century. In a circular economy, resources are kept in use for much longer and shared through distributive networks enabled by technology; products are designed to never become waste; and industrial activity aims at regenerating depleted natural capital.

Transitioning our economic system from linear to circular will require a fundamental transformation of our cognitive models, of the ways in which we think about natural resources and in which we use them. This is no easy task and we need a diversity of perspectives on board.

That’s why Sustainable Living Lab has partnered up with EPFL’s Living Lab Lausanne (3L), collaboratio helvetica, and a circle of supporters to realise Beyond Waste | Circular Resources Lab. Our aim? To co-create a roadmap for this transition, and start walking it together.

Will you walk this path with us ?   

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