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What are the principles of the circular economy?

Most of us are familiar with the 3R rule, which is essential for sustainable development, and preserving the environmental balance: reduce, reuse, and recycle. In other words, what we take from nature returns to it when its useful life is over, in a cyclical, and environmentally friendly way. But did you know that there are four other rules? These 7Rs are the necessary steps to achieve a circular economy:

- Redesign: think, and design products so that their manufacturing process consumes fewer raw materials, extends their useful life, and generates less waste (or at least waste that is easier to recycle). This increases environmental friendliness.

- Reduce: change our consumption habits towards a more sustainable model. If we reduce consumption, we avoid the generation of waste, the use of raw materials and, therefore, reduce the impact on the environment.

- Reuse: We extend their useful life by reusing or repurposing products.

- Repair: until now, when a product broke down, we tended to replace it. However, repairing it is cheaper, and avoids using new raw materials, saves energy, and does not generate environmental waste.

- Renovate: update old objects so they can be reused as vintage, such as furniture.

- Recycle: promote best practices in waste management, and use what is possible as raw material for the manufacture of new products.

Reclaim: give new uses to products that are going to be discarded, such as using plastic bottles to create watering systems, flower pots or bird feeders.

What are the benefits of the circular economy?

It protects the environment

It reduces emissions, minimises the consumption of natural resources, and reduces waste generation.

Benefits the local economy

It can benefit the local economy by encouraging production models based on the reuse of nearby waste as raw material.

Promotes employment

Stimulates the development of a new, more innovative, and competitive industrial model, as well as increased economic growth, and employment.

Promotes resource independence

The reuse of local resources can lead to less dependence on imported raw materials.

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Class Sessions

1- Workshop-Circular Economy 2- -CYPRUS CIRCULAR ECONOMY NETWORK ΔΙΚΤΥΟ ΚΥΚΛΙΚΗΣ ΟΙΚΟΝΟΜΙΑΣ ΚΥΠΡΟΥ -Circular Economy Thinking for Construction Waste Management in island Regions 3- Production of technosols from waste and their application on degraded soils 4- Titan Cement Group - Greece 5- Humana Nova – re-using textile 6- ORANGE FIBER 7- Food Waste Combat / 8- Introduction & Theoritical Part 9- Research material 10- Summary & Recommendations 11- Uvod i teorijski dio 12- Istraživački materijal 13- Sažetak i preporuke 14- MREŽA CIRPARSKOG GOSPODARSTVA Razmišljanje o kružnom gospodarstvu za gospodarenje građevinskim otpadom u otočnim regijama 15- Proizvodnja tehnosola iz otpada i njihova primjena na degradiranim tlima 16- Titan Cement Grupa - Grčka 17- Humana Nova – ponovna uporaba tekstila 18- NARANČASTA VLAKNA- 19- Borba protiv rasipanja hrane / 20- Radionica-Kružna ekonomija 21- Εισαγωγή και Θεωρητικό κομμάτι 22- Ερευνητικό υλικό 23- Περίληψη και συστάσεις 24- -ΚΥΠΡΙΑΚΌ ΔΊΚΤΥΟ ΚΥΚΛΙΚΉΣ ΟΙΚΟΝΟΜΊΑΣ ΔΙΚΤΥΟ ΚΥΚΛΙΚΗΣ ΟΙΚΟΝΟΜΙΑΣ ΚΥΠΡΟΥ -Σκέψη για την κυκλική οικονομία για τη διαχείριση των κατασκευαστικών αποβλήτων στις νησιωτικές περιοχές 25- Παραγωγή τεχνοσόλων από απόβλητα και εφαρμογή τους σε υποβαθμισμένα εδάφη 26- Όμιλος Τσιμέντων Τιτάν - Ελλάδα 27- Humana Nova - επαναχρησιμοποίηση υφασμάτων 28- ΠΟΡΤΟΚΑΛΊ ΊΝΕΣ 29- Καταπολέμηση των αποβλήτων τροφίμων / 30- Εργαστήριο-Κυκλική Οικονομία 31- Introduzione e parte teorica 32- Materiale di ricerca 33- Sommario e Raccomandazioni 34- Laboratori -Economia circolare 35- Introducere și partea teoretică 36- Material de cercetare 37- Rezumat și Recomandări 38- Ateliere de lucru - Economie circulară 39- Introducción a la parte teórica 40- Material de investigación 41- Resumen y recomendaciones