Beltrán Puentes Cociña (PhD Candidate at the University of Santiago de Compostela)
Humanity has been engaged in the struggle for sustainability for at least 30 years. Since the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit in 1992, there have been many political, economic, and social initiatives for a sustainable development that makes human activities compatible with the ecological limits of the planet. One of the latest and most relevant is the circular economy strategy[i]/[ii].
1. The first EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy (2015)[iii]
The current model of production and consumption follows a linear sequence. It is based on the extraction of natural resources, the mass manufacture of products, the over-consumption of short-lived products and the generation of a huge amount of waste that is either incinerated or landfilled. Growth policies encourage the demand for more and more products, so that a country’s economy grows when its consumption and production increase.[iv]Continue reading “The EU Circular Economy Strategy: a strong step towards more ecological products design and manufacturing?”