Resources are re-used in the circular economy
In a circular economy, resources are handled in a more responsible way. The goal is to extend product lifetime and recirculate all materials without producing any waste.
Product reuse is more resource efficient than recycling since most materials lose value every time they are recycled. Therefore, extending product lifetime is the best way of lowering its environmental impact. In a circular economy, products are built to last. They are durable and can be upgraded and repaired. Parts can be replaced — for example batteries, since functioning products often are discarded just because of worn-out batteries.
Once products have reached the end of their usable life they turn into valuable resources, used to manufacture new products. The need for extracting virgin materials is therefore minimized in the circular economy. Product and material life is considered already in the design phase — components are made easy to separate and contain no hazardous substances which make them unsuitable to recycle and use in new products.