A circular economy is one that rejects the typical cycle of ‘make, use, dispose’ in favour of re-using and recycling as much as possible.
Extending the life of products and materials prevents the over-generation of waste and recovers the full value of products. This creates new business opportunities and revenue streams, while minimising the environmental impact of mining, resource extraction, refining and manufacture.
It is a huge opportunity for businesses to transform their practices from ‘take, make and throw away’ to a system that designs for abundance not scarcity.
In light of the potential benefits of a circular economy, Future Earth Australia and the Australian Academy of Science are facilitating a seminar and workshop to bring leaders in the fields of science, economics, entrepreneurship, government, industry and consumers together with young researchers to build the networks that will underpin a successful circular economy.
- Professor Veena Sahajwalla (science)
- Professor Scott Valentine (economics)
- Ashleigh and Jaine Morris from Coreo (entrepreneurship)
- Professor Kate Auty (government)
- More speakers to be announced