Taking it to the Next Level: Yale’s Journal of Industrial Ecology Explores the Circular Economy

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In recent years a growing number of businesses, governments and environmental advocates have embraced the concept of a “circular economy,” which aims to achieve greater sustainability by keeping more resources and materials in use for as long as possible—through strategies such increased product durability, reuse and recycling.

Adopted by such businesses as Google, Unilever, and Renault, as well as by the European Union and China, this framework has become an important element of environmental policy and management worldwide and spawned a growing consulting industry.

But in a new special issue of Yale’s Journal of Industrial Ecology, leading researchers make the case that it is time to take the discussion and analysis to the next level.