The Circular Economy
12 Pathways
For Learning

A journey to becoming a circular economy school and protecting our earth resources, climate and biosphere

Understanding The Circular Economy

Keeping our Resources infinite

Waste Reduction and Recycling

Keep our world clean and not wasting

Sustainable Consumption

When is enough enough ?

Product Lifecycle & Design

Creative minds the best way of using resources

Repair & Upcycling

Employing the 10Rs

Circular Business Practices

How Business and enterprise keep circular

Local Economies & Curriculum Engagement

Schools creating circular enterprise

Environmental Impact and Resource Conservation

Learning to be circular like nature

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Ideation and creative thinking

Citizenship & Global Responsibility

Becoming Earth Stewards -RRS and SDGs

Food Systems

Understanding our systems, energy and waste

Circular Technologies & Innovation

Bright minds create technologies to keep us circular

Outdoor Learning

Getting Outside & Getting Circular

Green Skills

Through This learning at all levels Green Skills are developed

Green Skills Life Long Learning and Employability

Green Thinking

Through this learning Green Thinking is ignited

Environmental thinking skills developed

Adopting Circular Economy Practices in your School
Notes for Teachers on becoming a Circular Economy School and dealing with Earth Resources

By embracing the circular economy, schools can play a crucial role in fostering a sustainable future. Teaching students about resource management, recycling, and innovative thinking prepares them to be responsible stewards of the planet.

Introduction to Circular Economy

Definition: The circular economy is an economic system aimed at eliminating waste and the continual use of resources. It contrasts with a linear economy, which follows a 'take-make-dispose' model. Principles: Design out waste and pollution, keep products and materials in use, and regenerate natural systems.

Transitioning from a Linear to a Circular Economy in Schools

Awareness and Education: Integrate circular economy principles into the curriculum. Conduct workshops and seminars on sustainability and resource management. Use case studies and real-life examples to illustrate circular practices. Resource Management: Audit current resource usage and waste production. Set up systems for reducing, reusing, and recycling materials. Practical Implementation: Establish recycling programs for paper, card, and plastics. Create composting systems for organic waste. Promote the use of digital tools to minimize paper usage. Community Involvement: Engage students, staff, and parents in sustainability initiatives. Partner with local businesses and organizations for resources and support.

Importance of Teaching Circular Economy

Sustainability: Prepares students to think critically about resource use and sustainability. Environmental Impact: Reduces waste, conserves resources, and mitigates climate change. Economic Benefits: Promotes innovation, job creation in recycling and upcycling industries.

Benefits of Circular Economy for Climate Change

Reduced Emissions: Less waste leads to lower greenhouse gas emissions from landfills. Conservation of Resources: Efficient use of materials reduces the need for raw material extraction, lowering environmental degradation. Energy Savings: Recycling often uses less energy compared to producing new products from raw materials.

Focus on Earth Resources in School
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Focus Areas: Paper, Card, and Plastics

Paper and Card

  • Reduce: Encourage digital assignments and communications. Use both sides of paper.
  • Reuse: Repurpose used paper for notes and drafts. Create art projects from cardboard.
  • Recycle: Set up dedicated bins for paper and card recycling. Teach students about the recycling process.

Plastics

  • Reduce: Limit single-use plastics in the school (e.g., straws, bottles). Encourage reusable containers.
  • Reuse: Use plastic items for multiple purposes (e.g., plastic bottles for art projects).
  • Recycle: Educate on proper sorting and disposal. Participate in local recycling programs.

Classroom Activities

  1. Waste Audit Project:

    • Have students conduct a waste audit of the school.
    • Analyze the types and amounts of waste generated.
    • Develop a plan to reduce waste.
  2. Recycling Crafts:

    • Organise workshops to create new items from recyclable materials.
    • Showcase student creations in a ‘Recycled Art’ exhibition.
  3. Eco-Friendly Challenges:

    • Initiate challenges like ‘Zero Waste Week’ or ‘Plastic-Free Month’.
    • Encourage students to document their efforts and results.
    • Guest Speakers and Field Trips:
    • Invite experts in sustainability and circular economy to speak at the school.
    • Arrange visits to recycling plants and eco-friendly businesses.

20 Reasons why a Circular Economy promotes environmental health

 

A circular economy, which focuses on the continuous use of resources through recycling, reusing, and remanufacturing, significantly contributes to a healthier biosphere. Here are 20 reasons why a circular economy promotes environmental health:

  1. Reduces Waste: Minimizes the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators, reducing land, air, and water pollution.
  2. Conserves Resources: Extends the lifecycle of products, conserving raw materials and natural resources.
  3. Lowers Emissions: Reduces greenhouse gas emissions by decreasing the need for new production and minimizing waste decomposition in landfills.
  4. Promotes Recycling: Encourages the recycling of materials, which reduces the need for virgin resources and energy consumption.
  5. Supports Sustainable Production: Encourages the design of products with longer lifespans, repairability, and recyclability.
  6. Reduces Energy Consumption: Decreases energy usage by promoting more efficient production processes and the use of recycled materials.
  7. Preserves Ecosystems: Limits the extraction of raw materials, reducing habitat destruction and biodiversity loss.
  8. Encourages Innovation: Stimulates the development of new technologies and business models that support sustainability.
  9. Reduces Pollution: Lowers the release of harmful substances into the environment by minimizing waste and promoting cleaner production methods.
  10. Enhances Economic Resilience: Creates a more resilient economy by reducing dependency on finite resources and fostering local industries.
  11. Improves Resource Efficiency: Maximizes the utility of materials, ensuring that they are used effectively and efficiently throughout their lifecycle.
  12. Promotes Sustainable Consumption: Encourages consumers to make environmentally friendly choices and opt for products with minimal environmental impact.
  13. Supports Local Economies: Boosts local employment opportunities in recycling, repair, and remanufacturing sectors.
  14. Encourages Collaboration: Fosters collaboration between businesses, governments, and communities to create sustainable solutions.
  15. Reduces Water Usage: Decreases water consumption in production processes by promoting the use of recycled materials and more efficient manufacturing methods.
  16. Minimizes Toxic Substances: Encourages the reduction and elimination of toxic substances in products and production processes.
  17. Promotes Product Stewardship: Holds manufacturers accountable for the entire lifecycle of their products, from design to disposal.
  18. Enhances Soil Health: Reduces the impact of waste and pollutants on soil, promoting healthier and more productive ecosystems.
  19. Improves Air Quality: Lowers emissions of pollutants and particulates, contributing to cleaner air and improved public health.
  20. Supports Sustainable Development Goals: Aligns with global sustainability goals by promoting responsible production and consumption, climate action, and the preservation of terrestrial and marine ecosystems.
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