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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A Circular Economy

Earth Day was last month, so you'll probably be surprised when I tell you today's post is about recycling. A few days ago the Huffington Post ran a piece titled, "Imagine a World in Which Nothing Gets Thrown Away." It's about a circular economy. In other words, goods are manufactured with the idea that the materials that go into them can be recycled or reused. We would end up with a minimum of trash filling up our landfills and our oceans. According to the article, "By 2050, the ocean could have more plastic than fish, by weight." What a horrifying thought--if we don't want this to happen, we need to start changing our habits soon.

Graphic from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

We can all start small, right in our own homes and businesses, by taking care to recycle everything that is recyclable, not to buy products with unnecessary packaging, etc.

These two books from our collection might provide the impetus you need: The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession with Stuff is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health--and a Vision for Change by Annie Leonard [306.4 LEO], and, Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by William McDonough [745.2 MCD]. And for children look for Reducing Waste by Anne Flounders [J 363.728 FLO].

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