Determined material flow management in product management is the prerequisite for a resource-oriented circular economy.
The resources on this world are finite – and there is a general comprehension of what this means. At ZLI we belief that there are two key factors that contribute to proper resource management:
1) Product Design
2) Material and EnergyRecovery
Most importantly, a product needs to be designed with the concept in mind to have a long or versatile life of its own
The second part of effective resource management and moving towards a circular economy is through the recovery of the ‘product’. Once the ‘product’ reaches its end of life its components need to be efficiently recovered/mined for further use.
When designing and manufacturing ‘products’ we use energy, consequently it makes no sense to discard of this energy in landfills either. In addition,the end product of such a process can safely be used as an aggregate in the building and construction industry thus recovering over 99% of the original product.
Zero Landfill Initiative advocates for changing from a disposal oriented to an avoidance focused hierarchy: