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Circularity and sustainability are sometimes mentioned in the same breath, but certainly do not mean the same thing. Indeed, striving for circular solutions sometimes seems to become an end in itself, with the risk of setting new policies that do not lead to greater sustainability.
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So say four scientists from Brunel University London, Politecnico di Milano, University of Southern Denmark and Wageningen University & Research in an article in the scientific journal Waste Management. They developed a product-oriented circularity scorecard using plastic packaging materials. This tool makes it possible to determine how sustainable a product really is, based on seven simple questions about the product’s life cycle (production, use and waste stage).

With this, the scientists aim to start a discussion on how scientific knowledge can contribute to making society more sustainable faster and better decisions within politics and business.

The full article can be read online:

Cimpan, C., Iacovidou, E., Rigamonti, L., & Van Velzen, E. U. T. (2023). Keep circularity meaningful, inclusive and practical: A view into the plastics value chain. PubMed, 166, 115-121.

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