The discovery of tiny pieces of plastic in Arctic snow suggests that microplastics have invaded every part of our planet today. This is a clear sign that the world has a material management problem. We generate about 1.3 billion tons of trash per year and continue to extract natural resources to keep pace with growing consumption. The flow of materials in our currently predominating linear take-make-consume-dispose model is already responsible for approximately 50% of greenhouse gas emissions, according to the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development).
To help us achieve sustainable consumption and production patterns, a transition is needed to a new industrial and societal framework powered by a Circular Economy approach. Circular Economy is the enabling framework for new sustainable practices that will help us achieve the societal challenges addressed by G-STIC: ‘Water for all’, ‘Energy for all’, ‘Health for all’, ‘Education for all’, ‘Safe climate for all’ and ‘Clean oceans for all’.