Approaches to the Circular Economy

Jones, Peter ORCID: 0000-0002-9566-9393 and Bown, Robin ORCID: 0000-0001-7793-108X (2019) Approaches to the Circular Economy. In: Handbook of Research on Contemporary Consumerism. IGI Global, pp. 73-91.

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The concept of the circular economy, which looks to reduce the demand for raw material inputs and natural resources and to recover, reuse, and recycle those inputs and resources as an integral part of the production process, is attracting increasing attention from business corporations. A transition to a more circular economy will bring major changes for consumers, in patterns of consumption and in the consumption process. At the same time, there is growing interest in the concept of the circular economy and in its implications for consumption amongst academic researchers. This chapter outlines the concept and characteristics of the circular economy, offers a review of the nature and variety of academic research literature on the circular economy, and explores some of the challenges facing researchers who look to examine its operation within the business environment. While the focus of the chapter is firmly on the circular economy, it also raises a number of issues that have wider and deeper significance for consumer consumption.

Item Type: Book Section
Article Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2020 11:03
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2023 11:04

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