Circular Economy

3 circular economy approaches to reduce demand for critical metals

A circular economy is much more than recycling. Image: Unsplash.

Winnie Yeh

Lead, Responsible Sourcing, World Economic Forum Geneva


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On the circular economy system diagram by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, metals fall on the right-hand side of the diagram. This diagram shows a prioritization of approaches. The levers in the inner circles such as “maintain” and “remanufacturing” should be prioritized over those further outside, such as recycling. Source: Ellen McArthur Foundation.


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Manganese nodule with a deep-sea sponge. MiningImpact Expedition SO242. Source: ROV KIEL6000, GEOMAR.

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