A new economic model
for people and planet
The circular economy is an opportunity to reinvent the way we live and do business. It’s about redesigning our global systems – how we make products, how we produce our food, and how we manage resources – to generate new types of value, and solve human health and environmental challenges.
Our current economy is linear
The process of “taking, making, and disposing” is at the root of many social, environmental, and economic challenges: we extract finite natural resources from the planet at an unsustainable rate, and create vast volumes of harmful waste, which is also lost value.
The economy of
the future is circular
A circular economy is ‘waste-free’ and regenerative. With smart design and repurposing of materials, we can reduce waste, improve industrial resource efficiency, save costs, build supply chain resilience, and regenerate the natural landscapes that we depend on for our survival.
A vehicle for systemic change
The circular economy is a critical tool to help drive the transition to a more sustainable world. At Metabolic, circular economics is about much more than just recycling materials. Working with numerous organizations on circular transitions, we have developed a holistic circular economy framework, which we combine with science-based target setting, to help organizations achieve meaningful, long-term sustainability goals.
Seven pillars of the circular economy
There is no such thing as a circular product. There are only circular product-service systems. Organizations striving to cycle materials at high value should do so with a holistic understanding of the impact of decisions on the entire system.
We use the Seven Pillars framework as a holistic framework to help organizations assess trade-offs and assess the net positive impact of circular decisions. Learn more about the Seven Pillars of the Circular Economy.
Benefits of a circular economy
Human health & wellbeing
Resilient supply chains
Closed-loop material chains can reduce critical dependence on scarce raw materials, increasing resilience, both in terms of costs and security of supply.
New, innovative business models to match growing consumer demand for sustainable products and services. Circular production practices yield more durable products that save money on the long term.
Circular economies provide growing opportunities for new jobs in the spheres of product and packaging design, reverse logistics, investment, customer service, and other emerging fields.
Your circular economy journey
How circular is your organization or region?
Analyze your city or company’s social and environmental impact data to provide a circularity score and identify impact hotspots for action.
Identify high-impact actions
Identify high-impact, context-specific interventions, and an actionable roadmap to accelerate your journey to circularity.
Mobilize and implement
Engage important stakeholders to mobilize your circular transition. Develop business cases and kickstart pilot projects.
Putting circular economy strategies into action
The circular economy can often feel like an abstract concept, with countless definitions and strategies and not many tangible, functional examples and case studies. Our goal at Metabolic is to catalyze action – and we are fortunate to work with pioneering organizations on cutting edge prototypes and pilots that can be seen, touched, and have measurable impacts.