How You Can Take Action
- Learn more about the Circular Economy model:
- Review CEC’s Circular Economy 101: Closing the Life Cycle Loop Toolkit to watch our webinar and access additional resources.
- Visit author Kate Raworth’s website to learn more about doughnut economics, a circular economy concept she developed – and read CEC’s review of her book, Doughnut Economics: 21 Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist.
- Watch this four-minute video that explains the Circular Economy and how society can re-think progress.
- Change your habits:
- Switch out your cleaning products by seeking out companies like Blueland for tablet-based soaps and sprays or Tru Earth for strip-based laundry detergent. Watch for The Loop products – featuring refillable containers from your favorite brands – online and in local stores.
- Buy gently used clothing at Crossroads Trading Co., The Closet Trading Co., or ThredUp – or have your worn clothes repaired at Patagonia ReWorn.
- Join the Santa Barbara Circular Economy Club and help bring the circular economy to cities worldwide by building strong local networks that design and implement local circular initiatives. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and to join.
Why A Circular Economy Model Matters
For several decades, our region has looked to recycling as a landfill diversion solution – but it’s not enough. Even though recycling is a step up from a “take-make-dispose” linear economy approach, it still allows manufacturers to avoid responsibility for the end result of their products and packaging.
A Circular Economy model that designs out single-use products and replaces them with closed-loop systems is the best way to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and move toward a more sustainable future. A system that requires producers to take responsibility will save energy, design waste out of the system, and create a market for re-use.
What CEC Is Doing
- Helping reduce plastic bottle use by providing bottle filling hydration stations at schools and educating students and staff on how to Rethink the Drink. Learn more.
- Tracking AB1276 in the California Legislature and the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act at the federal level that will hold producers accountable for waste and incentivize them to create a market for re-use.