For familiar linear systems of production, use and disposal to change, processes must fundamentally change as well. For example, by designing products in such a way that maximum reuse is possible. Raw materials must retain their value as much as possible and waste must be kept to a minimum.
MVO-Nederland (Corporate Social Responsibility or CSR) outlines a number of principles of the circular economy on its website:
- Value retention is maximized by first looking at product reuse, then reuse of parts, and lastly reuse of raw materials.
- Products are designed and developed in such a way that they can easily be dismantled at the end of the usage phase and material flows can be easily separated.
- No harmful substances are emitted during the production, use and processing of the product.
- Parts and raw materials of consumer products are reused without loss of quality.
- Producers retain ownership of consumer products, customers pay for use and not for possession.
- Because the performance of the product determines the value, supplying the right quality is extremely important for the producer.
We take the points above into account in all our developments.