What is Circular Economy?
“The circular economy is a new way of doing business that extracts as much value as possible from resources by recycling, repairing, reusing, repurposing, or refurbishing products and materials—eliminating waste and greenhouse gas emissions at the design stage. Businesses can use circular designs to save money or open up new market opportunities, from turning pulp-and-paper-mill waste into renewable bioproducts, to launching product buy-back programs that enhance customer interaction and recover usable materials. This movement has been gaining global momentum in recent years…. The long-term goal of the circular economy is to design out the concept of waste.”Government of Canada
Some key circular economy practices include industrial symbiosis, share-reuse-repair, and design for deconstruction / disassembly. A circular economy is also supported by biomimicry and regenerative design.
What is Circular Sen$e?
Circular Sen$e is the portfolio of programs, services and tools delivered by Light House to help advance the circular economy.
Currently, Light House’s Circular Sen$e offerings include:
- Facilitated industrial symbiosis, via the National Industrial Symbiosis Program (NISP®) model;
- BizBiz BC, an online business resource marketplace;
- Circular economy education, policy, strategy, and program development;
- Eco-industrial park education policy, strategy, and program development; and
- Deconstruction plans and training.
We are also working with several partners to create a Circular Economy Incubator, and are part of the emerging BC Agriculture Symbiosis Centre in the Fraser Valley.
For information on any of our Circular Sen$e offerings, please contact Tracy Casavant, Managing Director, Circular Economy.
For NISP® related inquiries, please contact Timo Makinen, Director of Operations – NISP® Canada.