Consume sustainably

Aakash Dhingra / Climate Visuals Countdown
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In an interconnected world, what we consume and how we consume it has wide-ranging impacts that affect our resilience to disasters and the resilience of people far away along obscure, complex global value chains. Excessive demand for products that require particular materials creates environmental and social pressure in areas where the materials are sourced.

Next to appropriate regulations and transparency schemes for supply chains, one way to ease this pressure of global demand is to shift the linear economy toward a circular economy (CE) by reducing, alternatively reusing, recycling and recovering materials system-wide.


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