It is important to know that the product that you want to buy is made to last, can be upgraded and/or have multiple uses. During the design process, everything is taught about from the way it is produced, to its packaging to how it can be dismantled. This is also known as the circular economy.
The ideal goal is to have the absolute minimum amount of waste at the end of a products life cycle. “Everything comes full circle” is a good way of describing the circular economy.
Items are produced within sustainable manufacturing plants i.e. wind/solar power. They are then bought and used by the consumer. The consumer can compost, recycle or repurpose the product at the end of its lifecycle. It is then disassembled or returned back to the land. The disassembled items can be reused in the manufacturing plant and the composted material can be used to encourage new vegetation. Bringing it back “Full Circle” to the manufacturing plant.
It is best to find a product which is sourced from biological resource or find a product that can be disassembled and/or reused. Aim towards upcycling rather than downcycling. It is not solely up to the consumer to make these changes, though the consumers are the people who drive the market.
By making small changes in daily life to items that are centred more around the circular economy the consumer can change the market. YOU can change the market.
There are many things that come into factor within the cradle to cradle life cycle. It can seem overwhelming as a consumer. It would be a lot easier and possibly cheaper to simply not think about what we are buying. Changing our mindset is no easy task, though it is essential to our environment, our future generations and dear I say our economy.