Circular economy and Cradle to Cradle in educational practice

Kopnina, Helen (2018) Circular economy and Cradle to Cradle in educational practice. Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences, 15 (1). pp. 119-134. ISSN 1943-815X

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This article describes how Circular Economy (CE) and Cradle to Cradle (C2C) can be used in university teaching to address these frameworks’ strengths and weaknesses in practice. The advantages of these frameworks for radical change are outlined, including their emphasis on upcycling rather than recycling (downcycling). This article discusses how students apply their understanding of transformative production frameworks to three case studies of products or materials. The student projects evaluating existing products in terms of their circularity value outline a number of practical as well as theoretical challenges. The case studies demonstrate that some products still have a long way to go to fully cycle materials within a closed system. Aside from illustrating the dangers of subversion of circular frameworks to the ‘business-as-usual’ scenarios, the assignments are instructive in showing how CE/C2C can be successfully taught. This article recommends pedagogical strategies involving both theory of sustainable production and sustainability and practical research into company’s operations in order to develop the students’ ability to meaningfully engage with CE/C2C models.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Circular economy; Cradle to Cradle; decoupling; education for sustainability; sustainable production
Subjects: F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
J900 Others in Technology
N900 Others in Business and Administrative studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2021 12:50
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 13:00

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