After two months dedicated to the circular economy, it is important to understand sustainability and its dimensions, as well as remember how both concepts relate. Sustainability is promoting the satisfaction of current needs without compromising future generations.
However, contrary to expectations, this does not only recognize the environmental dimension! In practice, it illustrates a holistic approach to reality in order to obtain a complete answer:
- Environmental dimension- resources must be conserved/managed, particularly non-renewable or vital resources for life support. Actions that minimize negative impacts on air, water and soil, preserve biodiversity, protect the environment and promote responsible production/consumption must be a reality
- Sociocultural dimension- human rights and the common good must be respected (equity of opportunities). Promoting a fairer, more inclusive and equitable society in the allocation of goods is imperative to eradicate poverty. The cultural diversity of local communities must also be recognized and respected
- Economic dimension – refers to prosperity at different levels of society and the efficiency of economic activity
In short, the circular economy model is a good practice that clearly supports sustainability. Reusing contributes to better use/management of resources, has a lower environmental impact, and recognizes greater efficiency in economic activity; therefore, it allows for greater justice regarding resources allocation and goods.