Introduce and create awareness and knowledge of the concept of Circular Economy paradigm and application for the Americas.
Host a digital library of technical information, data, and research publications regarding Circular Economy.
Trigger policy development and informed decision making to enable Circular Economy adoption in the region.
Serve as the regional hub for facilitating partnerships and business opportunities relevant to Circular Economy in the Americas.
Provide the latest updates about ongoing Circular Economy programs, initiatives and projects, and upcoming events in the Americas.
Share experiences and best practices among experts, project developers, and other change agents in the Circular Economy field.
Monitor Circular Economy implementation activities across the Western Hemisphere and their collective contribution to the United Nations SDGs.
Promote innovative business models, tools, and methods to facilitate the transition towards a Circular Economy.
Present and compare macro-economic, social and environmental outputs and benefits from applying Circular Economy in the region.
WHAT IS CIRCULAR ECONOMY?
The term “Circular Economy” is gaining global recognition and importance as a means for international and concerted action to help create a new industrial model and economic system that is better aligned to the rules of nature and allow for human beings to continue to sustain the modern society and livelihood and thrive on Earth.
It represents a paradigm shift and provides a guiding framework for finding ways to moving away from the global take-make-waste linear economic model to one “that is restorative and regenerative by design, and which aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value at all times, distinguishing between technical and biological cycles” (Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 2016).
Circular Economy is closely aligned to the design principles of Cradle-to-Cradle® and therefore recognizes the basic and fundamental need to re-think the way we are making things. It recognizes the need to use materials and chemicals intelligently to manufacture eco-friendly products to enable the creation of a circular economic model that will allow for closing the loop of such materials and chemicals and use them through continuous or perpetual Technical or Biological Cycles in the economy.
CIRCULAR ECONOMY PLATFORM OF THE AMERICAS
Circular Economy Platform is a member based portal where information about Circular Economy from and for the Americas is made available. As the concept of Circular Economy serves as a suitable guiding framework there is a significant space and opportunity for the development of new tools, business models, design methods, and performance criteria to apply in real-life to achieve measurable results toward a Circular Economic reality. By linking people, ideas and actions through this Platform the transition toward a Circular Economy in the Americas is facilitated.
The Circular Economy Platform of the Americas opens new avenues for profitable businesses, embraces the innovative and positive human intent, and allows for creative thinking and development of eco-friendly products and services to satisfy needs of the people of the Americas. The Platform will increasingly include individuals, businesses, governments, academia and organizations willing and able to engage in promoting, facilitating and help realizing Circular Economy adoption and implementation in the Americas.The challenge ahead is to engage more and more people to become change agents and help translate and materialize this Circular Economy paradigm into practical action and results.
A region where the resources, knowledge, capacity and wealth is adequately distributed among its people to satisfy current and future needs while they prosper in harmony with nature.
The Circular Economy Platform of the Americas is an initiative powered by the Americas Sustainable Development Foundation (ASDF) https://www.sustainableamericas.com
ASDF is a non-profit independent advisory foundation that focuses on helping bring about cutting-edge ideas and solutions as Cradle to Cradle® and the Circular Economy to the mainstream across the countries in the Western Hemisphere to realize Sustainable Development.
The Circular Economy Forum of the Americas
CEFA gathers industry leaders, entrepreneurs, universities, NGO’s and governments from across the Western Hemisphere. To facilitate high level discussions with key Circular Economy experts and practitioners to debate the state of the needs, challenges, and opportunities of this important and rapidly expanding field of work. With the purpose of generating a common and deeper understanding of Circular Economy and its relevance and applicability in the region.
With the technical and financial support of like-minded entities and institutional members, the Platform brings a wealth of knowledge, capacity and experience in applying Cradle to Cradle® design, Performance Economics, Regenerative Design, Industrial Ecology, Bio-mimicry, Blue Economy, Natural Capitalism and other compatible approaches that inspire the development and application of the principles of the Circular Economy in the Americas.