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Healthy City Design 2018

Improving health through the circular economy

By Sunand Prasad 18 Jan 2019 0

Under a circular economy, the value of products and materials is maintained for as long as possible. This keynote address will explore how health can be improved through the circular economy.

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Waste and resource use are mitigated – a product is not thrown away when it reaches the end of its life but is instead reused to create further value.

The circular economy is a means to sustainable consumption and production, which feature in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically SDG 12. The principles of the circular economy can be hugely beneficial for society, by encouraging innovation, growth and the creation of jobs.

While less well understood, the potential benefits for human health are also significant and can contribute to achieving sustainable development. There is, however, also the risk of adverse health effects if this shift fails to consider health implications and health equity issues.