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Why does the circular economy matter?

The circular economy will benefit Scotland’s economy and its environment. 

Moving to a circular economy will contribute to the Scottish Government’s aim of sustainable economic growth.  It has the potential to increase productivity and create jobs, whilst reducing carbon emissions and preserving valuable raw materials..

The Scottish Economy 

Developing a circular economy in Scotland will help to protect our economy against exposure to resource supply risks and volatile commodity prices.

By keeping products and materials in use in Scotland for longer we will be more resilient to global resource pressures.

Other benefits of the circular economy include:

  • New jobs being created
  • New business opportunities
  • Cost savings in the manufacture of products,
  • Cost savings in the raw material costs for consumer goods for example clothing, food and drinks
  • Better conditions for investment
  • Less waste going to landfill 
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