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The forthcoming Circular Economy Bill will give Scotland the powers and solutions to help us to consume differently, use resources efficiently and, crucially, boost our economy.

Evidence estimates around four-fifths of Scotland’s carbon footprint comes from the products and services we manufacture, use, and throw away. Material consumption and waste are the primary drivers of nearly every environmental problem we currently face, from water scarcity to habitat and species loss.

The message is clear - we need to talk about consumption and rethink our systems so that we can start to consume differently. The solution lies in moving from a linear economy to a circular one, where we design products to last and encourage reuse, repair, and recycling to reduce demand for raw materials. A circular economy will allow us to create new markets, encourages innovation and will result in greener job opportunities. It’s key in not only achieving our targets for net zero and nature, but to a more prosperous economy and fairer society.

The Circular Economy Bill will give us the chance to implement these solutions more broadly - in order to create a way of living that’s more sustainable and that benefits businesses and citizens alike.

There's no time to waste

These consultations are a chance to have your say on how the Circular Economy Bill is shaped. Covering everything from general consumption to construction; recycling to food waste, and beyond, it takes into consideration the everyday opportunities to make more sustainable choices and decisions.

You can play your part in Scotland's circular future by taking part in the consultation before it closes on 22nd August 2022.

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