There should always be a way to re-use and recycle things
Here’s what needs to change
The world’s resources are limited.
But we are living as if they weren’t. Global demand for resources is increasing every year.
is what the average European consumes in materials every year
is what the average European produces in waste every year
64% of that waste is landfilled or burnt
Our consumption and waste in Europe is unsustainable
We consume too many resources in the form of everyday products, plastics, wood or metals, which we are too quick to discard. We then consume new materials to replace what we have thrown away, generating ever more waste.
Our lifestyle has a major impact on the environment
But there is huge economic potential if we change the way we do things
Think of the precious metals in your phone and how they could be re-used instead of thrown away
0 billion Euros
could be generated if we use our resources more efficiently
0 million jobs
could be created through better design of our products, more re-use and waste prevention
Moving towards a circular economy
Instead of the make – use – throw away model which began with the Industrial Revolution, we can move to a circular economy where materials are continuously being re-used and recycled. To do this, we have to design our products so that they last longer, and are more repairable, re-usable and recyclable.
Increasing how much we re-use and recycle will reduce the amount of material we send to landfill or incineration and move us towards a zero-waste society.
We’re campaigning for less waste and better product design
that lowers Europe’s resource consumption
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What you can doThere are things you can do to reduce your personal resource use bit by bit.
What the EU can doHow EU policy on waste and products can deliver resource savings and cut waste
NewsA lot is happening in this area, have a look at some of the things we’ve highlighted.