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Circular Wonderings is an exploration of the role of digital, software and technology in the Circular Economy. Exploration is the key word here. I write regularly, reflecting on my current thoughts and research. Expect typos, incomplete thoughts, varied rambling topics and (hopefully) a journey towards clearer understanding and insight. Subscribe here to join my journey.

Non-Profit Circularity

The not for profit sector has major advantages in applying Circular Economy approaches.

For starters, much of the sector has been at the forefront of reuse. Donating IT equipment [1], [2] or furniture [3] is an example of moving towards circularity. The main benefits are cost savings and direct contribution towards charity missions, but these practices are increasing product lifespan - and therefore directly contributing to waste reduction.

Some non-profits have circularity at the core of their mission. An excellent example is Tool Libraries, like the Edinburgh Tool Library [4]. These are brilliant examples of helping to close the loop and increase reuse. Often Tool Libraries are wonderful community hubs incorporating skills sharing and more - on top of the circularity and waste reduction benefits.

Of course, this is barely scratching the surface, but it is interesting to reflect on the fact that the non-profit is ahead of the circularity game - even before the sector as a whole looks at applying circular approaches to their own operations.

 


[1]: https://therestartproject.org/where-to-donate-your-computer/
[2]: https://turingtrust.co.uk/give-computers/
[3]: https://www.changeworks.org.uk/toogoodtowaste/furniture
[4]: https://edinburghtoollibrary.org.uk