The circular economy that Taiwan needs (1) green product planning

by mittag jewelry

Do you know how much resources in Taiwan depending on importing?

Do you know that there are ways to be more effective than resource recycling and help the environment not be destroyed?

As a member of the Taiwanese brand, "mittag jewelry" has been committed to the promotion of sustainable environmental issues, and hopes to implement this green concept in mittag's products, services and staff training, and become a member of Taiwan's "green pilot". Because the land under our feet, Taiwan, has always been a relatively poor natural resource island, so most of the resources (about 73.2%) need to rely on imports (such as oil, natural gas, various metals, etc...) Therefore, the lack of resources has always been a big problem that Taiwan cannot solve. So is there any way to solve this problem effectively? Yes, that is the "Circular Economy".
Recently, mittag jewelry was fortunate to be able to participate in the REnato Lab’s a series of lectures, "Future is Now", held from July 18th to October 13th in 2019, to further understand the current global implementation of the "circular economy”. In addition to expecting to take this opportunity to implement new ideas into mittag brand, we do hope to provide you with a "green product" that truly cares for the environment. Now, we like to use this article to introduce you what is the circular economy and why Taiwan needs to promote a circular economy.

Taiwan's efforts from "linear economy" to "recycling economy"

Do you remember that in the early days in Taiwan, the landfills were filled with garbage?
Do you remember the people’s protests against the construction of new landfills decades ago?

In fact, these memories of the past were all due to the environmental problems brought by the “Linear Economy”, because in the era of lacking environmental protection concept at that time, people only have one choice which was to damp things that was used or damaged. However, in the past 20 years, Taiwan has implemented the “Recycling Economy” in our lives. From the waste sorting, the available resources can be effectively recycled. The household garbage was collected with the garbage cleaning fee to make the household waste output effectively reduced. The push for the reduction of plastic bags in 2002 and the ban on plastic straws in 2019, are all efforts by Taiwan on environmental issues. Now, we have been promoted to a country with high resource recycling rate, and even ranked second only behind Germany in the world. In actual terms, the amount of garbage produced by Taiwanese people was 1.14 kilograms per day, but now it has fallen to 0.4 kilograms, and landfills account for less than 2% of total waste. It is also worth mentioning that the industrial waste recycling rate has reached 80%. This is enough to show that the awareness of environmental protection and recycling economy has been deeply rooted in our life.

 

But do you think this is enough? Is our environment really getting better?

The cruel truth is that we learned from the "Rethinking the future of plastics" report in 2016 put forward by the Ellen Macarthur Foundation, which promotes the Circular Economy. Taking plastics for example shows that of the world's plastic products only 14% came from recycled plastics; and where did the remaining 86% of plastic waste go? According to the report, 14% of plastic waste was disposed of in the form of incineration for energy. 40% of plastic waste was disposed of in a buried manner, and even 32% of plastic waste was continuously distributed in the environment. These different proportions of plastic waste are burned or weathered into small plastic particles scattered in the air, soil, groundwater and the sea. It is conceivable that the creatures born in this environment are bound to be polluted, and human beings are the ultimate predators in the earth's food chain. Many creatures eventually become the food on our table. These harmful substances eventually all entered our bodies. "The best way to reduce environmental impact is not to recycle more, but to produce less." So the real question is not how much waste we recycle, but how to repair, reduce or reuse these resource. Therefore, the concept of Circular Economy began to spread rapidly around the world.

Say goodbye to the era of squandering. The circular economy will change the world.

The circular economy is that before the product is manufactured, the manufacturer will consider the material, structure, production process and even the commercial sales model of the product on the premise of “recycle and reuse” (we will go further in other articles) to effectively eliminate waste and toxic chemicals. Here, you might think isn’t this the manufacturer’s job? In fact, there are government regulations behind and the voting options we made when we bought. If we pay more attention to the commodity, packaging, and if the corporate business direction is in line with the circular economy and sustainable environment considerations, and we can support and purchase more products like this, I believes that over time, more manufacturers will be putting this topic into consideration. 

Next, we provide a short version of The Circular Economy by the Ellen Macarthur Foundation to make it easy for you to understand. We also hope that you can continue to read other articles on circular economy written by mittag jewelry "The circular economy that Taiwan needs (2)  "cradle to cradle"  and "The circular economy that Taiwan needs (3) "sharing economy".

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