06 Nov Last Friday we talked about Circular Economy with Adriana Sanz, consultant of Simbiosy.
After the conference, we interviewed her to delve into the most important and basic points of the circular economy in relation to design:
What is the Circular Economy and what are its benefits?
The present linear economic model of “produce, consume and throw” is already reaching the limit of its physical capacity. The circular economy is the alternative: it is regenerative by design and aims to ensure that resources (materials, water, energy …) maintain their usefulness and value at all times. The reuse, the repair, the collaborative consumption, the servitization, the recycling … are some of the strategies of the circular economy. Apart from the obvious environmental benefits, companies can reduce costs and insecurities in the purchase of raw materials, reach new markets, differentiate, establish new relationships with their customers; and cities can become more resilient and healthy environments, where new jobs can be created and innovation and entrepreneurship can be encouraged.
What would be the purpose of design in the context of the Circular Economy?
The same definition answers the question: the circular economy is regenerative by design.The design is a FUNDAMENTAL piece: if in the design phase the concepts and needs of the circular economy are taken into account, this will make it possible for the remanufacturing, reuse, repair or recycling of products and services to be economically and technically feasible. In the same way, a design that follows the guidelines of the linear economy, condemns that these services and products are underutilized, dispersed, lost, discarded.
What do we understand by industrial symbiosis?
The projects of Industrial Symbiosis are the tool to apply the concepts of the circular economy in the productive / industrial fabric. It is a business strategy that promotes collaboration between companies to realize new business opportunities by exploring innovative ways to put them into practice: giving value to surplus resources (energy, water, waste, materials, space …) or finding innovative solutions in the provision of resources.
What should be the role of a Design School like ours in this context?
The design will be sustainable or it will not be. The change of model to a circular economy is a transition and therefore does not change overnight, but I have no doubt that the change will occur. We are already seeing the first movements and symptoms worldwide and the one that does not get on the boat, now that it is still picking up speed, will lose it. Schools must be environments of creation, of innovation, with the present and the future in mind. You have to leave the school prepared not to miss the train.
Thank you Adriana, and all the attendees!
You can learn more about Adriana and her professional experience in the link.