A 'Circular Economy': Why the Next Packaging Will Be Grown, Not Manufactured A 'Circular Economy': Why the Next Packaging Will Be Grown, Not Manufactured
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A 'Circular Economy': Why the Next Packaging Will Be Grown, Not Manufactured
But I see Ecovative as just one small part of the overall solution. We need thousands of new biological solutions to displace our extreme dependence on synthetic materials borrowed from the bank of time. And for those products we can’t replicate using cellular technology, we must design for re-usability, so that the technical nutrients aren't squandered in landfills or incinerators.
Although we live on a planet with limited physical resources, I’ve come to realize that there are some things that, unlike the misplaced promises of economic growth, actually do compound to grow and grow. Knowledge, ingenuity, creativity and happiness are boundless expressions of the human spirit. Let’s commit to building a future with a circular economy, with steady state materials, so that year after year, far in the distance future, we can continue to enjoy the fantastical creations of the human mind and collective culture.
This post is part of the GOOD community's 50 Building Blocks of Citizenship. This week: Shrink Your Carbon Footprint. Follow along, join the discussion, and share your experience at #goodcitizen.
Images courtesy of Ecovative.
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