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Many products that we use are part of a linear economy – we have a product, we make use of it, and when we are finished with it, we dispose of it.

An alternative to this is the circular economy, in which we design products to last longer and be repairable, keep products in use for as long as possible, then recover the materials they are made from through reuse or recycling.

Almost 45% of CO2 emissions come from the food, materials and products that we make, use and consume every day. Moving to a more circular economy is an essential part of our move towards net zero carbon.

We want to support the move to a more circular economy and Islington Council’s Circular Economy Action Plan sets out what Islington can do to make this happen.

How is Islington Council supporting a circular economy?

When new developments are built in Islington, the Council’s Local Plan will require that building materials are reused, and that the building is designed to be flexible in its use and easily repurposed or dismantled at the end of its life.

Encourages the sharing economy, where products are shared or borrowed, rather than bought only to be used for a few days each year.  Although not available in Islington at the moment, check the Library of Things locations to see what is available near you.

Makes it easier for residents to get things repaired, so that your washing machine or dishwasher can last longer.

Encourages rental or leasing of goods, so the supplier is responsible for repairs and disposal, encouraging them to ensure the product lasts as long as possible.

Provide practical advice and financial support for local businesses who want to develop more circular business models.

More information

For more information on Circular economy, visit ReLondon or the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. You can also email to find out more.