The circular economy is not an abstract concept. Its principles are being applied today to help us cope with the pandemic. Manufacturing and supply-chain shortages within the health sector have, for example, driven circular innovation. We already see results in the use of sterilization agents to decontaminate N95 masks and give them a second life as well as spurred fabrication laboratories (fab labs) that are banding together to innovate prototype designs and processes for medical use.
Beyond the health sector, responsible packaging firms continue to innovate on sustainable and recyclable consumer goods, despite the rise in single-use plastic packaging as a result of quarantine-related home deliveries and fears associated with reused materials. The food and beverage sector, for its part, is working with organizations to redirect surplus food to those most in need.
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