An Introduction to the Circular Economy
This book tries to debate on the significance of circular economy, underlying the necessity to change our way of producing, consuming, and traveling on a daily basis. The passage from a linear economy to a circular economy will help us to reduce the degradation of the environment for avoiding future disastrous consequences, such as depletion of biodiversity, scarcity of raw materials and drinking water, rising waters, etc. The circular economy, therefore, involves designing a product so that it can be recycled or its components reused. Reuse consists of introducing the product back into the economic circuit in its original condition; repair makes it possible to fix a broken good; and recovery consists of reusing its components. This is the significance of the so-called 3R strategy, illustrated in this book.
The chapter is devoted to the actual problem of utilization, processing, and reuse of post-consumer textile waste in contemporary cities of the world. The analysis was carried out within the framework of the concept of smart city based on the study of the experience of post-consumer textile products in contemporary cities. It is concluded that the variety of secondary applications of post-consumer textile waste and its recycling is considered a promising basis for the development of new types of eco-business. In addition, the recycling of post-consumer textiles will reduce the load on waste storage facilities, reducing the harmful effects on the environment.