The building sector produces one third of all global waste, and most of this ends up in landfills (European Commission 2011). That’s essentially collecting one third of our trash into a large, full garbage bag just sitting around on our planet.
The process of building infrastructure itself consumes 42 billion tonnes of resources annually, adding to the building sector’s position as a heavy consumer of our natural reserves (Circle Economy 2018).
In order to contain the ecological impact that building infrastructure has on our planet, we need to reevaluate how buildings are constructed. Circularity is a concept that can help us achieve this goal by encouraging more sustainable production and consumption patterns. The idea involves upcycling and repurposing materials so as to avoid unnecessary waste and obtain the most value out of the resource.