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Tomorrow could be too late

A circular economy

Trying to reduce the damage that our short-sighted ancestors, and ourselves, did to the planet.
We at BizUpLab know that the terms "social responsibility" and "social value" are becoming more than just words uttered only at major conferences.
It is no longer necessary to explain how society benefits from corporate social responsibility of manufacturers and businesses and how important it is for all employees to share them, to be oriented towards shared social values.
A special report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows that a permanent temperature increase of 1.5°C is likely to lead to a warming of 2.7-3.5°C by 2100, with devastating effects on humanity and nature.
There is an urgent need for changes and adjustments in habitual production processes, the extraction of natural resources and indeed everyone's way of life in general.
Global CO2 emissions, uncontrolled deforestation, extinction of large numbers of animal species, water and air pollution - the list of damage we have done to nature is long.
Business has not stood by idly. The indifferent are stimulated by governments, but they are few in number. Most already realise that everyone has to do something to reduce the threats of climate change every day.
Recycling and new uses of recycled materials are coming to the fore. Instead of primary raw materials, we get a recycled product and savings in valuable natural resources and energy.
In a circular economy, the product is kept as close to its finished state as possible. This reduces its cost. The product is broken down into its constituent materials and remade into something new. Clearly, it is cheaper and easier to recycle than to recycle. But recycling is not the answer. That is why we have to change our production processes now and take further recycling into account by incorporating it into the cost of the product.
Paper is easier to sort and recycle; plastic is more problematic. But concrete recycling, although technologically simple, requires a change in infrastructure and materials. The process of recycling old lithium-ion batteries is still under research and costly experimentation.
In most cases, the experience of applying a closed-loop economy to a company becomes an innovation to create a new product.
In fact, the idea of closed-loop economics is not about finding alternatives, but about limiting them. What becomes valuable is the rejection of consumerism. But this is quite difficult, because people have to change their habits and even 'break' themselves in many ways. And this is very hard. And it is not quick. The strategic task for humanity will be to change the cultural code of the consumer. Giving back to nature, or rather, at least stopping taking extra, is the beginning of this story.
The role of business at this point is, by changing production and above all marketing schemes, to bring to market products that will have an extended lifespan, built-in opportunities for 'second life', repair, refurbishment and re-production.
The plan for the next 10 years is to cut global emissions on Earth by half. This will require widespread use of sustainable technologies such as solar panels, wind turbines, electric vehicles, electricity storage and hydrogen. Closed-loop economy strategies could reduce overall demand, reducing dependence on critical metals.
BizUpLab fully supports the ideas and philosophy of the circular economy. Therefore, we try to use natural resources wisely and optimise our software development processes. The eco-friendliness of our work involves low consumption of server resources and bandwidth.
BizUpLab is a community of creators who share the same values.
We are open to everything new and value the experience of the past. Our employees believe that it's not just what we do that matters, but also how we do it.
How soon will the transition to a circular economy be possible? Can products that have been around for a long time be scaled up for this purpose? Ultimately, how do we convince anyone and everyone that this is vital?
The fact that business is not only about profits, but also a great responsibility, above all to future generations, became clear not so long ago. In fact, it wasn't until the beginning of the 21st century that they started talking about it seriously! Studies show that only 3% of the planet is untouched by human activity. The limited resources of the planet have been depleted almost to the point of no return. It turns out that what was seen as infinite has a limit.
Each of us, some of us slowly, some of us faster, came to the conclusion that it was urgent to hurry, to take serious steps, to change ourselves and the familiar world on a daily basis.
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