The principles of a circular economy
The unrestrained consumption of planetary resources is bit by bit leading to them disappearing.
Our way of life has become ultra consumerist since the advent of the industrial age.
Climate imbalance is threatening our civilisation following an overconsumption of fossil energy…
All these phenomena are due to man and his disrespect of the nature that surrounds him.
We are destroying our habitat without worrying about the consequences.
Blinded by his rapidly changing evolution, man has forgotten that he cannot tame nature.
This is why for the past few years a new economic model has seen the light, commonly called “Circular Economy”.
Sustainable development, jobs, local economy; the benefits of this new model are innumerable.
A new industrial revolution is underway
Wilmet, circular economy player
Re-use: Give objects a new purpose
We talk about Re-use in the field of waste when it involves transforming an object to give it a new function instead of throwing it away.
We thus give it a second life and a second purpose, which considerably increases the object’s lifespan and reduces the number of discarded objects.
Recycling : sorting waste at source
By definition, it involves a collection, sorting and treatment procedure that allows materials that were composed of a similar product reaching the end of its life cycle to be reintroduced into the production cycle.
Recycling has two major ecological consequences:
- The reduction of the volume of waste and therefore the pollution it causes.
- The protection of natural resources, the recycled material replacing the one we should have extracted.
Repair : fight against the programmed obsolescence
Recently the Wilmet Group formed collaborations with companies with a social purpose that repair certain machines dropped off to be destroyed.
As a consequence, we are shortening the loop as much as possible. Without going as far as a complete destruction, these machines are dismantled, the breakdown is looked for and once repaired the machine is sold at a knock-down price.
The energy savings of such a procedure in relation to the classic circuit (crushing, recovery of components, manufacturing of recycled parts…) is huge and as economical in resources. This is why it will always be better to repair than to recycle.
Re-employment: developing the market for “second hand”
We talk about re-employment when an object passes from an initial user who no longer has a use for it to another user, while keeping its primary function, which allows the lifespan to be extended considerably.