Circular economy

There are more and more people in the world, and as a result we have a growing need for raw materials, which are limited and their extraction and use have a major impact on the environment - all of which are important in understanding the circular economy. But to understand an economy that is cyclical, we must first understand the concept of a linear economy.

Linearno gospodarstvo

Linear economy

It is based on the extract - make - consume - discard pattern and is based on large quantities of cheap and affordable raw materials and energy. It also covers the planned obsolescence of products designed with a limited shelf life in order to discard them and buy new ones, which increases the amount of waste and creates pressure on the environment.

Krožno gospodarstvo

Circular economy

It is an economy where production and consumption are based on sharing, reusing, repairing, renovating and recycling existing materials and products for as long as possible. This prolongs the life of the products and reduces the amount of waste. When a product reaches the end of its life, the materials from which it is made are retained in the economy as much as possible. In this way, they can be reused over and over again, which further creates value and justifies the notion of a "circular economy".

Important facts

Peščena ura

Planned obsolecence: products are designed with a limited lifespan, so they need to be discarded and new ones need to be bought. This increases the amount of waste and creates pressure on the environment


New Circular economy action plan (EC, March 2020): reducing the amount of waste electrical and electronic equipment is a priority, through activities such as the "right to repair" and improving reusability in general, the introduction of a single charger for devices and the establishment of a reward system to promote the recycling of appliances


Resolution for a new Circular economy action plan (EU parliament, February 2021)additional, more stringent measures are needed to transform the EU into a circular economy by 2050

On these pages we present all the elements for the circular economy in the field of appliance management.