Image: Music Broth, IEM Photography
Sharing and repairing initiatives support Scotland’s move away from a linear economy towards a more circular economy, by keeping materials in use for as long as possible.
Take a look below to learn about the linear and circular economies, the waste hierarchy, and how sharing and repairing supports a more sustainable future for Scotland.
In a circular economy we keep products in high value economic use for as long as possible. If someone is finished with a product it is reused by someone else. If a product is broken it is repaired. If a product is only needed for a short time, it can be shared. If a product cannot be shared, repaired or reused, then its materials which are also valuable resources are recycled.
Sharing initiatives encourage shared distribution and use of goods within communities. Sharing libraries promote shared, and therefore reduced consumption, by hosting a library of items which community members can borrow instead of buying new.
Goods available to borrow include books, toys, DIY and gardening tools, outdoor equipment, electronics, bikes, cleaning apparatus, kitchen utensils, and recreational items for parties and hobbies and much more.
Take a look at the infographic below to see what other kinds of items are available for sharing through these types of initiatives.
Repairing relocates value back into damaged or broken goods by fixing them, instead of throwing them into landfill. Repair projects provide a supportive community space where customers can come to have an item repaired.
The Right to Repair movement rallies against manufacturers who make goods which aren’t built to last, and are challenging or impossible to repair, or who dissuade customers from fixing an item themselves.
Customers can repair a wide variety of items at local repair projects. Take a look at the infographic for just a few examples.