Note: This article was originally published on top1000funds.com on June 5, 2017.
By: Sarah Rundell
Imagine a world where resources used in one industry are used again in another so that maximum value is extracted, recovered and used again. Or where consumers replace users as people lease – rather than own – products, through collective ownership or sharing platforms. Imagine renewable energy and the continuous cycling of materials have slashed reliance on non-renewable natural resources for good.
It’s called a circular economy – the alternative to today’s traditional, linear economic model of ‘take, make and dispose’. And far-sighted investors should embrace it for both long-term returns and impact, a new report urges.
The report, Investing in the New Industrial (R)evolution, comes from The Investment Integration Project (TIIP) and impact investment community Toniic. It builds on themes explored in TIIP’s 2016 Tipping Points report, which found more investors taking practical steps to incorporate global issues such as health, food and energy into their strategies, in a ‘systems-level’ approach.