“Viewed as a concept by some, a framework by others, the CE is an alternative to a traditional take-make-dispose linear economy. A CE aims to keep products, components, and materials at their highest utility and value at all times. The value is maintained or extracted though extension of product lifetimes by reuse, refurbishment, and remanufacturing as well as closing of resource cycles—through recycling and related strategies.” 

…circular economy proponents argue that it is the integration of previous strategies and concepts where the framework can and should make its greatest contribution. This prompts the question of how the circular economy can learn from the methods and findings of industrial ecology, and what new ideas—or combination of ideas—the circular economy is bringing to industrial ecology.”

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The Emergence of Circular Economy: A New Framing Around Prolonging Resource Productivity
Fenna Blomsma and Geraldine Brennan
Version of Record online: 9 MAY 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/jiec.12603


Taking the Circularity to the Next Level: A Special Issue on the Circular Economy
Nancy M. P. Bocken, Elsa A. Olivetti, Jonathan M. Cullen, José Potting and Reid Lifset
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Effects on Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Introducing Electric Vehicles into an Electricity System with Large Storage Capacity
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The Circular Economy: Exploring the Introduction of the Concept Among S&P 500 Firms
Nancy M. P. Bocken, Paavo Ritala and Pontus Huotari
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Potentials and Barriers for Tantalum Recovery from Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment
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Version of Record online: 4 MAY 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/jiec.12577


Contaminated Interaction: Another Barrier to Circular Material Flows
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Also of potential interest:

Gregson, N., Mike Crang, Sara Fuller & Helen Holmes (2015). “Interrogating the circular economy: the moral economy of resource recovery in the EU,” Economy and Society, 44:2, 218-243.