Circular economy challenges for citizens
The development of a circular economy allows citizen-consumers to have access to better quality eco-designed products. Sustainable sourcing and local distribution channels lead to better traceability of products, especially food, with significant environmental and social benefits (local economy, jobs, health, etc.).
In addition to environmental benefits, extending the life of products makes it possible to limit citizens' expenses and benefit from additional sources of income by selling their goods second-hand. Social economy structures specialized in reuse and donation platforms help optimize the use of resources while generating significant economic and social gains.
Using rather than buying
The functional economy proposes reforming the dominant sales model by disconnecting consumption from ownership. Such a model allows citizens to break away from the purchasing process and all its related imperatives such as maintenance, storage, repair and end-of-life. Providing use as an integrated service is a win-win situation: the producer obtains consumer loyalty and saves on resources; the consumer no longer buys the product but pays only for its function and performance.
Promoting personal and collective commitment
Setting up local collaborative consumption networks reduces the costs of acquisition and use of the products while encouraging social cohesion among citizens.
For the issue of recycling, effective collection and waste recovery systems allow citizens to engage personally by separating their waste at source, and live in a healthy environment.