Circular economy and Cradle to Cradle in educational practice

  title={Circular economy and Cradle to Cradle in educational practice},
  author={Helen Kopnina},
  journal={Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences},
  pages={119 - 134}
  • H. Kopnina
  • Published 1 January 2018
  • Business
  • Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences
Abstract This article describes how Circular Economy (CE) and Cradle to Cradle (C2C) can be used in university teaching to address these frameworks’ strengths and weaknesses in practice. The advantages of these frameworks for radical change are outlined, including their emphasis on upcycling rather than recycling (downcycling). This article discusses how students apply their understanding of transformative production frameworks to three case studies of products or materials. The student… 

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