According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, “In our current economy, we take materials from the Earth, make products from them, and eventually throw them away as waste – the process is linear. In a circular economy, by contrast, we stop waste being produced in the first place.”
In Eccleston Yards, the businesses, workers and residents are working together to explore what a circular neighbourhood could look like:
The key areas of focus are:
Reducing emissions and pollution
From increasing the energy efficiency of managed buildings to reducing the congestion of waste collection vehicles, the local community are measuring and reducing emissions to reduce the environmental footprint of the area and improve air quality.
Reducing waste at source
By tracking materials flowing in and out of Eccleston Yards, the local community are identifying opportunities to remove packaging, switch to more sustainable materials and reduce surplus.
Increasing the lifecycle of materials
By promoting re-use over single use, the sharing of materials and products and supporting upskilling in repair, the local community are helping to keep materials in circulation for longer before disposal.
- Measuring carbon footprints and supporting the sustainability commitments of local businesses
- Minimising food waste and supporting sustainable food systems through a composter, urban farming and a resident herb and fruit garden
- Boosting recycling rates of the local businesses through workshops and collaboration
- Facilitating active transport by providing bike facilities and a repair station
- Making the Eccleston Yards Sunday Market more sustainable
- Raising awareness of circularity through signage and events
- Developing a repair programme including workshops for bikes, electricals, and clothes throughout 2022
- Improving biodiversity by exploring use of green roofs and bird boxes
- Generating value from waste streams
- Raising awareness around single-use coffee cups and increasing the amount recycled in the area
- Support restaurants and local offices to share re-usable containers to reduce packaging waste from takeaway waste
If you are a local resident, worker or organisation, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to join the Green Team and help shape these projects.