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Circular economy

A circular economy contributes to a sustainable society. This is important at a time when raw materials are becoming increasingly scarce. Circular business models reduce the risk of scarcity through innovative use and reusable energy, products, parts and raw materials. This offers business opportunities. Think of new markets, new partnerships and sustainable competitive advantages. Our funding solutions can help, let us make space for you to succeed.

What is a circular business model?

When you think of a circular business model, you probably think about recycling. This is a good example, but many more possibilities exist. That is why we have listed five circular business models that can help you to make your business more sustainable.

Sharing platforms

Many products and services are rarely used. Cars are parked, tablets are laying around in a storage room and real estate is empty for months. The percentage of ownership or use is extremely low. By acting as a shared platform platform, your customers can make use of these products. In this way, your company can maximize the use of the products and improve productivity and value.

Product as a service

A growing numbers of companies offer products services for examples  bicycles. In major European cities, two-wheeled vehicles are often leased, rather than sold, for a fixed price per month. Or they pay per ride. Are you able to manage the maintenance of products? If so you can use this model to recover the residual value at the end of its life.

Circular supplies

Does your company experience problems when raw materials can no longer be supplied due to scarcity? The circular supplies business model can offer a solution. Raw materials are replaced by fully renewable, recyclable or biodegradable raw materials. Think of plant pots that are made from waste wood for example.

Product life extension

Extending the lifespan of products is often easier than you think. For example, material that would otherwise be wasted can, in many cases, be maintained or even improved. Take telephones, which will work like new due to changes in the software and hardware. By continuing to extend the life of products, you can generate new revenue and keep material out of landfill.

Material recovery

Waste materials can be reprocessed into new raw materials. For example if you are flushing purified waste water away consider storing it and making it available as irrigation water for farmers instead, that way you can maximise its economic value.

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