Part one of this two-part article covered how the cost of the bottled water industry affects us both financially and environmentally. But the costs associated with this industry don’t just affect consumers and the planet. They affect the bottled water industry itself. The way that businesses operate in many industries is beginning to be seen as unsustainable and it’s clear that we need to find new ways forward that will benefit both people and organizations. This may require a radical shift to the way we approach things.
A move towards a circular economy
Our current economic system and production methods are placing too many pressures on the environment. Scientists are now saying we have only just over a decade to make the sweeping changes needed to avert a potential environmental disaster. Many of our current problems are linked to industry and agriculture and the way they use up the planet’s finite resources. Our current model of production operates on a linear scale – we take, make, consume and dispose and thus deplete these finite resources at a rapid rate.
Moving to a circular economic model would simply mean changing the “dispose” element of this model to “recycle” or “re-use” and linking it back to the first stage – “take” – so that we have a circle rather than a straight line, and we take from what we recycle rather than from fresh, untouched resources. This would help minimize waste, protect resources and reduce pollution. It would also have significant benefits to both consumers and businesses.