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Pete Myers on the health benefits of a circular economy

Why it’s time to re-think the way we make things. Watch this video as Pete Myers explains how applying the principles of green chemistry and circular economy could help to tackle some of the world’s biggest health challenges.

Keeping materials cycling throughout the economy is good, right? Perhaps not, if you haven’t considered exactly what materials you’ve got re-entering the loop. Unfortunately, we don’t know all the substances contained in the products and built environment around us, or understand the health impacts that can occur as a result of the accumulation of certain chemicals. Creating pure material flows is a crucial value driver for the circular economy, offering economic and health benefits.

In this talk from the 2016 CE100 Annual Summit, Pete Myers, CEO and Chief Scientist at Environmental Health Science, shares some alarming findings from his research in this area, and highlights a lesser-known appeal of the circular economy: to improve our long-term health and wellbeing.

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Joe Iles

Joe Iles

I'm Editor in Chief of Circulate and Digital Architect at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

When I'm not discussing the circular economy, I also love talking about digital media and online trends, memes, music, bad films and good beer.

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