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Critiques of the circular economy
Lund University .
Lancaster University .
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering, Strategic Sustainability Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3137-1571
2021 (English)In: Journal of Industrial Ecology, ISSN 1088-1980, E-ISSN 1530-9290Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper presents a reasoned account of the critiques addressed to the circular econ-omy and circular business models. These critiques claim that the circular economy hasdiffused limits, unclear theoretical grounds, and that its implementation faces struc-tural obstacles. Circular economy is based on an ideological agenda dominated by tech-nical and economic accounts, which brings uncertain contributions to sustainabilityand depoliticizes sustainable growth. Bringing together these critiques demonstratesthat the circular economy is far from being as promising as its advocates claim it to be.Circularity emerges instead as a theoretically, practically, and ideologically question-able notion. The paper concludes by proposing critical issues that need to be addressedif the circular economy and its business models are to open routes for more sustainableeconomic development.

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Wiley-Blackwell, 2021.
Keywords [en]
circular economy, circular business models, critique, industrial ecology, review, sustainability
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-299935DOI: 10.1111/jiec.13187ISI: 000685920700001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85112734115OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-299935DiVA, id: diva2:1586452
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Swedish Research Council Formas, 2017-00219
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Available from: 2021-08-20 Created: 2021-08-20 Last updated: 2023-01-23Bibliographically approved

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