Circular Economy Foundation Course

The circular economy is more than just a shift from the 'Take-Make-Waste' system. If you want to change the world, you first need to master the underlying framework of how the modern economy started.

This course provides the keys. It clearly explains the mechanics of the linear economy, the history behind the circular economy, Cradle-to-Cradle, Life-cycle Assessment and, finally, the fundamentals of the circular economy itself.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction

    • Introduction

    • Glossary of Terms

  • 2

    The Linear Economy

    • Resource Depletion - An Introduction

    • Video: Industrial Revolution

    • The Industrial Revolution - An Introduction

    • Asia and the Industrial Revolution

    • The Birth of Consumerism

    • The Disposable Society

    • The Linear Economy Quiz

  • 3

    The Beginnings of the Circular Economy

    • Video: History of Environmentalism

    • Environmental History - An Introduction

    • Resource & Environmental Economics

    • Video: Industrial Ecology & The Circular Economy

    • Industrial Ecology - An Introduction

    • Resource & Environment History Quiz

  • 4

    Closed Loop Systems

    • Closed Loop Systems - An Introduction

    • Case Study - Aluminium Closed-Loop Recycling

    • Video: Rethinking Sustainability using Closed Loop Manufacturing and the Circular Economy

    • Case Study - Rethinking Sustainability Using Closed-Loop Manufacturing and Circular Economy Frameworks

    • Video: Introduction to Cradle to Cradle

    • Cradle to Cradle

    • Cradle to Cradle Quiz

  • 5

    Life-Cycle Assessment

    • Video: Life Cycle Assessment

    • Life-Cycle Assessment - What Is It?

    • Life Cycle Assessment - Why Is It Important?

    • Case Study - Bert's Bees

    • Communicating Life-Cycle Assessments to a Broader Audience

    • Environmental Product Declaration - An Introduction

    • Example of a Life Cycle Assessment for Durum Wheat Pasta

    • Example of an Environmental Product Declaration for Durum Wheat Pasta in Paperboard Box

    • Circular Economy & Life Cycle Assessment

    • Case Study - Repair or New - What's Best in the Circular Economy?

    • Life-Cycle Assessment Quiz

  • 6

    The Circular Economy

    • The Circular R's - Strategies for the Circular Economy -

    • Video: Waste from One Industry Becomes a Resource for a City

    • The Circular Economy & Systems Thinking

    • Circular Design - What is it?

    • Circular Business Models - An Introduction

    • Examples of Circular Business Models

    • Case Study - Michelin Tyres

    • Circular Economy Business & Service Model and Value Proposition Canvas

    • Circular Economy Quiz

  • 7

    End Notes

    • Conclusion

    • Bibliography

    • Review & Rating