The Circular Economy is seen as an integral and interdependent part of a transition to a lower-carbon society. While early legislation framed the initial development of the Circular Economy in terms of waste and re-cycling it is now essential for the policy led success of the “Use – Reuse” model at the heart of the circular economy to become “owned” and “developed” by us, the consumers. Consumers are, and will continue to be, major influencers in the development of the Circular Economy in Europe. With the explosion of social media and the huge numbers of ‘digital natives’ who are almost permanently engaged in online activity, the power of consumers to effect change is greater than ever before. What is now needed are consumer awareness and education programs that address issues of national and international importance, like adopting and developing the Circular Economy Model.

CARDET, in collaboration with Gästrike Återvinnare from Sweden and partners from 6 EU countries participate in the project Family Circle, under the ERASMUS+ KA2 programme of the European Commission.

The project’s overall objective is to raise awareness and provide education for families across Europe about the Circular Economy.