The circular bioeconomy marries two key sustainability concepts.
First, it involves using more renewable resources for energy, chemicals, and materials – like products made from plants.
Second, it works to keep those sustainable materials and products in use longer, instead of throwing them away.
Rather than becoming garbage or pollution, in a circular bioeconomy the products are reused, repurposed or recycled. Take composting as an example: when food waste and compostable dishware are properly diverted to industrial composting facilities, they become healthy, valuable compost. That compost can be utilized to help grow new, sustainable plants.