State of Green Business

Policy & Politics

Mathy Stanislaus, circular economy fellow at WRI

Circular Economy Fellow at WRI, Mathy Stanislaus, is exploring, "what are the key levers, specifically policy levers, to accelerate the circular economy?" He's found some key points: value retention processes (extending life and enabling second life of products) and creating and optimizing a secondary materials system (a market for using used materials in safe, healthy and effective manners). Doing so can reduce new resource extraction by 80 percent and GHG impacts by 80-90 percent. The incentives are high — and so prioritization is imperative.