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Histories and Futures of Circular Economy

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The chapter aims to, firstly, historicize the idea of the Circular Economy by looking at practices of reuse and recycling in medieval and later periods and, secondly, to explore how the Circular Economy functions in an imagined future in contemporary practice.

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    At the time of writing (2020) the second EU Circular Economy Action Plan was being finalized.

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Daniel Welch’s contribution to this chapter has been supported by funding from the UK Economic and Social Research Council grant ES/R007942/1 “Imagined Futures of Consumption”.

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Casson, C., Welch, D. (2021). Histories and Futures of Circular Economy. In: Bali Swain, R., Sweet, S. (eds) Sustainable Consumption and Production, Volume II. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-55285-5_3

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