Review On “Critiques Of The Ce” Paper
ioannouolga, connecting data to information to knowledge, Aug 26, 2021
Based on an extensive literature review the paper brings together critiques on circular economy. Following list covers some of them. concept vagueness conflicts and trade offs are often overlooked collection of heterogeneous scientific and semi-scientific concepts mostly developed by practitioners conceptual fragmentation and lack of paradigmatic strength not a theory but an emerging approach in […]

Based on an extensive literature review the paper brings together critiques on circular economy. Following list covers some of them.

Sounds harsh, but most of it is true. Problem with some of this critique is that it examines CE within the linear economy paradigm. Criteria against which CE is contested here are based on either the clash of CE with existing models (ie waste stream management) or the strongly embedded modernist consumer(ist) habits. These can not possibly change overnight. Absence of the social pillar is pretty accurate though, as well as the asymmetry to CE implementation between the Global North and Global South. Which brings us perhaps to the most important point made in the paper, the acknowledgement that CE is not politically neutral. And unless CE is recognized for its political and (may I add) ethical stance, its implementation will always be lacking and the social pillar will always be suppressed.

References

Corvellec H, Stowell A, Johansson N. Critiques of the circular economy. J Ind Ecol. 2021; 1–12.
https://doi.org/10.1111/jiec.13187 available here: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jiec.13187?af=R