Interest in circular economy principles continues to grow as organizations seek solutions to address risks stemming from our planet’s diminishing natural capital. Companies are increasingly interested in ways to make their production more resource efficient and reduce waste.
They may not be aware, however, that their ISO 14001 Environmental Management System provides an effective framework for adopting circular production practices. Here we discuss how meeting the requirements of ISO 14001 promotes “cradle to cradle” production. We start by providing some background on the circular economy concept and its benefits.