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Cradle to cradle in SMEs

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Cradle to cradle in SMEs

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The current market economy works according to the rules of a linear system. Hence,
resources get lost because valuable materials are designed to be waste after their
useful life. Since economy works within the limits of a finite planet resources start to get
scarce. In addition, current strategies to overcome resource scarcity are inefficient or
only slowing down the depletion. Thus, at the moment no effective solution is broadly
applied among businesses.
The study found that the concept of cradle-to-cradle can offer a solution for resource
scarcity as it introduces a circular economy in where materials endlessly flow in a
biological or technical cycle. Moreover, it was found that the concept is highly
beneficial for companies as it makes good economic sense. However, high
implementation costs appeared to be a disadvantage for smaller comapanies as
investment margins are relatively small.
Further studies showed that the degree of implementation determines the level of
monetary costs. However, it was assessed that to a certain extend cradle-to-cradle can
be implemented into a company even if investment margins are relatively low. As a
concequence in the framework of an internal project the company EcoPuur decided to
start a cradle-to-cradle introduction. The research provided a strategy of how to
execute the introduction phase of the project. With view to further project phases an
outlook was given.
In addition, recommendations for companies are given of how to learn from the C2C
introduction at EcoPuur. Lastly, the research provides some core recommendations for
companies regarding the opportunity to adapt to the circular economy.

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OrganisatieHZ University of Applied Sciences
OpleidingInternational Business & Management Studies
InstituutAcademie voor Economie & Management
PartnersEcoPuur cvba, Nevele
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Datum2011-08-26
TypeBachelorscriptie
TaalEngels

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