‘Circularity’ is the principle that each element on a chain serves as raw materials or input for the next. Circular-design uses this life principle to create product-systems that generate, preserve, and compound value, without creating waste or dead-ends. This principle of circularity can be seen most intensely in Earth’s Carbon Cycle.
The practice of regenerating soil so that it builds high-quality topsoil, retains more rainwater, increases biodiversity, and sequesters carbon from the atmosphere, is called regenerative agriculture. By investing in the soil, regenerative agriculturists help make food more nutritious, fiber beneficial for the climate, and the land more biodiverse.
By understanding products around us by their material, purpose, function, and impact we will begin to appreciate the value they bring to their intended user, enabling us to address that value with better materials, better systems, and better impact. By spending the time to learn why someone lives the way they do, learning about the products that bring them meaning, we can build a consciousness that is less inclined to dismiss, inspired instead to create new avenues for shared value.