By Alessandro Amadori
Current economy is largely linear: raw materials such as oil, minerals and metals are extracted and used to make products that are thrown away after use. This approach, which has a high cost from an economic, social and environmental point of view, can be replaced by circular economy, in which products, components and materials are designed for reuse.
To explain basic concepts and aspects of circular economy to secondary school students, Italian CNR (National Research Council) contributed to create the “EcoCEO - It’s your Business” educational game.
This game was produced thanks to an international collaboration of CNR with VITO (Belgium), Wuppertal Institute (Germany) and the Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia), within the framework of a grant from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) concerning raw materials (EIT RawMaterials).