Circular Economy Aruba, CEAruba for short, is a local platform to learn, share and discuss Circular Economy topics with our local community, in order to create an environmentally sustainable and economically healthy Aruba with the help of Circular Economy principles.
Our platform is a movement consisting of about twenty volunteers linked to the University of Aruba, private companies, government employees and NGOs.
All would like to see and assist adoption of more circular business practices and the transition to a circular economy for Aruba in the near future.
A CIRCULAR ECONOMY FOR ARUBA
A circular economy is based on the principles of designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems according to thought leader Ellen Macarthur Foundation. This essentially means that production of goods and services will survive the long run only by mimicking biological processes in nature, as our current ways of doing things in the linear economy (take, make and dispose) is reaching its limit. Our planet is unable to regenerate and provide prime materials for growing human demands based on the current economic models and systems.
A circular economy and the implementation and adoption of its principles could give Aruba an opportunity to achieve import-waste reduction and development of new economic sectors.
Currently Aruba knows only one economic pillar: tourism and it has proven to not be economically safe nor environmentally sustainable for our small island nation.
The mass tourism industry exacerbates the nation’s capacity to manage waste. Preventing and minimizing waste is a requirement in the pursuit of a true sustainable development for Aruba.
A circular material process ensures that raw materials that have already been extracted (from finite natural resources) remain in the economic process as long as possible, by closing loops in the value chain and – hence – minimizing waste and pollution for communities.
Finally, guided diversification and amplification of Aruba’s economic sectors will stimulate the nation’s creativity, entrepreneurship, and resilience towards economic and environmental shocks in the future.