It has been eight years since the Scottish Government published Making Things Last, its landmark circular economy strategy. An ambitious document outlining a clear vision for how the country might substantially reduce waste and create new entrepreneurial opportunities, despite its age the document has never been more relevant than it is today.
Not least because it’s now been 12 months since the Scottish Government created a Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity, with Lorna Slater, MSP for Lothian, taking up the new role. And, as she is quick to tell Environment Journal, the Bill, currently at consultation stage, isn’t just about encouraging reuse over refuse to save the environment: it can also help ease the cost of living crisis.
‘Where people have access to things like tool libraries and repair hubs, that means they can easily access what they need for an excellent quality of life without having to spend extra money. Essentially, it’s the opposite of this consumerist model, where we measure success on how much we can buy. Now we’re going to be measuring in terms of how good our quality of life is. It’s called the wellbeing economy,’ says Slater. (Read more)