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The Circular Economy

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A ‘circular economy’ is one in which products continue to be reused, refurbished and broken down so that parts and materials are used for as long as possible. This one hour lesson by the Economist gives a useful introduction to the idea of circular economies and why they’re important for sustainability. 

This is a secondary level resource, but it could be adapted for upper KS2.

In the lesson students will:

  • Understand what the circular economy is
  • Explore the effects of unsustainable production
  • Discuss how businesses can introduce more circular processes

Resource contents


Environment and Sustainability, Globalisation and Interdependence, Industry and Economy, Production and Consumption

Age Ranges

KS3: ages 11-14, KS4: ages 14-16, KS5: ages 16+


Citizenship, Economics, PSHE / PSE / PSED, Spiritual, moral, social, cultural (SMSC), Tutor/Form Groups

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