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Is the circular economy a solution to the scarcity of finite resources?

On Earth Overload Day, all resources for the year are used up

Earth Overload Day 2023 is already on the 4th in Germany. May has reached the point where we have used up all the finite resources that our planet can sustainably provide by the end of the year. The German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU) pointed out in its recent press release that humanity consumes more resources than our earth can provide and that our ecological footprint continues to grow rapidly. In order to counteract this alarming development, the DBU calls for a circular economy in all sectors and a decoupling of economic growth and resource consumption. But what can we do specifically to significantly reduce raw material consumption and delay the earth's overload day?

In this blog post we will look at the circular economy and product refurbishing as key strategies to combat Earth Overload Day. We will explain the basics of the circular economy and refurbishing, examine their impact on Earth Overload Day, and also provide practical tips for consumers on how to implement these strategies. Ultimately, we want to act together to ensure a sustainable future for our planet and future generations.

Fundamentals of the circular economy

The circular economy or The circular economy is an economic system that aims to preserve the value of products, materials and resources in the economic cycle for as long as possible and to reduce waste and environmental pollution to a minimum. In contrast to the linear economy, in which raw materials are mined, processed into products, used and finally disposed of, the circular economy is based on the principles of reduction, reuse and recycling.

In a circular economy, products and materials are designed and manufactured so that they can be easily repaired, upgraded or recycled. This not only promotes product longevity, but also reduces the need for new raw materials and energy needed to produce new products. This means that fewer natural resources are used and the environmental impact of waste and CO2 emissions is reduced.

An important aspect of the circular economy is the so-called "cradle-to-cradle" philosophy, in which products are designed so that they can be converted into new products or materials at the end of their life. This approach ideally means that no waste is created, but rather the materials are kept in a constant cycle.

The circular economy also takes into account the entire value chain - from raw material extraction through production and distribution to consumption and disposal. In this system, companies, governments and consumers work together to implement the principles of the circular economy in all areas of the economy.

To achieve a successful circular economy, not only must technological innovations and new business models be developed, but also legal frameworks and financial incentives must be created that support the transition from a linear to a circular economy.

Refurbishing as part of the circular economy

Refurbishing is an important part of the circular economy as it extends the life cycle of products and helps to use resources more efficiently. Refurbishing involves checking, cleaning, repairing and, if necessary, upgrading used products so that they are fully functional again and offer high quality. This process ensures that the products can continue to be used instead of ending up in landfill and being replaced by new products.

Refurbishing not only reduces the need for new raw materials and energy to produce products, but also the amount of waste that ends up in landfills or incineration plants. This reduces the environmental impact of the production and disposal processes. In addition, refurbished products can often be offered at a lower price, making them more attractive to consumers and reducing the demand for new products.

Refurbishing has already gained a foothold in many industries, such as the electronics industry, household appliances or the automotive sector. The increasing acceptance of refurbished products shows that more and more consumers are willing to switch to more sustainable alternatives and thus contribute to the circular economy.

In order to further promote refurbishing, it is important to drive social change and create greater awareness of the benefits of refurbished products. At the same time, companies and politicians must work together to create the framework conditions for a flourishing refurbishing industry and to promote the circular economy in all sectors of the economy.

Impact of circular economy and refurbishing on Earth overload day

Implementing the circular economy and greater integration of refurbishing practices can have a significant impact on Earth Overload Day. By extending the life cycle of products and using resources more efficiently, the circular economy helps reduce the consumption of raw materials and energy. This also reduces the ecological footprint of companies and consumers.

Refurbishing plays a central role in this as it reduces the need for new products and thus the amount of resources required for production. Less waste and lower environmental impact through production and disposal are further positive effects of refurbishing. Overall, this leads to a slowdown in resource consumption and a delay in the Earth's overload day.

To push back the earth overload day and reduce the impact of human activities on the environment, it is important that both companies and consumers actively promote and support circular economy and refurbishing practices. This includes the supply and demand for refurbished products, investments in sustainable technologies and the implementation of policies that support the circular economy.

Extending Earth Overload Day is a step towards a more sustainable use of our natural resources and long-term stabilization of the planet. If we work together as a society to implement the circular economy and promote refurbishing practices, we can reduce the ecological footprint and have a positive impact on Earth Congestion Day.

Practical tips for consumers

As a consumer, you can actively contribute to promoting the circular economy and pushing back the earth overload day. Here are some practical tips to help you make more environmentally conscious decisions:

  1. Buy refurbished products: If you are looking for electronics, furniture, or other products, consider purchasing refurbished products. Refurbished smartphones, laptops or household appliances are often just as powerful as new items, but they are cheaper and more environmentally friendly.
  2. Repair instead of throwing away: Give broken devices a second chance by having them repaired instead of replacing them. You can use repair services, repair cafés or local craftsmen to extend the life of your products.
  3. Upcycling: Use your creativity to breathe new life into old items. Upcycling projects can create unique, sustainable products from old furniture, textiles or materials.
  4. Consume consciously: When shopping, pay attention to environmentally friendly, sustainable and fairly manufactured products. Find out about the origin of the materials and the production conditions. A conscious purchasing decision can promote the circular economy.
  5. Waste separation and recycling: Separate your waste correctly and use local recycling options to support the recycling cycle. In doing so, you help to conserve resources and reduce environmental impact.


Earth Overload Day clearly shows us that we urgently need to rethink our use of resources and strive for a more sustainable lifestyle. The circular economy offers a promising solution that not only protects the environment, but also brings economic benefits. Refurbishing is an important part of this circular economy, helping to extend the life of products and reduce our consumption of resources.

As consumers, we have the power to actively contribute to the circular economy by consciously consuming, repairing, upcycling and recycling. This helps us to postpone the earth's overload day and secure a future worth living for future generations. We must work together for the circular economy to protect our planet and create a more sustainable, environmentally friendly world.