The amount of resources wasted through open loop systems where profitless excess ends up in dumps and landfill is very high and little thought has been given in the past to this problem. We have all grown familiar with the slogan Reduce, Reuse, Recycle however this is not considered by many companies. Closing these loops and making use of the waste is one way to reduce landfill and energy wastage. R-Urban is an excellent example of what can be achieved by an organisation when the effort is made my all.
“R-Urban is a bottom-up strategy that explores the possibilities of enhancing the capacity of urban resilience by introducing a network of resident-run facilities to create complementarities between key fields of activity (economy, housing, urban agriculture, culture). R-Urban initiates locally closed ecological cycles that will support the emergence of alternative models of living, producing and consuming between the urban and the rural.
To overcome the current crises (climate, resources, economic, demographic), we must, as philosopher Andre Gorz says, ‘produce what we consume and consume what we produce’. This balance between production and consumption through local sustainable sourcing can not occur without changes in the living and working lifestyles of citizens who must be involved in these changes through collaborative practices supporting each other through local networks. Flows, networks and circuits of production-consumption will be formed through these activities, with an emphasis on sustainability.” R-Urban (2016)
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The idea of closing open looped systems is great for the environment, however it is pretty small scale. Taking each individual company with their unique location, suppliers and resources makes for a very slow process. I don’t believe it is suitable for this projects developing scenario which I want to have a more large scale impact, not only on the environment but directly on animal agriculture.