Novel take on circular economy

Novel materials such as carbon fibre are key to the low-carbon economy, says Jonny Hazell, but unless they are designed for a circular economy they could disrupt existing recycling systems and create problems in the future.

by Jonny Hazell
Carbon-fibre reinforced polymer cars may need to be recycled using alternative technology. Photograph: Anton Petrus/123RF
Carbon-fibre reinforced polymer cars may need to be recycled using alternative technology. Photograph: Anton Petrus/123RF

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