An Introduction to the Circular Economy


Pierfrancesco Morganti (Editor) – Professor, Academy of History of Health Care Art, Rome, Italy
Maria-Beatrice Coltelli (Editor) – Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy

Series: Economic Issues, Problems and Perspectives


Target Audience: Entrepreneurs, researchers and technologists searching inspiration regarding new objectives of research; politicians or economists searching for case studies; general public to have insights on circular economy.

This book tries to debate on the significance of circular economy, underlying the necessity to change our way of producing, consuming, and traveling on a daily basis. The passage from a linear economy to a circular economy will help us to reduce the degradation of the environment for avoiding future disastrous consequences, such as depletion of biodiversity, scarcity of raw materials and drinking water, rising waters, etc. The circular economy, therefore, involves designing a product so that it can be recycled or its components reused. Reuse consists of introducing the product back into the economic circuit in its original condition; repair makes it possible to fix a broken good; and recovery consists of reusing its components. This is the significance of the so-called 3R strategy, illustrated in this book.






Chapter 1. Life Expectance in the World and Relative Variables
(U. Cornelli, M. Recchia, E. Grossi and E. Belcaro – Loyola University School of Medicine Chicago, US, et al.)

Chapter 2. Circular and Green Economy: Which is the Difference?
(Pierfrancesco Morganti and Gianluca Morganti – Academy of History of Health Care Art, Rome, Italy, et al.)


Chapter 3. Past, Present and Future of Industrial Symbiosis
(Sophie Hennequin and Daniel Roy – University of Lorraine, LGIPM, Metz France)

Chapter 4. Development of Indicators of Circular Economy and their Application in Water Management
(Juan Carlos Leyva-Díaz, Valentín Molina-Moreno, Jorge Sánchez-Molina and Luis Jesús Belmonte-Ureña – Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Oviedo, Spain, et al.)

Chapter 5. The Present Contribution of Circular Economy to Stimulate Economic Growth in the World
(L. Marsullo – Finpublic & Finenergie Co., Rome, Italy)

Chapter 6. Circular Economy for a Healthy Living Environment
(P. Morganti and G. Tischenko – ISCD Nanoscience Center, Rome, Italy, et al.)

Chapter 7. Circular Economy in China
(Xing-Hua Gao and He Cong-Cong – Engineering Research Center for Theranostics of Immunological Skin Diseases, China, et al.)


Chapter 8. Circular Economy in European Union as an Example of Wasteless Processing of Crustacean’s Waste
(Galina Tishchenko and Pierfrancesco Morganti – Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry of the Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic, et al.)

Chapter 9. Circular Economy: Valorization of Waste Plant Biomass to Produce Active Ingredients with Antimicrobial Activity Against Human and Plant Pathogens
(Giovanna Simonetti, Elisa Brasili, Gabriella Pasqua – Pharmacy Faculty, Department Public Health, La Sapienza University, Rome, Italy)

Chapter 10. The Circular Economy and Built Environment. Maintenance, Rehabilitation and Adaptive Reuse: Challenging Strategies for Closing Loops
(Serena Viola, Stefania De Medici and Patrizia Riganti – Department of Architecture, University of Naples Federico II, Italy, et al.)

Chapter 11. Waste Valuation for Environmental and Health Improvement on Circular Economy View
(William Michelon, Aline Viancelli, Apolline P. Mass, Daniel Vicente Filipak Vanin, Rafael Dorighello Cadamuro, Paula Rogovski, Aline Frumi Camargo, Charline Bonatto, Fábio Spitza Stefanski, Thamarys Scapini, Gislaine Fongaro and Helen Treichel – Universidade do Contestado, Concórdia – Santa Catarina, Brazil, et al.)

Chapter 12. Waste Recycling from Construction Sector within the Circular Economy Paradigm
(Álvaro Sánchez-Quintana, Juan Carlos Leyva-Díaz, Jorge Sánchez-Molina, Valentín Molina-Moreno – Department Chemical Environment Engineering, Oviedo University, Spain, et al.)

Chapter 13. Circular Economy of Wastewater Streams by Means of Membrane Technologies
(Marco Stoller – Department Chemical Materials Environment Engineering, La Sapienza University, Rome, Italy)


Chapter 14. Sustainable Food Production: The Transition Towards a Circular Economy of Plastic Food Packaging
(Pedro Núñez-Cacho, Rody Van der Gun, Juan Carlos Leyva-Díaz and Valentin Molina-Moreno – Department of Business Organization, University of Jaén, Spain, et al.)

Chapter 15. Bioconverter Insects: A Good Example of Circular Economy, the Study Case of Hermetia Illucens
(Rosanna Salvia and Patrizia Falabella – Department of Sciences, University of Basilicata, Potenza, Italy)

Chapter 16. Chitin and Lignin Waste in the Circular Economy
(Pierfrancesco Morganti, Alessandro Vannozzi, Adnan Memic and Maria-Beatrice Coltelli – Academy of History of Health Care Art, Rome, Italy, et al.)

Chapter 17. The Use of Coffee Waste to Produce Goods and Energy
(Andrea Morganti and Pierfrancesco Morganti – Caffe’ Morganti R&D Unit, Rome, Italy, et al.)

Chapter 18. Natural Metabolites as Functional Additives of Biopolymers: Experimental Evidence and Industrial Constraint
(Arash Moeini, Gabriella Santagata, Antonio Evidente and Mario Malinconico – Ipcb, CNR-Pozzuoli, Department Chemistry, Naples, Italy, et al.)

Chapter 19. Regenerated Cellulose Sheet as Natural Tissue to Make Biodegradable Baby Diapers
(Alessandro Gagliardini and Pietro Febo – R&D Unit Atertek, Pescara, Italy)

Chapter 20. Waste Recycling for Wound Care and Cosmetic Smart Economics: Chitin and Lignin
(Pierfrancesco Morganti, Gianluca Morganti, Alessandra Fusco and Adone Baroni – Academy of History of Health Care Art, Rome, Italy, et al.)

Chapter 21. Biobased and Biodegradable Rigid and Flexible Polymeric Packaging
(Maria-Beatrice Coltelli, Vito Gigante, Patrizia Cinelli, Alessandro Vannozzi, Laura Aliotta and Andrea Lazzeri – Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering, University of Pisa, Italy)

Chapter 22. Reuse and Recycling of Post-Consumer Textile Waste in Smart Green Cities
(Natalia A. Vukovic – Department of World Economy, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia)

Chapter 23. Circular Economy in the Fashion Sector and Textile Goods
(Marco Piu and Mauro Rossetti – R&D Unit, Associazione Tessile e Salute, Biella, Italy)

Chapter 24. Circular Economy in the Built Environment: A Strategy for Flexible Housing Through FlexZhouse
(Mohd Zairul – Architecture Department, Design and Architecture Faculty, Putra University, Selangor, Malaysia)


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