An Introduction to the Circular Economy



Recipients of the Literary Appreciation Award from the Academy of History of Healthcare Art

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.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1. Life Expectancy in the World and Relative Variables ‒ U. Cornelli, M. Recchia, E. Grossi and E. Belcaro, USA

Chapter 2. Circular and Green Economy: Which is the Difference? ‒ Pierfrancesco Morganti and Gianluca Morganti, Italy


Chapter 3. Past, Present and Future of Industrial Symbiosis ‒ Sophie Hennequin and Daniel Roy, 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, Spain

Chapter 5. The Present Contribution of Circular Economy to Stimulate Economic Growth in the World ‒ L. Marsullo, Italy

Chapter 6. Circular Economy for a Healthy Living Environment ‒ P. Morganti and G. Tishchenko, Italy and Czech Republic

Chapter 7. Circular Economy in China ‒ Xing-Hua Gao and He Cong-Cong, China


Chapter 8. Circular Economy in European Union as an Example of Wasteless Processing of Crustacean’s Waste ‒ Galina Tishchenko and Pierfrancesco Morganti, Czech Republic and Italy

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, 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, Italy

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, Brazil

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, Spain

Chapter 13. Circular Economy of Wastewater Streams by Means of Membrane Technologies ‒ Marco Stoller, 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, Spain

Chapter 15. Bioconverter Insects ‒ A Good Example of Circular Economy, the Study Case of Hermetia Illucens: Rosanna Salvia and Patrizia Falabella, Italy

Chapter 16. Chitin and Lignin Waste in the Circular Economy ‒ Pierfrancesco Morganti, Alessandro Vannozzi, Adnan Memic and Maria-Beatrice Coltelli, Italy

Chapter 17. The Use of Coffee Waste to Produce Goods and Energy ‒ Andrea Morganti and Pierfrancesco Morganti, Italy

Chapter 18. Natural Metabolites as Functional Additives of Biopolymers ‒ Experimental Evidence and Industrial Constraint: Arash Moeini, Gabriella Santagata, Antonio Evidente and Mario Malinconico, Italy

Chapter 19. Regenerated Cellulose Sheet as Natural Tissue to Make Biodegradable Baby Diapers ‒ Alessandro Gagliardini and Pietro Febo, Italy

Chapter 20. Waste Recycling for Wound Care and Cosmetic Smart Economics: Chitin and Lignin ‒ Pierfrancesco Morganti, Gianluca Morganti, Alessandra Fusco and Adone Baroni, Italy

Chapter 21. Biobased and Biodegradable Rigid and Flexible Polymeric Packaging ‒ Maria-Beatrice Coltelli, Vito Gigante, Patrizia Cinelli, Alessandro Vannozzi, Laura Aliotta and Andrea Lazzeri, Italy

Chapter 22. Reuse and Recycling of Post-Consumer Textile Waste in Smart Green Cities ‒ Natalia A. Vukovic, Russia

Chapter 23. Circular Economy in the Fashion Sector and Textile Goods ‒ Marco Piu and Mauro Rossetti, Italy

Chapter 24. Circular Economy in the Built Environment: A Strategy for Flexible Housing Through FlexZhouse ‒ Mohd Zairul, Malaysia

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