Problem-based project learning is key to the circular economy
The circular economy (CE) is a new economic model based on the sustainable use of resources. It aims to minimize waste by producing materials and products that can be circulated and are made to last. (Sitra 2014.) The transition to the circular economy calls for changes in our thought patterns and paradigms. New business models, the sharing economy and co-creation are key elements of the CE.
According to a report published by Sitra in 2014, the CE offers the Finnish economy an annual growth potential of 1.5 to 2.5 billion euros. However, to take advantage of this great potential, we need new-generation experts in the CE. The possibilities of the CE have been noted at Turku University of Applied Sciences, and the circular economy has been made a key item of the new strategy (Turku University of Applied Sciences 2016).