by Lotte De Wolde – Circular Economy: An Introduction

Marara anepundusto (MaP) is Shona which means waste is food. Food, in this case, is raw material. We can only understand and transit to a circular economy if we view waste as a resource rather than something to be thrown away. Once something is deemed “marara” its only destination is the dustbin. To transit to a circular economy, the way we view waste should change. the way we design products should change to design waste out completely. And where it is avoidable it should be used as a resource in other industries or disposed of sustainably.

A circular economy is an economy in which all ends are connected just like nature. Waste becomes food, out of order becomes functioning. Outflow of materials becomes inflow.

According to the Circularity GAP Report 2019, the world is currently 8.6% circular. MaP is a knowledge sharing and transfer platform of circular economy to support a transition to the circular economy in Africa.

My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.

Hosea 4:6

Knowledge is power. Information is power. The secreting or hoarding of knowledge or information may be an act of tyranny camouflaged as humility. 

Robin Morgan

The objectives of MaP are:

  • Put Africa on the map for investment in circular economy practices
  • Create a network platform to share experiences and a community committed to reducing waste
  • Raise awareness of the public health, environmental and economic benefits to a transition to a circular economy