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ETH ZURICH’S YEARLY PURCHASING ACTIVITIES FOR GOODS AND SERVICES (TOTAL OF USD 600 MILLION/YEAR3).

26%

31%

REAL ESTATE

MACHINES, EQUIPMENT, VEHICLES, ETC.

14% SERVICES

12% ICT

14% CONSUMABLES

3%

LIBRARY

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The figures relate to data from 2011.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle => Circular Economy Grounded in the study of non-linear, particular living systems, circular economy is an industrial economy that is restorative by intention, and which aims to rely on renewable energy; minimising, tracking, and hopefully eliminating the use of toxic chemicals, as well as eradicating waste through careful design. Manufacturers and retailers must increasingly retain the ownership of their products and, where possible, act as service providers GREEN PURCHASING

– selling the use of products and not one-way consumption, while consumers must redefine themselves anew as users. Circular economy involves careful management of materials flows: biological nutrients, designed to re-enter the biosphere safely and build natural capital, and technical nutrients, which are designed to circulate at high quality without entering the biosphere.

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