The circular economy is set as a strategic objective on European level. The European Commission's circular economy action plan proposes to rethink EU policy by introducing changes in the stages of the product life cycle: design - production - consumption - waste management - and recycling of the materials. The transition to a circular economy is one of the EU's main priorities and with a view to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The circular process strives for low environmental impact by limiting waste and overuse of resources, by turning goods into resources for other goods after the end of their life, secondary production, recycling, waste reduction and other practices. In other words, the circular economy is striving for renewability.