Kreislaufwirtschaft: Wie du als Einzelperson mit gutem Beispiel vorangehen kannst - NIKIN EU

Circular Economy: How you as an individual can lead by example

Circular living does not only depend on the efforts of industry and governments. Individuals can also make an important contribution. We'll show you how.

If each of us changes some of our consumption and habits, motivates others to join in and gives food for thought, then it can have a huge impact. There are enough opportunities for individuals to support a circular economy :

  • Buy less packaged goods, read our article here
  • Repair things and use them for longer
  • Support upcycling
  • Produce less waste and separate waste carefully
  • When purchasing goods, pay attention to their origin, quality and recyclability

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Repair and reuse: Networked inventors

Modern consumer goods are often designed with a specific lifespan in mind - this is intentional, after all, the customer should buy the next model as soon as possible. In addition, we usually buy cars, cell phones, small appliances, clothing and shoes new instead of repairing them.
There are always more options where you can have goods repaired. There are platforms where hobbyists, tinkerers and those seeking help come together with their repair concerns, and Repair Cafés where you can stop by with your old hand mixer or your grandmother's wall clock . Furthermore, something new can be created from something old through upcycling. In the past, patchwork blankets were made from scraps of fabric. Today, old jeans or discarded men's shirts are turned into shopping bags or trendy handbags - to name just one example. And not just clothing, but also Furniture can stay in use for much longer this way. Pieces that are somewhere in the gray area and that you would like to discard even though they are actually still in “good shape” can be handed over to collection points. Clothes collections and the acceptance of household items are available at charitable institutions and organizations.

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Fashion and lifestyle – the circular wardrobe

Living circularly does not mean giving up everything, but rather consuming more consciously and differently. This also includes adjusting the handling of clothing if necessary. NIKIN has also taken the first steps towards this and produced the Reuse Collection . Old fabric scraps were reused to make the shirts. In addition to buying recycled pieces, you have other options to make your wardrobe more circular:

  • Take care of your own clothing, wash and care for it properly, and repair it if necessary.
  • Ask the question before buying: Do I really need this item of clothing? Will it accompany me for a long time and bring me joy? 
  • Support small labels with innovative and visionary business models.
  • When purchasing, pay attention to the materials used.
  • Read up on the topic, perhaps write to individual companies and ask about supply chains and responsibility.
  • Do not throw away discarded clothing, but rather hand it over to local, non-profit collection points.
  • Talk to friends, family and acquaintances about clothing and other consumption, exchange experiences and raise awareness.


Are you interested in the topic of circular economy? You can find the interview here  Prof. Dr. Tobias Stucki, who researches this area. There is also a blog entry, which explains in more detail what this economic model is and what NIKIN does for a circular economy.

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