Although the notion of a circular economy (CE) has been conceived and debated for more than half a century
(Henrysson and Nuur, 2021), it has gained considerable popularity in the lexicon of economists, ecologists and
other development thinkers over the past two decades. The increasing evidence of the existential threat of
human-induced climate change and the related imperatives of decarbonizing the global economy, have led to greater focus on strategies for a more sustainable use of the natural and environmental resource base.