E ISSN: 2583-049X

International Journal of Advanced Multidisciplinary Research and Studies

Volume 4, Issue 2, 2024

Implementing Circular Economy Principles to Enhance Safety and Environmental Sustainability in Manufacturing

Author(s): Nwankwo Constance Obiuto, Nwakamma Ninduwezuor-Ehiobu, Emmanuel Chigozie Ani, Kehinde Andrew Olu-lawal, Ejike David Ugwuanyi

DOI: https://doi.org/10.62225/2583049X.2024.4.2.2432


The global manufacturing sector is confronted with mounting challenges related to safety hazards and environmental sustainability. In response, there has been a growing emphasis on adopting circular economy principles as a transformative approach to address these pressing issues. This review explores the implementation of circular economy principles within manufacturing processes to enhance safety and environmental sustainability. Circular economy principles prioritize resource efficiency, waste reduction, and the continual use of materials within closed loops. By shifting from the traditional linear "take-make-dispose" model to a circular approach, manufacturing facilities can significantly mitigate safety risks associated with hazardous waste generation and disposal. Moreover, the adoption of circularity fosters a culture of preventive measures, reducing the likelihood of workplace accidents and improving overall safety standards. Furthermore, integrating circular economy principles into manufacturing operations contributes to environmental sustainability by minimizing resource depletion and pollution. Through strategies such as product redesign for recyclability, remanufacturing, and waste valorization, manufacturers can reduce their reliance on virgin materials and curb emissions. This transition towards circularity not only diminishes the environmental footprint of manufacturing activities but also creates opportunities for cost savings and innovation. However, the successful implementation of circular economy principles in manufacturing requires a concerted effort from stakeholders across the value chain. Collaboration among manufacturers, suppliers, policymakers, and consumers is essential to overcome barriers such as technological limitations, regulatory constraints, and behavioral change resistance. Embracing circular economy principles holds immense potential for enhancing safety and environmental sustainability in manufacturing. Through systematic integration and collaboration, the manufacturing sector can pave the way towards a safer, more sustainable future.

Keywords: Circular Economy, Safety, Environment, Manufacturing, Sustainability, Review

Pages: 22-29

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