Giving Compass' Take:

• A new report shows that the world is using up more raw materials and natural resources while recycling less. 

• The report urges greater efforts towards a circular economy. How can funders work to advance circular economy practices? What are the barriers to advancing circular economies? 

• Read about how businesses can embrace circular models. 

The proportion of raw materials the world is reusing has fallen, researchers said on Tuesday, warning of a “global disaster” as annual consumption of natural resources rose to 100 billion tonnes for the first time.

Just 8.6 per cent of the 100 billion tonnes of materials - including minerals, metals, fossil fuels and biomass - was put back into service in 2017, said a report by Amsterdam-based social enterprise Circle Economy, using the latest available data.

That compares with 9.1 per cent of materials that were used again two years earlier, when annual consumption was 93 billion tonnes, CEO Harald Friedl told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“For the first time in history, more than 100 billion tonnes of materials are entering the global economy every year,” he said.

“We are going from bad to worse in terms of circularity. This is really dramatic news at the beginning of this year, which only points to one thing: action.”

To reduce waste and planet-warming emissions, and keep climate change in check, economies should seek to become “circular” by reusing and recycling products, green groups say.

Read the full article about saving our natural resources by the Thomson Reuters Foundation via Eco-Business.