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The Circularity Check: Explanation

The Circularity Check is a self-assessment tool without external verification. The Checklist consists of a free questionnaire of about 60 questions that can be filled out online. It is meant to assess if a particular product/service is “circular”, and if so how circular. The basic idea is to first look at the circular economy aspects used and then perform a sustainability check. For each circular economy aspect used in your product/service, scores are acquired. The higher scores the better, but you can get them in many different ways. The outcome is a % of how circular the product/service is. Red flags are raised if you score zero on one of the phases of the value cycle, or on sustainability. The checklist could be especially helpful for self-assessment by companies – both SMEs and multinationals.

The questions have been kept as simple as possible as to avoid the user to carry out all sorts of calculations. And if you don’t know the answer, simply click “don’t know”.

You answer the questions to score the circularity for a particular product and/or service. The outcome is your total score on circularity (0-100%) and your partial scores on 5 indicators (0-100%) showing your overall strengths and weaknesses for this product/service. The 5 indicators are design /procurement/manufacturing, delivery, use, recovery, and sustainability. The tool calculates your score and presents it in a few graphs. Importantly, you can also see how your score would improve if your company would take certain measures, like setting a goal to become circular in 2030 or acquiring a Cradle-to-Cradle Gold Label for your product.

More help for specific questions is offered within the questionnaire by Explanatory Notes.

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