—Circular consumption is an indispensible part of a
circular economic system for sustaining the economic growth
and mitigating environmental degradation and resource
depletion. How to put circular consumption into practice is
however a challenge. This paper presents the development of an
implementation framework, based on the reduce-reuse-recycle
(3R) principle of the Circular Economy theory, for enabling
circular consumption in community and for accelerating the
pro-3R lifestyle change at the household level. The framework
consists of a set of 3R functions to support residents’ practicing
circular consumption, a carbon labeling and carbon credit
scheme, a partnership program with producers and
distributors, and mechanisms to shape pro-3R habits and
sustainable lifestyles in community. The framework has been
implemented in twenty 3R-enabled community shops in Wuhan
and Jingmen cities in China. They demonstrate a novel type of
functions that retailing shops can perform in encouraging 3R
activities to achieve the goals of circular consumption.
—3R principle, behavioral change, circular
consumption, circular economy.
Q. Z. Yang is with the Circular Economy Research Center and GEM
High-Tech Co. Ltd, 430074 China (e-mail: email@example.com).
Zhou Jifeng and Xu Kaihua are with the GEM High-Tech Co. Ltd,
518101 Shenzhen, China.
Cite:Q. Z. Yang, Jifeng Zhou, and Kaihua Xu, "A 3R Implementation Framework to Enable Circular Consumption in Community," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 217-222, 2014.