Circular economy

We are keen to reduce our consumption of resources and use materials in closed cycles. Therefore, in many of our business activities we are committed to promoting the circular economy and are getting involved in external initiatives to promote the sharing of expertise.

How a circular economy works

Today's global consumption consumes more resources than are available. The principle of a circular economy counteracts this and pursues the goal of reducing the consumption of resources and using materials as efficiently and for as long as possible, in closed cycles.

The butterfly diagram illustrates, in simple terms, the complex interdependencies of a circular economy. In the organic cycle, products are composed such that their materials fully degrade into organic base materials in the natural environment. In the technical cycle, as a first priority the aim is to design products with longevity and to repair and reuse them and, after their use, repurpose their individual components for new products. If this is not possible, the materials are recycled. Thus the circular economy goes well beyond simply recycling materials.

Circular economy strategy

We are a member of the Circular Economy Switzerland network and have reinforced our commitment to promoting the circular economy by signing the Circular Economy Switzerland Charter.

With our "Circular economy strategy", we are systematically implementing measures and projects throughout the Coop Group to promote the circular economy. Products, waste and reusable materials as well as real estate are being analysed and their potential to close material cycles ascertained. As part of our multi-year sustainability targets for the period 2022 to 2026, the focus is on recyclable packaging and the sophisticated recycling of industrial sidestreams. In our Policy Paper on the circular economy we explain our stance on the subject in concise and transparent terms.