Circular economy: analysis of the implementation of practices in the Brazilian network

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Silva F.C.
Shibao F.Y.
Kruglianskas I.
Barbieri J.C.
Sinisgalli P.A.A.
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© 2018, Flavia Cristina Silva, Fabio Ytoshi Shibao, Isak Kruglianskas, José Carlos Barbieri and Paulo Antonio Almeida Sinisgalli.Purpose: In total, 19 practices of circular economy divided into three groups, internal environmental management, ecological design and investment recovery were studied in a local network composed of small companies and individual entrepreneurs related to common product and by-product flows. The paper aims to discuss these issues. Design/methodology/approach: This research presents an applied nature, is characterized as exploratory and adopted the case study as a technical procedure using sources and methods of data collection. The primary data were collected through direct observation of the processes and semi-structured interviews with managers and owners. Findings: The most widespread practices are related to product design. However, in most cases, the implementation was punctual and did not present continuous and corresponding actions, which highlights the embryonic contours of European Commission (EC) in the observed network. The practices from the management category were less observed, which revels the environmental variable is not included in the strategic business planning. Research limitations/implications: The research documents the application of CE practices in a local network and brings this current paradigm shift to the Brazilian context. Practical implications: To overcome barriers to the implementation of EC practices, it is suggested to restructure commercial relations, to formulate public policies and to develop infrastructures that facilitate the materiality of flows and the market. Social implications: The study highlights the need of public policies that promotes cross-sectoral cooperation in accordance with NSWP objectives. Originality/value: Despite the focus on EC implemented practices this study offers a framework of the research routes on the main barriers and suggests actions to overcome the challenges in the transition from the economy to the circular model.
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