Materials are the building blocks of the products we make and consume daily. However, the choice of materials has a significant impact on the environmental footprint of a product.


Today, to fulfill the economic demands of a rising population, industries are relying on new virgin materials almost exclusively, which leads to rising material extraction and usage. As outlined in the 2023 Circularity Gap Report by Circle Economy, around 90% of materials are wasted, lost or unavailable for reuse and recycling.


In Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s butterfly diagram, the circular economy system “illustrates the continuous flow of materials in a circular economy through two main cycles — the technical cycle and biological cycle.” In the technical cycle, materials are kept in circulation through reuse, repair, remanufacture and recycling processes. In the biological cycle, biodegradable materials are returned to the soil through composting and anaerobic digestion.

The Three Pillars of Sustainable Materials

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Bridge the Gap: From Circular Intentions to Tangible Impact

Turning circularity plans into action is potent for risk mitigation and future-proofing. As the regulatory landscapes evolve and environmental concerns intensify, companies proactively embracing circular practices are better positioned to navigate shifting compliance requirements, boost supply chain resilience and reduce dependence on volatile raw material markets.

The shift towards a circular economy hinges upon material selection, design and innovation. With the right circularity strategy incorporating sustainable materials, you can secure tangible results and make a circular economy achievable and profitable.

Take Definitive Steps Toward Circularity Success

Inspired by actionable strategies from Dassault Systèmes’ industry experts? Dive into our Circularity Insights Digest, your definitive guide to transform circularity goals into scalable, achievable and profitable outcomes. 

Other Circular Economy Pillars

Explore key pillars that are disrupting the conventional linear economy, eliminating value leakage and paving the way for a scalable, profitable and achievable circular economy transformation. 

Rethink Product Design

The entire product lifecycle matters. Optimize product design for each lifecycle phase to reduce the environmental impact of your products and increase their circularity.

Reshape Value Networks

Ready to merge environmental protection with business operations? Move from linear to circular value networks to demonstrate that value creation and profitability are achievable within strong planetary boundaries.

Circular Solutions for Your Business Challenges

Circularity in Action

It's time for real results. When you embrace the 3DEXPERIENCE®, you take a huge, meaningful step toward the circular economy you've been envisioning.