Understanding the importance of the Circular Economy

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  • The average plastic shopping bag is used for 12 minutes1. It's a similar story for a coffee cup, a toothbrush, a smartphone or a pair of running shoes... each of these products are often made with finite materials and used for short periods of time before being disposed of.
  • This ‘take-make-waste’ approach to production and consumption is not only unsustainable, but increasingly uneconomical — for consumers, producers and the environment.
  • The circular economy offers a different approach. By designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems, we believe that it is set to drive meaningful divergence between winners and laggards in a range of sectors.
  • In this infographic we explore the concept of the Circular Economy, which relates to our climate change and resource scarcity, and rapid urbanisation Megatrends.

1Source: Gyre Institute, Oct 2019.

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Our range of thematic funds offer a way for investors to tap into these megatrends, which we believe gives investors exposure to companies with structurally higher earnings growth, which in-turn should drive stronger investment returns over the longer term.

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    Future of Transport

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    Electric Vehicles & Driving Technology

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