One major problem with today's economy is that the resources flowing through it only go in one direction - from extraction to production and consumption, and to disposal.

An alternative to this hugely wasteful linear system could be a 'circular economy' - the subject of this week's 'How it Works' animation.

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Source: Al Jazeera