This collection of essays brings together discussions arguing that circular economy must be linked to society and culture in order to create a viable concept for remodelling the economy. Covering a diverse range of topics and regions, including cities and living, food and human waste, packaging and law, fashion, design and art, this book provides a multi-layered examination of circularity.

Transitioning to a circular economy, reducing resource input and waste, and narrowing material and energy loops, is becoming an increasingly important target to combat decades of unsustainable models of consumption. However, it will require a significant shift in social and cultural thinking and these dimensions have not yet been factored into policy debates and frameworks. While recognising the key role of individual consumers and their behaviours, the book goes beyond this singular perspective to provide equal focus on institutional and political structures as necessary drivers for real change.

Social and Cultural Aspects of the Circular Economy argues for a social and solidarity economy (SSE) to combine individual actions with a wider cultural shift. It will be an important read for scholars, researchers, students and policy-makers in circular economy, waste studies, consumption and other environmentally focused social sciences.

1. Introduction: Social and cultural aspects of circular economy 2. Transitioning to the circular economy: Shifting from a technical to a cultural perspective 3. Filling the social gap in the circular economy: How can the solidarity economy contribute to urban circularity? 4. Towards a socially inclusive circular economy: A study of tenant engagement in European social housing organisations 5. How does the circular economy interact with urban food system transformation? 6. Human waste: Why what seems naturally circular frequently is not 7. Power and responsibility in transition to sustainable food packaging 8. Throwaway culture and the circular economy: Lifespan concepts in regulation 9. Assessing through a gender-inclusion lens the social impact of circular strategies in the apparel value chain: The Dutch case 10. From global problem to local solution: How a future directed circular economy can foster social change 11. Contemporary art and cosmovisions of Brazilian Indigenous peoples: Potential influence on CE and SSE practices? 12. Beyond circularity: Do we need to shrink and share?