Thursday, 15.07.2021 - New Delhi

On the path to Circular Economy and Equitous Consumption

With a series of research, dialogues and multimedia content, FES and Chintan have been trying to create a public demand for circular economy founded on equity, by innovatively intervene in the conversations in India.

COVID-19 pandemic and resultant lockdown has triggered social and economic loss worldwide. This has prompted significant conversation around environmental issues globally. However, these conversations do not take into account either justice for the marginalized or the inevitable return to status quo without a change in how materials circulate and the way we consume. 

Fortunately, there has also been significant societal interest in making perceivable change. Globally, cities are making transition to greener options for transportation, consumption of goods etc., acknowledging the need for a paradigm shift that is rooted in equity. 

The post COVID-19 path must be both equitous and green - a path that FES and Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group have worked to build over the past years.  Several months after the start of COVID-19 in India, we saw that a shift in such public policy is tenuous. To make this change, strong but informed public demand is essential. Key to this is the understanding that equity implies both access to resources and their consumption. 

This year, FES and Chintan continue to explore and create sectoral understanding on Circular Economy, through engagement with experts and industry leaders. This is being done through a series of research, webinars, easy-to-assimilate knowledge products, concept flashes and multimedia content. All this effort is envisaged to build alliances for environmental justice through sharing of knowledge, peer support, forging new partnerships, and including wider range of stakeholders. 


What does circular economy mean for fashion in India? A systemic perspective in partnership with Tamarind Chutney
PanellistsReport –  Infographics Snapshots - Podcast on Bakstage


Technology and Innovation in Circular Fashion in partnership with Tamarind Chutney
PanellistsReport –  InfographicsSnapshots - Podcast on Bakstage


The Sharing Economy: How to recover the lost Indian tradition of sharing to fight poverty? 
Panellists Report –  Infographics Snapshots - Podcast on Bakstage


The Sharing Economy: How to scale it up? 
PanellistsReport–  InfographicsSnapshots - Podcast on Bakstage


Furniture: Should India start thinking of CE for furniture?
Panellists ReportInfographicsSnapshots - Podcast on Bakstage


What progress has the world made in the CE and plastics: Stocktaking
Panellists – Report InfographicsSnapshots - Podcast on Bakstage


Mandvi Kulshreshtha is Program Adviser of the Economy of Tomorrow project at the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung India office in New Delhi.

For more information about the FES India work on Economy of Tomorrow Project  please contact the India-based Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Office and follow the facebook page for regular updates.


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