Friends of the Earth Scotland welcomes the Making Things Last consultation from the Scottish Government, as well as the Government's effort to make Scotland a leading region in Europe in circular economy.

Moving towards a circular economy is the next logical step in delivering a Zero Waste Scotland. It will help us use materials more efficiently, reduce climate emissions and create local jobs.

There are many welcome ideas in this consultation from better product design to encouraging new networks of repair businesses and from safeguarding the quality of materials collected for recycling to cracking down on the dumping of old mattresses.

Friends of the Earth Scotland believes that Scotland is very well placed to take a lead on the circular economy and should pursue this agenda vigorously.