Sustainable ways to create new plastics (IMAGE) University of Delaware Caption This graphic illustrates the flow of a "circular economy," as opposed to the "linear economy" of the U.S. In a circular economy, products are produced, consumed and reused so that there is little or no waste leftover during any of those processes. Credit Image courtesy of Dionisios Vlachos Usage Restrictions No restrictions. License Public Domain Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.