What do you mean by the technical loop?

The ‘technical loop’ is a term adopted by the RoundView to describe a closed system for the constant re-use of technical nutrients, as distinct from ‘biological nutrients’, or materials that are not readily broken down into the building blocks of life.

The key distinction between technical and biological nutrients is a core idea of the circular economy, inspired by Cradle 2 Cradle and Industrial Ecology. The term technical loop refers to the systems, infrastructure and business processes that will be required to enable the constant cycling of technical nutrients at a high material quality. The image below shows the guidelines of the RoundView, and the purple loop is the technical loop – referring to the guideline ‘keep any poisons in the technical loop’.

The ‘technical loop’ is depicted in purple, shown as distinct from the ‘ecocycle’.