How can the 'circular' contributions and impact of makerspaces be measured and communicated?
A traditional metric and performance indicator in the waste and recycling industry is to measure waste to landfill, or materials diverted for recycling.
But how do we keep track of a variety of materials that have been reused, such as offcuts or salvaged/donated? And is it possible to measure avoided consumption?
How do we define avoided consumption, and differentiate it from materials that displace consumption through repair, reuse, remanufacturing?
The framework is based on levels of advancement in relation to a series of elements based on the materials hierarchy - it sets out criteria and associated metrics for assessing if criteria have been met, across a spectrum of development, from just starting out to leading edge.
The framework also includes measures based on economic and social impact:
The criteria and metrics could be reordered or be made more nuanced; they may also not be easy to collect or assess; and they require procedures and systems to be established to track.
This information could be bundled into visual form in a 'sunburst' or 'radar' chart, similar to this example from the Australian Packaging Covenant: