The current widely implemented linear supply chain, such as take-make-consume model has posed some negative outcomes in the industry, such as high dependency on virgin input materials, generation of high CO₂ emissions and high volumes of waste. As such, alternatives like circular supply chain (CSC) has gained the attention of industry and academia alike, albeit the idea still has room for enhancement in literature. The main aim of this dissertation is to eminently introduce and define CSC to allow it to be a possible option for companies like Leafield Feeds.
The study is developed employing a deductive approach, including semi-structured interviews. The development of CSC is mostly dependent on relevant studies available, involving industrial symbiosis, closed-loop supply chain, and circular economy principles. To progress with CSC, the framework that elaborates on key factors influencing the shift from linear to circular supply chain, is enhanced and validated through data from Leafield Feeds. The nature of this company fits the idea of CSC, which values retention, and how the company has adopted an interconnected method called reverse-linear supply chain.