Many developing countries are sinking in the garbage. At the same time, anyone who has ever seen the recycling efforts of the informal workers at the electronic waste dump in Accra or around the plastic mountains of New Delhi can confirm that in poorer countries, circular economy is not only preached, but practiced on a daily basis rather than ecological Conviction as out of economic necessity. In order to address global challenges such as scarcity of resources and environmental pollution with formal value creation, systemic shortcomings need to be addressed and sustainable structures built. In the face of automation and digital disruption, the circular economy could even become a unique industrialization path for developing countries. We see it in Europe: Increased awareness of sustainability and new technologies make it possible today to translate formerly abstract ideas into concrete projects. This benefits both the environment and the companies involved.