Electronic copy available at: Open Science Journal – December 2017 1 RESEARCH ARTICLE Industrial Sustainability and the Circular Economy as Counterparts to the Self- Referral Structure of Natural Law: Part II – A Global Case Study Lee Fergusson 1 * 1 Maharishi Vedic Research Institute, Australia *Corresponding author: Lee Fergusson: [email protected] Abstract: Citation: Fergusson L. (2017) Industrial Sustainability and the Circular Economy as Counterparts to the Self-Referral Structure of Natural Law: Part II – A Global Case Study. Open Science Journal 2(4) Received: 6 th August 2017 Accepted: 7 th November 2017 Published: 5 th December 2017 Copyright: © 2016 This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License , which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Funding: The author(s) received no specific funding for this work Competing Interests: The author have declared that no competing interests exists. Part I of this two-part series of research papers identified the theoretical foundations of industrial sustainability and circular economy in the structure of Natural Law, as explained by Maharishi Vedic Science. Part I showed that all levels of a manifest hierarchy are governed by self-referral and self- interacting feedback loops, and maintained that the circular economic model represents a counterpart to the self-referral mechanics of Natural Law and is therefore more in accord with Natural Law than the standard linear ‘take, make, dispose’economic model, which is unsustainable due to its attitude to and management of energy and other resource portfolios, waste and end-of-life products. This Part II explores the self-referral structure of Natural Law in the context of one of the world’s largest industrial hazardous wastes: alumina refinery residue or ‘red mud’. The paper examines how this solid waste residue, which is generated at a rate of more than 120 million tonnes each year, can: a) be incorporated into a sustainable, circular economic model in order to reduce waste and improve productivity; and b) be reused or repurposed as either a feedstock to other industrial and municipal processes, such as concrete and cementitious product manufacture, agriculture and mine site rehabilitation, or, if such reuse applications generate other forms of waste, how these, too, can enter further cascading circular economies through beneficial reuse.
Electronic copy available at: Open Science Journal Research Article Open Science Journal– December 2017 2 Keywords: Industrial sustainability, Circular economy, Alumina refinery residue, Red mud, Natural Law, Maharishi Vedic Science Introduction The present paper is predicated on the theories and practices of Maharishi Vedic Science as explained by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of Maharishi Vedic University in Europe, Maharishi University of Management in the United States, and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Vedic Vishwavidyalaya University in India.
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