Let’s close the loop
Circle Economy is a non-profit open platform that aims to accelerate the transition to the circular economy. We believe it is time to move away from our current linear take-make-waste economy, towards a system that is in balance with and inspired by nature. Together with our members we are accelerating the transition towards this new circular economy, in which we close the loops and not only focus on economic growth, but also take social and ecological value into account in every decision we make.
Do your share our mission? Join us. And make it happen from start to start.
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Six principles to change the system
Circle Economy is all about changing systems. Thinking, producing, funding, selling, consuming, rewarding, sharing, etc. It all can change for the better. From linear to circular. From old to new. From me to we. Here are the six guiding principles we use to make it happen:
- All materials are cycled infinitely in either technical or biological cycles
- All energy is derived from renewable or otherwise sustainable sources
- Human activities support ecosystems and the rebuilding of natural capital
- Human activities support a healthy and cohesive society and culture
- Human activities support human health and happiness
- Resources are used to generate value (financial and other forms)
Let's Get Circular
Sometimes it’s hard to grasp the progress society is making towards achieving a circular economy because it is a decades long journey. At Circle Economy, however, we’ve envisioned the future and are taking small steps towards a circular state. Working daily on this transition gives us a lot to think about, and we’re spotlighting here what we’ve encountered as the gears towards a circular economy are set in motion:
Let's get started!
Circle Economy is an open collaborative platform where we learn, share and develop together. We work with our members to start circular projects. Members work together to help each other get their own projects rolling. Bring your expertise, your network or your ambition and get started – it is all valuable. Need help? Just ask Circle Economy for assistance. We find the missing links, bring partners to the table and aim for the same higher ground: closing the loop. Then we can really turn this world around.
This is how we make a circular project happen, step by step:
1. Kickoff Meeting
At the kickoff meeting we discuss the member's current situation and desired goals.
2. System Analysis
Time for some detailed homework on the member company and its industry, main activities, impacts, and challenges.
3. Opportunity Mapping
We map the most relevant information about the member and use it to find opportunities for circular projects.
4. Circle Scorecard
Together we evaluate potential projects on the Circle Scorecard to pick the most beneficial one to move forward with.
5. Next steps
Depending on the project selected, the next steps we coordinate can range from a roundtable to business case development.
What are you waiting for? Circle Economy is open for everyone who shares our (circular) vision. There’s only one ground rule: you, your company or your organization is participating in a circular project and is willing to share your knowledge with the community. Circular projects are projects that have an impact on your world, the people around you, and on your way of doing business – it needs to accelerate the transition towards a circular economy and should become an inspiration and guide/lesson/example for others to do the same. This is what you can do:
Become a Changemaker
For entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers or other brave individuals.
Already many Changemakers (and Members) are joining Circle Economy LinkedIn Group. Everyone is welcome. Circular contacts, knowledge, news and insights are waiting for you. Share with us your talent and expertise. Simply create a personal profile and you are in!
At the moment we are working hard on improving our website. Soon you can collaborate with our Circle Community, check out developments of our circular projects and find out more in our circular Knowledge Centre. To be continued...
Become a Member
Become a partner in our cooperative! Together with other members we speed up the transition. And as a cooperative we’d like to give you, your organization, company or institution in return:
- Analysis of circular project opportunities
- 15 days of support or project monitoring, throughout the year
- Round table sessions will give you access to knowledge and creativity of an extended network
- Active training on circular economy for Seniors/executives and Juniors/professional passionates from the organization
- Full access to the online platform of Circle Economy (yet to come)
- Look at ongoing projects
- Material knowledge
- Lessons learned, best practices, toolkit
- Open innovation