Why a Circular City Week

Circular economy is a global mega trend, with the potential to transform industries and redesign urban living. The transformative potential of circularity is not specific to a single sector, but can be linked to everything from digitization and the sharing economy, to the food industry and the built environment.

 

Circular City Week wants give everyone a platform for knowledge sharing, no matter whether you approach circularity from a design perspective, an environmental awareness standpoint, as an growth agenda, or as a mean to rethinking consumerism. 

The aim of the week is to inspire industry professionals across sectors, showcase international pioneers, highlight local change makers and engage students to be the future of circularity.  


Circular City Week also intents to be an engaging festival, where activities are diverse and fun. In 2019 activities included a book release, conferences, an art exhibition, Lunch & Learns,  a film screening, a family play-shop, tours, a pitch competition, site visits  and workshops.

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What is Circular Economy?

Why now

The rapid increase in population growth, coupled with an ever-expanding middle class has placed the planet’s limited resources under strain. As the world industrialized, we adopted linear production and consumption models. As a response to these challenges, and in recognition that the current situation is unsustainable, a new economic model is necessary.

Core idea

Looking beyond the current linear take, make, waste economy, a circular economy aims to redefine growth, focusing on positive society-wide benefits. Essentially a circular economy is a resource efficient system that design out waste and pollution, keep products and materials in use, and regenerate natural systems. The concept recognizes the importance of the economy needing to work effectively at all scale.

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Tools and business models

A circular economy implies increased awareness about issues such as resource inputs, reuse, recover, recycling and upcycling. Circularity is hence an actionable concept which enables consumers, organizations, companies and governments alike to rethink current practices.

 

The circular toolbox include measures such as the use of non-virgin materials, design for disassembly, and product life extension efforts. New business models are also vital to creating a circular economy. Examples include subscription based business models, sharing economy, rental based models, and take back or repair services. 

 

Action often come in two forms. Either initiatives that deals with what is already existing, and how to increase reuse and recycling hereof, or action related to designing new products and systems in accordance with circular principles. 

Different scales and industries

Circularity can take many shapes and forms, and do also come in different scales. Circularity can be an internal value creation model for a company, it can be a city planning tool, or it can guide nationwide legislation. Throughout the world, the movement towards a circular economy have had a diverse set of drivers from a grassroots movements, industry wide initiatives and government action. The beauty being that we all have a role to play and the ability to make a difference. 

The first ever Circular City Week also highlighted the diverse range of industries to which circular economy is relevant. Industries covered included:

  • Arts and design

  • Investing and financing

  • Energy and water

  • Fashion and textiles

  • Recycling and waste management

  • Plastics and packaging

  • Advanced manufacturing

  • Urban farming and food waste

  • Built environment and architecture

 

 2019 Partners

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