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Circulab toolkit

Updated on 09.12.2022

As 80 % of a product’s environmental impacts are determined during its design phase, this toolkit aims to understand, apply and implement circular projects and models. It focuses on the design phase of a product or service and embraces systems that rethink all product or service-related impacts. It can be used by different stakeholders and for different contexts and circularity goals.

Relevance for Circular Systemic Solutions

Circular design turns problems into opportunities, for example waste into a resource. The tools in the circular toolkit allow users to rethink and map out circular ideas, projects, products and services.


In addition, the toolkit allows users to learn about the connections between design and regeneration of ecosystems to build circular economy principles into projects and transform the way business is done.


Cities and regions that are co-designing and co-developing Circular Systemic Solutions with local stakeholders can consider these tools for the design stage of their local Circular Systemic Solutions or their specific elements.

How to use this tool or method

This is a website that provides several tools to rethink and map out ideas, projects, products and services. The tools can be used free of charge.


Tools are provided in various formats, including Canvases and inspirational Cards, thus the way to use each tool varies. For example:
 

  • The Circular Canvas enables the mapping of projects or business models and their impacts.
  • The Partner Map allows users to identify all stakeholders in an ecosystem in terms of a specific challenge, thereby anticipating interactions and encouraging shared value creation.
  • The Value Chain Canvas helps users consider the entire value chain of a business and investigate all the major parameters to identify the most relevant issues from an economic and environmental perspective.
  • The Biomimicry Cards help to learn more about biomimicry and create more efficient products and services.
Type of tool or method

Strategy design and decision making

Impacts

Environmental pollution and land use

Increased recycling rates

Dematerialisation

Stakeholder and citizens mobilisation, engagement and participation

Material savings

Innovation

Competitiveness and innovation

Social aspects

Training/reskilling/capacity building, including vocational education and training, continuous training

e.g. for public administrations, SMEs, start-up