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CIRCONNECT, an online platform for circular design

Publication date: September 21, 2022

As of today, CIRCONNECT is live. This online platform allows knowledge institutions, including the KIDV, the design sector, industry associations, regional innovation parties and government organisations to share knowledge and experiences on circular design of products and packaging. In doing so, they accelerate the transition to a circular economy.

CIRCONNECT, an online platform for circular design

Fifteen organisations have teamed up in CIRCONNECT: Beroepsorganisatie Nederlandse Ontwerpers (BNO), Branchevereniging voor Meubelindustrie en Interieurbouw (CBM), CIRCO (programma van TKI-CLICKNL) , Hogeschool van Amsterdam, het Kennisinstituut Duurzaam Verpakken (KIDV), Midpoint Brabant, Noordelijk Innovatielab Circulaire Economie (N.I.C.E.), de Federatie Nederlandse Rubber- en Kunststofindustrie (NRK), Oost NL, Provincie Overijssel, Rijkswaterstaat, TNO, TU Delft, Versnellingshuis Nederland Circulair en Zuyd Hogeschool.

On its new online platform, CIRCONNECT has already published almost a hundred knowledge items on circular design. The content varies from webinars on extended producer responsibility to training courses on sustainable packaging and cases of entrepreneurs putting circular design into practice. With this knowledge, companies and designers can redesign their products and business models. In addition, government and research institutions can use it to optimise the preconditions for the transition.

"The KIDV is participating to facilitate and accelerate the transition towards circular packaging chains," says Petra Veen. "In recent years we have already organised a number of so-called packaging tracks together with CIRCO, where it turned out that both parties strengthen each other: the KIDV with its independent position and specific knowledge and CIRCO with its methodical approach and broad knowledge. The packaging tracks provide good insight into the dilemmas in specific packaging chains and encourage parties to tackle the challenges together. Through CIRCONNECT, this knowledge can now be shared even more widely."


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