Our work

What we do

Connect

We connect local actors and support their growth through collaboration.

Advocate

We advocate the circular economy through education and community-building.

Develop

We develop knowledge and help organizations become more circular from ideation to implementation.

We work on strategy, urban planning, industrial and digital design, supply & value chain, focusing on…

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Built environment

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Food & Biomass

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Textile & Fashion

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Materials & Products

We partner with forward-thinking organisations to make the circular economy happen.

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Ongoing work

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Making & Developing

Berlin circular construction ecosystem

Circular construction is the future approach for the construction industry development, and together with EIT Climate-KIC, Circular Berlin explores the potentials to enable Berlin construction industry with Circular Vision. The project circular constructions ecosystem focuses to identify leverages to enable Berlin construction stakeholders to shift their activities towards circular economy.

Research

Centres for Urban Re-manufacture

Centres for Urban Re-manufacture (CUREs) aim to store and sell used materials, making them available for reuse and remanufacturing. It aims to reduce solid waste generation in cities, by facilitating resource recovery through reuse and remanufacture practices. By reusing resources locally, the energy needed to produce, distribute and dispose of resources is reduced, as well as the demand for virgin materials.

Making & design

OpenBerlin - co-designing what the city needs, by citizens for citizens

OpenBerlin aims to make design an open, participatory process, under the principle “the citizens know best what their city needs”. The first project is LastBox, a reusable packaging system for takeaway food. Open Berlin is a partnership with the design network Innovation Y.

Research

Plastic Info Flows

The  project evaluates the plastic packaging value chains – from material use to end of life – to understand where improved information flows could lead to  the prevention of plastic waste. Circular Berlin works together with TU Berlin to realise the project and understand different implementation scenarios. Other partners are Wuppertal institute, TU Delft, Circularise, and Cyclic Design.

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Research

Circle VET

CircleVET aims to evaluate and exchange smart practice methods on circular economy skills. The collected practices, methods and experiences target circular methods in three areas: fashion, recycling and co-working and innovation hubs. The project is a partnership between Circular Berlin and Future Fashion Forward e.V. in Berlin, and it is a part of extended European consortium.

Previous work

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Workshop results

Introducing circular fashion in Berlin landscape

The report presents the results of a workshop, hosted together on the 10.05.2019 with Future Fashion Forward e.V.,  Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie, BeShared and also supported by Berlin Senat initiative Re-Use Berlin, focusing on the topic of Circular Economy potentials for Berlin fashion industry.

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Workshop results

Circular economy in the Berlin food sector

The Report highlights the results of a workshop we hosted together on the 26.02.2019 with Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie, visitBerlinHealthCapital, and BeShared focusing on the topic of Circular Economy potentials for Food and Biomass streams in Berlin and Berlin religion.

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Potentials for the Berlin Center for Urban Remanufacturing

The Report highlights the results of a workshop we hosted together on the 06.12 with the CURE project partners. It asked local NGOs, initiatives involved in reuse or remanufacturing, open workshop spaces, academia, design, housing companies, and the public sector what a Center of Urban Remanufacturing should deal with and aim for.

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Workshop results

hurdles and opportunities for circular construction in Berlin

The Report summarizes the results of a workshop we organized, which brought together a diverse set of stakeholders involved in the built environment in Berlin. We explored the hurdles and the opportunities for circular construction in the city.

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Status quo: The circular economy in Berlin

This is the summary of our findings from our 4-month research project with Climate KIC. It explores and identifies the main strengths and weaknesses of Berlin in its implementation of circular economy practices, and identifies 4 industries with great potential for circularity,

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