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The ECOBULK Vision

To be circular is to thrive within our planet’s natural boundaries. This requires a shift from a ‘take-make-use-waste’ economy to a ‘make-use-save’ economy. The move to a circular economy will require systems thinking, will deal with complex problems and challenge deep-rooted – perhaps unconscious – behaviours, though the end result might be simple. ECOBULK is part of that move.

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MicroCab Circular Automotive Design Philosophy

At the recent consortium meeting in Koblenz, Germany, John Jostins, Managing Director at MicroCab and one of the ECOBULK partners, presented an overview of how MicroCab has integrated circular economy concepts into its own designs.

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Circular Business Models

Where circularity is a business objective, a business model may have to be changed or enhanced; possibly meaning different value propositions, partners, revenues streams, costs and investors etc. Transitioning to a circular economy will instigate change – there will be opportunities for new businesses to form, for new partnerships to develop, for new products, for using new technologies in efficient ways.

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Tour of TOMRA Innovation Center

The host for the third ECOBULK consortium meeting kindly invited the project partners to visit the automatic sorting test center at the company’s recycling hub in Mülheim-Kärlich, Germany.

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“Actions for circularity” workshops

After a year of research into a circular design framework, the month 12 consortium meeting was used to put the new framework to the test. ECOBULK partners TUDelft and ITENE organized a set of workshops focused on each of the three industrial sectors – automotive, construction and furniture.

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