Apply for the circular economy award programme the Circulars 2018!

Circular Change is the hub for gathering applications from Central and Eastern Europe

The Circulars, an initiative of the World Economic Forum and the Forum of Young Global Leaders, is the world’s premier circular economy awards program. The awards are open to individuals and organizations from commerce and civil society in seven distinct categories. The awards are designed to recognize and celebrate, on a prestigious global stage, all facets of the circular economy movement. Now its fourth year, the awards ceremony will take place at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos in January 2018. Last year, over 200 entrants from 37 countries entered, ranging from some of the world’s largest multinationals to the most innovative start-ups. Entries for the 2018 program are now open. Visit The Circulars website for more information and to apply for this year’s program! The list of all winners and finalists together with short introduction of their projects is available in the Circulars Yearbook 2017.
Once again Circular Change is teaming up with the World Economic Forum, Accenture and the Forum of Young Global Leaders to showcase the very best circular economy companies, organizations and individuals for the world’s first and only circular economy award programme.
During last year’s successful campaign, Circular Change coordinated the application process of 11 Slovenian companies, the fourth largest number of participants of any country! When Valtex was selected as a finalist for the best municipal, communal of regional project, this was a recognition of the Slovenian circular economy sector as a whole and Circular Change was proud to play a part in attracting international attention on Slovenia.
This year, we are deepening our cooperation with the Circulars by becoming a regional supporter of the awards. Circular Change plans to team up with friendly organizations from Central and Eastern European countries and make sure that no circular pioneer from the region goes unnoticed.
If you need help with your submission, have an interesting candidate in mind or wish to work with Circular Change for promoting the awards in any other way, please write us at join@circularchange.com!

Black Bear debuts world’s first Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Carbon Black

The company from Nederweert managed to successfully upcycle materials from car tires into environmentally friendly carbon black that can be used for various purposes, such as car and bike tires, handlebars, wheelchairs, etc. They managed to decrease the content of harmful substances, called PAH’s (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), found in car tires and the final result is, as the CEO of Black Bear Michale Braungart explains: “The Black Bear Carbon upcycled product is a game-changer in the field of carbon black. It is “upcycled” because the output material is of higher quality than the input material”.
Black Bear’s achievements opened the doors to the The Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Products Program, an independent, third-party verified certification program that certifies products and materials that are developed to respect human and environmental health, designed for future use cycles, and that utilize clean energy and water throughout the supply chain.
Even before their revolutionary new product became accredited, Black Bear has made a name for themselves by becoming the finalists for the People’s Choice Awards at the circular economy award programme the Circulars 2017. Circular Change became familiar with their work at the conference in Davos and has since then been a keen supporter of their ground breaking projects.

 

Water is our shared responsibility

Circular Change is a supporter of the International Bled Water Festival 2017

Smart management of water resources is a key part of the circular economy of the future. Slovenia has an abundance of water bodies and is famous for the quality of its drinking water. However, it cannot avoid facing the challenges of the new century, such as unsustainable usage of water, protecting natural heritage and optimizing the supply of drinking water by using digital technologies.
Ladeja Godina Košir represented Circular Change, a supporter of the International Bled Water Festival taking place on the June 15, 2017 as one of the participants of the round table, titled “Responsible towards water”. Speakers, coming from Austria, Croatia and Slovenia presented exciting new initiatives and best practices for preserving and maintaining water bodies, for example, preserving biodiversity, reducing the use of plastic bottles, collecting and analysing big data. Availability of water for all citizens is also a challenge of the future and public utilities in the region. Overuse of water is another problem that will need to be solves, agreed the participants and as Ladeja said “we need to use less and do more with what we have”. Circular economy can offer a systemic approach to managing water sources and offer new innovative approaches for preserving rivers and lakes. This is why Circular Change will continue supporting initiatives that can improve the quality of our water.