Waste management is a pressing issue in Thailand, the country ranks as the sixth largest global contributor of marine plastic. Factors such as high plastic consumption, high human population density and poor waste management adds to its waste problem, wasteland exhibition shows waste management issues in metropoles around the world. It aims to raise awareness to this global issue, which is also relevant to Thailand, it is connected with the embassy focus on sustainability and circularity.
CIRCO Hub Thailand
The CIRCO program inspires and facilitates industry to transition from linear to circular business models and from linear product design to circular product design. The Embassy, in collaboration with the Office of National Higher Education Science Research and Innovation Policy Council (NXPO) and the Global Compact Network Thailand, have introduced the CIRCO program from the Netherlands and supported the establishment of a CIRCO Hub in Thailand.
Since July 2022, Global Compact Network Thailand (GCNT) is running an official CIRCO Hub in Thailand. It has successfully trained the local trainers and shared CIRCO methodology to at least 80 companies in Thailand (as of July 2022). To broaden the outreach of the program and raise capacity for transitioning towards a circular economy, the CIRCO Hub Thailand, together with the Embassy, organized a demo workshop to introduce the CIRCO Business Design methodology.
Making a circular shift through design
After an official welcome by Ambassador Remco van Wijngaarden, circular economy developments in Thailand were presented by Dr. Surachai Sathitkunarat from the Office of National Higher Education Science Research and Innovation Policy Council. Mr. Freek van Eijk, managing director at Holland Circular Hotspot shared best practices from the Netherlands and presented circular economy trends, building up towards the Demo workshop with context and inspiration. “It all starts with design, and there are circular opportunities in all market segments from the beginning of the value chain to the end”, van Eijk said during his presentation.