Creating business through circular design

The circular economy offers opportunities and challenges around the globe. CIRCO has developed a unique yet simple method that is inspiring, activating and that supports creatives and professionals within the manufacturing industry to create circular business.

Designing circular propositions with a proven method

CIRCO believes that design plays a crucial role in enabling the circular transition. With this ambition, CIRCO developed a circular design programme. Since 2015, CIRCO has supported over 500 companies to create circular business and trained 400 designers to play their role as circular change agents.

Entrepreneurs and industry professionals can attend a 3 day Circular Business Design Track. Designers can participate in a CIRCO 1 day Circular Design Class. Participants will:

  • identify business opportunities
  • use circular design strategies to redesign their own propositions, products, services and business models.

Participants will leave the Tracks with a concrete implementation roadmap, making these Tracks incredibly effective.

Research shows: 66% of the participants have implemented their new circular propositions!


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Local partners creating global impact

The transition to a circular economy requires time, commitment and solid partnerships. That is why CIRCO wants to work closely with you.

Having been trained and certified in the CIRCO method and fully supported with the toolkit, you can set up an independent infrastructure, training and network in your own market. Taking steps to becoming a self sustainable CIRCO Hub requires engagement and leadership from our local partners. You will be supported at different levels so you can tap into knowledge and benefit from sharing experiences in an international community and the embassy network.

With our CIRCO Hubs we are expanding our reach and impact globally. Up to now, CIRCO has partnered up and launched Hubs in Sri Lanka, Turkey and Brazil.

CIRCO international in numbers


CIRCO International Hubs


International CIRCO Tracks and Classes executed


International CIRCO trainers

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For embassies

Each country operates within a different context. Therefore, cross-border collaboration between CIRCO and embassies of the Netherlands, is of the utmost importance. In this way, we can support interested parties to explore the CIRCO method – a proven approach to incubate and expand circular economy in the manufacturing industry.

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For partners

Partners are offered the opportunity to start-up a Hub, organize multiple Tracks and Classes, using the CIRCO method and tools. Partners will be able to launch circular activities for companies and designers while fueling the circular transition in their country at the same time.

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Ready to partner with CIRCO?

Are you:

… committed to take the lead in the transition towards a circular economy, and take action?

… a circular pioneer that wants to support other entrepreneurs?

… driven to proactively create business through circular design?

… looking for tools to make the circular economy principles tangible, concrete and applicable in your region and local industry?

… a leading organization with an extensive network in design, sustainable innovation, sustainability or circularity?


We are looking to partner up with one lead partner in each country. Creating a circular economy requires collaboration between different stakeholders, with Dutch embassies in-country, as well as the key government agencies.

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