Designing for Circularity – Case Examples from Finland

Date: 01.06.2023 - 01.06.2023Location: Online

Up to 80 per cent of a product’s lifetime environmental impacts are locked in at the design stage. Learn how the Finnish forerunner companies apply circular design in minerals, textile, and food industry as well as in chemical products and processes.

Join the webinar to learn from concrete case examples

  • How to innovate and develop disruptive circular-by-design concepts and operations?
  • How to support their piloting, demonstrating and upscaling?

    The session is open to everyone but especially targeted to designers, business leaders and policy makers.

    Date: Thu June 1, 2023 at 13-14 (UTC +3)

    Register here

    This webinar is an Accelerator Session at the World Circular Economy Forum 2023


    Introduction to circular design

    Break up to parallel session (These sessions are held at the same time and you can attend only one of them.)

    1. Chemical products and processes – Circular and sustainable chemical solutions by design

    • Case Kiilto Oy
      A construction chemicals, industrial adhesives and fire proofing solutions provider, presents their circular design approach to product design, enabling new sustainable business and opportunities for their customers.
      Dr. Raija Polvinen, Chief Ecosystem Officer from Kiilto Oy,
    • Discussion
    • Wrap up and key take aways

    The session is hosted by VTT

    2. Minerals industry

    • Case: This is how we apply Tapojärvi’s circular economy thinking in the Kolari mining project
      Jaana Koivumaa, Manager, Hannukainen Mining
    • Discussion
    • Wrap up and key take aways

    The session is hosted by Geological Survey of Finland GTK

     3. Textile industry: from circular raw materials to reuse

    • Case 1 Nordic Bioproducts Group Ltd
      Nordic Bioproducts Group (NBG) is a company founded in 2019 with roots in Aalto University. NBG develops and commercializes cellulosic biomaterials, many of which are based on the patented Aaltocell™ technology. NBG has also developed a new type of wood-based and sustainable textile fiber, Norratex, targeting the international man-made cellulosic fiber market.
      Olli Kähkönen, CEO
    • Case 2 Emmy Clothing Company Ltd
      Founded in 2015, Emmy Clothing Company is the market leader in Finland & Estonia, and currently the largest independent second hand fashion e-commerce company in the Nordic countries — with over 90 000 quality-checked brand apparel online.
      Timo Huhtamäki, CEO
    • Discussion
    • Wrap up and key take aways

    The session is hosted by Aalto University and Finnish Environment Institute Syke

    4. Food – Towards zero. With design and cascade processing to minimal waste in food system

    • Case Valio
      Forward looking aspects of the future food system transition and the role of design. Cascade process and case examples, how to minimize waste and at the same time co-create innovative solutions enabled by circular economy
    • Discussion
    • Wrap up and key take aways

    The session is hosted by Natural Resources Institute Finland

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