Glasgow calls upon the world to help tackle a local challenge with circular economy solutions

Circle Lab, a new crowdsourcing platform that challenges a global audience to create circular solutions will open for entries on Monday (19 March).

Circular Glasgow, an initiative of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, is hosting the first challenge on the platform, aimed at boosting circular business solutions around major events and conferences – placing the city on the map as the first in the world to launch a challenge on Circle Lab.

Partnered by Zero Waste Scotland, Scottish Event Campus and the Glasgow Convention Bureau and Major Events team at Glasgow Life, the challenge will ask citizens and companies from cities across the world how local businesses can improve the economic, environmental and social legacy of major city events and conferences.

Circle Lab, developed by Circle Economy and supported by eBay Foundation, is a digital platform that harnesses the power of the crowd to solve universal challenges with circular solutions.

Using the circular economy as a framework, Circular Glasgow aims to engage local SMEs involved in the production of major city events and conferences, empowering them to improve the legacy these events leave behind.

In Glasgow alone, more than three million attendances were recorded at high-profile events in 2017, from festivals and concerts to football games and conferences.

While these events have an economic and social advantage to local communities, they also increase the level of waste and disrepair within the area. For example, construction and decoration materials, as well as single-use, disposable food containers end up in landfills post events, or worse remain scattered throughout the venue.  This presents a significant opportunity for local businesses to rethink their current business models, creating a more positive and sustainable impact. 

Circular Glasgow is dedicated to implementing winning solutions locally and translating them to an international context for other cities to replicate and learn from.

To support participants in generating ideas, Circle Lab provides access to an online Knowledge Hub with over 750 case studies, reports and articles on the circular economy. 

This digital platform creates a space for a global community of circular economy experts, innovative entrepreneurs, forward-thinking businesses, citizens, cities and governments to ideate, incubate and scale circular solutions collectively. 


Circular Glasgow complements Zero Waste Scotland’s and the Scottish Government’s nationwide support for SMEs to develop circular economy business ideas, including its £18 million Circular Economy Investment Fund and Circular Economy Business Support Service. Both are supported by the European Regional Development Fund through the £73 million Resource Efficiency Circular Economy Accelerator Programme.

Today, Circular Glasgow calls upon the world to engage and participate in creating a visionary future for the city and echoes Circle Lab’s mission to break down information silos and fuel cross-industry collaboration and innovation.

For more information and to participate in the challenge go to http://www.circle-lab.com/

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