Which is better? A bench made of plastic that lasts 15 years, or a biobased bench that lasts 7 years? So how do you determine which is better from an environmental, user and financial perspective? What does this mean for product design? Relevant questions if you want to design and market a product circularly. That circular design is an important prerequisite for a circular economy is shown by the fact that 80% of the environmental impact is already determined in the design phase of a product. This phase extends beyond functionality, choice of materials or aesthetic design. Life Cycle Design is a strategy that allows designers to design circularly. In cooperation with Fraunhofer IZM, CIRCONNECT provided an expert session on this topic for the Circular Design Forum.

You can download the powerpoint presentation here.


Read the report You go to a Dutch version
Information about the Framework Circular Design You go to an English version



The circular economy does not arise by itself. CIRCO (a program of TKI-CLICKNL) focuses on getting a new market moving. CIRCO therefore activates - with the support of the government - entrepreneurs and creative professionals to (re)design products, services and business models in order to then do circular business.

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Regular events are organised around various circular design themes

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