Circular co-creation hub
South-West Flanders is known as the manufacturing region in Belgium. One in three production companies in Belgium is located in this region. They are often family businesses from the textile sector, the metalworking sector and the plastics processing sector that have grown out of the traditional flax industry. For these SMEs, there is a compelling demand to transform into an industry that deals more sustainably with the available materials and raw materials.
The Circular co-creation hub (CICO HUB) joins forces to bring companies together and support them in this transition to circular entrepreneurship.
Circular Forum: bringing all actors together
The Circular Forum is a platform for production companies, social enterprises, waste processing companies, service providers, companies active in the sharing economy, knowledge centres, creative enterprises,... with the central theme: waste valorisation and circular economy.
A cooperation with actors from different backgrounds and with different competences often brings surprising ideas to light. This platform therefore aims to increase knowledge about waste valorisation and circular entrepreneurship, to discuss problems and thresholds and to create (chain) cooperation.
Where are we now? What can and do we already do? What challenges do we still have to overcome?
The circular future of (production) waste: valorising waste streams
From April 2021, a number of production companies will be selected within this section of the project that will be given the opportunity to identify and explore their residual flows in cooperation with students and design companies in order to subsequently arrive at new products and a valorisation of their residual flows in co-creation with a customised company.
Designregio Kortrijk in collaboration with Voka West-Vlaanderen, Howest, Intercommunale Leiedal, WAAK and W13 (social economy and custom companies) and with the support of ESF.