These are the ideas, innovations and ambitions that will redesign our future to be circular. As a creating space, each chapter of XLabs builds momentum with the stories we share, the businesses we reach and the learnings that connect our industries – accelerating our pathway toward a more regenerative future.
New Zealand's first circular economy lab began in Auckland, the City of Sails. Circularity was invited to design and deliver XLabs by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED). We were asked to specifically address the circular knowledge gap and bring forth new circular solutions using our Circular by Design methods - our toolkit to shift a business from linear to circular.
We knew from experience that we needed to go beyond the usual conference, report or workshop if we wanted to create real change.
This first chapter of XLabs brought together nearly 50 collaborators, 18 teams and built a community of over 250 people. These change-makers became our coalition of the willing - to propel Auckland towards a resilient and regenerative future. Our circular design lab ran over nine weeks with expert speakers, team exercises and circular experiences interwoven across full day workshops, and continuing virtually during lockdown.
The experience we gained and the program we designed for the Auckland chapter provided the foundation and inspiration to create future XLabs. We are actively seeking opportunities for the next chapter both online and in person.
I invite you to learn more about the journey these teams went on at XLabs, their aha moments, how they explored the circular by design methods and the solutions they created that will transform our city.
By applying Circular by Design methods they landed on a completely new business model and service platform that will extend the use of their shoes from one, to three walks of life. Shifting customers from being buyers to custodians.View full Bobux case study here
Making informed decisions with digital transport infrastructureView full Arrive case study here
Closing the loop on waste by reimagining how we renovate our homesView full Fletcher Buildingcase study here
Developing a circular innovation hub for cross-industry collaborationView full Auckland Transport case study here
Closing the loop on waste with remade textilesView full Warehouse Group case study here
Creating a digital platform for redesigning waste into valuable retail
Establishing the world’s first circular marinaView full Advanced Floating Platforms case study here
Designing a childcare model for regenerationView full Good Space case study here
Designing a better ferry futureView full EV Maritime case study here
Creating memorable experiences for our manuhiri as they tread lightly across our land.View full Haka Tourism case study here