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​The Global Circular Economy Innovation Database

In a bid to contribute to the growing pool of circular solutions worldwide, we have launched a project that curates and structures a variety of promising innovations. While not the first to undertake such a task, Circular Innovation Lab (CIL) aspires to build a comprehensive database of companies across our focus areas (textiles, electronics, food, plastics and construction) that subscribe to and integrate circular economic principles, and beyond. As R&D advances and entrepreneurship flourishes, the Global Circular Economy Innovation Database intends to compile emerging innovations, serving as a premier reference for those seeking to conduct research or make sustainable choices. Currently in its advanced stages, it strictly considers cutting-edge product innovations that close the loop and do not create waste. This approach effectively filters out platforms, sharing economy innovations (e.g. Uber), as well as recycle- and refill-centred companies that bring systemic change.


The database categorizes innovations based on their stage within the development process—mid-stream, upstream, or downstream. Additionally, it distinguishes between concepts in the ideation phase, projects in pilot stages, and those operating at commercial scale. Furthermore, it identifies remarkable innovations that in the past have encountered scalability challenges and could not cross the pilot stage. On the social front, the database also categorizes innovations based on whether the companies behind them are women-owned or not


In doing so and by conducting the necessary due diligence, we are curating an extensive collection of innovations that will shape the world in our circular future.


  • Creation of a comprehensive database of circular product innovations and companies across the textiles, electronics, food, plastics and construction sectors.

  • Categorisation of innovations by development stage (mid-stream, upstream, downstream), phase (ideation, pilot, commercial), and social criteria (e.g., women-owned businesses), including those that faced scalability issues.


Focus areas

In progress

  • Circular economy product innovations

  • Textiles, electronics, food, plastics and construction sectors

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