circular economy

Circular Economy

What is common with the invention of the airplane and artificial intelligence?

That is biomimicking. Leonardo da Vinci studying how birds fly proposed designs of flying machines. Centuries later the design of aircraft has been inspired by nature. Since the 1980s, inspired by the desire to mimic the human brain artificial intelligence and neural networks have been developed in information technology.

The economy of “No Waste” in The Distrikt inspired by nature.

The natural ecosystem is circulating energy, water, bacteria, plant, and other living organisms in perfect precision – no waste is created. So, why not mimic from nature how to organize an economy to avoid waste. This is the principle behind the circular economy that we have adopted in The Distrikt.

What is the Circular Economy?

Aquaponics food production that circulates water, biogas from waste or shared use of 3D printers. These are all examples of the circular economy business models that we apply in The Distrikt. For all of them, the objective is the same increase resource use efficiency and create 0 waste. The goal of the circular economy is to suggest ways to continuously use already extracted resources.

Circular Economy in The Distrikt

Here are five business models to integrate the circular economy and real-life examples from The Distrikt:

Eco, a modular or regenerative design

Sustainably designed products make reuse and recycling possible. In this case, we can change the broken parts or update the software instead of buying the new product.
In The Distrikt we apply this principle to design prefabricated buildings.

Use a product as a service

At the end of the day, we need the service of the product, not the product itself. Thus, using the product as a service and renting instead of buying is an increasing trend.
In the Distrikt, this how the bikes and electric shuttle will be used.

Develop sharing platforms

To make collaborative use possible shared platforms are needed. Here technology has a huge role to make peer-to-peer transactions possible.
In The Distrikt the Idea Shop is a bright example. It is a shared space with high-tech equipment that makes technology accessible to small start-ups.

Upcycle, recycle and downcycle.

Whenever the resource is not used anymore, it should be transformed but not wasted. Downcycling is the last option, as it means reducing the resource life such as burning waste to receive energy.
In The Distrikt, the Aquaponics system continually recycles water and nutrients. Another application is the organic waste downcycled into biogas.

Using Sustainable Materials

The use of biodegradable and recyclable materials is key to close the circular economy loop.

In The Distrikt inspired by this, we have created the 0 waste shop when the food is sold by 0 packagings. The organic waste left after consumption is collected and converted to biogas.


Climate, biodiversity, human health. These pressing global challenges are all connected by one vital sector of the economy: food. 

Sustainable Brands

Cisco, Dell, Google and Microsoft are among the founding members of the alliance — which sees the biggest names in tech, consumer goods and waste management working together to enable a circular economy for electronics by 2030. →

Export Europe

While many businesses ground to a halt at the start of the pandemic, the market for disposable packaging was forecast to grow by 5.5% as the demand for single-use plastics soared.

The Guardian

Disc drives, circuit boards, fluorescent lamps and batteries for electric vehicles could be among affected products.