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About crQlr

About crQlr

What is circular design? What is crQlr?

What is crQlr/
What is crQlr as a consortium

‘crQlr’ is both an award and a consortium for thinking about “circular design,” an essential part of a recycling-oriented economy.

We seek to create services, products, and production processes with low environmental impact, and in order to share these creations with a large amount of people, we believe that it is not enough to merely focus on numerical targets such as sales. Instead, we must provide a vision for the future where art and design are incorporated into a wider societal creativity.

‘crQlr’ seeks to foster the creativity and vision that are essential to the “creators of the future” who will bring the recycling-oriented economy to life.

Programs offered by crQlr /
What initiatives will be taken


Global awards for designing a circular economy.


A public meeting for award winners and judges


A series of talks by people engaged in the circular economy

Design Scramble

An ideathon for people engaged in the circular economy to think about how to realize CE together (to be held in late September)


A project for concretely implementing the ideas in society


Societal implementation and development of the business created by the project

Thinking about circular design

Circular design aims to bring about three major changes in how we live. The winning award entries will give consideration to all of these.

1. Economy: from linear to circular

Ever since the industrial revolution, we’ve had a linear economy arranged in order of mass production, mass consumption, and mass disposal. The circular economy is a radical rethink aimed at reducing our environmental impact. It means using technology to boost recycling and efficiency. It means joining the processes of production, consumption and disposal to close loops for a more effective system. Circular design asks the question: how can we make our entire society sustainable by rethinking the relationships between products, services, and society itself?

Design point 1: how does your idea or project remodel our economic system?

2. Society: from consumption to regeneration

A circular economy calls for a change in social values. For example, how do we define a “good” company in a circular society? Most likely, it will have chosen to break with an established business model by shifting its main activity from consumption to regeneration. That changes our own ideas about where we want to work, or what kind of company or project we’d like to start in future. Circular design means thinking about changing values and systems as our society shifts to a regenerative model.

Design point 2: how does your idea or project anticipate changes in society?

3. Industry: from closed to open

While social participation is crucial, a circular economy also depends greatly on infrastructure put in place by forward-thinking companies. For these grand designs to work, we need to replace traditional “closed” innovation, which prioritizes industrial secrets and corporate self-interest, with collaborative “open” innovation that welcomes other companies as partners in the ideation and development process. Circular design can only reach its full potential when open innovation becomes the norm.

Design point 3: how does your idea or project interact with industry?



Entries for this award can range from large-scale projects focused on realizing the circular economy to ideas still in their planning phase – and everything in between. 10 guests representing a wide array of nationalities, sectors, and roles will act as judges. is an online platform for holding design challenges. The crQlr Awards will be conducted via this platform, which boasts 30,000 creative users.


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