Some food system challenges are too large for any one organization to solve alone.
The Circular Economy of Food CoLab is a membership-based coalition that enables like-minded changemakers to tackle these challenges together.
Through the CoLab, stakeholders pool risk and resources to explore new paths and prototype new solutions at speed. Our members and network include farmers, food companies, startups, NGOs, and experts in the circular economy and regeneration.
Since 2018, our network of members and partners has built 23 prototypes that promote a circular food system: where waste becomes a resource, natural systems and farming communities are uplifted, and all materials realize their highest value.
Our focus areas include
How might we enable food designers to apply circular and regenerative design principles in their day-to-day?
How might we shift towards plant-forward menus?
How might we leverage food-as-medicine initiatives to accelerate a regenerative food system?
How might we create viable infrastructure and business models to ensure food grown for people doesn’t go to waste?
How might we design an e-commerce packaging solution that eliminates the need for dual and single-use packaging?
How might we design reverse logistics infrastructure that is fast, cheap, and hygienic to advance adoption of reusable packaging and containers?
How might we make biodiversity more accessible to a wider audience of eaters?
How might we redesign kitchens to support behaviors that are healthier for people and the planet?
How might we connect people to their values by offering information that’s understandable and useful?
How might we leverage data to reduce food waste in homes?
How might we incentivize data sharing between farms and buyers to offer competitive advantage in the marketplace while reducing farm-level food loss?
How might we take a data-driven approach to designing reverse logistics infrastructure that is cost-effective and reduces emissions?
CoLab enables us to develop our approach to systemic innovation by working closely with companies throughout the food chain towards circular solutions.
BARRY WADDILOVE, ELECTROLUX
CoLab has enabled organizations in our network to accelerate their efforts toward a circular economy. Working across disciplines, throughout the value chain, and even with competitors not only leads to new solutions for a circular economy, but also helps build the new mindset required to scale up circular design innovation.
JOE ILES, ELLEN MACARTHUR FOUNDATION