The complex problem of raw material scarcity, linked to climate change and loss of biodiversity, is ideally addressed through cooperation between disciplines and sectors. Collaboration leads to insights and solutions that shed light on the way in which these global problems can be translated into action at the local level. In doing so, more and more the insights are dawning that entrepreneurship is a driving force behind finding sustainable solutions. The ever-growing attention for the transition to a Circular Economy is the result of this. By building business models under the smart reuse of increasingly scarce raw materials – using waste as a raw material – this transition to entrepreneurship is taking on more and more form. To build a circular city and region, it’s important to have local innovative initiatives that serve as testing ground in which knowledge, creativity and entrepreneurship come together.
At the moment, many materials, semi-finished products and waste streams are labeled as waste and thrown away at companies. This destroys much value and is cost-intensive. But how do you find a company that can use your waste? Currently the region offers too little insight into its waste flows and little to no cooperation between companies is there to look for possibilities to exchange residual flows. Transparency of these residual flows is key to organizing for closed supply chains. Information alone is not enough. Offering this information in an attractive, accessible and inspiring way is essential to create new and circular applications for residual flows.
The aim of the Lokaliteitenkabinet is to develop knowledge about the linking of raw material flows that can be applied locally and lead to an impulse for the local business community. This contributes simultaneously to solving global challenges. Central to this is the collective learning process of creative entrepreneurs, companies in the manufacturing industry, students and the government to come up with new business models and products that contribute to the transition to more circular production chains. That is why insight is needed into the nature, quantity, current use and composition of residual flows, which way of digital and physical presentation is desirable to trigger regional entrepreneurs and how supply and demand can be brought together in appealing examples.
The LokaliteitenKabinet is a marketplace for second-hand raw materials, auxiliary materials, semi-finished products and waste products from the local environment. A physical and digital living lab built in the heart of the Gelderse manufacturing industry: De Smeltkroes. A paternoster case based on De Smeltkroes contains samples of the available second-hand resources from the local environment. The cabinet is linked to an online database that gives insight into produced materials and residual flows of companies. The knowledge platform contains the most up-to-date knowledge in the area of circular design and circular business modelling. This is made available both digitally and physically, through innovation sessions and business development trajectories.