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Circular Spaces

Team 1 is tackling the question: How might we eliminate soft plastics across the food product manufacturing supply chain, through different business models, mechanisms and alternate material inputs, to retain value in a circular economy?

New ways of packaging

Team 2 is tackling the question: How might we eliminate soft plastics across the food product manufacturing supply chain, through different business models, mechanisms and alternate material inputs, to retain value in a circular economy?

Circular Connected Communities

Team 3 is tackling the question: How might we shape new solutions to beneficially transform the behaviour of individuals and communities, associated with energy use through incentives and service models?

Food-agri value chain

Team 4 is tackling the question: How might we do more with less across the agri-food value chain, by looking at repurposing existing waste streams for a more secure and sustainable economic future?

Digital-physical supply chain

Team 5 is tackling the question: How might we ensure the goods we are recycling and reintroducing back into the supply chain are creating new forms of value that are certified and circular?
Team 1

Certified Circular Spaces

The CE Lab Certified and Circular Spaces team are currently developing C-Suite. C Suite is a digital tool to quantify the value of the circular economy in the built environment. C-Suite takes clients through a four stage process to produce a collaboratively developed simulation of the circularity of the building, the value that provides and a corresponding budget.

Team 2

New ways of packaging

The outcome was a phased approach to eliminate soft plastic film from the food product manufacturing supply chain through the input of a PHA bioplastic film that will enable a closed loop process onsite at Inghams. The closed loop material flow allows the PHA film to be used, collected and remade onsite through the co-location of a fermentation facility. Instead of seeing the contamination on the film as a challenge this team saw it as an opportunity to create higher value applications through composting and the fermentation facility.  

Team 3

Circular, connected communities

Exercising sustainable living practices should be simple, accessible and affordable. Team CE3 have created a unique service model that reimagines how first-home buyers at the Yarrabilba community might enter the housing market and undertake new behaviours of material and energy consumption. Offering kitchens ‘as a subscription’, CE3 are providing Fisher & Paykel’s most energy efficient appliances as a $2 per day subscription for first-home buyers in the Yarrabilba community.

Leveraging Movus IoT technology, home owners will be able to monitor their usage, helping to reduce energy consumption and eliminate the economic, environmental and social costs associated with appliance purchases, maintenance and upkeep.

Team 4

Food-agri value chain

With a vision to strengthen regional communities and build capability, this team has devised a Regional Investment Platform – Ripple. This platform or program will connect identified waste streams with resourceful communities looking to ideate solutions and leverage these underused resources for their benefit. Together with Cisco’s sensor technologies, Ripple will identify and visualise existing waste streams so that communities have visibility over the food and agricultural landscape that drives the economy in certain regional areas.

Ripple will bring together industry, universities and the community to ideate and co-create new business models and solutions, and facilitate investment opportunities. The big picture vision for Ripple is to provide healthy competition amongst regional communities to create new jobs, resilience, and economic and environmental sustainability in a manner akin to ‘Tidy Towns.’

Team 5

Securing the digital-physical supply chain

‘United for Change’ represents a collective ambition to collect 100% of all sold PET bottles and aluminium cans to ensure they are 100% recycled, rebirthed and reused across Queensland. Building on the Container Exchange scheme that already sees 3M containers a day being collected, thereby monetising the waste stream, United for Change are providing an alternative to the current off-shoring practice of recycling and remanufacturing. Instead, United for Change connects these recycled material streams with local Queensland manufacturers like Evolve Group, who are able to upcycle these materials and turn them into higher-value goods, creating new economic opportunity and restoring social trust in the recycling process.

The recycled materials will be tracked and traced through Everledger’s sophisticated blockchain technology, providing full transparency into the provenance and chain of custody of containers throughout the value chain.

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