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Hi everyone,

I’m back from my annual summer digital detox, a real slowliday. It was a great time for self-care and reconnecting to nature like I usually do each summer.

I spent a week with my grandfather who told me about his summer 2022 with grandma. They used to live in Brittany, France and they wanted to spend their holidays not far away from their hometown and enjoy the beauty of their region. They went to Douarnenez, and to be honest, the city was pretty ahead of its time when it came to slow tourism.

I was really impressed by Douarnenez: with Circulab's help, they built a tailor-made offer to welcome seniors and families in their town by working closely with local businesses and leaning on the strengths of the area. What a brilliant idea!

They realized that working all together was a powerful move for the local travel & tourism industry. It was a win-win situation for everyone: tourists, tourism operators, and nature.

Today is the World Tourism Day 2032, the right day to embrace slow tourism, whether you are a tourist or a travel destination looking to transform your offer! To help you on this journey, I'm sharing some ideas and opportunities to take action and turn slow tourism into the default setting for travel.

Enjoy your reading,

Circular Economy in the Travel and Tourism Industry

Transforming vision into action

The COVID-19 pandemic offered a rare opportunity for tourism actors to pause, think and consider the opportunities presented by shifting their activities towards a Circular Economy.

Today they can act as powerful enablers of circularity and benefit from shared circular value creation whilst deploying a new framing and new thinking for the tourism industry.

In line with the UNWTO One Planet Vision, Fabrice Sorin, Travel Industry & Circular Economy specialist, shared on our blog some of the opportunities tourism actors can implement to benefit from a Circular Economy.

Are you working in tourism in the South of France and eager to build an experience for your clients that is both financially viable and doesn't harm the environment? Are you looking to accompany tourism players in your territory on their circular transformation journey?

Join Circulab community members Johanna Gomel and Stéphane Aucoin for a workshop on responsible tourism in Marseille, France.

*Interested to learn more about tourism and circular economy, but living far from the South of France? Let us know and we will inform you when an event is organised in your territory or online.

Circular Economy Trends - September 2022

Looking to stay up to date on the latest circular economy news and trends?

Look no further: every month the Circulab community of 100+ circular economy experts spread across 22+ territories share their selection of articles from the 5 continents.

Latest Circulab News

🚨 NEW COURSE: Master the skills you need to develop Circular Packaging Solutions
It’s time to match the impacts of your packaging with your business offer and ecosystem! Learn to choose the most sustainable packaging for your business through the Circular Economy. Join our new course developed in partnership with Colienne Regout, renowned expert on the matter and member of the Circulab community, to master an all-in-one practical pack empowering you to choose what makes sense for your business, our planet, and people. Start today!

Justine Laurent appointed as Head of Learning of ESSEC Global Circular Economy Chair
We are thrilled to announce that Justine Laurent, Circulab's Managing Director, has been named Head of Learning of the ESSEC Global Circular Economy Chair, aimed at training future Chief Circular Economy Officers to help organizations heading towards a circular economy.

Circulab joins the Impact France Movement
At Circulab, we believe that only by connecting with others can we face the complexity of the world and make it a better place, collectively. We are delighted to announce that Circulab joined this year the Impact France Movement, the movement of entrepreneurs and leaders who put the ecological and social impact at the heart of their business.

France Design Week - Circulab “Next Elections”: new upcoming game!
Mid-September, Circulab participated in the France Design Week where Brieuc Saffré, CEO of Circulab, conducted a test workshop with our new game “Next Elections” with the help of 10 volunteer participants. This new initiative aims to help citizens and communities to better understand and grasp the challenges of the 21st century and move from awareness to action! Stay tuned to know more.

Circulab Community Highlights

What are the community members up to?

👋 New Circulab community members in Belgium and across France!
This month we welcomed in the community:
  • Anne Goujon in Nantes, France, helping innovative projects with lean startup, design thinking, collective intelligence, and now circular design methodologies.
  • Audrey Moriaud, based near Annecy and the Swiss border, a B Leader accompanying organizations on the road to the B Corp Certification and using collective intelligence methods to build awareness of the climate and circular economy stakes
  • Hugues Dethienne, based near Brussels, entrepreneur and executive management advisor, focused on alignment between strategy, organization, finance, and regenerative & circular economy.

🔄 Helping a chemical products business towards more circularity, by Eric Perrot and Anne-Laure Bulliffon. MAPEI France Executive Committee participated in a Circular Canvas workshop looking to develop solutions for two of the company's major challenges: reducing single-used packaging and helping the decarbonization of the industrial and marketing processes.

🏡 A new third place in Toulouse opening in October, by Chloé Cohen. After a successful crowdfunding campaign, the third place Les Halles de la Transition will open its doors in Toulouse on October 1st. Les Halles de la Transition is not only a physical space but also a new agency offering awareness-building workshops, training, and counsel around environmental transition, as well as communications, design, and event services for impact-driven organizations in the area. Follow their news on LinkedIn.

💡 Transforming the agrifood sector thanks to a circular economy, by Andreas Ellenberger. Andreas organized a workshop with the students of the Interreg MED Green Growth Community. The goal was to think of more regenerative territories within the agrifood sector using the Value Chain Canvas from Circulab toolbox. Some ideas that came up include developing more plant-based food, finding local farmers and suppliers, switching to reusable and returnable packaging.

Our next events and courses

Next online Circulab Academy courses

Master Circular Design - EN
October 4th

Design with Biomimicry - EN
Master Circular Design - FR
October 25th

Design with Biomimicry - FR
Develop Circular Packaging Solutions - EN
Next physical events

- Paris
October 25th-26th

Circulab community member training in French - Paris
November 9th-11th

Circulab community member training in English - Paris
November 24th-25th

Circular Canvas Demo in French - Paris
November 9th

Circular Canvas Demo in French - Nantes
November 17th

Next online events

Circular Canvas Demo in German
October 4th

Circular Canvas Demo
in English (Europe/Asia)
November 17th

Circular Canvas Demo in French
October 17th

Circular Canvas Demo in English (US/Canada/Latin America)
December 13th

But who is Joséphine writing to us from the future?
Joséphine is the daughter of our co-founder Brieuc. She is only 5 today, so she probably won't respond if you write to her today. But we will 😃.

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