New Zealand's first circular economy lab began in Auckland.

We invited Circularity to design and deliver XLabs, to address the circular knowledge gap and unlock circular solutions using their proprietary Circular by Design methods. This first chapter of XLabs brought together nearly 50 collaborators, 18 teams and built a community of over 250 people over nine weeks. Find our what our participants learned and hear their circular solutions in the case studies below:

Regenerative behaviours

The human actions required to continually care for and sustain living systems, often more naturally interwoven with the values of communities and cultures who still practice a close connection and respect for the earth’s ecosystems.


Closed loop systems

In nature there is no waste. Take apart technical materials to be restored and reused, while growing, feeding, and composting biological materials.

Fletcher Building

Smart materials

Ensure the raw materials used to create products and packaging don’t cause any harm to human health or the environments they operate in.

Advanced Floating Platforms

Circular business models

Models that unlock new value and allow economic activity while keeping within natural resource limits and enabling customers to do more with less.


Networked participation

Digital networks connect community groups and local businesses. By working together, scalable solutions that deliver impact are achieved.

The ReCreators

Embedded intelligence

Build consumer and stakeholder trust by creating transparent supply chains for the products we buy and consume, exposing impact and waste.