A useful guide with practical, everyday solutions

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The R's of the Circular Economy in everyday life.

The “10 R’s of circularity” is a guide that emphasises sustainable and circular practices in our home and neighborhood. These principles encourage local communities to reduce waste, conserve resources and promote sustainability. Although there may be variations in the specific terminology used, the following is a general description of the 10 R’s.

What should I ask myself to... Rethink?

I need to make repairs at home. Do I need to own all the tools?

I throw away a lot of food. What can I do with expired food or food that is about to expire?

I have old furniture and books that I no longer use/need. What can I do to prevent them from ending up in the landfill?

  • Find a few ideas below and then search for circular ventures in your area!

Repair and Reuse:

Instead of discarding broken items, you can repair them. This could include mending a torn garment, mending a broken chair, or repairing a bicycle tire. In this way, you extend the life of these items and reduce waste. Visit kyklos‘ page – the lab of  incommon for workshops and applications such as the repair cafe. 

It may be that the solutions are closer than you think.


Second hand purchases:

Instead of always buying new, you can choose second hand. This includes buying used clothes, furniture, electronics and more. Choosing second hand, not only saves money but also reduces the demand for new products, so it is a small win in the conservations of resources. 



Our organic waste or food waste is in reality our food treasure! Installing a compost bin on your porch or patio for your kitchen scraps and yard waste can turn these materials into nutrient-rich compost for your pots. This small every day habit reduces the huge amount of organic waste sent to landfill every day. If you consider taking the first setp, we have the tools ready in our Close the Food Circle project.

Sharing and borrowing:

Adopting the sharing economy as it is called can be a practical way to reduce individual consumption. This includes car sharing services, tool libraries or even borrowing things from neighbors instead of buying them. It reduces the need for each person to have their own set of “rarely used” items. See the incommon workshop cycle page for actions related to this and our applications such as the library of things.

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