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Playing in circular orbit school competitions

Playing in circular orbit

school competitions

Students and teachers put the circular economy principles into practice by proposing circular ideas and practices that are applicable in everyday school life.

From theory to creative practice

Since 2019, incommon invites elementary, middle and high school students and teachers across the country to surprise us with their inspiration, talent and knowledge about the circular economy. By first understanding the difficulties and challenges associated with the existing linear economy model (take-produce-consume-throw away), they are asked to see their everyday life with fresh eyes, and find circular ways to extend the life cycle of resources we share at our schools and homes.

The response and participation of the school community is impressive. Ideas and practices for making our everyday lives better are developed into circular applications that are as diverse as our life itself; they span from composing music and writing lyrics for circularity, building recycling corners and crafting board games, to awareness posters and circular economy digital escape rooms!

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"Children should be taught how to think, and not what to think.”
Margaret Mead, anthropologist

The aim of the competition – approved by the Greek Ministry of Education & Religion – is to draw up a circular economy plan that could be implemented at school level. It is up to the students and the teachers who coordinate their projects, whether they will present only a theoretical plan or they will also implement it!

Through their ingenuity, they show us how we can live and enjoy without wasting our already limited resources. The ideas and proposals can be about any resource or aspect of the circular economy, from materials and products to water and energy.

The requirements of the deliverables are designed as broadly as possible to encourage students to express and present their ideas in a variety of ways, such as through articles, posters, presentations, videos, songs or game-based activities that foster creativity, critical thinking and teamwork.


Their ideas surprise us and inspire us, creating a feeling that things can get better in the future for both people and the planet.

Through a remarkable, participatory and creative process, future citizens show us something important; our planet can be a welcoming place if we treat it with respect, love and protection.

The individual goals of the school competition are:

  • Seeking information about the linear and circular economy, in a way that sensitizes and activates students, prompting them to take action and change attitudes and behavior
  • To encourage debate on the relationship between different knowledge fields and sectors – economic, social, environmental – with the aim of fostering collaboration among young people with different educational and learning backgrounds, emphasizing therefore the value of the holistic approach.
  • Spreading the word of responsible consumption and management of natural resources in schools and local communities
  • Strengthening social cohesion
  • Supporting the development of students’ creative potential and the expression of their personality through this process
  • The cultivation of critical thinking
  • Encouragement of collaboration and teamwork
incommon-The individual goals of the school competition are:
To create a healthy environment with happy people, kids should be able to discover, think freely, work on issues in tangible ways and discover scientific truths with interest and enthusiasm. We give children the opportunity and space to work on innovative ideas, which respond to everyday, local problems.
Marina, educator

A glimpse at the students’ ideas

What you said

Available files for school year 2023-2024 (Greek only)


Approval by the Ministry for the 2023-2024 school year


Announcement of the Competition for the school year 2023-2024