The Circulars, an initiative of the World Economic Forum and Forum of Young Global Leaders, is the world’s premier circular economy award program. The awards ceremony is held annually, in January at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, and run in collaboration with Accenture Strategy.
The Circulars recognises a variety of circular pioneers; from global businesses and leaders, to innovative start-ups and public bodies. An important category is The Dell Circular Economy People’s Choice Award. This category is for early-stage innovators and entrepreneurs at the forefront of the circular economy who are demonstrating innovation and market disruption.
You, the public, can choose your favourite company by voting (here) till the 11th November. This year’s innovative finalists are:
Cambrian Innovation is a biotechnology company looking to revolutionize the wastewater sector through technological innovations and new, circular business models. Their EcoVolt solutions support the circular economy by extracting renewable resources – clean energy and clean water – from wastewater and offers innovative operating and funding models to their clients.
Bioelektra Group owns and promotes a technological solution that has the ability to transform the waste management sector and enable circular economy policies on a massive scale. Their RotoSTERIL technology enables the treatment of unsegregated municipal waste and recovers over 90% the fractions contained in waste.
CRS Holland has developed a circular economy solution to a unique environmental and economic challenge hidden under the sea. Many cables installed underneath the sea have gone out of service. Recovering and recycling the unused cables could save over 4 million metric tons of CO2 emissions, providing telecoms companies an opportunity to turn their retired cables from a liability into an asset by selling the recovered materials.
gDiapers are pioneers in eco-friendly baby diapers. They offer parents the world's first Cradle to Cradle™ certified diapers allowing them to be home composted (wet ones only). gDiapers is working on the next generation of products they call gCycle: a new service that includes 100% compostable diapers, allowing childcare centres to divert 80% of their waste stream, currently made up of diapers and food waste, from landfill to valuable compost.
ECOR uniquely allows for an increase of the waste types that can be recycled and produces a range of truly recyclable building materials. ECOR materials are made from fiber waste resources that are upcycled into advanced building materials using only water, pressure and heat. ECOR is non-toxic, VOC-free and can be stronger, lighter weight and less expensive than the traditional materials it replaces.
Black Bear brings the circular economy to tires and has developed innovative technology to extract high quality carbon black from waste tires, allowing for industries to move away from the ‘polluting’ carbon black that is currently produced from crude oil. Carbon black is used in tires and rubber, and as pigment in coatings, plastics and inks.