THE 2018 LAUNCH CIRCULAR INNOVATORS
About LAUNCH Circular
The clothes you’re wearing, the chair you’re sitting on, the building you’re in– where will they go at the end of their usefulness? In this take-make-waste linear economy, they are likely to be thrown away. But on a global scale, there is no such thing as “away.” Our earth has limited space for storing waste, and limited resources for creating new products. At LAUNCH, we imagine a future where all products are designed to last, to be reused, repaired, and recycled. What we are building goes above and beyond the Circular Economy— we are building a truly Circular Society.
We're on a mission
The shift to a circular society requires new levels of innovation, collaboration, and action. For nearly a decade, LAUNCH has been catalyzing this shift by sourcing innovative new services, business models, cradle-to-cradle products, and regulatory frameworks.
To further establish a thriving circular society, we believe:
The time is now.
Never before in history have we had the knowledge, technology, and skills to shape a circular society and live up to our human potential.
We need to rethink ownership.
Constraints on the planet are driving demand for new business models, economic incentives, and efficient take-back infrastructures that support all humanity to thrive within planetary boundaries.
The future is not disposable.
The physical materials that surround us need to be durable and reusable: products, tools, and materials that are easy to disassemble and reintegrate into the value chain.
The future is collaborative.
With the support of the LAUNCH network, a new generation of innovators from around the world has the potential to create a circular society.
Meet the LAUNCH Circular partners and sponsors:
Our network members come from more than 75 countries and represent companies like LEGO, H&M, Maersk, Patagonia, Microsoft, Intel, Dell, Circularity Capital, UNDP, UNOPS, MIT, Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Cradle to Cradle. Learn how to get involved.
At eBay, we make it as easy as possible for consumers to sell and participate in the power of the circular economy. We are excited to join this extraordinary network of LAUNCH Circular that nurtures innovation and drives towards systems change.
Once you are part of the LAUNCH program you will not be part of that community.
It has been the single most valuable experience as a startup. We came away from that program with a new insight into the industry, invaluable connections, a trusted partner and a vision and support network to think bigger and develop more meaningful solutions.
LAUNCH is a great example of how global companies, governments, and investors can work with circular entrepreneurs and startups.
How often do you get in front of the world’s biggest apparel company (Nike), the world’s biggest home furnisher (IKEA) and a world leading enzyme producer (Novozymes) in one room! The LAUNCH Forum has been truly amazing for us.