Institute for Circular Economy (ICE) is a Bulgarian NGO active in the intersection of circular economy, biomimicry and regenerative development. We strive to provide brilliant consulting service, design excellence and innovation to create products and business models that enrich people’s lives and help our partners succeed.
At ICE we learn from the natural world around us to help your products and services catalyze the transition to a restorative & regenerative future. We offer consulting services through the lenses of circular economy, regenerative development, and biomimicry.
- restorative by design
- life-cycle thinking
- running on cyclic processes
- holistic approach which rewards cooperation
- locally attuned design
- distinguishes technical and material flows
- designs optimized processes
- elimination of waste streams
- reuse of nutrients
We aim to not only educate about circular economy, regenerative development and biomimicry, but offer practical solutions to real problems.
Circular economy is an economic system in which products and services are traded in closed loops or "cycles".
Biomimicry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate) is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies.
Definitions as understood by Institute for Circular Economy
Why we do what we do?
The word sustainability begs the question what it is that we are actually trying to sustain: an outdated cultural narrative, an unhealthy conception of the relationship between humanity and nature, business as usual in a deeply inequitable world? Rather than simply sustaining a structurally dysfunctional system and worldview, our questioning has to go deeper. – Daniel Christian Wahl
Since the dawn of the industrial revolution, we the modern humans have been gradually destroying our only home. The majority of us are still relying on business as usual, and are not even grasping to full extent the looming crisis our civilization is facing. The aftereffect is that ecosystems are collapsing, climate is in turmoil, and we are living the beginning of a full scale planetary calamity. The question we have to urgently find an answer to is: „Are we going to sit like a frog in boiling water, or will do our best to act consciously and deliberately for the betterment of all life…“
In „Institute for Circular Economy“ we believe that we can use inspiration from the natural world, as well as, novel business models and practices as a tool for this so needed revitalization of our planet. It’s up to each and every one of us which direction we chose. We can make the change together!
We have to dare to ask deeper questions, we have to look systematically, and we have to do our contribution to the emergence of a new cultural narrative. A narrative that aims to view humanity as integral part of this magnificent web of interdependence we call life.
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We believe that only through shared action we can make the world a better place