Case Study: Circular Transitions Leadership Workshops

March 30, 2024


Full day Circular Economy Leadership workshops for Business & Community Leaders, from hospitality, retail and professional services.

The Circular Transitions Leadership workshop is a standalone face to face workshop intensive consolidating Circular Economy learning principles in an open delivery format, with the initial 4 hour workshop pilot funded in partnership with City of Yarra’s Climate Action Grants in 2022-2023. The format of this workshop is flexible, and can be delivered virtually or in person. Workshop duration and iterations are continually informed by participant surveys based on learning outcomes.

The workshop content is designed for entrepreneurs, business owners and community group leaders to turn individual ideas into action, covering Circular Economy 101, learning to identify linear systems and their impact on climate change, circular system design principles, practices, lifecycle thinking and barriers to implementation.

Regenerative thinking frameworks and participatory co-design activities supported workshop participants to develop practical skills to apply circular economy thinking to waste systems and value proposition development. In particular, how to apply knowledge in who to engage with within their community, needs and identifying opportunities, barriers and systems thinking tools to overcome challenges.


  • 20 participants enrolled over 2 workshops from Nov 2023 to March 2024. Workshop 1 was held midweek, and Workshop 2 was held on a weekend.
  • Program participants consisted of community members and businesses representing 6 students, 3 hospitality businesses, 1 events, 1 marketing, 4 consultants and 5 community organisations.
  • Cirque du Soil designed and managed the Digital EOI ecosystem, Curriculum and Adult Learning framework, Workshop Program content, facilitation, circular economy focused participatory codesign activities and zero waste catering.
  • Post workshop participants were invited to join an ongoing Community of Practice Group – Circularity in Action Social Meetups
  • Outcomes: Overall, participants reported a 55% uplift in confidence, and their motivation to drive circular change at conclusion was a 9 out of 10.


Read more about the workshop series here – Circular Transitions Leadership Workshop training



Want to join the fight against urban waste? Change the narrative around our food systems?
If you’re a values aligned volunteer, NFP, business or organisation...

Our soft plastics program is available in Oct 2022.

Do something drastic & cut the plastic. Single-use plastic food packaging is a major contributor to the global solid waste problem. Although the food industry is developing strategies to reduce single-use plastic packaging, we need to better understand consumer awareness and attitudes about the issue.

When you toss a plastic bottle into your recycling bin, there’s no guarantee it actually gets recycled. In fact, odds are, it doesn’t. 

This is one of our key priority streams, where by using the same containers, in the same form, over and over again – it eases demand for virgin materials, reduces energy needed to spit out thousands of new plastic bottles or cardboard boxes, and prevents heaps of trash from ending up in landfills or oceans.

They’re bulky, large in size and consumes large amounts of space.

We use paper and cardboard in so much packaging and stacks of it still ends up in landfill, resulting in stacks of methane production, a major greenhouse gas.

When when you recycle cardboard waste and keep it free of oil and contamination, you end up saving ample amounts of water and energy and minimise trees being chopped down to get virgin material.

Cigarette butts are the world’s most littered plastic item, with around 7 billion dropped in Australia every year. In partnership with Fungi Solutions, CigCycle collected cigarette butts will undergo a Myco-Remediation program (mushrooms, FYI) at their Thornbury myco-facility for research and development for new circular materials.