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Circular Library Network

Reykjavik, Iceland

The project aims to develop a decentralised borrowing system allowing libraries to integrate the Circular Library Network and empower communities to share resources throughout Europe. The project’s main objective is to establish an infrastructure to reduce waste, enhance circularity, and eliminate the need for individual ownership. Via the Circular Library Network, communities across Europe are encouraged to set up their own sharing stations, fostering a culture of sharing and community bonding.

Focus sectors
What do we want to achieve?

  • establishing a Circular Library Network, enabling inctitutions, communities and libraries to manage their own sharing stations.  

  • reduce e-waste and emissions by encouraging sharing, extending item lifecycles, and promoting sustainable consumption practices.  

  • raise awareness and help minimise e-waste and emissions in Iceland and the EU, fostering a more sustainable future. 

What is our circularity impact?

  • Reduced material consumption: Promote sharing and reuse, minimising resource extraction.  

  • Increased self-sufficiency: Empower communities to access and share resources, reducing reliance on traditional models.  

  • Reduced waste generation: Extend item lifespans, decrease waste. Indicator: Reduction in discarded items volume. 

What is our circularity strategy?

Circular strategy 2: Rethink

Make a product use more intensive (e.g. through sharing products, or by putting multi-functional products on the market).

Circular strategy 4: Reuse

Reuse by another consumer of a discarded product which is still in good condition and fulfils its original function.

What are the SDGs for this project?
  • 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • 13 - Climate Action

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