To enhance the publics experience of how the concept of circular economy applies in real-life situations, on 12-16 October 2022, the EPA organized the 2030 Circular Economy Innovation Exhibition, which featured themes such as circulation and sharing, green and circular technologies, circular products and products combining cultural and innovative designs. Displayed in the form of a simulated environment, the exhibition attracted many people, enterprises and schools to visit.
Focused on resource circulation, the exhibition promoted products with environment-friendly designs and models of sustainable consumption and production. It included about 60 products/technologies/services whose designs were based on the concept of a circular economy. There were also products designed based on the concept of resource circulation, combining cultural and innovative designs.
There were many distinctive exhibitors on site. For example, in the resource circulation and sharing area, there was homeapp123.com, the first home appliance rental and sharing platform nationwide. The company provides a platform for people who can rent out, via the internet, electric appliances they are not using to those who need them. BYTE International Co., an exhibitor in the area of green and circular technologies, specializes in extending the lifespans of IT/3C products with its repairing expertise and provides warranties for the repairs so that consumers can buy without worries. In the area of circular design products, Guantian Black Gold is a company that successfully carbonizes water chestnut shells to make biochar that complies with European Biochar Certification (EBC) and International Biochar Initiative (IBI) Biochar Standards. In the area of cultural and innovative design, ReWood uses discarded trees, pruning debris and other discarded materials from fruit farmers to make pleasant home accessories such as charcoal potted plants. The public was welcome to explore the exhibits.
In addition to the rich and diverse theme exhibit area, there were different types of circular economy experiences and activities held on site, including cloth face mask printing, art using marine waste, and turning marine plastic waste into pots for plants or holders for scented candles. The exhibition also invited fashion designers to call on professionals from different fields to think and design with circularity in mind. The public could also bring their used clothes from home to revamp on site. Moreover, there were also many "zero-waste" installation artworks in the exhibition, urging people to cherish resources more.
The exhibition was creative and diverse in merging the concept of resource circulation with daily life. It was fun, relaxing, educational, and amenable to children. All were sincerely welcome to echo this sustainable consumption activity. For more information, go to https://circular-cross.com/.
Excerpt from Major Environmental Policies, November 2022
- Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)