Within the exhibition and fair sector there is still a major waste problem worldwide.
With the Fair Circulair project, Designregio Kortrijk and Kortrijk Xpo want to test, at a local level, a solution to drastically reduce and reuse the waste and used material left behind after an exhibition or fair.
Concretely, we want to investigate whether it is economically feasible to systematically put usable waste material at the temporary disposal of a creative community after certain exhibitions. For example, scenographers, designers, artists, schools, students, etc. can, for a limited period of time, view leftover and still usable wood, cardboard, furniture, etc. and, if so desired, take it with them to give it a second life.
In addition, we want to inspire and raise awareness about how things can be done differently and better by already anticipating the issues during the organisation of the fair. That is why we organised a series of exhibitions in the most sustainable way possible, as well as events on circularity and sustainability.
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We already have the ambition to continue with the Fair Circular facebook group.
The fair world itself has made great strides in the right direction in recent years. That is obviously very positive, but it also means that we should shift our focus to other sectors where there are even more opportunities. For example, via the Kortrijk platform DURF2030, we discovered the non-profit organisation Toestand, which had set up a similar project in Brussels, more focused on the socio-cultural sector: In Limbo. The plan is to set up a follow-up project for Fair Circular together, in which we shift the focus to companies and material reallocation via a digital tool in combination with a physical hub.