girls go circular

About the Project

Girls Go Circular supports schoolgirls, and more broadly, any student, to develop their digital and leadership skills while learning about the circular economy and finding solutions for a sustainable future.

Learn by doing!

The project’s methodology is based on a learning-by-doing approach which engages students in different activities such as online research, entrepreneurial role-plays or challenge-based exercises.

The skills developed align with the EU Digital Competences Framework 2.2 (DigComp), the European Entrepreneurship Competence Framework (EntreComp), and the European Sustainability Competence Framework (GreenComp).

The project’s online learning platform – Circular Learning Space – offers the participating students the opportunity to:

Acquire knowledge on the circular economy

Gain insights into the steps taken by businesses towards the circular economy

Improve their digital and entrepreneurial skills

Come up with their own solution to societal and environmental challenges

Addressing Societal Challenges

A Circular Economy for Smartphones and Electronic Devices

Mobile phones contain a lot of precious metals and minerals. Therefore, it is essential that we keep them working as long as possible and the raw materials that constitute them are recycled, reused or disposed of properly. Find out about the impact of smartphones and other electronic devices on the environment and learn how to create a circular economy for ICT appliances.

Circular Economy of Food in Cities

Cities can be key to driving circular change and transform the food system. It’s one of the most ambitious challenges of our time – if we get it right, we’ll help avoid a climate crisis, restore biodiversity, improve human health and reconnect people with their food – all the while creating new business opportunities. Let’s find out how in this module!

E-waste and the Circular Economy

This module looks at the growing problem of E-waste. It explores the importance of improving the collection, sorting and recycling of E-waste as well as the role a circular economy can play in eliminating waste in the first place.

Fashion and the Circular Economy

Clothes and textiles should have a higher utilisation rate and re-enter the economy after use, instead of ending up in landfill. Learn about the concept of circular fashion and its impact on the economy and the environment, and create your own business model.

Metals and the Circular Economy

A new approach is needed for the mining and metals industry. The high value of many metals and the environmental cost of their extraction makes it imperative to recycle, recover and reuse them. Check out this module to understand how metals can be extracted and used more sustainably.

Rethinking Plastics

Building a circular economy for plastics requires a complete rethinking of how it is designed and used. Research the benefits and problems of using plastics, discover solutions to tackle the global plastic waste crisis and propose alternatives for producing goods without plastic packaging.

Robotics and the Circular Economy

We are currently living in the new era of Manufacturing, a so-called Industry 4.0, in which innovative technologies such as Robotics and Artificial Intelligence are playing an essential part. Industry 4.0 bears enormous opportunities to enable circular economy in which end of life products are reused, remanufactured and recycled.

Tackling Climate Change Through Circular Consumption

This module emphasizes the role of the circular economy in tackling climate change. It gives an overview of the environmental issues relating to consumer goods and indicates how adopting circular consumption practices can help us reduce humanity’s climate impact.

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