'erratics' are the stones, boulders and monoliths deposited by glaciers.  These projects are the evidence of our progress, and our record of change. 

Circular Threads

 

Half of all Australian's wear a uniform to work, many millions of garments every year. Unlike most clothing these cannot be donated or reused.

 

On behalf of Australia's largest uniform providers, this project set out to build the business case and public benefit case for the creation of an industry led stewardship program. As an industry led scheme, this project elicited and exploited several key customer insights to design an evolved, user centric stewardship model to minimise the environmental impact of uniforms over their lifetime.

 

The result of this industry collaboration saw Circular Threads be awarded voluntary scheme certification in 2023.

 

Delivered with grant funding from the National Product Stewardship Implementation Fund and on behalf of the Australian uniform industry.

Amazon Product Stewardship Review 

Online retailers face increasing complexity as suppliers act on our climate emergency. In the rapidly evolving online world, understanding the legislative requirements and voluntary opportunities that marketplaces and market makers have is essential. 

This project is focused on establishing and prioritising internal activities to support and engaged with product stewardship and circular economy across Amazon's Australian operations. 

Delivered for Amazon Australia in association with the Product Stewardship Centre of Excellence.

Circular Textiles in Sydney Councils

Evolving the role local governments play in a circular textile economy.

 

This project sought to align the efforts of the Sydney region's local government within the broader textile eco-system, state and federal government influence. The plan developed a detailed 2030 roadmap for local councils to support business and residents to deliver a circular textile economy, endorsed by individual Councils and implemented across the region.

Delivered jointly for SSROC, WSROC, and NSROC via the Australasian Circular Textile Association (ACTA).

Independent Chair - Fit for Office

Fit for Office is the industry led program establishing national product stewardship for office and commercial furniture.  Building from the strong body of work around office space refurbishment, this industry led approach focuses on the persistent problem of furniture waste. 

 

As elected Chair of the manufacturer's Working Group, it is Cirq's role to guide the Group to consensus on important matters of scope, eligibility, business case, scheme design and governance ahead of scheme implementation, and, maintaining an open interface with other programs relevant to sustainability in the built environment. 

Delivered on behalf Edge Environment, GECA, and Global PSC. 

Thread Count: NSW Textile Data

Building the metrics for a new theory of change in textiles.

 

Driven by the NSW governments net-zero emissions commitments, this project set out to build establish a clear data-driven understanding of textile flows in NSW - a state and national first.

 

Thread Count establishes a new and holistic view of what comprises textiles and tracked their import, transformation, reuse and disposal throughout NSW to identify the optimal points for state government intervention. This work was the result of over 50 industry interviews and broad industry surveying and sets the policy direction and actions for textiles in NSW to 2030.

Delivered for the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA), via Australasian Circular Textile Association (ACTA).

Industry Recovery Program for Aluminium Composite Panelling (ACP)​ 

The Better Buildings Partnership is a collaboration of leading property owners providing green leadership and sustainable innovation for Sydney's commercial and public buildings.  In 2019, Aluminium Composite Panel (ACP) was identified as a problem waste following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, changes to NSW legislation around ACP use, and its emergence as a high-volume waste stream from BBP members.

 

This project quantified ACP occurrence across 14 of Australia's largest commercial property portfolios to support an industry led response, identified recovery pathways and provided procurement directives to promote circular products in replacement product criteria. 

Delivered for the Better Buildings Partnership.