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Circular Economy Hotspot 2023

29/05/2023 - 01/06/2023
Shauna Kelly

Circular Economy Hotspot Dublin is an opportunity to learn from, network with, and be inspired by the very best.

Circular Economy Hotspot 2023

This year, Dublin is proud to be the Circular Hotspot 2023 host, and to welcome circular economic pioneers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, researchers, students and industry players from around the world to Ireland.  Through conference talks, tours, workshops and topic deep-dives, attendees will learn about the practical steps and resources to take home and implement. Hotspot Dublin is being led by The Rediscovery Centre in partnership with CIRCULÉIRE (Irish Manufacturing Research), Dublin City Council, Eastern & Midlands Regional Waste Planning Office, and funded by Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications.


CFA at NCAD is delighted to be participating across the programme, showcasing and celebrating the role that design has in driving the transition to circularity.

Where to find us? 

30th May: Day 2 Conference @Croke Park:  We’ll be showcasing the outcomes of Circular by Design Pilot; a first-of-its-kind professional training programme, developed and delivered by the Creative Futures Academy at NCAD and DCCI, to support textile and apparel designers, brands and manufacturers to make the transition to circular practises in every step of their design practice, value chain and business model.


Pop by our stand to meet some of the 2022 alumni, and learn more about the work we’re doing to build the circular innovation capacity of Ireland’s textiles Industry;


  • Talú >  a natural dye house and educational hub, rooted in regenerative practices. Their mission is to help slow fashion lovers keep their clothes in play for longer & reconnect to the Land. They offer dye services and workshops for brands and individuals alike.
  • Lilymais > Born out of a creative urge to redirect textiles from landfill, Lilymais came up with the idea to save unused towels from a life of hot presses and cleaning rags. By repurposing them into beautiful, functional clothing, each Lilymais piece gives a second life to these textiles and replaces a fast fashion purchase.


31st May: Day 3 Deep Dives @Guiness Enterprise Centre: In the morning, Gwen Cunningham (NCAD’s Lead for Sustainability and Circular Economy) will co-facilitate the Textiles Deep Dive, and investigate how Ireland can fundamentally rethink the way it designs, produces, sells, uses and disposes of textiles.


In the afternoon, Gwen will join the Design & Manufacturing Deep Dive as expert panellist, to explore the central contribution of circular business models in transformational net-zero strategies, driving radical reductions in carbon emissions, while creating long-term value.



Find out more

View the full programme and book your tickets  HERE