CbD had three objectives;
- Build knowledge, capacity and demand for circular design innovation by equipping Irish textile businesses with the knowledge and skills needed
- Establish networks by connecting Irish textile businesses with experts and innovators, nationally and internationally, through a Community of Practice (CoP).
- Demonstrate and showcase circular design innovation by elevating the topic and disseminating best practices through an open-access Innovation Festival and Toolkit.
These were realised through three work packages;
Needs assessment: Through interviews and surveys with DCCI’s clients, NCAD assessed current levels of awareness and knowledge across the value chain, as well as the drivers and barriers to innovation. These insights helped to pinpoint the industry’s learning needs.
Pilot Outreach and Development: Based on these findings, NCAD designed a pilot programme that combined theory and practice, covering topics such as circular design, materials and business models. In April 2022, DCCI launched an open ‘Call for Applications’ to over 800 textile designers, brands and manufacturers, before selecting 12 pilot companies.
Pilot Delivery: Finally, from June to September, NCAD rolled out the CbD training, which consisted of six Masterclasses. In November the learning and outcomes of the pilot were showcased at the Innovation Festival, and captured in the Toolkit.