Welcome to Flanders’ Materials Programme


Flanders’ Materials Programme - winner of The Circulars 2016

The Flanders’ Materials Programme is the winner of The Circulars 2016, in the category ‘Governments, Cities & Regions’.

The Circulars, the world’s premier circular economy award program, offers recognition to individuals and organizations from commerce and civil society across the globe that have made a notable contribution to driving circular economy principles.

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About Flanders’ Materials Programme

The Flanders’ Materials Programme is a public-private partnership aiming to achieve a circular economy in Flanders. Within the programme ambitious long-term vision development, policy research and action in the field are combined. This is done in the respective contexts of Plan C, the Policy Research Centre for Sustainable Materials Management (SuMMa) and the Flanders’ Materials Programme Agenda 2020, three pillars that strengthen each other.

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A glimpse at our projects


Flanders Recycling Hub

Transforming Flanders into a recycling hub for Europe through our seaports.

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New jobs in the Circular Economy

We explore which jobs, skills, competences and training will be needed for a circular economy.

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Additive Design Challenge

The Additive Design Challenge invites thinkers, makers and doers to use 3D printing in the service of people and planet.

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Masterclass Circular Entrepreneurship

In this intensive course entrepreneurs learn about the challenges and opportunities of circular business models.

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A selection of our tools



The Ecolizer is an ecodesign tool that caters to all companies who want to lower the environmental impact of their products.

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Ecodesign in Higher Education

The kit provides real guidance to education professionals on integrating ecodesign into training programs of higher education.

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Business Model Innovation Grid

This tool aims to inspire businesses to rethink the way in which they operate and to become more future proof.

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Close The Loop

A guide towards circular business models in the fashion industry.

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Communication and research



Econotalks is a series of longreads about the economic and financial barriers and opportunities of a circular economy.

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SuMMa investigates and fosters the role that policy can and should play in a transition towards the circular economy.

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Visual communication: infographics

A picture is worth a thousand words. That’s why we invest in visual communication and infographics.

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To explore a circular society in the future we designed the city of Reburg, where the circular economy comes to life.

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Circular business cases in Flanders



This business unit of Umicore is the world market leader in recycling complex waste streams containing precious and other non-ferrous metals (e.g. e-waste).

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NNOF is a local producer of sustainable office furniture, based on customers' existing material resources (e.g. old furniture or decoration elements).

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Indaver Molecule Management or IMM aims to realise dedicated projects to valorize material and energy from residual streams resulting from industrial processes.

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Buggybooker is world’s first buggysharing service for kids and (grand)parents who want to discover cities the easy way.

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Discover more cases : Circular economy (Plan C) | Ecodesign (OVAM Ecodesign)