June 11-15, 2015

Open Source Circular Economy Days is a diverse & globally distributed event using Open Source methodology to build a Circular Economy.


OPEN SOURCE means publishing projects so anyone can study, use and build upon them. This way, diverse groups can discuss ideas, given feedback, fix bugs and build useful, customizable software, hardware, tools and culture.

CIRCULAR ECONOMY is all about rethinking the way we “take-make-waste” goods and resources. Closing resource loops, mimicking natural ecosystems and using renewable energy are key principles in a circular economy.


OSCEdays is an open platform. Workshops, teardowns, co-design and prototyping will take place simultaneously in various cities all over the world. Local events are organized by local groups, focusing on local challenges. Cities will be connected through various media channels including daily open video conferences and continuous online documentation, contributing to a global conversation and pool of knowledge on the Open Source Circular Economy.

OSCEdays CHICAGO invites organizations and businesses to define the circular economy by participating in distributed events city-wide. These events can be as small as an in-house brainstorming session defining your organization’s role in the circular economy or as robust as a public event engaging your constituents.



Host an OSCEdays event! Sign up today: bit.ly/1PmVgAO

Browse the OSCEdays Chicago Calendar and attend a public event!




“Nature does not create waste, we do. Nature operates in circles, we operate in lines. Nature changes slowly, we go fast. Circular economy brings man-made systems closer to ecosystems and that’s a good thing.”

Below you will find resources to help you define the “circular economy” to your constituents, whether in-house staff or members of the public attending your OSCEdays event. Hopefully these materials will help you get started in defining the circular economy and your place in it. Please contact nicolette@reusealliance.org if you have questions, comments, or contributions to this resource list.

Resource List


Reuse Alliance Illinois is a Chicago-based, state-wide chapter of the national nonprofit Reuse Alliance.  Since 2005, Reuse Alliance has worked to increase awareness of, and access to, reuse by educating the public about the triple-bottom-line benefits of reuse and by providing capacity-building services that strengthen the reuse community. Reuse Alliance IL aims to build community and advance education about reuse in the Chicagoland area.


Plant Chicago, NFP is a 501c3 non-profit organization with a mission to develop circular economies of food production, energy conservation and material reuse; while empowering people of all backgrounds to make their cities healthier and more efficient.

Plant Chicago demonstrates the model of The Plant, a 93,500 square foot former meat packing plant in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood repurposed into a net-zero energy vertical farm and business incubator that will eventually divert over 10,000 tons of food waste from landfills each year to meet all of its heat and power needs.


Nicolette Stosur-Bassett: Chapter Founder & Coordinator, Reuse Alliance IL



John Mulrow: Interim Executive Director, Plant Chicago