Circular By Design

Circular by Design is 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.  A circular fashion industry is one in which waste and pollution are designed out, products and materials are kept in use for as long as possible, and natural systems are regenerated.

The Circular By Design programme is being piloted in 2022, with 7-10 Irish textiles and apparel designers, brands and manufacturers, and is now open for applications!

Who is this training for?

Circular by Design is for frontrunning Irish textile and apparel designers, brands and manufacturers, who have a passion and interest in driving positive social and environmental impact through their business by adoption of circular practices. 

What will participants learn?


  • Understand the main drivers of circularity in the textiles industry and the urgency for change. 
  • Build a foundational knowledge of  the circular economy;  key elements and strategies and interlinkages with parallel sustainability theories and frameworks. 
  • Gain an in-depth knowledge of circular design and business models, international trends and best practice and the challenges and opportunities stemming from practical application. 


  • Explore the current impact and circular potential of your business and identify hotspots for innovation. 
  • Redesign key value propositions, products, business models according to circular principles.
  • Develop a final circular concept/prototype, and roadmap towards implementation
  • Showcase your circular innovation at the Circular by Design  Innovation Festival 


  • Become part of the Circular by Design Community of Practice, and connect with a national and international network of peers, experts and innovators.


The Partners

The First Cohort

The Circular by Design Journey

The Pilot

Case Studies