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UpCycle - Circular economy & Design -event

The City of Lappeenranta organizes an event about the importance of the design process in developing and marketing circular economy products. This international event is part of the Green Leaf 2021 Winner year activities of the City of Lappeenranta. UpCycle – Circural Economy & Design takes place on October 5th, 2021.

The purpose of the event is to increase the capabilities of companies, professionals and other stakeholders in combining design and marketing with circular economy products. At the same time, the event offers great examples of existing circular economy products, which demonstrate the significance of product design in their usability and attractiveness.


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Time: 5.10.2021

Place: Lappeenranta city hall, Villimiehenkatu 1, 53100 Lappeenranta. This is a hybrid event

The event consists of three sessions:

After the opening speech, experts present three keynote speeches in English related to the event’s theme. In addition, the participants have a unique chance to ask questions from the keynote speakers.

The afternoon session begins with three presentations in Finnish. They bring out perspectives about responsibility and product design. Simultaneously, presentations in English demonstrate existing and successful circular economy products, in which design has had a major importance.

In the final session, five international experts participate in a panel discussion. The topic of the panel discussion is: “Can the design process make upcycled products more attractive?”. The cities of Lahti and Saint Petersburg’s representatives present their speeches after the panel discussion. UpCycle ends with a presentation by future-oriented fund Sitra and a closing speech by City of Lappeenranta’s representative.

The event is organized by LALAPETE project partners together with LAB University of Applied Sciences and LAB Institute of Design. The LALAPETE project is led by the City of Lappeenranta.

Welcome to UpCycle! The registration opens on August 16, 2021. The event is organized in the city council hall (Plenary Session I, Parallel Session II b and Plenary Session III) and in the conference hall Venla (Parallel Session II a) at Lappeenranta City Hall, within the limits of current corona restrictions. It is also possible to attend the event remotely.