Although Circular Philadelphia is proud to be a new organization built to progress the circular economy in Philadelphia, the concept of circularity is anything but new to this city. Philadelphians have a reputation for being scrappy and gritty (and we have the mascot to prove it).
But what we love about Philadelphians is their drive to innovate—sometimes out of necessity—and always because Philadelphians have a no-nonsense practicality to them that lends itself to the efficiencies and common sense of the circular economy.
While there are many new businesses opening their doors with the concepts of the circularity at their doorstep, there are many businesses that have been operating in Philadelphia for decades that already have led the way on these principles. And Circular Philadelphia wants to put them all on one big map.
We’ve already enlisted the help of our friends at the Mural Arts Trash Academy. And we’re asking other circular economy enthusiasts to join us in this mission to send us info on Philadelphia businesses that:
- Offer or allow for reusable/refillable beverage containers (think growlers at your local bar or bring your own mug at your local coffee shop)
- Accept used goods for drop off and offer them for purchase in the same space
- Have bulk food options
- Offer memberships to rent/use goods and services (think tool libraries)
- Are repair shops for electronics, appliances or other goods
- And finally, blocks where you see a compost service bucket or backyards with a compost bin.
We’re calling this the Circular Scavenger Hunt, and it’s a fun way to show the world that Philly already has it going on when it comes to circularity. And we’re depending on our community to help put us on the map.
For more of an overview on the Circular Scavenger Hunt, check out this brief presentation we put together for Trash Academy.
To participate, please use this form and follow the instructions so we can capture circularity in action and put this Philly Circularity Map together.