Along this short way, we have been working with young designers, we have triggered the attention of street-wear brands, as well as fashion and sports retailers. We have been supporting students in furniture and fashion design, we have been collaborating with the city of Mechelen, and with the local Kringwinkel organisation on developing new practices for processing textile waste.

According to us, circularity is not about "just" a second lifecycle, but about a real material loop: that's how we develop digital trails that provide transparency and make sure that what leaves the lab will be treated in a circular way over and over again.

Our team and lab was enriched by textile craftsmanship from Syria. Highly talented newcomers, like Shawkat Khalil brought valuable know-how from the textile industry from the Aleppo region to the collective. We appreciate the cultural diversity they add, and the respectfulness in which we all work together towards a waste-less planet.

We believe that we can save the world by using creativity, craftsmanship and circularity.


Are you ready for breaking the rules, bending linear production lines, challenging stereotypes, and questioning the economic system?

We do not pretend to be the best, the first, unique. We do not go for prizes, awards, recognition. Our aim is to be part of the transition to a circular economy in a collaborative & open way and make the world change.


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The CiLAB Collective will achieve its mission more easily when supported by organisations, individuals who understand the value of what we are doing. Thank You!

project gerealiseerd met de steun van het ING Fonds voor een meer Circulaire Economie, beheerd door de Koning Boudewijnstichting (2020)

project ondersteund door Mechelen Klimaatneutraal (2021)